Written by: Scotty
A new neighborhood, a new house, a new life. A young family is always looking for a place where they can settle down and build memories for years to come. A new beginning without a care in the world is what this change in lifestyle should provide, but not every dream comes true.
The Freeling family has found their dream home with enough room for all of their children to spread out. Without a worry in the world, parents Steve and Diane are enjoying their free time, only having to worry about what could happen to their children if something went completely wrong. However, a storm is moving into town and their children are getting a bit worried about their surroundings.
Young Robbie is having bad feelings about the tree that sits outside of his window. Although his father tries to convince the young boy that there is nothing to worry about, even with the storm moving in, Robbie seems even more scared by the life sized toy clown sitting in a rocking chair at the base of his bed. With lightning crashing outside, the house seems to get stranger and creepier, moment by moment.
Carol Anne, the youngest of the children is the most innocent of the children and enjoys talking to her make believe friends. None of the family seems to believe that there is anyone there, but Carol Anne talks to the television every time the signal goes to static. When asked who she is talking too, Carol can only answer that it is the T.V. people.
Diane is privy to the next round of occurrences, all occurring in the kitchen. When asking the kids to push in their chairs after they have finished breakfast, all of the chairs all pulled out. When asking her youngest, Carol Anne about it, she is stunned to find the chairs stacked upon the table. Waiting for her husband to return from work, Diane also finds a location on the floor that pushes/pulls anything from one area to another. Not being frightened by this, Diane puts Carol Anne into the affected area to have her pulled by the strange occurrence.
A new storm hits the town, or at least the Freeling home. The lightning gets closer as Robbie tries to keep his cool and Carol Anne approaches a television again. The tree outside of Robbie’s room falls down, comes alive and steals the boy of out of his bed. While Steve and Diane are trying to rescue their son, the closest of the room comes alive and steals Carol Anne. With his youngest missing, but somewhere in the house, Steve Freeling calls on the help of a paranormal team. Even though this team is supposed to be skeptic to such occurrences, they find quickly that this house is filled with more than they can handle.
Poltergeist plays on more than the traditional fears of ghosts and things that go bump in the night, it plays on the fear of losing a loved one. As Steve and Diane Freeling find out quickly, losing their daughter to an unknown entity is the worst thing they could have possibly imagined. Being led by Craig T. Nelson (Steve) and JoBeth Williams (Diane), a strong cast delivers when needed. Then being followed up by the kids, Oliver Robbins (Robbie) and Heather O’Rourke (Carol Anne), the movie takes a disturbing turn as one is abducted by a tree and the other is taken by the house. Zelda Rubinstein (Tangina) makes a short appearance (parden the pun) at the end of the film to tie it altogeather with the grand finale.
What would happen if one of the greatest minds of horror and one of the strangest minds combine for a movie? Poltergeist would be the answer as Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg join forces to bring a movie for the ages in 1982. Before the effects were even available, these two brought the frights to the big screen with strange lights and makeup that still makes you cringe. A fantastic horror movie, even with the change of time, Poltergeist will go down as one of the best. A great movie to keep the blood pumping, and even for its age, it is able to still send a shiver or two down my spine. Sit back and enjoy as a house comes to life and terrorizes a family with only one way out…and a swimming pool.