Poltergeist is a 1982 American supernatural horror film directed by Tobe Hooper and written by Steven Spielberg. A family’s home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts. The film follows the family as they struggle with their daughter being abducted into the world of ghosts, where she presumably dies and becomes one herself. The film features Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O’Rourke and Beatrice Straight in supporting roles .
The film features various demonic images and characters with its plot resembling those of Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and The Exorcist (1973). It also features several elements of science fiction as well. The film was shot in California and The original screenplay was written by Spielberg, but then he sold his story to producer Lawrence Gordon, who excised much of the new material to make the film more commercially viable.
Cast and Character:
- Craig T. Nelson as Steve Freeling
- JoBeth Williams as Diane Freeling
- Beatrice Straight as Dr. Lesh
- Dominique Dunne as Dana Freeling
- Oliver Robins as Robbie Freeling
- Heather O’Rourke as Carol Anne Freeling
- Michael McManus as Ben Tuthill
- Virginia Kiser as Mrs. Tuthill
- Martin Casella as Marty
- Richard Lawson as Ryan
- Zelda Rubinstein as Tangina
- James Karen as Mr. Teague
- Lou Perry as Pugsley
- Dirk Blocker as Jeff Shaw
What is the plot of the movie?
This movie is about a family who moves into an ordinary-looking house in Cuesta Verde. The next day, the youngest daughter starts communicating with some invisible friends on TV by using the remote control and a sudden pattern of disturbing events begin to plague them, like Carol Anne and Robbie being put in danger when they are outside playing on the tricycle. In order to save their daughter’s life and with the police unable to help them, Diane Freeling decides that her family should spend time away from their home. After being at a park for a few days, however, the family’s vacation is interrupted with strange things happening again at the house. Believing that more proof of ghosts is needed and wanting to get rid of evil spirits which are causing trouble, Diane and Steve decide to send their daughter to a special camp for troubled children. But on their way there, the Freeling family encounters strange occurrences in ways they never could have imagined and they soon learn they’re not alone in this ‘Poltergeist’ era.
What was the audience reaction over the movie?
Audience reaction over the movie was that they say that this is one of the greatest horror movies and it is a really good horror movie because it has something to do with ghosts. They also say that this movie is perfect for people who love horror and things like the supernatural. They also say that this movie is a really good movie for people who love ghosts and things like that.
What was the box office collection of the film?
‘Poltergeist’ earned $76,606,280 in its initial run at the U.S. box office, when it was released on June 4, 1982 and officially ended on October 23, 1982. ‘Poltergeist’ went on to make $53 million in foreign grosses for a total worldwide gross of $121 million.
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