After spending a lot of time in this thread yesterday, I went home last night and fired up the Potergeist
DVD. What a great movie.
As for Dickson's suggestion that Dana is pregnant (which I'm not sure I buy), he's right that she's eating in virtually every scene she's in. But, except for the bag of potato chips, she's always eating celery and veggies and stuff. I always took this to mean that she's dieting, trying to fit into her Jordache jeans or whatever. However, in support of his theory, I note (1) her mumbled comment that she's familiar with the Holiday Inn on I-74, and (2) she's got a huge hickie on her neck during the climax of the movie. So, if she's not pregnant, she's probably a slut.
With regard to Nelson, he's great in this movie, as is Jo Beth Williams (she's also MILF-tastic here). I'm struck, however, by just how ineffectual his character is. It's Diane who is the mover and shaker in the film. She's the one who, at least initially, isn't afraid to explore the paranormal effects of the house. She's the one who Carol Anne communicates with (absent the scene when Stephen yells at Carol Anne). She's the one who saves Carol Ann. She's the one who saves the children when the Beast returns at the film's climax. Stephen, on the other hand, doesn't do much except drink, grow haggard, and yell, "You moved the tombstones, but you left the bodies!" In fact, he screws up the one task he's given: feeding the rope into the portal. One of the film's themes seems to be the power of family in the face of evil. If that's the case, I would have liked to see Stephen in on the final escape from the house: perhaps he returns to the house in time to see what's happening, runs up stairs and becomes the anchor of the chain pulling the children and Diane away from the closet portal, thus reinforcing the concept of the family as strength.
Minor gripes, though.
Oh, and I apologize for being a score ignoramus, but is "Carol Ann's Theme" the one with the children's chorus? If so, yes, it's amazing.