Monday, March 14, 2011

Poltergeist series (1982, 1986 & 1988)

A horror directed by Tobe Hooper, Steven Spielberg, Brian Gibson and Gary Sherman, starring Heather O'Rourke and Zelda Rubinstein.
A girl's family is cursed and followed by the ghost of a dead preacher and his congregation. They call a spiritual woman to help them fight the evil ghosts.
The first film is a classic. 1982 was a good year for media and the magic style of that time period is imbued in the film. The special effects were spooky and the timing was great. The sequels are a bit cheesy, but not too shabby. Carol Anne's character is extremely static, always playing the helpless victim. In fact, all the characters are as static as the TV show that lets the ghosts out in the first film. The plot is interesting and there is a great deal of entertainment value. I'm rating it adequate. The first film would have gotten awesome on it's own, but this is a series and the sequels dragged the rating down.

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