Highlights

"They're here." If you don't here the creepiness in those words, you've not seen this film yet.

  • Written and produced by Steve Spielberg
  • Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments
  • Available for streaming on Amazon
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If you have kids, you know just how terrifying it is when they do anything out of the ordinary. One reason for that is this movie. When kids begin acting bizarrely, you almost expect your home to be invaded by poltergeists, right? Steven Spielberg wrote and produced this film. He was slotted to direct it to but his E.T. contract got in the way. But you can bet, with the big name in entertainment behind this film, it'll scare you like few other things can.

What Reviewers Say:

  • "Poltergeist" succeeds as a great film due, in large part, to it's unrelenting suspense--but, in equal measure, it relies on us to care about the family involved. I think the movie endures because it has heart and characters to actually root for. Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams are great (and believable) as the parents affected. Their love for each other and their family, and their willingness to sacrifice anything for the safety of their kids is well presented and acted. Williams, in particular, has never been better. At first, she is your typical suburban Mom--but as strange things start happening, you see her confusion, her delight, her fear, her horror, her desperation and her heroic side. It's a very nice underrated performance.
  • Made before the CGI age, "Poltergeist" nonetheless has some impressive special effects. The story tries to get under your skin. It doesn't just pick one thing to be scared of. There is no 25 foot shark or machete-wielding madman. Instead it succeeds over and over again at creeping you out at everyday objects.
  • One of the best horror movies made! Classics are the best.
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