Although we've heard very little that could be deemed "official," it seems to be a pretty foregone conclusion that a shiny new Special Edition of Steven Spielberg's Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist is poised to hit DVD shelves within the next several months. Yes, there's been vague talks of remakes and/or sequels, but if you're looking for a modern-day ghost story that's as slyly amusing as it is hellaciously creepy -- you're going to want to see Poltergeist again soon.

According to this Poltergeist fan site, a group of professional Ghost Trackers were recently interviewed and filmed on their rounds. Who was doing the filming? The folks putting together the supplemental material for the new Poltergeist DVD, that's who. And hooray, says me. It's been too many years since I've sat down with Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams and the rest of the ill-fated Freeling family. (And yet despite all that horror, can anyone tell me the actual body count in Poltergeist? I'll give you a hint: It rhymes with "hero.")

One of the very few movies out there on which Steven Spielberg receives a screenplay credit, Poltergeist has become a favorite chiller of kids and grown-ups alike since 1982. I think it's one of the best 'haunted house' movies ever made, to be honest. There's no set date for the inevitably doubled-disced Poltergeist re-issue, but according to those Ghost Tracker guys, both Mr. Nelson and Ms. Williams have already been interviewed for the package. Now throw on a few audio commentaries, an FX breakdown and a full-bore 'making of' documentary, and you'll have I DVD I need to own. I'm betting this one hits the shelves well before Christmas.

So tell me: Which of these is scariest? The clown, the tree or the swimming pool? (Trick question: It's the steak!)
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