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While living an an average family house in a pleasant neighborhood, the youngest daughter of the Freeling family, Carol Anne, seems to be connecting with the supernatural through a dead channel on the television. It is not for long when the mysterious beings enter the house's walls. At first seeming like harmless ghosts, they play tricks and amuse the family, but they take a nasty turn- they horrify the family to death with angry trees and murderous dolls, and finally abduct Carol Anne into her bedroom closet, which seems like the entrance to the other side.
From a dimension beyond the living, a terror to scare you to death.
Release Date: June 04, 1982
Runtime: 114 mins
All Genres: Fantasy, Horror
Sound: Dolby, 70 mm 6-Track
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Buried.com Rating: 8.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With P
MPAA Rating: R
Craig T. Nelson ...Steve Freeling
JoBeth Williams ...Diane Freeling (as Jobeth Williams)
Beatrice Straight ...Dr. Lesh
Dominique Dunne ...Dana Freeling
Oliver Robins ...Robbie Freeling
Heather O'Rourke ...Carol Anne Freeling
Michael McManus ...Ben Tuthill
Virginia Kiser ...Mrs. Tuthill
Martin Casella ...Marty (as Marty Casella)
Richard Lawson ...Ryan
Zelda Rubinstein ...Tangina
Lou Perryman ...Pugsley (as Lou Perry)
Clair E. Leucart ...Bulldozer Driver (as Clair Leucart)
James Karen ...Mr. Teague
Dirk Blocker ...Jeff Shaw
Allan Graf ...Sam
Joseph Walsh ...Joey (as Joseph R. Walsh)
Helen Baron ...Woman Buyer
Noel Conlon ...Husband
Robert Broyles ...Pool Worker #1
Sonny Landham ...Pool Worker #2
William Vail ...Implosion Man (as Bill Vail)
Jeffrey Bannister ...Implosion Man
Phil Stone ...Football Announcer, NBC Sports
Craig Simmons ...Implosion Man
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More Movie Taglines:
- From a dimension beyond the living, a terror to scare you to death.
- They're here.
- It knows what scares you.
- Some things have to be believed to be seen.
- The first real ghost story.
- Robbie: I got beat up once by three kids. They took my lunch money. Maybe they got hit by a truck, and they're upstairs right now.
Tangina: There is no death. It is only a transition to a different sphere of consciousness.
Tangina: It lies to her. It tells her things only a child can understand. It's been using her to restrain the others. To her, it simply is another child. To us, it is The Beast.
Carol Anne: They're here.
Diane: Sweetheart, last night, when you said "They're here.'... Carol Anne: Can I take my goldfish to school? Diane: Sweetheart, do you remember last night when you woke up, and you said "They're here.'? Carol Anne: Uh huh Diane: Well, who did you mean? Carol Anne: The TV People. Robbie: She's stoned. Dana: Oh yeah? What do you know about it? Robbie: More than you. Ask Dad.
- The hands which pull the flesh off the investigator's face in the bathroom mirror are Steven Spielberg's.
The weird way the family members descend the stairs at the beginning of the film was created by having the actors walk backward up the stairs and playing the film in reverse. The same effect was used later in the movie during the scene showing video playback of the ghosts.
Steven Spielberg worked on Poltergeist (1982) and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) literally back to back. Principal photography on Poltergeist ended in August of 1981, then Spielberg took a few weeks off and began work on E.T. Spielberg also supervised the visual effects for both films simultaneously (which were produced at Industrial Light & Magic under the supervision of Richard Edlund and Dennis Muren). Once post production work on Poltergeist began in early 1982, Spielberg was in total control. He was responsible for the editing of the film (Spielberg's usual editor Michael Khan edited this film while Carol Littleton edited E.T), the final sound mixes and loops, the supervision of the visual effects, and the selection of Jerry Goldsmith as the composer of the score. Poltergeist and E.T opened to theaters nationwide only a week between each other during the summer of 1982, Poltergeist on June 4th and E.T. one week later on June 11th. Spielberg later said "If E.T. was a whisper, Poltergeist was a scream".
The sign at the Holiday Inn reads, Welcome Dr. Fantasy and Friends. Dr. Fantasy is a nickname for producer Frank Marshall.
Heather O'Rourke, who played the little girl Carol-Anne, and Dominique Dunne, who played the teenage daughter, are buried in the same cemetery: Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Dunne was strangled into brain-death by her boyfriend in 1982, the year of the film's release. Six years later, O'Rourke died of intestinal stenosis.
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