Starring: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne, Heather O’Rourke, Michael McManus, Dirk Blocker, James Karen, Oliver Robins, Zelda Rubinstein
Runtime: 1 hour 50 minutes
LoveFilm synopsis: Life is pleasant for the close-knit Freeling family until a host of otherworldly forces invades their peaceful suburban home. Soon their house is transformed into a supernatural sideshow but the forces are anything but friendly. If the family don’t clear out soon, they’ll be swept into a chaotic nightmare!
My verdict: Michael has been insisting that I watch Poltergeist as part of my ‘filmic education’ for a loooooong time. When it arrived from LoveFilm, I managed to put off watching it for two weeks, but by week three, I realised that I needed to watch it or we’d never get any LoveFilm films ever again. I wish I’d watched it when it first came as I really enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. The family were really likeable, the mum made me laugh a lot and the kids were cute without being annoying. I have necrophobia, so I really didn’t appreciate the dead bodies rising from the ground scenes as the make up and effects were too spot on. This is one of the reasons I tend to avoid horror films! I’m looking forward to watching Poltergeist II – The Other Side (1986) and Poltergeist III – The Final Chapter (1988) when they arrive, and I won’t put off watching them!