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Title: Poltergeist
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Written by: Steven Spielberg
Michael Grais
Mark Victor
Produced by: Steven Spielberg
Frank Marshall
Kathleen Kennedy
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography: Matthew F. Leonetti
Edited by: Michael Kahn
Steven Spielberg
Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Released: June 4th, 1982
Rating: PG
Running time: 114 min. (1 hr. 54 min.)
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $10,700,000
Gross: $76,606,280 (US) [1]
Next: Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
"They're heeeeere."
Carol Anne Freeling — (audio)Listen (file info)

Poltergeist is an American horror movie of the supernatural thriller and haunted house subgenres. It was directed by Tobe Hooper and written and produced by Steven Spielberg. Distributed by MGM, it was released theatrically in the United States on June 4th, 1982. The premise of the film centers around the Freeling family - a group of yuppies who find themselves in a dire situation when their youngest daughter, Carol Anne, gets sucked into the television set.

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  • The tagline for this film is, "Some things have to be believed to be seen.".
  • The MPAA originally gave Poltergeist an R rating, but the filmmakers protested successfully and received a PG rating for the movie. [2]
  • Examples of symmetrical chair stacking, as demonstrated in this film, can also be found in the "The Ties That Blind" episode of the North American version of the TV series Being Human.
  • In the "Phantom Traveler" episode of the TV series Supernatural, the characters of Sam and Dean Winchester are walking through an airline talking about the existence of a possible poltergeist. An airline worker passing by partially hears them and says, "Poltergeist? I love that movie!"
  • This is the first work in the horror genre for visual effects editor Conrad Buff. He is also known for working on the 1995 movie Species as an editor.

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