Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Poltergeist… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
“The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
This week’s review – Poltergeist
The summer of 1982 saw many classic movies getting released such as TRON, Star Trek II, Bladerunner, Rocky III, First Blood, The Thing and of course the the huge blockbuster E.T.
That year, Spielberg was working on Poltergeist. Due to a clause in his contact he couldn’t direct another movie while developing E.T. So he brought in Tobe Hooper. There has been much debate over the years who actually directed it. The film feels far more like a Spielberg movie, but then again Tobe Hooper can direct big budget scope features like Life Force so there are moments of horror that feel like the work of Hooper. I think it’s a 50/50 split.
Poltergeist still makes top 100 lists of scariest movies. Some may find it tame by today’s standard but i’m sure it will still make you jump, just make sure the volume is set high!