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Haunted Movie Review:
Poltergeist (1982)

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Tobe Hooper


Steven Spielberg … (screenplay) &
Michael Grais … (screenplay) &
Mark Victor … (screenplay)

Steven Spielberg … (story)


Craig T. Nelson … Steve Freeling
JoBeth Williams … Diane Freeling (as Jobeth Williams)
Beatrice Straight … Dr. Lesh
Dominique Dunne … Dana Freeling
Oliver Robins … Robbie Freeling
Heather O’Rourke … Carol Anne Freeling
Zelda Rubinstein … Tangina

Plot Summary

Suburban life has been very pleasant for the close-knit Freeling family, until a host of otherworldly forces invade their peaceful home. The hauntings begin harmlessly enough, with just an odd occurrence or two, but soon escalate into a swirling supernatural ordeal involving the disappearance of little Carol Anne Freeling, the family’s youngest. The Freelings reach out to a team of psychic investigators, but the spectral forces at work turn out to be darker and more powerful than anyone could imagine, and all concerned risk spiritual and physical destruction in their efforts to rescue Carol Anne and understand what is happening to them.

Main Characters

JoBeth Williams is Diane Freeling, the loving wife and concerned parent trying to keep her family together and safe from the unknown.

Craig T. Nelson is Steve Freeling, the father and he is on the brink of losing his mind.

Heather O’Rourke is Carol Anne Freeling, the star of the film, who played her role memorably.

Zelda Rubinstein is the clairvoyant Tangina Barrons, with a wonderfully distinctive voice and laugh… leader of the paranormal team and the discoverer of the portal to the other side.


In 1982 by the Academy Awards Poltergeist was Nominated for an Oscar in 3 categories: Best Effects – Sound Effects Editing, Best Effects – Visual Effects, and Best Music – Original Score.

In 1983 the Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror awarded Poltergeist with the Saturn Award in 3 categories; Best Horror Film, Best Make-up, and Best Supporting Actress.

The movie was also Nominated for 3 other categories but did not win they were: Best Actress, Best Director and Best Music.

In 1983 Poltergeist won the BAFTA film Award for Best Special Visual Effects.

Heather O’Rourke was also nominated for The Young Artist Award for Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.


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