Episode 13 – Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist (1982)
Every October we celebrate Halloween by profiling a great horror film, and this year we’re taking Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist out for a spin.
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Poltergeist (1982) dir. Tobe Hooper, USA
Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) dir. Brian Gibson, USA
Interview: Tobe Hooper by Mick Garris
“Poltergeist” [Score] (1982) w: Jerry Goldsmith
Want an amazing array of information about Poltergeist? Then go to PoltergeistIII.com! Sounds funny, but it’s true. This is one of the best websites about the Poltergeist films, dealing not only with the original but its two sequels and the recent remake, too. You’ll find everything from marketing materials and press kits, shooting scripts, and even a floor plan of the Freeling house.
There’s a great deal of information available about the supposed ‘curse’ that was to befall the participants in the film, including this article from International Business Times.
AMC’s Filmsite.org has done a great write-up on the film.
Check out some movie stills and their real-life locations from the movie, including the famous Tree in the Middle of the Road!
Finally, in the podcast we discussed the original versus its remake. Here’s some more opinions on that matter:
- Which to Watch: Poltergeist (2015) vs. Poltergeist (1982) (Fresh Fiction TV)
- Original vs. Remake (The Film Connoisseur)
- Poltergeist (1982 and 2015): Guilt and the American Dream (Horror Home Room)
- Remake Comparison (Wicked Horror)
If you want to follow us on Letterboxd, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Thanks again for checking out Celluloid Junkies. We’ll see you next month with a look at Ken Russell’s much-maligned masturbatory masterpiece “The Devils”.