A family is terrorized by ghosts who kidnap their young
daughter, prompting them to hire paranormal experts.
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Written by Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais, Mark Victor
Starring Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams,
Heather O'Rourke, Dominque Dunne,
Oliver Robbins, Beatrice Straight, Zelda Rubinstein
Oscar Nominations - Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Score (Jerry Goldsmith)
Poltergeist is a horror classic that has aged extremely well and remains one of the best ghost films ever made. It changed the horror game for the better, turning the haunted Gothic mansion into the haunted suburban home, meaning that you didn't have to travel very far for the horror to find you and your family.
The cast works extremely well, appearing as the average suburban family. Unlike most horror films, you start to feel connected to these characters and you want them to get their daughter back from the terrifying ghosts. Speaking of ghosts, Poltergeist has some of the most frightening in the entire genre. The hungry tree, the smiling clown, all of these have since become iconic moments that continue to induce chills down all of our spines.
This film still has a whole lot to like about it, as it has stood the test of time to become a cult hit. Despite the various tragedies that befell the cast and crew, the film is unsettling, thought-provoking, and ultimately spooky. Honestly, if you haven't seen this film, it isn't fair to call yourself a horror fan.