Horror Recommendation: Poltergeist (1982)

Posted: by Sean Gonzalez

Poltergeist (1982): Directed By Tobe Hooper

In One Sentence: Something paranormal is haunting a family and conversing with the children through the static of a television and various other forms of terror.

Why You Should Watch: Happy Halloween.

Today I thought it would only be fitting to end our month of Horror with the first horror flick I ACTUALLY enjoyed. Flash back to a thirteen year old Sean staying up late at night during the month of October in the living room watching this 1980s (go figure huh?) movie. That night a newfound love for a genre of movies would sprout in my head, followed by watching the second and the third Poltergeist the following nights. Here I am, nine years later, still in love with this movie and still appreciative of the 80s for their way of bringing to life pure dread.

The visuals are drenched in a distilled haze. There’s a dark and ominous presence brooding by the ghoulish attempts at contacting the family, that when the daughter is finally missing you can’t help but feel the pure terror from the actors. The late Heather O’Rourke really did a fantastic job at playing an innocent and unknowing girl, corrupted and curious by the voices in the T.V. Her harmless portrayal of wonder really add to the disturbing things that start happening in the house. Fuck It, the clown in this movie is one of the most terrifying beings around.

Not really much else to say. This is a classic film that has stood the test of time (and received a meh remake). There is something about the 80s horror films that have retained their edge and fright.

Favorite Line: You don’t think it’s kinda PUNK?