I think, IMHO, and this is not stated as an absolute truth…that some films are very scary on the first viewing, subsequent viewings not so much. I (meaning I and not you or anyone else) put Poltergeist in this category. While it still retains much entertainment value and has much to recommend it, the terror has faded. Others films like Carpenter’s The Thing and Alien still retain, for me (meaning me and not your or anyone else) retain levels of terror and fright.Upbeat? It’s like some of the scariest 15 minutes of all time. And how does it all end? Family loses their home and are crowding into a single room at a Holiday Inn with a completely uncertain future.
Poltergeist also had some unsettling gore/gross effects
And the common retort is always “ If I said it, obviously it’s just my opinion”.
Is it possible to LOVE THE THING, LOVE POLTERGEIST and still think ROSEMARY’S BABY is even scarier than either? Maybe it’s because I live in NYC? Nevertheless I’ve really been thrilled and haunted by all of them…Can’t wait for the 4K fright fest with BOTH THE THING and POLTERGEIST! I saw POLTERGEIST in a sneak preview at the Warner (formerly Cinerama) in Pittsburgh and we screamed and saw THE THING on the first day, I believe at the Rivoli in Times Square. Thrilling!Can we get back to talking about Carpenter’s The Thing as there is a Poltergeist thread with its upcoming 4K release?
Some friends and I went out to see The Thing on its original release. When we got back to our house, my housemate Jack was still rather unnerved by it. I didn't help any when I saw Jack's cat Cisco (who is one of the mellowest cats one could ever come across) and said, "Jack? How do we know that Cisco is really Cisco, and not a Thing?"
As for the film itself, I love the final scene of Kurt Russell and Keith David sitting across from each other, not trusting that they're both human. Carpenter has gone on record saying that it wasn't intended,but if you watch that scene closely, as they're talking, Russell's breath is billowing, while David's is not. It's no doubt a trick of what relative direction the set fans are blowing, but it definitely looks as if Keith David may not be human.
When I was comparing the audio last night, it was apparent to me that the UHD is better looking than the Arrow disc. With the caveat that I was focusing on the sound and only looking at a few scenes.
My wife, Stacy, who I love deeply, does not like horror and will not watch The Thing. I think she is amongst the majority of women. So I’m always a bit amazed to hear of a female horror fan who appreciates the “Yuchhy” things in life. Congrats to your daughter.My 20-year old daughter, who is a horror fan, couldn't believe it when I told her that. She loves the movie, has said it's one of her favorite horror movies of all time, and thought it was an immediately acclaimed classic.