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I love this film but I agree it could benefit from getting trimmed a teeny bit. The whole scene of bespectacled dude ripping his face off seems out of place and the film would be just as good without it. In fact, cut that scene out and there will be absolutely zero change. He leaves after it but the line 'Marty won't be coming back' is said after he sees the ghosts with everyone else, so the face ripping scene is pointless, he could just as easily flee after seeing the spooks. It would also change the UK rating from 15 to a 12 (the kids in peril bits would stop it from being a PG, I'm guessing).
Call in Spielberg to finish the download?
I'm a 1000% in agreement with Trey. This movie TERRIFIED me as a kid.
Such movies can fuck you up... Two weeks ago a strange gelatinous substance appeared near my TV set. You know what my first thought was? "Ectoplasm! We have a poltergeist!"
(Turns out it probably came from a cracked dehumidifier.)
Love this film, definitely one of, if not my favourite scary movie.
I don't really think any "horror" movie released after this one is quite as successful in combining all aspects of cinema into a very natural feeling, scary, and intimate package.
Most scary movies of recent are just dull, clichéd and monotone. Poltergeist has a great contrast between the scary parts and the intimate drama, which makes it all the more effective when they snap back and forth. I would personally definitely not trim the film in any way.
A recent scary movie I really liked was "Insidious". Yet, even that immediately fails to generate this contrast by having creepy violin score over an ominous title card, immediately telling you in no uncertain terms what the film is going to be.
"They don't make them like they used to" is my main feeling with Poltergeist.
Plus all the effects are absolutely gorgeous here. The optical light effects are stunning and any modern CG would look completely different from it. The practical puppet effects are beautiful aswell.
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Insidious is okay, but it's incredibly derivative of Poltergeist. It's directed by James Wan, the same guy who made the first Saw movie. It's funny how he's single-handedly changed the direction of horror cinema twice now. His film kicked off the torture porn trend, and Insidious started a wave of low-budget possession/haunting films. If you want a really good horror film from him, check out The Conjuring from this summer. If Insidious is him doing 80s horror, The Conjuring is him doing 70s horror. It's a lot of fun, and one of the smartest, most restrained horror movies I've seen in years.
You guys were discussing worst apocalyptic or nightmarish scenario for each of you. Haunted house, zombies, unicorn, The Thing, etc.
It's gotta be (Giger) Aliens. Face-raping, chest-bursting, acid-for-blood, skull-puncturing, pure viciousness. It's the most perfectly conceived movie monster (of roughly human size).
Give me vampires, zombies, Frankenstein, any day over frigg'n aliens in the basement.
Did anyone see the remake? We made a few predictions about what might happen in it and I never followed-up and found out if we were right.
So far (I'm listening now), we've predicted:
1) That we'll end up seeing the "other side" that the girl is pulled to
2) That she will be pulled through considerably earlier in the remake than the original
I didn't feel like actually watching the entire remake (the original didn't really do much for me), but just decided to skim through it to see if the predictions were correct.
1.) We DO end up seeing the other side. Our first thorough look is with a drone.....
2.) I had the extended edition, which added 7 more minutes to the beginning, but is still shorter than the original. She gets pulled into the other side 8 minutes after she does in the original, while it would be 1 minute after in the theatrical cut. Stated as a % of the total film's length, she gets pulled into the other side at 34% in the original, at 46.5% in the remake extended edition, and at 43% in the remake theatrical edition (if I'm correct about 7 extra minutes at the beginning).
So all in all, 1 out of 2 of those predictions were correct! Not bad.
I'm still not a big fan of this movie. Maybe I'm just too used to today's mainstream horror films. But I've been trying to watch more old horror movies based on which of them have commentaries here. I saw The Thing and liked it quite a bit!
Science! Yes! Someone with answers!