With Halloween just 4 days away we're going to do one last Movie of the Day series this week leading up to it. And the theme this time is "ghosts." Another favorite category of horror movies, and there's been plenty of great ones, including this, which might be my favorite. Ostensibly directed by Tobe Hooper, but Steven Spielberg's fingerprints are all over this movie, from the screenplay to the direction and the way certain shots are set up- in fact, in many circles it's been widely assumed for years that he did in fact direct the movie himself (I'm convinced he did most of it). The story of a suburban family whose house is built on a cemetery and their little girl Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) who gets sucked into the walls and stuck between two worlds, still has the power to scare but occasionally make you laugh and as always with Spielberg, leave you moved with the power of a mother's love for her child. The effects may be dated now (though state of the art at the time), but the movie's timeless. Check it out.
Original Trailer from 1982: