Lists: Horror, Traumatizing Films

Brief Synopsis: "A poltergeist invades a family home. What begins as minor excitement quickly turns into nasty ghostly encounters."

Overall Ranking: 560 (Rank from 1982: # 6)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 50%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Minnesota Man100 - Accept no substitutes...or remakes
(full review)
Colin Flanagan88 - "Poltergeist" is a great family horror film that still scares today.
Comedy: 0
Sex Appeal: 0
Scary: 7
Rewatch: 7
Bryan Lienesch77 - Gorier than it is genuinely scary, Poltergeist should be remembered as the modern start to the paranormal horror subgenre.
Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 5
Scary: 4
Rewatch: 5
JR B67

People Involved

  • Craig T. Nelson (Steve Freeling)
  • JoBeth Williams (Diane Freeling)
  • Beatrice Straight (Dr. Lesh)
  • Dominique Dunne (Dana Freeling)
  • Oliver Robins (Robbie Freeling)
  • Heather ORourke (Carol Anne Freeling)
  • Michael McManus (Ben Tuthill)
  • Virginia Kiser (Mrs. Tuthill)
  • Martin Casella (Dr. Marty Casey)
  • Richard Lawson (Ryan)
  • Zelda Rubinstein (Tangina Barrons)
  • Lou Perryman (Pugsley)
  • Tobe Hooper (Director)

  • Other Movies in the Series

  • Poltergeist II: The Other Side
  • Poltergeist III
  • Included in Achievement Trios...

  • The Poltergeists Are Here