‘Poltergeist’ Was The Perfect Suburbanite Horror Flick | PHX SUX
The doorknob is what got me. We had the same faux aged, fake bronze doorknobs with the Greek meander design on all the doors in our house. I was Carol Anne’s age when Poltergeist was released in 1982 and her brother’s age when I saw the movie for the first time. When Robbie struggles with the knob in that final, frantic escape sequence, the camera is at his eye level, my eye level — that scene is probably what scared me most at the time since it felt like it could be happening to me and my family. In fact, every door in all my friend’s and neighbor’s homes had the same door knobs. Every house in “Rancho Ponderosa” could have...