Poltergeist (1982)

Director: Tobe Hooper

Cast: JoBeth Williams, Craig T.Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein

Synopsis: The Freeling family live in a neighbourhood just like any other until their daughter Carole-Anne (Heather O’Rourke) begins communicating with the supernatural through a dead channel on the television. It is not long before the enter the house and at first begin to play small tricks to amuse the family. Then the spirits behaviour takes a nasty turn when they start to attack the family and finally abducting Carole-Anne and bring her to the other side. Her mother (JoBeth Williams) and father (Craig T. Nelson) hire a spiritual medium to help them get Carole-Anne back.

Trivia: The hands which pull the flesh off the investigator’s face in the bathroom mirror are Steven Spielberg’s. Both of the terrors that plague Robbie came from Steven Spielberg’s own fears as a child, a fear of clowns and a tree outside his window.

How scary is this really?: This is definitely a scary film but not super scary just enough to give you the willies. The effects are great for the time and the actors performances are all pretty great. This is another great Spielberg produced film and a great job by director Tobe Hooper.