MGM/UA Entertainment Co. released Poltergeist on June 4, 1982. Tobe Hooper directed the film starring JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, and Craig T. Nelson.
Poltergeist takes place in the cozy suburbs of Cuesta Verde, California. Steve Freeling works for a land developer named Teague as a real estate agent. Steve and his wife, Diane, have also purchased a home there.