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October 9, 2017 @ 9:15 pm
“Hooper and Spielberg hold our interest by observing the everyday rituals of this family so closely that, since the family seems real, the weird events take on a certain credibility by association.” – Roger Ebert
“Poltergeist is like a thoroughly enjoyable nightmare, one that you know that you can always wake up from, and one in which, at the end, no one has permanently been damaged.” – New York Times
“It’s parenthood elevated to the level of the divine—though, if the physical rotting corpses that erupt at its conclusion is any indication, the God of Poltergeist is far from a benevolent one.” – Brooklyn Magazine
Strange and creepy happenings beset an average California family, the Freelings — Steve (Craig T. Nelson), Diane (JoBeth Williams), teenaged Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O’Rourke) — when ghosts commune with them through the television set. Initially friendly and playful, the spirits turn unexpectedly menacing, and, when Carol Ann goes missing, Steve and Diane turn to a parapsychologist and eventually an exorcist for help.
Dir. Tobe Hooper. 1982. 114 min.
Stick around after the film! Redeem your ticket at the bar for $2 off any drink.