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Title:   Poltergeist
Director:   Tobe Hooper
Year:   1982
Genre:   Horror
Times Seen:   2
Last Seen:   10.23.07

Other Movies Seen By This Director (3)
- The Mangler
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
10.23.07DVD I usually get pretty nervous showing movies I really love to friends who haven't seen them. Especially on the level of Poltergeist. I can understand how some people might not get into more culty or inaccessible films but... how can anyone not like Poltergeist!? OK it's possible to not like Poltergeist, but is it possible to keep being friends with me afterward?

Well luckily everything went fine. I was still worried though. Does the gnarly old tree freak 30 year-olds out the same way it freaked me out whenever I first saw it? the skeletons in the swimming pool? the creepy clown sitting in the chair? I think the guy peeling his face off freaks everybody out no matter how old you are but other scenes in the film... I dunno. They still work on me. On a certain level at least.

It does kinda suck being such a movie fan and having seen so much that it's so hard for me to get scared in movies anymore. I guess I never really got scared by movies even when I was a kid except for a handful of them, but now it's even fewer and farther between (the only ones I can think of recently are the pre-monster bits of The Descent and Session 9). I do cherish it when it happens though. Since Halloween is coming up, here are a few top-of-my-head scares from my childhood moviewatching:

NOTE: I don't mean in a BOO! knee-jerk reflex jump way but in a seriously creeped out thinking about it afterward way.

-Poltergeist: mentioned above

-Poltergeist 2: the preacher

-Flowers in the Attic: the end and how messed up it is.

-Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: according to my mom the heart scene freaked me out. I don't remember though.

-Prince of Darkness: At the end when the hand comes through the mirror, and the general slow burn of the whole movie (nowadays it's almost funny, oh well)

-Something Wicked This Way Comes: Like the whole movie

-Friday the 13th part 5: I know. I think I did it more to myself than the movie did but afterward I kept imagining someone outside my window watching me.

-The Haunting: All those sounds when they're in the one room with the rubber door

-Jacob's Ladder: The obvious hospital scene but also the little glimpses like the bag-over-their-heads guys on the subway train and the spike coming out of whatshername's mouth. creepy!

-The Shining: The whole vibe but most of all the creepy twins and the naked girl.
11.19.05DVD This was third. LOVE IT!
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