Why not bring one of the biggest Hollywood stars together with one of the most iconic horror directors of the 1970’s. Producer Stephen Spielberg and director Tobe Hooper come together in 1982 with the legendary production, Poltergeist, a new take on the ghost story. The word itself means a rumbling ghost in German and refers to an entity that simply doesn’t haunt but instead manifests itself by actually disturbing the items and people within its surroundings.
Everything seems great with the Freeling family. They have three beautiful children, Steven Freeling is successful at work, and his wife Diane seems to be the perfect mother. But suddenly their tranquility ends when bizarre happenings occur within the home they live in. Soon one of them goes missing. As they bring in paranormal investigators for help, Steven discovers something about the neighborhood itself that could be causing all the commotion.
The film brought to the world the iconic phrase “They’re here” and has become known as not only a classic but possibly the very best ghost film of all time. With its great performances by Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, and the three child actors, plus the iconic performances of both Oscar winner Beatrice Straight and Zelda Rubinstein, Poltergeist continues to be associated with iconic film. Now, in 2015, a remake has been made. Can it match the original? Listen to the episode to hear what Dark Discussions thinks. Author Kristi Petersen Schoonover joins the crew to talk about the two films.