Dir. Tobe Hooper. 1982, 114 mins. Digital projection. With Jobeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight. Melding the immense—and wildly different—talents of Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Steven Spielberg, this haunted-house blockbuster is the ultimate suburban nightmare. After the cherubic 5-year-old Carol Anne Freeling is abducted by malevolent spirits, her parents are determined to bring her back at any cost. A furiously entertaining, emotionally gripping ghost story that has terrorized kids (and their parents) for 30 years, Poltergeist is a major horror spectacle that’s equal parts domestic drama, dark comedy, suspense, and gross-out.
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