Genre Guesstimation – Poltergeist (1982)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Jane of 500 Days of Film  She has chosen another genre that is well out of my own comfort zone but I am once again up for the challenge.  We will be reviewing our favorite Horror Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Aug by sending them to  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jane!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Horror Movies…

Poltergeist-1982“There is no death. There is only a transition to a different sphere of consciousness. Carol Anne is not like those she’s with. She is a living presence in their spiritual earthbound plane. They are attracted to the one thing about her that is different from themselves – her life-force. It is very strong. It gives off its own illumination. It is a light that implies life and memory of love and home and earthly pleasures, something they desperately desire but can’t have anymore. Right now, she’s the closest thing to that, and that is a terrible distraction from the real LIGHT that has finally come for them. You understand me? These souls, who for whatever reason are not at rest, are also not aware that they have passed on. They’re not part of consciousness as we know it. They linger in a perpetual dream state, a nightmare from which they can not awake. Inside the spectral light is salvation, a window to the next plane. They must pass through this membrane where friends are waiting to guide them to new destinies. Carol Anne must help them cross over, and she will only hear her mother’s voice. Now hold on to yourselves… There’s one more thing. A terrible presence is in there with her. So much rage, so much betrayal, I’ve never sensed anything like it. I don’t know what hovers over this house, but it was strong enough to punch a hole into this world and take your daughter away from you. It keeps Carol Anne very close to it and away from the spectral light. It LIES to her, it tells her things only a child could understand. It has been using her to restrain the others. To her, it simply IS another child. To us, it is the BEAST. Now, let’s go get your daughter. – Tangina

Number of Times Seen – Probably 5 times or so (a few times on cable in the 80’s and 11 Aug 2016)

Brief Synopsis – After a family moves into their new home strange things start to happen that make them begin to believe that perhaps the house may be haunted.

My Take on it – Being that I’m not a fan of the horror genre, it really wasn’t easy for me to find a film to watch that I recall liking from within the genre.

AS a kid, I was a bit scared of some of the scenes in this film, so I figured, that I’d give it another try and see what I think of it now, 34 years later.

The story is quite interesting and Steven Spielberg as the writer and producer did a great job of making us believe that this is happening.

I enjoyed watching how things play out here.

The cast is very good, but Heather O’Rourke and Zelda Rubinstein steal every scene that they are in and they are what we remember from this film.

This isn’t the kind of film that I’d like to watch over and over, but I still must admit that it’s a fun watch and I enjoyed rewatching some of the classic scenes that I recalled from my youth.

Bottom Line – Not as thrilling for me now as it was when I was a kid. The story is quite interesting tho and its fun watching things play out. Obviously Heather O’Rourke and Zelda Rubinstein steal every single scene that are in which us quite an accomplishment. Not the kind of movie that I’d be able to watch over and over, but overall its fun to watch and it’s nice to remember classic scenes as they unfold before my eyes once again. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Both of the terrors that plague Robbie came from Steven Spielberg’s own fears as a child, a fear of clowns and a tree outside his window. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Close, but it’s really hard for me to have favorites in the genre. I enjoyed this as a kid more than I did now, but it was still nice to revisit it.

Rating – Globe Worthy


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