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    ★★★★

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    ★★★★

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  • Poltergeist

    Poltergeist

    ★★★★

    Some possible counterarguments to the idea that Spielber was any sort of dominating creative force:

    - Hooper was Spielberg’s slumber party buddy during the major rewrite that resulted in the shooting script. They likely worked out the beats of the film together. The first treatment of the film, which included the basic set-up and ending (the bodies erupting from the pool and ground), was yet again another collaboration between Hooper and Spielberg.

    - Two scenes were rewritten mid-production. The first…

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    Poltergeist

    Needless to say, the film could’ve been a lot more of a victim to Spielberg’s 80’s brand of light-dark tonally fluctuating entertainment of Hooper wasn’t there knowing what most interested him about the screenplay he and Spielberg knocked out largely in a form of conjunction. Imagine 5x more of a levity akin to this and you realize Spielberg could’ve been happy with another “Harry and the hendersons”:

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    What it comes down to is Poltergeist was a film co-conceived…