Remember poltergeist? It was a thing in the nineties.

Where did it all go? I kind of miss those more innocent times.

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      1. It’s a classic horror movie from 1982. So, not the 90’s. Maybe you’re thinking of the Scream masks? Scream and Scream 2 were from 1996-7, and the masks were really popular, especially among kids.


    1. Everybody was talking about poltergeist back in the 90ies or experiencing it. Wasn’t it a thing in the US, too? It was in my part of the world, and it had to be imported.

      I actually liked Scream. I watched the first part twice, and I don’t even like the genre.


      1. You were in Ukraine in the 90s? For some reason I thought you were in Canada then.

        The Poltergeist trilogy ended in 1988, but the original has been very popular since then. When I was a kid in the 90s it was difficult to find anyone who hadn’t seen it. It’s possible someone imported it and it spread like wildfire, especially if no one had seen it before. There was a non-related Canadian TV show called Poltergeist Legacy in 1996-9, but except for genre that was different.


        1. I emigrated in 1998. I think it was definitely early nineties that the poltergeist craze was around.

          Anybody here who remembers? People kept reporting spirits trashing their houses, breaking every plate, hurling objects across the room. There were TV shows about it.


          1. You mean there was a haunted house craze! In the 90s-00s in the US there was a poltergeist/haunted house craze that started — there were a lot of TV shows that capitalized on it. That would make sense.

            I don’t remember the same wave of the craze, because I wasn’t born until the early 90s. But I definitely caught a minor one here.


      2. There’s a very famous scene in Poltergeist in which a little girl is watching static on the screen and then she says “they’re here.” Is this maybe what people were talking about?


  1. “Poltergeist” was a sappy, family-friendly ghost story movie directed by Steven Spielberg — not scary at all, and of course the hip young middle-class parents were shown smoking marijuana. The only good thing about the flick were the excellent-for-the-period special effects.

    A much better 1982 horror movie was the R-rated “Friday the 13th Part III in 3-D,” which helped to to kindle the much beloved (by me, at least) second wave of 3-D movies in America.

    The illusion of spacial reality in flat stereoscopic images is a fascination that I’ve never outgrown. I remember watching that movie from the last row in the theater, and noting how the opening text credits on the screen were stretched out in the air and seemingly suspended directly over the heads of audience members who were still taking their seats. The effect was so realistic that it looked like the people could reach right up and grab the letters overhead.

    If you’ve never seen a 3-D movie, you’ve missed an amazing visual illusion.


  2. “poltergeist? It was a thing in the nineties”

    I meant to reply earlier, but here it is: In Ukraine I’m assuming that any cultural popularity of the idea of poltergeists was an externalization of post Soviet trauma…. being interested in weird, unknowable forces disrupting one’s daily life in unpredictable ways and turning even the home upside down? What does that sound like?


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