Poltergeist (1982) 4K Restoration

Director: Tobe Hooper Run Time: 114 min. Rating: PG Release Year: 1982

Starring: Beatrice Straight, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, JoBeth Williams, Richard Lawson

About the film:

1983 BAFTA winner for Best Special Visual Effects and Academy Award Nominee for Original Score, Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects.

The Freeling family start experiencing paranormal activity inside their small suburban home with the unexplained rearranging of furniture and closing and opening of cabinet doors. Things escalate quickly when their son is attacked in his sleep and their youngest daughter is kidnapped by ghosts. Desperate, they seek help from a parapsychologists in hopes of finding their daughter.

About the filmmaker:

While the film itself was written and produced by Steven Spielberg, due to contractual obligations for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Spielberg brought on Tobe Hooper to assist with directing the project. At the time, Hooper was most famously known for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the 1979 television adaption of King’s novel, Salem’s Lot. Spielberg and Hooper’s Poltergeist served as a shocking and refreshing revamp on a then slasher-filled horror genre, lauded by many as one of the most terrifying horror films in history. Hooper continued creating iconic horror films with works such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and the music video for Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself.”

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