Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Night 3 of the Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween

Welcome to night 3 of the second annual Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween. Make sure to stop by our Giveaway Post and enter to win a goodie bag full of frightfully good treats from 12 different shops! Tonight we have the next movie review off our Halloween Movie List. Follow along for an extra 25 entries in the giveaway. But first lets get to our featured item of the night from Laughing Vixen Lounge.

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Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween Movie List.
Follow along with us for a month full of classic and fun spooky movies. Each night there will be a movie review of the next movie on our Halloween Movie List. Leave a comment on each post with your opinion of that movie. On the last day you will find the magic phrase you will use to unlock the entry worth 25 entries in the giveaway. You must comment on each post.

Night 3 - Poltergeist

Tagline - They're here
               It knows what scares you
              The first real ghost story

Directed by Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Salem's Lot and Body Bags), written by Steven Spielberg and released on June 4, 1982 by MGM/UA (rated PG. The Freeling family starts to experience some "odd" going-ons in their house. It's interesting until their little girl goes missing. Not knowing what to do the family brings in a group of paranormal experts to help. Can they help find Carol Ann before it's too late.

I enjoy watching this movie. By today's standards it wouldn't be considered very scary but I think it's a nice mix of creepy and childhood scary. Meaning it plays on lots of childhood fears. The fear of the dark, the thing under the bed and of course the monster in the closet. Plus it has good actors. And really...who doesn't think that clown is freakin' scary looking?!!

I also found myself extremely nostalgic looking at all the toys in the kid's bedroom and at all the 80's electronics/fashions/etc. If you haven't seen it for awhile it might be a nice treat.

Take a look at the original trailer

Some trivia about the movie
1. The hands which pull the flesh off the investigator's face in the bathroom mirror are Steven Spielberg's.
2. As an homage to his friend George Lucas, Spielberg populated the children's bedroom with Star Wars toys. He did the same in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
3. Heather O'Rourke, who played the little girl Carol-Anne, and Dominique Dunne, who played the teenage daughter, are buried in the same cemetery: Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Dunne was strangled into brain-death by her boyfriend in 1982, the year of the film's release. Six years later, O'Rourke died of intestinal stenosis.
4. The film was originally given a R rating, but the filmmakers protested successfully and got a PG rating (the PG-13 rating did not exist at the time).
5. The sound effect for the beast that attacks the house at the end of the movie is the source for the current MGM lion roar.
6. The house used to film this movie is located in Simi Valley, California where it still stands today. The family who owned it when this movie was filmed still live there today.
7. A common translation of the German word "Poltergeist" is "rumbling spirit".
8. Stephen King was briefly approached to write the screenplay. It would have been the first written by King directly for the screen, but the parties could not agree on the terms.


  1. scared the hell out of mew as a kid


  2. I couldn't watch TV for months,m I first saw it when I was 5


  3. sheila musselman askinsOctober 3, 2012 at 5:58 AM

    i remember the first time i saw this scared the crap outta me lmao To this day whenever there is 'snow' on the TV it creeps me out and I expect to hear a lil voice say...they're hereeeeeeee LOL I think this is still a good scary flick to enjoy.yes its not as over the top as today's horror flicks...but the creep factor it brings will still get to ya! momma2100 at live dot com

  4. *Hate* that clown! (well...all clowns pretty freak me out)

  5. I wasn't born yet when it came out, but watched it in my teens. Still creeped my out.

    RC: Amanda D.

  6. Another scary film I've never seen. Don't plan to start now.

  7. This movie is, as you said, spooky nostalgia. I loved the scene with the kitchen chairs... Now, I'll probably have to watch it again:)

  8. ohyeah, this is one of those supermovies that is so sensory-rich that you just get sucked into it...truly spooky! Static on the TV? Yep, spooky ever since. But I still don't know...when you see the light, do you run for it or away from it? ;)

  9. yep...this is one that I cannot watch...creeps me out too much :0


  10. I really want to see this one. I've never seen many of the classics :( But this sounds really cool and just real enough to be scary lol Fear of fear I guess.

    -Rachael Henzman

  11. Tobe Hooper is one of my fave directors, this movie was awesome in the theater

  12. This movie is a classic from my childhood. I remember my parents not letting me watch it when it first came, I jump at the chance to watch it when it comes on. "This house is clean"...

  13. I had forget this movie. I haven't seen it yet

  14. this movie scared the crap out of me when i was little...

  15. I saw Poltergeist when it first came out and it is one of the few that scared me. They did a good job of building up the suspense, making you think it was over and then dishing out more scares.

  16. Seriously...Can that voice be any creepier!

  17. This movie I remember watching when I was scared the crap out of me then now ....not to scarey now...but still like it...

  18. It was really scary when i was young!!! Brrrrrr

  19. I loved Zelda Rubenstein! and will watch this movie over and over.