Day 28: Released in 1982, Poltergeist is a great standard ghost story: house built on top of an ancient native american burial ground, angry spirits, furniture moving, get out of the house. Then the girl gets taken and we get an episode of Ghost Hunters that actually has ghosts in it. Poltergeist gives us some great practical special effects, good lighting and camera work, and some fantastic memorable performances, mainly Zelda Rubinstein as the medium.
At 4’3″ Zelda was the biggest character in the film, taking charge of the situation without fear and commanding that the little girl come home, commanding that her father go and rescue her. “This house is clean.”
Did you know: A common translation of the German word “Poltergeist” is “rumbling spirit”.