Originally released as a motion picture in 1982.
Special features: "They are here: the real world of poltergeists revealed" documentary in 2 parts: "Science of the spirits" and "Communing with the dead."
Director of photography, Matthew F. Leonetti ; editor, Michael Kahn ; music by Jerry Goldsmith.
JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein.
The Freeling family is a typical middle class family living in the peaceful Cuesta Verde Estates. Steve, his wife Diane, 16-year-old daughter Dana, 8-year-old Robbie, and 5-year-old Carol Ann live in a tract house. Soon strange things begin to happen around the house; the pet canary dies, mysterious storms occur, and Carol Ann is summoned to the TV set, where a strange shaft of green light hits her and causes the room to shake. As the curious events continue, Carol Ann is repeatedly drawn to the television, where she begins to talk to "the TV people." Soon Carol Ann is sucked into a closet, disappearing from this reality plane. Unable to find his daughter, Steve consults Dr. Lesh, a para-psychologist from a nearby college. Lesh finds that the paranormal phenomena is so strong in the Freelong household she is unable to deal with it and sends for clairvoyant and professional exorcist Tangina to examine the house in hopes of finding Carol Ann. Tangina makes a horrifying discovery: Carol Ann is alive and in the house, but is being held on another spectral plane.
A California family's pleasant and comfortable life is suddenly shattered by supernatural forces and bizarre happenings.
DVD format ; NTSC, region 1 ; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, stereo. and mono. ; widescreen ; dual-layer ; digitally restored and remastered.
English or dubbed French, Portuguese or Spanish with optional Chinese, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish subtitles.
English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror films, USA, 1983: Saturn Award - Best Horror Film ; Best Make-Up (Dorothy J. Pearl) ; Best Supporting Actress (Zelda Rubinstein)