13 Jan 2010

Film review: Poltergeist (1982)

It was a movie worth seeing.

Everything starts with “nothing special” – with pictures of safe and calm homes, with the idol of family ( As it often does in unhomely valley films) . Then we are in some way prepared for what will happen next with the odd elements emerging (like the TV turning on and a little girl talking with it) . After that the really scary things start to happen.

This idea of “It knows what scares you” is very frightening it self. The characters are arranged to meet their biggest fears (the boy was scared by the creepy tree and the clown , that in the end with both of them he had to face). I think there is nothing more horrible than to experience one’s biggest fear.

One more thing is , to me, the most scary it can be. When everything seemed to end ( when the little strange lady cleaned the house) there’s this twist in the story and everything becomes even worse ( the poltergeist strikes again even stronger ( the coffins coming to the surface, demons appearing and so on.) It gives the feeling - this will never end and I will never be calm again.

The biggest impact came from the use of sound and the light. It was very surprising how these elements can serve top create really scary mood as well as very enjoyable scenes to watch .

I mostly enjoyed the parts of the film where the most frightening happened in sterile clean – white scenes ( when Carol Anne was taken in the closet for example).

This film was really enjoyable  … and really frightening in the very end.


  1. Hey Jolanta,

    I'm also of the opinion that the strongest scenes happen when the special effects are at their most 'theatrical' (i.e. 'smoke and mirrors'). The sequence when Diane enters the closet is not only hugely romantic (I love the husband/wife dynamic - so warm), but also very thrilling - and accomplished through great use of sound and a brilliant soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith. I also love all the 'whispering' scenes, which draw you into that house and the family - you really have to listen to those conversations and concentrate. Personally, I find it a very moving film - a story about an imperfect family and about love most of all; of course, just as in The Stepford Wives etc. there is an implied critique of urbanisation (look up Levittowns for example) and consumerism, with the houses being built on the graveyard... I'm pleased you enjoyed it! :-)

  2. Yes,I agree with your oppinion, there really were those moments of intimate conversations and it is really the story about love. :)

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