Poltergeist was set up nicely in order to scare movie goers
of the 1980s. It’s a film which isn’t based on any novella or already iconic horror book,
so viewers went in not knowing what to expect.
The main characters were all
cast with unknown actors, to make the storyline seem more realistic. And somehow,
the film got away with a PG rating, which meant less restriction on who was
able to see it in theatres.
The unexpected terrors of Poltergeist are what caught
audiences off guard and made it one of the stand out horror flicks of the
decade. What’s more is that the setting and plot genuinely changed the way
people think of the supernatural. It has since inspired an obsession with paranormal
activity, and created a sub-genre for the horror franchise.
In fact, the film’s own fiction seemed to manifest itself
upon real life, with cast and crew finding themselves experiencing strange
phenomena and overall causing some uneasy tension on set.
After all, the movie
was quite literally filmed near an unearthed Indian burial ground, with
the construction of a supermarket on top of it in Agoura Hills, Los Angeles. And
this was only the eerie beginning. Let’s find out why the thrills and scares of Poltergeist
felt so real and intense.