Tobe Hooper (1982)

15 Certificate


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Evil spirits enter the home of a typical suburban American family through their possessed television set in this spectacular horror film, co-produced and co-written by Steven Spielberg. After a deceptively cute opening, Tobe Hooper - who also directed The Texas Chain Saw Massacre - gets down to some serious haunting, and piles on the thrilling special effects and grisly moments. Hooper's direction may lack its usual edgy personality - apparently overruled by Spielberg's script suggestions - but he puts on a dazzling show, and the intuitive performances are uniformly on the panic button.


A family experiences strange events after invisible phantoms invade its home. At first the ghosts seem harmless, simply making things move by themselves. But before long, they spirit away the five-year-old daughter to their own plane of existence, forcing her parents to call on paranormal researchers to find their missing child. Horror, with JoBeth Williams, Craig T Nelson and Heather O'Rourke.

Cast & Crew

Diane Freeling JoBeth Williams
Steve Freeling Craig T Nelson
Dr Lesh Beatrice Straight
Dana Freeling Dominique Dunne
Robbie Freeling Oliver Robbins
Carol Anne Freeling Heather O'Rourke
Ben Tuthill Michael McManus (1)
Mrs Tuthill Virginia Kiser
Marty Martin Casella
Ryan Richard Lawson
Tangina Barrons Zelda Rubinstein
Mr Teague James Karen
Director Tobe Hooper
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray