Saturday, September 08, 2012
#goodreads - Poltergeist
One of my favorites from the 80s. I haven't seen it in ages, but a recent discussion over at Go Into The Story about horror movie recommendations brought it back to mind.
Check out one of my favorite scenes:
Now look at this script excerpt:
Screenwriting style really has changed over the years -- or maybe we obsess too much over formatting these days, rather than coming up with the best scene/story possible.
I love that suspenseful moment between the clown disappearing and Robbie eventually "finding" it. It's also interesting how a wardrobe decision can change the tone of a scene. JoBeth William's character in the script was sensibly dressed in a nightgown and robe when the ghostly shenanigans began. What we get on screen is more titillating than scary, which I guess was Spielberg's intention.
You can find the entire script here.