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Episode #292: Harvest Horror Fest - Poltergeist (1982)

October 5, 2022

Welcome to October! You know what that means, yes it’s time for our annual Harvest Horror Fest! We kick off our 5th annual event with the 1982 classic Poltergeist (1982) in honor of its 40th anniversary. Bonus topics include Prescott Film Festival was amazing, Star Wars, and movie trivia.

What can we say about a film that is as old as your hosts? A lot actually. Poltergeist (1982) is a fun, thrilling, classic jump scare fest with a lot of big names tied to it like Steven Spielberg. The special effects, hokey today, were cutting edge 40 years ago scaring the crap out of viewers. Mike and Matt feel the scariest part of this film is the unknown. you never ever see a visual representation of the poltergeist. You just get hints like sounds, conjured creatures, and a bunch of ghosts but never the actual poltergeist doing the mayhem. Is this film worth a watch, you betcha especially if you have not seen it. It’s classic horror at its finest and you can stream it right now on HBO Max. Mike with a shocking average score gives Poltergeist (1982) 3 out of 5 Reels. Matt, typically not a fan of the horror genre, awards the film 3.5 out of 5 Reels.  

Next week we continue the 5th annual Harvest Horror Fest with a reboot, reimagining, or maybe a retelling of Hellraiser (2022). It drops this Friday only on Hulu. Thanks for listening and we will chat with you next week!

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