#31in31 2016: Poltergeist (1982)

poltergeist-1982-poster“Mommy, there’s somebody here … Mommy, somebody’s coming.”

Story: Lovely house, honey.  Ain’t the company I work for great, building these gorgeous subdivisions?  Oh, and I’m sure that graveyard we relocated in order to build these houses will have no impact whatsoever with our comfort…hey, where’d Carol Ann go?

Scares: Quite a lot.  And they’re quite effective.

Splat factor: There’s blood, when folks get tossed around.  And, of course, that infamous “mirror scene”, which is just as sick, twisted and amazing as it was in ’82.Closing scene “shocker”?: Nup.  But don’t start grabbing your dishes before the end credits; there’s a fun tidbit in the final scene.

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: Original, though a remake was done awhile back.

Trick or Treat?: Everyone who loves horror has seen Poltergeist. But in adding this movie to the #31in31 queue, I wanted to know if it holds up all these years after I first saw it.

Yep.  Yep it does.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that Poltergeist is not only a classic in the genre, but sets the bar on ghost stories on film. We all know that this is a Stephen Spielberg joint, but while he wrote and produced this film, it’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s Tobe Hooper that did the directing honors.  And the blend of Speilbergian storytelling and Hooper’s way with drawing out a scare?  Magic, y’all.

It’s crazy to see Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams as young parents.  Holy bleep – JoBeth’s always gorgeous, but here she’s straight-up MILF. And Take a moment of silence for Dominique Dunne, Heather O’Rourke, Zelda Rubenstein, who were amazing in this film but are no longer with us.

tl;dr: holy crap does this film hold up.  It’s still as creepy, terrifying and awe-inspiring as when it first hit theaters.  Even the costuming is coming around again.  Ain’t nobody gonna be wasting time re-watching this horror classic.

 

Score: 5 out of 5 pumpkins.

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