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Revisiting The Strange, Spooky, Cursed History Of ‘Poltergeist’

Revisiting The Strange, Spooky, Cursed History Of 'Poltergeist' 86

Does the Star Spangled Banner still fill you with dread? Does static on the television remind you that we’re probably surrounded by evil, evil ghosts all the time? Then you saw Poltergeist at least once in your life. And now they’re heeeeeere: some “fun facts” about the horror movie so scary it was even cursed itself. We’ve put them in order of light to dark, so about half way down you may want to start blurring your eyes if you scare easily.


  • Drew Barrymore auditioned for the role of Carol Anne, but Spielberg felt she was wrong for the role. She was then cast in E.T., which was released the same year (1982).
  • There was some talk about who really made the movie, and the NY Times addressed this at the end of their review: “There’s some controversy about the individual contributions to the film made by Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Hooper, best known as director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I’ve no way of telling who did what, though Poltergeist seems much closer in spirit and sensibility to Mr. Spielberg’s best films than to Mr. Hooper’s.”
  • Whoever was in charge of the parents getting stoned part, bravo…

  • The house is in Simi Valley, and is still owned by the same people who lived there during filming. (Here’s a handy map.) If it looks similar to the house in E.T., that’s because the movies were filmed in the same area… Steven Spielberg worked on both at the same time.
  • That scene where the ghosts are stacking chairs on the kitchen table was filmed in one take! This was probably achieved through the use of real ghosts…
  • Zelda Rubinstein—arguably the most terrifying human character in the movie—was psychic IRL.
  • In 1982, visual effects coordinator Mitch Suskin said that, “At times we got overwhelmed by fun effects and audacious ideas, possibly more than the film required. The one scene that sticks in my mind is where Diane is pulled up the wall, across the ceiling, and down the other side. During that, there was going to be a kind of ‘stain’ in her path-something foreshadowing the closet turning into a mouth. It was a pulsating, organic, ugly thing.” That, and the plan to “violate Diane Freeling by unseen forces,” were discarded in the end. But images remain…


  • It was previewed as: “a tale of terror that could happen to you. In the mystic, metaphysical realm of the poltergeist, nothing remains the same. The real becomes the surreal; the familiar is offset by the unfamiliar. It is a nightmare founded in fact.” Here’s the original trailer:

  • THIS MOVIE WAS RATED PG. There was no PG-13 then, and they successfully fought the original R rating. An entire generation now fears clowns.


  • The clown, and that tree outside the window, came from the mind of Spielberg… they were his two fears growing up.
  • That swimming pool scene? Those were real human skeletons. Some believed the use of real remains cursed the film… but it certainly helped the budget! Craig Reardon, a special effects artist who worked on the flick, said they were cheaper than plastic ones.

  • Heather O’Rourke, who played Carol Anne, died in 1988 at age 12. Her cause of death was cardiac arrest and septic shock after misdiagnosed intestinal stenosis.
  • Dominique Dunne, who played Carol Anne’s teenager sister Dana, was strangled to death by her boyfriend John Thomas Sweeney (who she just broke up with) in 1982, the year of the film’s release. He was released from prison after serving only 2.5 years. When he was released, he changed his name to John Maura and resumed his life as a chef.
  • Two Poltergeist II actors died shortly after that movie was filmed, as well. Will Sampson and Julian Beck.

A Poltergeist remake is on the way—Sam Rockwell confirmed with Gothamist, adding, “We’re changing it a little—like, the characters, so it’s going to be different.” And hopefully no curses this time.



Ghost hunter told how to summon spirits

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A ghost hunter explained how to summon ghosts and when is the best time to do it according to The Daily Star.

Jade Capasso explores hotels, inns, historical places to allegedly reveal the spirits and ghosts that are present in them. She shares her discoveries on the YouTube channel Ghost Club Paranormal. The girl is sure that you can also talk with spirits.

The 28-year-old ghost hunter is confident that you can talk to ghosts and spirits using a voice recorder. A particularly good time for this, according to her, is the eve of All Saints’ Day – Halloween.

 “I think there is more activity during Halloween. More people believe in the other world, ”she said.

She recalled that Halloween pumpkin is an invariable attribute and symbol of the holiday. People decorate their home with funny, scary, and sometimes even terrifying faces.

 “I’m sure there will be more sessions and many will use Ouija boards,” she says.

To connect with the “other world”, you can go to a famous haunted place, says Kapassa. She also recommends checking your home for ghosts.

To hear a ghost, the girl recommends using special equipment. 

After all, ghosts, she said, emit sounds at ultra-low frequencies that are not perceived by the human ear. You can hear them, as she notes, only on audio recordings.

The girl says that you need to leave the digital voice recorder in a room where paranormal activity is observed all night, or ask questions and wait for an answer.

“Ask questions, and who knows, you might hear a disembodied voice answering you,” says Jade.

According to her, there is no need to rush, because the spirits must be given enough time to respond.

“You probably won’t hear them in real time. But if you listen to the recording, you might hear someone from the underworld, ”she said.

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A photographer took a picture of an old house, but did not know that a woman lived there. No wonder – you can only see it in the photo

A photographer took a picture of an old house, but did not know that a woman lived there. No wonder - you can only see it in the photo 100

A Scottish resident took a photo of an abandoned building, and then could not believe his eyes when he looked at the finished photograph. From there the woman’s face was looking at him, but the man is sure: there was no one in the ruins of the house. Finding an explanation for what he saw was not easy.

A photographer from Scotland, who wished to remain anonymous, decided to arrange an unusual photo session, Unilad writes.

His choice fell on several abandoned buildings that are located in one of the parks in the North Ayrshire region. After taking a couple of pictures, he went to the studio to print them, and then looked at the finished result.


The negative of one of the photographs of the photographer

Mysticism often happens in abandoned buildings , and the case with a man was no exception. In one photo, the Scotsman saw the ghostly silhouette of a woman looking at him from a window. However, the man assures that there was no one in the building, and he was alone in the ruins.

During the shooting, I did not feel anything unusual or anything otherworldly.

Despite the fact that the woman’s face looks intimidating, he is glad that he managed to capture it. Moreover, the hero of the story shared the frame with all friends who adore mysticism and riddles.


Pay attention to the left window

I’m happy that I was able to capture something that looks like a ghost. I am even proud to be able to show photos to people who love riddles.

Many people, according to the photographer, are inclined to believe that this is a ghost, who love to talk to children so much, although the author of the picture himself is in no hurry to draw conclusions. He even looked at the frame under a microscope, but never came to the truth.

You can, of course, speculate, but the human brain makes us see familiar traits everywhere, especially if we look at them long enough.


Moreover, the photographer, according to him, does not really believe in ghosts and other mystical phenomena.

I don’t like the term paranormal. As for ghosts, I don’t know if they exist. I don’t even know how to define them. What is it? Energy?

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Camera recorded an extraneous movement in Massachusetts. And this sight is not for the faint-hearted

Camera recorded an extraneous movement in Massachusetts. And this sight is not for the faint-hearted 101

A Redditt user with the nickname grandslammer0891 from Mansfield, Massachusetts, posted a video from security cameras at a friend’s house, which scared him and left users in disbelief.

The author of the video explained that his friend left home by the end of August, leaving four huskies in the care of a friend. He usually visited them during the daytime.

One day the owner of the apartment received a notification in the middle of the night that the camera recorded some kind of extraneous movement. At that time there were only dogs in the house.

The video captured the kitchen and part of the living room. A dog is lying on the sofa in the right corner, and you can trace the turns of the head by its ears. When her ears turn to the left, then in the dark you can see the transparent figure of a moving person.

The video puzzled users and caused a mixed reaction from them. Some could not find an explanation for what they saw and panicked slightly. The dog’s head turns towards the ghost, which suggests that it also noticed the apparition.

“What is it, I saw it … with my own eyes. Does anyone else see this? Because it seems to me that I definitely saw something wrong. No no”.

Others decided that a man had walked past the window on the right, and his shadow flashed on the left in the headlights. Some users even believe that a live person got into the frame.

“I hope your buddy has a gun. There was a real intruder. “

Some readers agreed that the ghost video is quite plausible, since Massachusetts is full of ghosts.

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