Director: Tobe Hooper Run Time: 114 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1982
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Dominique Dunne, JoBeth Williams, Oliver Robins, Zelda Rubinstein
Screenwriters: Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais, Mark Victor
Producers: Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg
This house is clean! Tobe Hooper’s spectral classic is ready to suck you into another dimension of domestic horror. A real estate agent battles for his child, family, and house when an evil force descends and lures his youngest child into a netherworld beyond their TV screen. A commentary on not only urban sprawl and development, but digging deeper into the history of imperialism as well, there’s more behind this haunted tale than your average paranormal activity. Successfully frightening throughout, with creeps around every corner, Poltergeist is the kind of classic that never gets old. And with the supposed curse upon the film, it’s one of those movies that’s supremely creepy on and off the screen (but always better ON).