Friday, March 05, 2010
Poltergeist is the story of a nice, nuclear, suburban family who gets haunted to high heavens by an evil spirit. The little girl gets sucked into some kind of limbo portal in her bedroom closet and her family spends the rest of the movie trying to save her. Now, maybe I'm just a cynical movie watcher for some reason, but I had a few concerns with this movie as well.
I am the quintessential wuss. My boyfriend once turned the lights off and screamed "BOO," and I started crying. Although this movie was made in the 80s, an era which is not exactly recognized for its visual effects, this scene creeped the hell out of me.
Yes, I realize after a cut that it's totally a model head, but it's just gross. I also have an irrational fear of clowns, so the little kid's creepy clown doll scared me too, even before it went evil. I just wanted to ask the kid why he had a creepy clown doll if he had to cover its face before he could sleep at night.
I guess its a universal understanding that people in horror films always make bad choices. If my kitchen furniture started stacking itself up on my table, I would be out of my house and down the street in record time. The woman in this movie, however, chooses to LET THE SPIRIT DRAG HER AND HER CHILD ACROSS THE FLOOR. Woman, are you nuts? You know nothing good could come out of that. And then after the spirit is supposedly eradicated, the family chooses to stay in the house over night. My God, why? If my family was being terrorized by our own house, I'm pretty sure I would save my daughter from the limbo within the walls and get the hell out of there. The Freelings just thought it was no big deal.
Overall, this movie was pretty decent, and I would recommend it if you're scared of everything like I am. If you need realistic visuals, skip it unless you're in the mood for a good laugh.