🎥 Poltergeist – 1982
The Story …
Steven and Diane Freeling live in the planned community of Cuesta Verde, California.
Steven is a successful real estate agent, and Diane looks after their three children: 16-year-old Dana, 8-year-old Robbie, and 5-year-old Carol Anne. Late one night, Carol Anne inexplicably converses with the family’s television set while it displays post-broadcast static.
The next night, she again fixates on the television, and a ghostly white hand emerges from the screen, followed by a violent earthquake. As the family is shaken awake by the quake, Carol Anne eerily declares, “They’re here.”
The following day is filled with bizarre events: a glass of milk spontaneously breaks, silverware bends, and furniture moves on its own. These phenomena initially seem benign, but soon grow more sinister. During a severe thunderstorm, the gnarled backyard tree seemingly comes alive. A large limb crashes through the children’s bedroom window, grabs Robbie, pulls him outside into the pouring rain and attempts to devour him.
While the family rushes outside to rescue Robbie, Carol Anne is pulled into a portal inside the closet.
After saving Robbie from the tree, which got sucked into a tornado, the family frantically search for Carol Anne, only for her voice to call out from the television …
Parapsychologist Martha Lesh arrives with team members Ryan and Marty to investigate. They determine there is a poltergeist intrusion involving multiple ghosts.
Meanwhile, Steven learns from his boss that the Cuesta Verde development was built on a former cemetery and the graves were moved to a nearby location.
Dana and Robbie are sent away for safety, while Dr. Lesh calls in Tangina Barrons, a spiritual medium. Tangina determines the spirits are lingering in a different “sphere of consciousness” and are not at rest. They are attracted to Carol Anne’s life force. Tangina also detects a dark presence she calls the “Beast”, who is restraining Carol Anne and manipulating her life force in order to prevent the other spirits from crossing over.
The entrance to the other dimension is in the children’s bedroom closet and exits through the living room ceiling. Diane, secured by a rope, passes through the portal, guided by another rope previously threaded through both portals. Diane retrieves Carol Anne, and they drop through the ceiling to the living room floor, covered in ectoplasm. As they recover from the ordeal, Tangina proclaims the house is “clean”.
Shortly after, the Freeling family have nearly finished packing to move out of the house. Before the family is to leave, Steven goes to his office while Dana is on a date, leaving Diane at home with Robbie and Carol Anne. The “Beast” ambushes Diane and the children, aiming for a second kidnapping attempt. The unseen force drives Diane to the backyard in the pouring rain, where she stumbles into the flooded swimming pool excavation. Skeletal corpses and coffins float up around her in the muddy hole. Diane crawls out and rushes back into the house. She rescues the children, and they escape to the outside as more coffins and bodies erupt from the ground.
Steven, accompanied by his boss Lewis Teague, arrives home to the mayhem and realizes that only the gravestones were relocated; the development was built over the abandoned bodies. The Freelings jump into their car and collect Dana just as she returns home. They flee Cuesta Verde as the house implodes into the portal while Teague and stunned neighbors look on. The family checks into their room at a motel, where Steven promptly rips out the TV and shoves it outside.
- Directed by : Tobe Hooper
- Screenplay by : Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais and Mark Victor
- Story by : Steven Spielberg
- Produced by : Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg
- Cinematography : Matthew F. Leonetti
- Edited by : Michael Kahn
- Music by : Jerry Goldsmith
- Production Companies : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, SLM Production Group, Mist Entertainment and Amblin Productions
- Distributed by : MGM/UA
- Entertainment Co.
- Release Date : June 4, 1982
- Craig T. Nelson as Steven Freeling
- JoBeth Williams as Diane Freeling
- Beatrice Straight as “Dr. Lesh”
- Dominique Dunne as Dana Freeling
- Oliver Robins as Robbie Freeling
- Heather O’Rourke as Carol Anne Freeling
- Michael McManus as Ben Tuthill
- Virginia Kiser as Mrs. Tuthill
- Martin Casella as Dr. Marty Casey
- Richard Lawson as Dr. Ryan Mitchell
- Zelda Rubinstein as Tangina Barrons
- James Karen as Mr. Lewis Teague
- Dirk Blocker as Jeff Shaw
- Lou Perry as Pugsley
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