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Poltergeist (1982)

PG | | Horror, Thriller | 4 June 1982 (USA)
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A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steve Freeling
... Diane Freeling (as Jobeth Williams)
... Dr. Lesh
... Dana Freeling
... Robbie Freeling
... Carol Anne Freeling
... Ben Tuthill
... Mrs. Tuthill
Martin Casella ... Marty
... Ryan
... Tangina
... Mr. Teague
Lou Perryman ... Pugsley (as Lou Perry)
Clair E. Leucart ... Bulldozer Driver (as Clair Leucart)
... Jeff Shaw
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Storyline

A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they "kidnap" the youngest daughter. Written by Rob Hartill

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Some things have to be believed to be seen. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Release Date:

4 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Juegos diabólicos  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,896,612, 6 June 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$76,606,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,606,280
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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The skeletons that emerged from the swimming pool while Diane searched for help were actual skeletons. JoBeth Williams did not know this until after the scene was shot. See more »

Goofs

When Diane begins talking with Carol Ann for the first time after her abduction, Dana is heard sobbing, but she clearly isn't vocalizing anything. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Carol Anne Freeling: Hello? What do you look like? Talk louder, I can't hear you! Hey, hello! Hello, I can't hear you! Five. Yes. Yes. I don't know. I don't know.
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Crazy Credits

The initial end credits has the closing shot of the Holiday Inn as a backdrop. See more »

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Referenced in Flatliners (1990) See more »

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Night of the Beast
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Strings Arranged by Chris Boardman
Written, Music and Performed by Jerry Goldsmith
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Better than a 7.1
25 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

Horror films often do not get their do, and the 7.1 rating for Poltergeist shows that this trend will most likely continue. Clearly an influential film by Chainsaw director Tobe Hooper, Poltergeist reached for, and achieved, everything that the earlier Amityville Horror failed to be; namely, scary, credible, and well acted.

Poltergeist, in a nutshell, is a story of suburban California family that discovers the darker side of the American Dream when their youngest daughter, Carol Ann, makes contact with evil spirits through the family television set. "They're here", never fails to send chills down my spine as I recall seeing this film for the first time as a teenager.

Perhaps 10 to 15 more years will finally lend the credibility to this film to finally place it among the classics in modern horror cinema.


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