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Old v. Gold 216: Poltergeist

Out of the TV static left when 1982 signed off comes Steven Speilberg’s Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist, which among its many frights and delights also raises a killer tree of unanswered questions: What is the light and do we run toward it or away from it? What’s up with the daughter’s secret sex life? Who the hell dyes their hair while bathing? Did the movie really expect us to buy that Zelda Rubenstein’s spiritual-guide character was named “Tangina”? And come on, who really directed this?

That subdivision sure had a lot of thunderstorms.

Podcasters: Robert, Tim, Carolyn, Mary Ellen

  • 00:00 Intro and Memories
  • 14:25 Rapid Recap
  • 23:40 Product Placement – and a Dad!
  • 29:22 Who Directed?
  • 33:45 The Problem with Act 3
  • 41:25 Special Effects and Secret Pregnancy
  • 50:01 The Vote

Next Week’s Assignment

We survey the first season of Babylon 5 via a sample of two episodes: “And the Sky Full of Stars” and “Signs and Portents.”

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