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Poltergeist (1982) 4K Restoration

Opens on January 28

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

Country: United States
Language: English

This week only, celebrate 40th anniversary screenings of Frank Henenlotter’s Basket Case, George A. Romero’s Creepshow, Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist, and John Carpenter’s The Thing.

About the film:

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.

Poltergeist won a BAFTA for Best Special Visual Effects and was nominated for Academy Awards for Original Score, Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects.

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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