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By M. Faust, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

One of the all-time great haunted house movies.

Movie PG 1982 114 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 52 parent reviews

age 10+

Great Introduction To The Horror World, Dependent On Your Child

Tonight I watched this movie with my daughters. My three year old was already asleep on my lap and woke up to laugh at a couple parts, I don't think she understood most of it. But my eight, almost nine year old daughter found a couple things scary. I remember my mom showing me this movie. She skipped over the scene where the guy pulls his face off so I did too. My oldest was slightly scared by the scene in which Robbie is almost eaten by the tree. But the scene that really got to her was towards the end when the clown is on Robbie's bed. I'll be honest, I forgot that was in there so it got to me a little too. She hates clowns. I understand the point of a horror movie is to scare, but I can't help feeling like she wasn't ready. She fell asleep just fine but did say she was scared when she got into bed. If your child is 10 or a strong 9 and isn't the type to get scared at night, then this is their gateway into the land of Horror. Don't let them watch this on their own though! If at that age, this movie should be watched with family sitting close by to remind them it's all just a movie, and that they're safe.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
4 people found this helpful.
age 11+
A slightly boring but interesting haunted house movie has a few bloody moments but very comic and cartoony.

This title has:

Too much violence
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (52 ):
Kids say (234 ):

This 1980s story of a family assaulted by ghosts remains compelling and thrilling. Poltergeist's strong cast makes up for once top-of-the-line special effects that now look a bit dated.

The film works because the characters are so well written that we can't help but root for them and wish for their safety. And the writers don't abuse the fact that we've come to care about them: We're scared at the ordeals they face, but they all come through, saved by their love for one another.

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