Who REALLY directed "Poltergeist?"

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  1. Paff

    Paff Super Moderator

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    I was reminded of this thread last night while reading Hooper's book Midnight Movie.

    Midnight Movie is a work of fiction, but Hooper is writing it in the first person as himself. In the segment I was reading last night, he was doing a Q&A after a movie screening, and the first question an audience member asked was "Who directed Poltergeist?"
    Hooper says "I get this question all the time, and answered it the same way I answer it every time: 'no comment' "

    So obviously he's aware of the "controversy", although he doesn't seem to want to end it...
     
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    Ash28M Active Member

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    Him saying no comment actually says a lot, why would you say no comment when asked something as basic as that, unless there is more then a little truth behind the controversy. I'm sure if someone asked him who directed TCM he wouldn't say that.
     
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    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

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    Just in case there was any doubt.
     
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    There hasn't been any doubt since I last watched Poltergeist. The rhythm of the film had Spielberg written all over it.
     
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    Absolutely agree. I never thought it was a Tobe Hooper directed film. Feels very much like a Spielberg film.
     
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    One of the few scenes in the movie, that has some Hooper feel to it, is the pool scene with the corpses, at the climax.
     
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    The face peeling scene feels the most like Hoppers work to me.
     
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    Absolutely. Can't believe I forgot about that scene :D

    Talk about pushing a PG rating to the limit. I read that MPAA wanted to give the movie an R-rating because of that scene.

    Remember when my sister and her friends had rented the movie, back in the mid 80:s, and afterwards, that was the only thing she mentioned about the movie. "A guy just ripped his fucking face off!", I was dying to see the film, after that comment. Luckly the movie aired on TV a few months later, and what a glorious scene it was. :D
     
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    Even the pool scene is reminiscent of Marion in the Well of the Souls with the skeletons from Raiders.
     
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    And the face-pealing was similar to the face-melting from Raiders!
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    The ending is BONKERS and I just love it. Eaten Alive, Funhouse and Texas Chainsaw Massacre all had those endings where the madness, screaming and terror is cranked up to crazy levels that you leave the theater feeling like you just got hit by a train.
     
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    The scene is pretty damn full on for PG-13.
     
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    Myron Breck BOO!!! Gotcha!

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    Let alone PG! Love it.
     
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