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Poltergeist

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Poltergeist

Certificate
15 Certificate
Title
99 Mins
Released
1982
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Packshot of Poltergeist
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
99 Mins
Released
1982

Amusement and wonder turns to horror as a poltergeist terrorises Craig T. Nelson's family home. When his youngest daughter Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) is taken by the spirits, a paranormal expert is brought in to save her and banish the poltergeist from the home. Contains strong horror. Flashing images throughout.

Cast & Connections

Cast

  • JoBeth Williams,
  • Craig T. Nelson,
  • Beatrice Straight,
  • Heather O'Rourke,
  • Dominique Dunne,
  • Oliver Robins,
  • Michael McManus and
  • Virginia Kiser

Director

  • Tobe Hooper

Screenwriter

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Did you know?

  • The hands which pull the flesh off the investigator's face in the bathroom mirror are Steven Spielberg's.
  • As a homage to his friend George Lucas, writer Spielberg filled the children's bedroom with Star Wars toys.
  • The film was originally given an R rating by the US censors, but the filmmakers complained and got the lower rating they wanted.
  • The MGM lion's roar is used for the sound of the beast that attacks the house at the end of the movie.

Awards

  • 3 Academy Awards nominated

    • 1982 Music (Original Score) - Jerry Goldsmith
    • 1982 Sound Effects Editing - Stephen Hunter Flick Richard L. Anderson
    • 1982 Visual Effects - Richard Edlund Michael Wood Bruce Nicholson
  • 1 BAFTA Awards won

    • 1982 Film Special Visual Effects - Richard Edlund
  • 1 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 1982 Film Special Visual Effects - Richard Edlund

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