Director: Tobe Hooper, 1982
Pros: original for its time, good story
Cons: doesn't hold up to modern sensibilities, overly dramatic
When the 5 year old daughter of a real estate developer claims to hear voices in a TV, her tale is discounted. Suddenly strange things start happening in their home and the girl is taken by the unquiet ghosts. The family races to get her back, asking a college team of parapsychologists for help.
While Poltergeist is a classic, it doesn't really hold up by today's standards. The acting is decent and the story good, but the effects are fairly cheesy and deaden the impact of the psychological and physical horror of the plot.