year old girl named Carol Anne Freeling
(Heather O'Rourke) wakes up late at night
and noticers that the TV in the family
room is still on as programming was
finished for the night so the screen was
fuzzy and her father Steven (Craig T.
Nelson) is asleep on the couch. She
starts talking to it making out that it
is replying to her.
next day a storm is about to occur and
when its night time Carol Anne and her
older brother Robbie (Oliver Robbins) are
scared of the thunder so they sleep with
their parents as they leave the TV on.
Suddenly the programming is off the air
for the night and the TV is fuzzy again
but this time it's whispering and Carol
Anne watches it. A spirit of a hand comes
out of the TV and shakes the bed and
wakes up her brother and parents. Carol
Anne says "They're Here!"
next morning Carol Anne's mother Diane
(JoBeth Williams) asks her daughter what
she was talking about that night and
tells her mother about the TV people.
Suddenly there are supernatural powers
happening in their house as at first they
think it's fun and amazing.
at night another thunderstorm occurs and
a tree comes to life and tries to swallow
up Robbie to distract the rest of the
family while Carol Anne gets sucked into
a closet by a force and is trapped inside
the fuzziness of a TV screen.
family brings over a group of scientists
to try and rescue Carol Anne as Steven
later on discovers that their property
has a dark secret.
enjoyable film packed with plenty of
suspense and extremely original too.
This is a great look at a normal everyday
family thinking that they live in a quiet
normal neighborhood but the house is
haunted with spirits and you imagine it
all starts with a TV when programming is
off the air and a little girl is staring
at a blank TV screen.
It shows every child's fear of
thunderstorms and the dark too.
The acting is
terrific and superb. Craig T Nelson and
Diane Freeling play perfect off
of one another as a married couple as the
two of them have the perfect chemistry
making it look realistic.
We get to see the late Dominique
Dunne as a typical teenage girl and
is a shame she was murdered as she had a
promising career and this film would've
been a great leap for her.
We can't forget the late child star Heather
O'Rourke as at her age she was
amazing with her lines making them very
chilling when she talks about the TV
people which were the poltergeists
especially her first words when she says
We have a good supporting cast too as I
enjoyed Virginia Kiser as the
caring scientist Mrs. Tuthill as she
shows great emotions of wanting to help
the family from the poltergeist events.
We most of all can't forget about Zelda
Rubinstein's role as the short and
powerful minded Tangina Voyant who is
truly a hero in the film and repised her
role in the sequels too and still does
All in all I give all the cast members
two thumbs up for their effort and hard
work in this one.
In the special edition a
man is hallucinating in a mirror and
tears off his face.
Hooper hasn't had another successful
film to top off Texas Chainsaw
Massacre until Spielberg
presented him with this one which remains
his all time most successful work of all
He is still terrific at giving the
viewers a firght with the film. He shows great
scenes of the TV when the show is off the
air as at first you think that Heather
O'Rourke's character is just
imagining things when she talks to the TV
but then the next night when there was a
thunder storm you hear the whispering
sounds of the TV and then a spirit of a
hand shakes the bed of her parents. It
left me an impression when I first
watched that for sure.
He also directed the scene with O'Rourke
and Oliver Robins when they are
in their room the next night and then the
tree comes to grab Robins'
You will also jump when Robins notices
that his toy clown that he is too scared
to look at during the night time is not
sitting on the chair where he placed it
and then looks under his bed but the
clown grabs him from behind.
Hooper worked terrifically with
Nelson and Williams when
they flirt with one another during the
first night of the thunder storm in their
bedroom as you'd think they really are a
I loved the scenes where it showed the
monstrous spirit in the film which shows
excellent effects too.
has some nice sounds with the scenes of
the TV and composes well with other
scenes too but however his music sounds
too common with the mainstream films.
Carol Anne: Hello? What do you
look like? Talk louder, I can't hear you!
Hey, hello! Hello, I can't hear you!
Five. Yes. Yes. I don't know. I don't
[the canary has died] Oh... Oh
shit, Tweety, couldn't you have waited
until a school day?
Anne: They're here.
Sweetheart, last night, when you said
Carol Anne: Can I take my goldfish
Diane: Sweetheart, do you remember
last night when you woke up, and you said
Carol Anne: Uh huh
Diane: Well, who did you mean?
Carol Anne: The TV People.
Robbie: She's stoned.
Dana: Oh yeah? What do you know
Robbie: More than you. Ask Dad
Carol Anne: Uh-huh.
Diane: Do you see them?
Carol Anne: Uh-uh. Do you?
We were wondering if you had experienced
Ben Tuthill: What kind of
Diane: Oh, you know... dishes or
furniture, moving around by themselves.
Bastards. She's just a baby. Help her.
Help her. Can you hear what's happening?
Ahhh... this is probably going to be seem
a little strange. We hear better on this
channel. Don't ask me why. Well... ah...
I guess I will call her. Carol Anne.
Ah... i t's mommy, sweetheart. Ah, we
want to talk to you. Please answer me
baby. Please answer me. Please talk to
Marty: Look at the dog.
Diane: Are you with us now? Can
you... can you say hello to daddy?
Carol Anne: Hello, daddy.
Steve: Hello, sweetpea.
Diane: It's mommy, sweetheart.
Carol Anne: Hello, mommy.
Diane: Hello, baby. Can you see
me? Can you see mommy?
Carol Anne: Mommy? Where are you?
Where are you?
Diane: We're home, baby. We're
home. Can you find me? Can you find a way
to us, baby?
Carol Anne: Mommy, where are you?
I can't find you. I can't. I'm afraid of
the Light, mommy. I'm afraid of the
Carol Anne - listen to me. Do NOT go into
the light. Stop where you are. Turn away
from it. Don't even look at it.
She just moved through me. My God. I felt
her. I can smell her. It's her. It's her.
Smell my clothes. It's her. She's all
over me. It's her. She's on me. It's her.
I felt her. It's her. It is. It's... it
is... it's my baby. It's my baby. She
went through my soul.
Lesh: Some people believe that when
you die there is a wonderful light. As
bright as the sun but it doesn't hurt to
look into it. All the answers to all the
questions you want to know are inside
that light. And when you walk to it...
you become a part of it forever. Now,
some people die, but they don't know
I got beat up once by three kids. They
took my lunch money. Maybe they got hit
by a truck, and they're upstairs right
Help me tie this around my waist.
Diane: What do you think you're
Tangina: I'm going in after her.
Diane: She won't come to you. Let
Tangina: You've never done this
Diane: Neither have you.
Tangina: You're right. You go.
This house is clean.
DON'T TOUCH MY BABY.
Get away from my baby.
You son of a bitch. You moved the
cemetery, but you left the bodies, didn't
you? You son of a bitch, you left the
bodies and you only moved the head
stones. You only moved the head stones.