While living in an average family house in a pleasant neighborhood, the youngest daughter of the Freeling family, Carol Anne, seems to be connecting with the supernatural through a dead channel on the televison. It is not long when the mysterious beings enter the house's walls. At first seeming like harmless ghosts, they play tricks and amuse the family, but this friendly behaviour doesn't last for long...
Managing to cause ripples post release — two sequels, a TV series plus a real life "Curse Of Poltergeist" that gained currency following the tragic deaths of Heather O' Rourke and Dominque Dunne (oldest daughter Dana) — the movie remains a riveting demonstration of cinema's power to startle. And its concluding lesson — that you should always choose movies over television — is one you ignore at your peril.
Reviewed by Ian Freer
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