(out of 5)

Here’s something you’ve always been looking for: a family-friendly horror movie. An average suburban clan are delighted when they discover furniture starting to move by itself in their home; things progress, however, and the otherworldly disturbances become violent and eventually their youngest child () goes missing. Calling in paranormal experts, the ordeal of getting the child back becomes life-threatening and the family’s home becomes a literal carnival ride of horrific events. Fantastic visual effects and a brilliant screenplay that slowly builds the dread up through character interaction and suggestion is only let down slightly by the actual appearances in the climax of some not-so-scary monstrosities. All the same, the acting is fantastic ( stands out as one of the experts who helps out) and the dialogue totally believable. Steven Spielberg produced (and it’s obvious).

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, SLM Production Group

USA, 1982

Directed by

Story by , Screenplay by Steven Spielberg, ,

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1982

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