With Halloween around the corner, we revisit some less explicit horrors
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1. "Poltergeist" (Tobe Hooper, 1982)
“They’re heeeere!” I rewatched Hooper’s steroid-pumped take on the classic haunted-house formula recently and found myself astonished that something this no-holds-barred scary could ever have been deemed family-friendly by those MPAA sticklers – but then, most of its pleasures, at least until the fire-breathing third-act effects extravaganza – lie in what we can’t see after little Carol Anne Freeling is sucked into the TV by mysterious, but no-bullshit, supernatural forces. Likely a film that would later have fallen into the PG-13 category, it deserves to be appreciated by underage shock-seekers for decades to come.