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1,945 Ratings


Directed by Tobe Hooper
United States, 1982


While living an an average family house in a pleasant neighborhood, the youngest daughter of the Freeling family, Carol Anne, seems to be connecting with the supernatural through a dead channel on the television.

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Poltergeist Directed by Tobe Hooper

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1983 | 3 nominations including: Best Effects, Visual Effects

Critics reviews

It’s parenthood elevated to the level of the divine—though, if the physical rotting corpses that erupt at its conclusion is any indication, the God of Poltergeist is far from a benevolent one.
October 26, 2016
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I love it when scary movies run through a whole spectrum of emotions, but with Poltergeist I fear the sweetness weighs down the horror. Too often the spectral manifestations play like a high-tech light show, seeking “ooh!”s and “ahh!”s from the audience. Could’ve used just a sliver of bitterness.
November 02, 2014
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What makes this cadenza especially satisfying is the Spielbergian suburban idyll and low-level weirdness that slowly built towards it: branches tapping against a window during a storm that turn into grasping appendages, a steak’s sluglike movements across a countertop, the “TV People” that spirit away the absurdly cute Carol Ann. And if that doesn’t scare you: yes, they used real skeletons.
October 29, 2014
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