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Year
1982
Runtime
114 min.
Director
Tobe Hooper
Genres
Thriller, Horror
Rating *
7.3
Votes *
56,954
Checks
25,529
Favs
884
Dislikes
160
Favs/checks
3.5% (1:29)
Favs/dislikes
6:1
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  1. SkilledLunatic's avatar

    SkilledLunatic

    Notes about this movie:
    1- Epilepsy
    2- Terribly inept parents
    3- Looney Tunes Ghosts
    4- Creepy Blonde Kid
    5- Creepy Clown
    6- Creepy Tree
    7- More Epilepsy
    8- Not Scary but Fun
    9- NOBODY WOULD SLEEP IN THAT HOUSE AGAIN
    10- Everybody expects the TV to turn on the whole time at the end.
    7/10
    6 years 11 months ago
  2. the3rdman's avatar

    the3rdman

    It has its moments but it's clearly more Spielberg than Hooper, for better or worse. 5 years 8 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    I'm not sure Poltergeist knows what poltergeist are, but that's not my main gripe with the 1982 horror classic (great title, if anything). What bugs me is that it looks great, is well shot for creepiness, and its iconic status in pop culture can't be disputed, but frustratingly, I can't give it a favorable review. For one thing, it treats the supernatural in the same way Close Encounters treats UFOlogy (note Spielberg's hands on approach to producing this thing). The ghosts are essentially extra-dimensional aliens, and the epileptic strobing could be right out of an alien encounter movie (compare it to E.T., for example). Which is fine. Horror tropes reexamined through the lens of science-fiction. But after what normally would be the climax, there's an extra reel, and that one IS from a straight horror film. It was aliens from the beyond, and now it's Indian burial ground revenants, and who the heck knows anymore? It's a little like the idea that you'd call in a psychic investigator, and later, you'd call in ANOTHER psychic expert - isn't that really the same role? - who contradicts the first one, but not really... Was that all a manifestation of the struggle between director Tobe Hooper and his overlord? 1 year 5 months ago
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