That was my first reaction after watching the film. Although people call it a Spielberg film, director credit goes to Tobe Hooper, man responsible for Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Unlike that film though which is creepiness galore, this film is a bit more streamlined with memorable spookiness. With Spielberg you’ll get kiddie friendliness although how this managed to pull off a PG(apparently hard fought) is beyond me.
The film can accurately be described in one sentence: a family tries to get back their daughter after she’s abducted into the TV. There’s nothing else really besides the occasional thing that goes bump in the night that happens to have teeth or can move around. Usually these kind of films don’t have much of a plot anyway but we’re not looking for novel-like twists and turns, just a good scare or 2.
The film contains many memorable moments such as the classic line “they’re here”, and probably the fastest facial surgery you’ll ever see(which to be honest I think Stir of Echoes “borrowed” from). Not to mention the film had a great pace. As co-star Heather O’Rourke(Carol Anne) said: “The first one really kept you going. It was exciting. Well, after you see it a lot of times, it isn’t so much. But the first time you see it, it really jumps you.” No arguments here.