A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they "kidnap" the youngest daughter.Written by
(at around 57 mins) At a point of the movie, Dr. Lesh talks with Diane and Robbie about a white light that people see when they are dying. As well as it describes may derive from war stories that pilots claim to have seen in combat, the Dr. Lesh's explanations about the light and the effects of the people who see it are inspired in the book "Life After Life", written by Dr. Raymond Moody and published in 1975. It's a series of compilations and testimonies about people who by a brief time were dead and later lived again, called NDE or Near-Death Experience. One of the trademarks in this phenomenon is a voice (commonly a friend or familiar died time ago) saying "It's not your time", indicating to the person that he/she must back to life, closing it to the Dr. Lesh's explanations. See more »
(at around 6 mins) In the opening shot immediately following the credit of "Directed by Tobe Hooper": Jeff Shaw on the bicycle pulls out of his drive-way (at the end of a cul-de-sac) on a bicycle with a crate of beer under his arm, and he turns left. Opposite the cul-de-sac is a yellow van parked in its driveway. However after he turns left, there is no yellow van and the texture of the lawns are completely different. It is a different street. See more »
Carol Anne Freeling:
Hello? What do you look like? Talk louder, I can't hear you! Hey, hello! Hello, I can't hear you! Five. Yes. Yes. I don't know. I don't know.
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The initial end credits has the closing shot of the Holiday Inn as a backdrop. See more »
For ABC's 1985 network television premiere, Marty's hallucination is altered so instead of him ripping his own face off, he sees his face rapidly deteriorate briefly. See more »
This movie was eerie to watch. Spielberg is usually about big, dramatic things and loud noises but this movie was subtle, creepy, and disturbing. He did it all very well too.
A house is haunted, and a little girl and her family are harassed by malevolent spirits. Pretty standard horror, but Spielberg adds his own style to the mix and the result is pretty good.
The family element adds a lot to the film too. In lots of horror films, it's usually just one or two people being haunted. Here it's a whole family. Maybe that does happen a lot, but Spielberg makes movies for the whole family quite a bit so maybe that's why it works well here.
Horror fans should like this. Haunted house fans too. Spielberg fans will enjoy the auteur working outside his normal range.
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