My Current Top 25 Favorite Horror/Suspense Movies starting with #25

  • XXV. The Omen (1976) (Directed by Richard Donner)
  • XXIV. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
  • XXIII. Se7en (David Fincher)
  • XXII. Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski)
  • XXI. Scream (Wes Craven)
  • XX. Hellraiser (Clive Barker)
  • XIX. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (Wes Craven)
  • XVIII. The Descent (Neil Marshall)
  • XVII. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1973) (Tobe Hooper)
  • XVI. Night of the Living Dead (1968) (George A. Romero)
  • XV. The Thing (1982) (John Carpenter)
  • XIV. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
  • XIII. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
  • XII. Misery (Rob Reiner)
  • XI. The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi)
  • X. Dead Alive (Peter Jackson)
  • IX A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven)
  • VIII. Halloween (1978) (John Carpenter)
  • VII. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
  • VI. Dawn of the Dead (1978) (George A. Romero)
  • V. Alien/Aliens (Tie) (Ridley Scott/James Cameron)
  • IV. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
  • III. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
  • II. Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
  • I. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)

Monday, April 7, 2008

They're Heeeeere! The #4 movie on my list: "Poltergeist"

Released in 1982, Tobe Hooper's "Poltergeist," in my opinion, is the scariest ghost story ever filmed. It is also one of the scariest "PG" rated films ever made ("Jaws" being the other). The story is by Steven Spielberg and it is full of frightening moments. From the old tree crashing into the kids room to the demonic clown trying to strangle the boy. The most unsettling and disturbing aspect of the film is the Carol Anne abduction by the "TV People." We later learn she is held hostage by "The Beast." The movie is chock full of terrific visual effects especially for the early 80's. The music by Jerry Goldsmith is atmospheric and often chilling. The acting is solid throughout especially Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams as the parents trying to keep it together despite all the bizarre happenings taking place in their household. The directior, Tobe Hooper, who also directed the terrifying "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," did a brilliant job with "Poltergeist." It remains and will remain one of my favorite scary movies. What are your thoughts of "Poltergeist?"

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