May 30, 2013

Poltergeist

Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist has still got to be one of my favorite movies. For its time, it scared the pants off many people, including my sister. It didn’t scare me. I’m not sure why. Maybe its because there were so many aspects to the movie – romance, religion, supernatural.

For one, it had a love story. Diane and Stephen Freeling have to fight together to save their family. Stephen has to let Diane go to the other side without him, even though he desperately wants to protect his family. Definitely has some romance there.

Its even got religious connotations. My favorite part is at the end of the movie when Carol Anne and Robbie are in the bedroom and their mother, Diane, can’t get to them. A white ghostly monster guards the door. She tries to get help from a neighbor, but falls into the swimming pool, loaded with corpses. When she climbs out, she’s determined to save her children. Running down the hall to Carol Anne’s and Robbie’s room, she pushes open the door only to see the closet alive. A long tenacle is reaching for her children to take them to the other side. A wind is trying to hurl Diane, Carol Anne and Robbie to the other side. Carol Anne and Robbie are hanging onto their headboards for dear life while Diane is hanging on to the door jam.
“Robbie, take my hand,” Diane yells. Robbie fumbles but takes her hand.
“Now, take your sister’s,” Diane orders.
Before the tenacle can grab Carol Anne, Diane looks up at the ceiling. “God, help me.”
She’s able to yank herself and her two children out of the chaos. Still gives me chills.

But there’s also the myth, the film is haunted since both Dominique Dunn, the oldest daughter, and Heather O’Rourke, die after the movie was made. At least, Dean Winchester claims on an episode of Supernatural. What do you think?

Yes, I’m watching it right now. A definite classic. What about you? Do did you like Poltergeist and what was your favorite part?

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