As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.
This time out: My Favourite…. Tobe Hooper (1943-2017) Film
A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they “kidnap” the youngest daughter.
Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist may have has a few issues around who the true director was (Spielberg was rumoured to have had a hand in production) but, these few issues aside, it’s still a damn scary film. Yes he’ll be known always more for Texas Chainsaw, but Poltergeist was the film that scared me witless as a kid and had me freaked out every time I saw static on the TV. Sadly Hooper wouldn’t ever top his top most famous early works and in fact made some right ross latter on BUT Poltergeist still stands today as a scary as hell thriller. Avoid the remake.
See also: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Salem’s Lot