When he hears his young daughter Tina calling out in the night, Chris Miller go to her room but finds she isn't there. At first he thinks she fallen off the bed or slid herself under it but despite hearing her call out she's nowhere to be seen. He gets help from a friend, Bill, who concludes that Tina has slid through a portal into another dimension. They find the portal opening but Tina is lost inside and Chris goes in after her. Written by
I went on record, in print, at the time of the film's release, to point out that POLTERGEIST was simply an overblown rip-off of THIS episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE (I also cited several other obvious "influences")- but I was genuinely surprised when Richard Matheson himself professed no ill will toward the producers of the movie. He didn't see anything wrong with their all-too blatant theft of his intellectual property. Whatever his reason(s), I was baffled; but I came to accept his wisdom on the matter. Back THEN... But I can't help but feel, right now, that it was theft, plain and simple. Matheson himself is gone, but his legacy remains; it's too bad, though, that the guilty parties in this case never felt inclined to INCLUDE him in their money-making endeavors. That's just something THEY'll have to live with, I guess.
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