Horror Films. I was raised on Poltergeist, that brilliant 1982 all-American Spielberg special. I first saw it when I was aged around 14, and was riveted from the first few seconds in. The kitchen scene, where Diane turns in a split second to find the dining chairs arranged onto the table, will stay with me forever.

Poltergeist spawned my love-hate relationship with scary flicks. Jaws still rates as one of my all time favourite films, but it’s a different kind of horror. Poltergeist introduced me to the supernatural, the paranormal. As a young teenager living in a suspiciously spooky house, my mind ran riot about the unseen and the unknown. I had many creepy encounters in that place and so any films featuring spooks, ghouls, ghosts and poltergeists, just impressed in my own young mind that those experiences were real. With the benefit of hindsight, however, I dare say that my 14 year old…

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