Free Spirits

From a pool of strong contenders, Poltergeist emerged as the defining film of an 80s childhood.


No other horror movie has ever matched the elemental perfection of Jaws. There are the other summits of the genre, for sure, but even such cornerstones of horror as Psycho, The Shining, Carrie, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre don’t quite attain the primal ingeniousness of Steven Spielberg’s shark tale.