Summer of '82: Poltergeist Comments - Mania.com



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SinisterPryde 6/4/2012 12:28:16 AM

Its also noteable that in a time when slasher flicks were quickly becoming prevalent that the total body count for this movie was zero.

raa2001 6/4/2012 1:13:42 AM

 Poltergeist scared me the most as a child

ElBaz13 6/4/2012 5:00:06 AM

I remember watching this on home video when it first came out. Didn't sleep for days. That clown doll got to me.

 

karas1 6/4/2012 6:00:23 AM

Rob, you're a hell of a writer.  You have a winning way with words.  I love reading your reviews.

zopilotez 6/4/2012 8:12:58 AM

Even today, this is still one of the best horror movies

jppintar326 6/4/2012 10:41:28 AM

Sad that Heather O'Rourke died at such a young age.  I don't know if I believe in the Poltergeist curse but the fact Dominique Dunne also died and two people who appeared in the second movie died does make you wonder.

raa2001 6/4/2012 11:04:02 AM

 The doll and the tree scared the you know what out me as a kid. I had toys under my bed and I also had a tree next to my window that would cast a scary shadow during a thunderstorm.

Wiseguy 6/4/2012 12:24:58 PM

LOL raa, I had the same experience. I swear that tree gave off shadows that looked like bony claws tryin to get me. This was while I lived in my uncle's house, he'd hear me whimpering and come to investigate and I'd deny that I was crying. I was scared of the tree but more scared to admit I was crying because I was scared of the tree.

Love this movie. Wasn't it getting remade or was that shelved?
 

DarthoftheDead 6/4/2012 1:35:06 PM

The only Horror Movie scarier than Poltergeist (to me), Rhinestone.......

MaLarrya 6/4/2012 3:55:14 PM

I used to live in Simi right around the corner from where Poltergeist was filmed. This was an exciting time (1981), seeing all the trailers, construction crews, and actors. I actually saw them filming the part when Steve Freeling (Craig T. Nelson) and his boss were walking out of the house and down the front walkway discussing why he hadn't been at work in some time. I was pretty sure Speilberg was there next to the camera but wasn't too familiar with his appearance at that time. I talked with some of the crew members who were digging holes in the grassy areas running along the sidewalk, asking them what the movie was about and what the holes were for. One guy showed me it was to put the coffins inside on hydraulic lifts.

I figured this was some cheap horror movie that would blow since I didn't recognize any of the actors’ names starring in the movie. I had no idea how awesome it would be, until I sat in that darkened theater the following June on opening night. What a total shocker! I remember seeing it with my friend Dan and we discussed for a while afterwards how surprised we were that a PG rated movie could scare so well. Today it stands as one of my top 5 favorite horror movies of all time. I really do miss those summers in Simi, they had such wonder and discovery.

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