‘Poltergeist’ draws mixed reviews from film club


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In the 1982 film “Poltergeist,” a child contacts the spirit world through a TV set.

Film club gathered recently to review “Poltergeist,” a 1982 horror film about a family being haunted by a spirit. Club ambassadors Gage Huff, a senior, and Emma Myers, a sophomore, both rated the film a 4 out of 5, while club sponsor Breana Davey gave it a 3 out of 5.

“I really loved it. It’s one of my favorite movies to watch around Halloween,” Myers said. “I think its so different from modern horror movies that are only about jump-scares. I liked how it was more slow paced and you would get long emotional scenes.”

Davey said she thinks the reason she didn’t enjoy it as much, and the reason most people don’t like older films as much is because they are so used to newer films such as “It” and “The Conjuring that make movies such as “Poltergeist” feel slow and repetitive by comparison.

Last week the club met to discuss “Frankenstein,” the first movie the members reviewed. Davey noticed similarities between the two films.

“Something that we noticed with ‘Frankenstein’ is that old movies have a better grip on symbolism,” she said. “New movies rely on special effects so much they don’t really need it”

Meyers mentioned a metaphor she noted throughout “Poltergeist.”

“I noticed something that I thought was really cool while watching this movie,” Myers said. “At the beginning of the movie you see a storm rolling in to signify that somethings coming and throughout the movie it’s raining, but then at the end of the movie you can see the ground is all wet because it just finished raining meaning the storm is over.”

Like Myers, Huff said enjoyed nearly every aspect of the film.

“The reason I think this worked so well is because it was one half special effects and the other half familial drama,” he said.

Nine people attended the meeting, and it was announced that next Monday the club will meet power hour A to review “Spirited Away,” a 2001 Japanese animated film.

By Evy Nigh