Poltergeist

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They’re heeerrrreee! The film that made us all afraid to watch the tube is guaranteed to give you bumps on your arms and static on your set! In Poltergeist, an all-American suburban family discovers that their dream home is really more of a nightmare, seeing as how it’s infested with all manner of things that go bump in the night. And when adorable little Carole Anne is kidnapped by invading beasties from the television set and held hostage in another dimension, it’s clear to see that it may be time for our beleaguered family to go new house hunting! This funhouse thriller of a haunted house film, produced and co-written by Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), effectively taps into an avalanche of primal childhood fears, unleashing some of the most pleasurably spine-tingling chills of any ‘80s horror film, climaxing in a terrifying special effects extravaganza featuring ghoulish corpses, a closet from hell and a tiny weirdo exorcist named Tangina! Released the same summer as E.T., Poltergeist gleefully offered up the nightmarish flip side to Spielberg’s ambivalent feelings about childhood in suburbia.