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Poltergeist
They're here … again. But why?
"...credited Tobe Hooper had indeed directed the horror hit Poltergeist or whether producer Steven Spielberg took the helm. After..."

May 29, 2015 Movie Review by William Goss

The Conjuring 2
Semi-retired ghost hunters make a comeback in the second installment of James Wan's spooky series
"...Based on the “real-life” Enfield Poltergeist that rattled Britain’s nerves from 1977 to 1979, James..."

June 10, 2016 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ghost Stories
Three very British tales of terror.
"...the dark, secluded woods where beasts may dwell; a poltergeist driving a man and his pregnant wife to extreme..."

May 4, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

The Darkness
Supernatural horror film from the Blumhouse scare factory
"...stumbled upon the bastard progeny of The Exorcist and Poltergeist (Parts I and II). It’s supremely silly stuff, relegating..."

May 20, 2016 Movie Review by Steve Davis

Dark Skies
Aliens mess with a suburban family's peace of mind in this unsettling, slow-burn thriller.
"...like an episode of The Twilight Zone crossed with Poltergeist. More chilling than terrifying, this movie’s predatory aliens are..."

March 1, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Messengers
This spook story is a surprisingly mediocre Hollywood debut for Hong Kong’s Pang brothers.
"...haunted-house horrors of the 1980s – The Changeling or Poltergeist – in which the characters are as terrified by..."

Feb. 9, 2007 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Out of the Dark
"...bit fun. Lau takes shameless pot-shots at everything from Poltergeist to Pulp Fiction, and Chaiu gives what must be..."

Oct. 20, 1995 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Screamlines
"...Poltergeist..."

Oct. 30, 1998 Screens Feature

Demons on the Set of Cursed Films
New series on Shudder asks why we want to believe in evil
"...supposed curses of the human skeletons in Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist, while the second recounts and debunks the supernatural events..."

April 3, 2020 Screens Feature by Matthew Monagle

Scare Fare
"...Kong are my favorites, though I can remember seeing Poltergeist with my roommate Alice Berry, who spent most of..."

Oct. 30, 1998 Screens Column by Margaret Moser

Host
Screenlife horror is more than a ghost in the machine
"...if the 60 Minutes crew did a reenactment of Poltergeist mid-show, and you'll understand the confusion). It was the..."

July 31, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Invisible Man
Universal Monsters update thrills as a high-octane Gaslight
"...psychological abuse feel like the actions of a second-rate poltergeist...."

Feb. 28, 2020 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

'Tis the Season
Something wicked this way screens
"...Carpenter's The Thing, The Exorcist, and my personal favorite, Poltergeist...."

Oct. 13, 2017 Screens Feature by Josh Kupecki

Pixels
Ever wish you could pixelate Adam Sandler?
"...includes new iterations of Mad Max, The Terminator, and Poltergeist, among others) is any indication, that decade is experiencing..."

July 24, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

DVDanger: Horror Roundup
The best and the rest of the month's home releases
"...By contrast, by-the-numbers low-budget horror The Poltergeist of Borley Forest is another riff on the classic..."

July 3, 2015 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: Dark Skies
Keri Russell is a modern suburban scream queen
"...I mean, seriously, when you watch Poltergeist, do you not think, "Wait, why has no-one called..."

June 3, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Apparition
A supernatural presence is released during a college experiment.
"...than it does anything else. Nods to better films (Poltergeist, Flatliners) and borderline better films (the Paranormal Activity franchise..."

Aug. 31, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Industry of Light and Magic
Fx guru and key 'Star Wars' figure Tom Smith to HRC
"...trifecta – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Poltergeist and E.T., which allowed Smith to build the company..."

April 15, 2012 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Insidious
Insidious, from the original Saw team, lacks thrills and originality.
"...coma. Insidious is littered with elements of genre classics (Poltergeist, The Exorcist, The Evil Dead) and nonclassics (Ovidio G...."

April 1, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Southland Tales
Six years after Donnie Darko, filmmaker Richard Kelly returns with this incomprehensible, self-indulgent mess of post-apocalyptic anxiety, political paranoia, and pop-culture references.
"...Revenge of the Nerds, the creepy little medium from Poltergeist, and dozens of forgotten comedians from Saturday Night Live)...."

Nov. 16, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

An American Haunting
A satanic-possession thriller set in 1817 stars Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek – to little avail.
"...swindle their local cat ladies.) Of course, in the pre-Poltergeist/Amityville days of yore, there were precious few spectral light..."

May 12, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Amityville Horror
A dream home on Long Island is not all it's cracked up to be: The family inside sees dead people.
"...morphing into the effects-driven model of the Eighties with Poltergeist. The most irritating aspect of the new movie, however,..."

April 15, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

SXSW and Amazon Announce Virtual Festival Lineup
Feature and shorts from 2020 fest going online for 10 days
"...rumored use of human skeletons on the set of Poltergeist, these stories are legendary amongst film fans and filmmakers..."

April 21, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Now Streaming in Austin: Eggshells
Let's get weird with Tobe Hooper's first film
"...with a basement ghost that feels a lot like Poltergeist). Also keep an eye out for Hooper's Saw mates..."

April 1, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Qmmunity
Signs of hope in the Capitol
"...to discriminate against would-be queer parents. And now, like Poltergeist, they're back. Luckily, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick – who..."

Jan. 18, 2019 Column by Sarah Marloff

Chronicle Recommends: Seasons Beatings
Our top picks for holiday movies with a twist
"...the Robot, Steven Spielberg (in a wheel chair, watching Poltergeist no less), Chuck Jones, Fifties sci-fi sci-guy Kenneth Tobey,..."

Dec. 6, 2018 Screens Post by Chronicle Film Staff

Austin's Paranormal Activity
Four places to check out if you ain't afraid of no ghosts
"...globe-trotting security expert investigate client claims of hauntings and poltergeist activity in the greater Austin area with his business..."

Oct. 10, 2018 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Holiday Viewing: Gremlins
Classic black comedy has the blues
"...flush off all-time grosser E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and producing Poltergeist, signed him on and promptly disappeared to make Indiana..."

Dec. 8, 2017 Screens Post by Raoul Hernandez

Tobe Hooper, R.I.P.
Remembering The Texas Chain Saw Massacre director
"...labor between himself and producer Steven Spielberg on 1982's Poltergeist. His final film, 2013's Djinn, was so ill-served by..."

Aug. 28, 2017 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

SXSW Music Live: Banks
Fuckery or non-fuckwithable?
"...From the moment she burst forth with “Poltergeist,” she made it clear that her low growl was..."

March 17, 2017 SXSW Post by Abby Johnston

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