Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
Now, it’s no secret that Steven Spielberg was pretty hands on when directing Poltergeist. In fact, you may recall my interview with the late, great Zelda Rubinstein in which she proclaims that she was never directed by anybody other than Spielberg and she wasn’t fond of Tobe Hooper from the get go (click here to read that interview!). Specifically she said that Hooper set up shots, but Spielberg is the one who came in and did all the adjustments.
I’m not shitting on the man. Hooper is a really nice guy and obviously a talented filmmaker and I have no doubt in my mind that he had creative input on Poltergeist, but from the many crew people I’ve spoken with and Zelda herself I’m convinced that his role on the film was closer to that of a 2nd Unit director as Spielberg jumped back and forth between Poltergeist and ET.
If there was ever any clearer indication of this juggling act than today’s BTS pic then I haven’t seen it. I say it a lot, but if I had this in high res I’d blow this picture up and frame it. Spielberg in the middle of all his movie kids like a boss!
Thanks to Josh Blocker for sending this one along! It’s not amazing quality, but goshdarnit is it a great shot!
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow’s pic in honor of a certain film series getting a prequel this weekend!