Happy Halloween! I will be posting a review of Psycho and Frankenweenie tonight as well continuing with the theme. A creative idea and a well produced movie starring JoBeth Williams (The Day After, Kramer vs. Kramer), Beatrice Straight (The Nun’s Story, Network), and Craig T. Nelson (Coach, The Incredibles), this is a horror classic that has aged an unfortunately large amount. Having not seen the 2015 remake or Poltergeist 2, I liked this as a stand-alone and think that it could stay in the top classic horrors for a long time. I enjoyed this movie, even with the now-awful CGI and idea that has become old in its retellings.
When a new housing estate is built over a graveyard and the builders move the headstones but not the bodies to cut cost, strange things begin to happen in some of the houses.
Other than ageing CGI that is now very difficult to take seriously and the logistical problems with building the foundations for the houses without moving the bodies, it is a horror movie that takes the supernatural into account so any continuity mistakes or such like can simply be excused as that.
Artistic Impression: 🌟🌟
1) The skeletons used in the pool scene are actually real skeletons because they were cheaper for the props department than fake ones.
2) Drew Barrymore was considered for the role of Carol Anne, but Steven Spielberg wanted someone more angelic. It was Barrymore’s audition for this role, however, that landed her a part in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
3) The hands which pull the flesh off the investigator’s face in the bathroom mirror are Steven Spielberg’s.
4) The scene where Diane is attacked in her bedroom by an invisible force was actually filmed in a rotating box with a stationary camera. This gave the appearance she was being dragged up the wall and across the ceiling.
5) The film lost two oscars it was nominated for that year to Steven Spielberg’s other film, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. One for the script, the other for the special effects.