Friday Horror Night: POLTERGEIST (1982) @ The Flicks 2 @ The Empire
(114 mins, horror, written by Steven Spielberg)
A young family is visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they kidnap the youngest daughter. “They’re here”, never fails to send chills down your spine.
Enough power to knock you out of your dreams for long time, this film, was said to be directed by Tobe Hooper, whom had previous fame with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Special effects make this even more of a thrill ride of the ages, as Industrial Light and Magic was first starting out, and makes this one of the biggest special effects fest of cinema.
So in full circle, this family, this film, the most extraordinary horror film of the eighties, still has the power to ring every chill out of it’s script, while still managing to keep the audience calm with it’s realism, and relief.