Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 3 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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 It's Spielberg time once again! And this time, I'm taking you to the depths of "Poltergeist." Though this film is directed by Tobe Hooper, it bears the name Spielberg under a Producer, Writer, and Production credit, not to mention his influence can be seen everywhere. Here's a little something I wrote about it for my class...

When I heard we were adding Poltergeist to the roster, I was skeptical at first. Partly because it doesn’t bear Spielberg’s name under the Directing credit (though it does under every other credit) and partly because I really wanted to watch Tin Tin. However, after seeing Poltergeist, I can clearly see where Spielberg made his mark despite the heavy influence of Tobe Hooper. 


Poltergeist is essentially a horror film, but Spielberg added his lighthearted touch to include a family dynamic and heartwarming tone amongst the frightening elements. A majority of the movie was based on finding Carol Ann and bringing their family back together. You can see early influences of a loving family from the very beginning. For example, when Stephen lays in bed with his son and teaches him how to count the thunder to ease his fears. Normally, we see a deadbeat dad contributing minimal effort to their children, but in Poltergeist, we finally see a functional family (despite dysfunctional circumstances). 


The use of light is a prominent element in this film as well. Known as a common Spielberg-ism, light was used as an answer to all questions in Poltergeist. As always, light was used in correlation with the supernatural beings that haunted their home. In past films, light was used when coming into contact with aliens or extra-terrestrials. Clearly, Spielberg had a great influence in this film and left his mark to make it his own. 


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