Proving yet again that Hollywood doesn’t have an original brain amongst its writers, Poltergeist, a classic 1982 film, produced by Steven Spielberg, is getting an unnecessary remake.
The original, 1982 Poltergeist, is the first and most successful film of the Poltergeist film trilogy.
If you are among the few who have not seen Poltergeist, while living in an average family house in a pleasant neighborhood, the youngest daughter of the Freeling family, Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke), seems to be connecting with the supernatural through a dead channel on the televison. It is not for long when the mysterious beings enter the house’s walls. At first seeming like harmless ghosts, they play tricks and amuse the family, but they take a nasty turn by horrifying the family to death with angry trees and murderous dolls, and finally abduct Carol Anne into her bedroom closet, which seems like the entrance to the other side.
Poltergeist was released on June 4, 1982 and took in $76,606,280 at the movie box office. In today’s dollars, that would be over $250,000,000. It was Rated-PG because the only ratings in existence at the time were G, PG and R.
To this day, it remains one of the scariest movies of all time. The 1982 Poltergeist is a marginal masterpiece but lacks a lot of movie magic, in part, because Steven Spielberg did not direct the film. He only produced Poltergeist. Steven Spielberg was hard at work filming E.T. the same time that Poltergeist was being made. Both movies, E.T. and Poltergeist, were released in June 1982.
The original Poltergeist star, Heather O’Rourke, died at age 12 from cardiac arrest on an operating table after suffering from flu like symptoms, which many say were misdiagnosed as Crohn’s Disease.
In this new Poltergeist, Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.
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By Audrey Shine (Wild About Movies resident critic)