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Poltergeist

By DAVID WEINER

July 17, 2013

They're here… Poltergeist premiered in theaters more than 30 years ago, and the Steven Spielberg-produced film still remains one of the scariest movies ever made. The story of an ordinary family that experiences malevolent spirits who claim their youngest daughter, Poltergeist was directed by Tobe Hooper of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre fame, but Spielberg's fingerprints are all over the film, from the themes of childhood innocence and imagination to the awe-inspiring soundtrack and cookie-cutter suburban setting that mirrors E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Back when the film came out, Spielberg told ET, "Essentially [Poltergeist] is a movie about tightening your stomach muscles and keeping them there for two hours until something gives."

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