"Poltergeist" scared the shit out of me when i was a little kid. It's only rated PG, but i'm pretty sure it left me with more nightmares and long, uneasy nights than any slasher or monster film combined. There's something about it that works so perfectly...the tone, the creeping suburban dread, whatever you want to call it. As a Spielberg production, it hits all the marks in a way that makes you feel like it could be your neighborhood, your house, your family. I'll leave it up to you as to whether or not Spielberg or Tobe Hooper actually directed the film, but whomever it was that reined it in did a superb job, cursed rumors not withstanding. Watch the trailer below.
As a bonus, i highly recommend that you read Devin Faraci's essay about the film. It's very good. Read part one here and part two here.