"Poltergeist" is hands down one of the greatest haunted house movies ever made. Besides having the talents of Tobe Hooper and Spielberg involved, we get the delicious and chilling score by Jerry Goldsmith and one of the most well-known and parodied lines from any movie... "They're heeere.....". "Poltergeist" is Steven Spielberg's vision of a haunted house/ghost story, and a great one at that. For some reason taking the haunted house out of the gloomy, cobwebbed mansion and bringing it into contemporary suburbia only made it all the more scary. It became the standard for haunted house movies to come. The film is making a comeback of sorts, it seems. I see it talked about more and more on horror blogs in the past couple of years, and next year (2012) will be the films 30th anniversary.
"Poltergeist" was one of the biggest and most influential movies of my youth, and it's impossible not to think of this movie when you talk of the 1980's. I know I had never seen anything like this before. It quite literally blew my mind. Sadly I did not get to witness this on the big screen, so I can only imagine the effect this had in that environment. Just watching it on a dark, rainy afternoon on a reasonably large tv as I did was extremely powerful. It was like "E.T." sort of... only scary. And as unbelievable as it all is- Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Oliver Robins, Dominique Dunne, and Heather O'Rourke firmly make you believe every second of it. This movie, like so many from the 80's, never fails to entertain me. It's just such a huge part of my childhood. Luckily, I've never outgrown it, because it's still a hell of good movie. Maybe slightly dated because of the whole channels signing off at midnight thing, but overall it's still as sharp and witty as always, with the banter between Nelson and Williams priceless.