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  • Poltergiest is no nonstop scream express; at times it pulls its punches (Spielberg wants that PG rating), and at times its effects are bigger than life and less than terrifying. But like Spielberg's Jaws, which was a perfect genre movie, Poltergeist does what it's supposed to do about as well as it can be done. show more

  • Poltergeist's most canny conceit is how it takes the concept of a haunted house—up to that point a gothic, remote icon (you practically had to accept a dare and then drive halfway across the state to ever find yourself in one)—and plops it in the middle of the most mundane of all possible locations: American suburbia. show more

  • Poltergeist is an effective thriller, not so much because of the special effects, as because Hooper and Spielberg have tried to see the movie's strange events through the eyes of the family members, instead of just standing back and letting the special effects overwhelm the cast along with the audience. show more

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  • June 29, 2009 cubbyduke
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    AMAZING!!

  • February 28, 2009 Sugamammasheree
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    this is one of the older greats that should be reconize..an entertaining original..like carrie and so forth. very entertaining,amusing without too much blood and gore,nice plot and the characters were great. rumor has it the small blonde girl fatally died after the movie,but i pray that is just an rumor. but this is one you definately should have trust me.!

  • July 19, 2008 Aikensims
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    It was a really great movie.great horror movie.you should watch it. you won't regret it.heather was great in it.

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