Strange and creepy happenings beset an average California family, the Freelings -- Steve (Craig T. Nelson), Diane (JoBeth Williams), teenaged Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke) -- when ghosts commune with them through the television set. Initially friendly and playful, the spirits turn unexpectedly menacing, and, when Carol Ann goes missing, Steve and Diane turn to a parapsychologist and eventually an exorcist for help.
Director: Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg
Writer: Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais and Mark Victor
Producer: Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg
Cast: Craig Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein, Martin Casella, Richard Lawson, Michael McManus, Virginia Kiser, James Karen, Lou Perry, Clair Leucart and Dirk Blocker