Poltergeist (1982) Movie Poster
  • Released
  • September 16, 1982
  • PG, 1 hr 54 min
  • Horror
  • Suspense/Thriller
  • 64 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Poltergeist touches on many things that are frightening to kids (and some adults), including scary shadows in the dark, monsters in the closet, and separation from family. A character rips the flesh from his face (though eventually we see he's hallucinating). A young boy is attacked by a ghost-inhabited tree. A girl is taken from her parents and held in a netherworld where she's menaced by a character it's intimated is evil. The parents are seen smoking marijuana, and are apparently regular users.

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