Poltergeist (1982) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Poltergeist (1982)

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  • Release Date:  1982
  • Genre:  Haunted House
  • Director:  Tobe Hooper
  • Screenwriter:  Mark Victor, Michael Grais, Steven Spielberg
  • Cast & Crew: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins, Heather O’Rourke, Michael McManus, Virginia Kiser, Martin Casella, Richard Lawson, Zelda Rubinstein, James Karen, Lou Perryman, Clair E. Leucart, Dirk Blocker

Poltergeist (1982) Rating:

  • Andrew = 5 / 10;
  • Dylan = 9 / 10;
  • Eloise = 5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 9 / 10;
  • IMDB = 7.4 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 7.9 / 10

Poltergeist (1982) Synopsis:

A family becomes the prey of malevolent poltergeists that will eventually capture the family little girl. Keeping their calm, the family quickly contact a group of experts to help get their daughter back.

Poltergeist (1982) Review:

Written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist is, simply put, a landmark in the haunted house/ghost movie genre.

One of the strength of the movie is the characters, especially the mum and dad. They are really cool, smoke pot, are loveable with each other and with their children, and react with a rare cold-blooded attitude to what is happening to their family.

The story is a classic of the ghost genre, and yet it takes the haunted house genre far beyond what is usually shown, and has the guts to show ghosts, spectra, lots of paranormal scenes, etc. Of course, the special effects are outdated and some scenes are not as scary as they use to be, but Poltergeist is still is a lot of fun to watch. Thereee are however a couple of scenes that remains impressive nowadays like the face peeling or the nightmarish “clown under the bed” attack.

The movie has a great re-watch potential and there are a few scenes that I ignored at first, like for example the dad trying to talk to the medium through his mind to test her, that get me everytime I give it another go.

To quickly compare with the 2015’s remake, I think the original is better in pretty much every aspect: it is a lot more horror-oriented, scarier, the characters are better developed and the movie much more emotional.

Tobe Hooper really created an undying classic here.