IMA Summer Nights Film Series: Poltergeist

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Summer Nights Film Series continues Friday, July 8, 2011 with Poltergeist. This terrifying Academy Award nominated supernatural thriller is often said to be cursed, due to several mysterious deaths of cast and crew members. Decide for yourself as you watch this horrifying film at the amphitheater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Pack a picnic and bring someone to hold as you enjoy one of the scariest movies of all time in an eerily gorgeous outdoor setting. Tickets to this Indianapolis event range from $5.00 to $10.00. The film starts at sundown, but arrive early to snag a good spot on the grounds.

This epic horror film tells the story of the Freeling family, who reside in a quiet Californian suburb. When the youngest daughter of three children in the family awakens one night and begins talking with the family’s static emitting television set, strange things start to happen to the entire family. The next night, a violent earthquake strikes the house, to which Carol Anne speaks the film’s famous tag line: “They’re here.”
The following day, glasses and utensils begin to spontaneously break and bend and furniture moves across rooms on its own. Soon the supernatural occurrences begin to attack Carol Anne’s family. A tree comes to life and snatches her older brother out of his bed. Soon Carol Anne is sucked through a portal in her closet, and her voice begins to emanate from the television.

The family soon learns that their house’s foundation is located on top of an old cemetery and the strange happenings are a result of a poltergeist situation. The Freelings must combat the evil spirits that have taken their daughter and flee with their family to safety. Staring Craig T. Nelson and Heather O’Rourke, Poltergeist is a classic 1980s horror film.

The film was a world wide success, grossing more than $76 million in the United States alone. In addition to its commercial success, critics raved about the movie. The L.A. Herald Examiner called the movie a “splendid fairy tale” based in “a common theme: the comforts of family.” The movie was nominated for Best Original Score, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects.

Nearly thirty years after its initial release, Poltergeist is now considered a classic of the horror genre. The New York Times included the movie on its list of “The Best 1000 Movies Ever Made, and the American Film Institute ranks the movie number 84 on it’s “100 Years. . . 100 Thrills.”

Before the film take a walk through the Gardens of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Or head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village for dinner at any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, enjoy a drink at any of these Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun!

Friday, July 8, 2011

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