Poltergeist (1982)

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A family's home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.

Cast

  • Craig T. Nelson
  • JoBeth Williams
  • Beatrice Straight
  • Heather O'Rourke
  • Richard Lawson

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Metacritic

88

Poltergiest is no nonstop scream express; at times it pulls its punches (Spielberg wants that PG rating), and at times its effects are bigger than life and less than terrifying. But like Spielberg's Jaws, which was a perfect genre movie, Poltergeist does what it's supposed to do about as well as it can be done.

Metacritic review by Bill Cosford
Bill Cosford
Miami Herald
88

Poltergeist's most canny conceit is how it takes the concept of a haunted house—up to that point a gothic, remote icon (you practically had to accept a dare and then drive halfway across the state to ever find yourself in one)—and plops it in the middle of the most mundane of all possible locations: American suburbia.

Metacritic review by Eric Henderson
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
75

Poltergeist is an effective thriller, not so much because of the special effects, as because Hooper and Spielberg have tried to see the movie's strange events through the eyes of the family members, instead of just standing back and letting the special effects overwhelm the cast along with the audience.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times