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A ghost that manifests itself by noises, rappings, and the creation of disorder.
[German : poltern, to make noises (from Middle High German boldern) + Geist, ghost (from Middle High German, from Old High German).]
apparently there have been quite a few tragedies related to this film. The girl who played the older sister was strangled to death by her ex-boyfriend, Heather O'Rourke was noticeably diseased in _Poltergiest III_ and died shortly after, and the old man from the sequel died as well. - @Om* 2/16/2000
A few years after Morse's first cable was strung up, two sisters in upstate New York invented a necromantic information exchange. The Fox sisters started hearing creepy knocks and sounds in their house. This phenomenon is familiar to those of you who like to while away the hours reading Charles Fort. We usually call them poltergeists. But the Fox sisters did something unique and unprecedented---they decided to communicate back to the noisy spirits. They developed a code of knocks that enabled them to start digitally responding and communicating with the entity that haunted their abode.
Now, I am not making any claims about the reality of these spirits. In fact, the Fox sisters wavered throughout their lives about whether or not they were faking it. But that is not important, because what their little occult adventure did was spark Spiritualism, which was one of the most remarkable religious phenomena of the 19th century, especially in terms of its popularity and its ability to penetrate the upper echelons of society. Spiritualism is basically a modern religion of mediumship, whose main ritual was the seance. People would sit around a circular table in the dark and a medium would channel ghosts. The table might levitate and you might hear rappings or the medium might speak with the voices of the dead. Spiritualism was enormously popular. By the 1870's, there were 11 million spiritualists in the US, and it spread all over the world, especially among the upper classes and, most oddly, among certain scientists.
- Erik Davis - _Spiritual Telegraphs And The Technology Of Communication_ lecture
Steven Spielberg (story)
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Tagline: They're here.
Cast overview, first billed
Craig T. Nelson .... Steve Freeling
JoBeth Williams .... Diane Freeling
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
Richard Lawson .... Ryan
Zelda Rubinstein .... Tangina
Lou Perry .... Pugsley
Clair E. Leucart .... Bulldozer Driver
James Karen .... Mr. Teague
Dirk Blocker .... Jeff Shaw
Runtime: USA:114 / Germany:109
Color: Color (Metrocolor)
Sound Mix: Dolby
Certification: USA:PG / UK:15 / Germany:16 / Finland:K-16 / Sweden:15 / Norway:15 / France:-16
This article appeared in The Sun newspaper on Wednesday 3rd February 1988
The child star of the Poltergeist horror films died from a heart attack yesterday - at the age of 12
Little blonde Heather O'Rourke suddenly collapsed while waiting to go into hospital apparently suffering from a severe bout of flu. Heather - who played angelic Carol Anne, kidnapped by evil spirits in the movies - died after being rushed to hospital near Los Angeles. Last night, friends said they believed Heather had become ill while filming Poltergeist III last June. Her shocked manager Mike Meyer said: "I've been told her death is related to a sickness she suffered while making Poltergeist III." And his girlfriend Shantay Grieggs said: "Heather had flu-like symptoms and that's what they thought it was."
"Her condition was complicated by something caught filming Poltergeist III - she had a parasite from drinking contaminated water."
Shantay added: "The whole thing is spooky - like something out of the films." Heather, who was discovered by top director Steven Spielberg when she was just five, is the FOURTH Poltergeist star to die. The others were Dominique Dunne - strangled by her boyfriend - giant Will Sampson, who also played Chief in _One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest_, and Jullian Beck.
Hollywood is now buzzing with speculation that everyone connected with the blood-chilling films might be cursed.
The cast of Poltergeist II apparently feared they would be cursed because part of the film was shot in an ancient Indian burial ground. But MGM said last night that they plan to release Poltergeist III in June as planned.
Spielberg spotted Heather when she was eating in the MGM restaurant in 1981. He asked to speak to her - but she told him: "I don't talk to strangers." Spielberg persisted and within hours signed her up. Heather's mum Kathy said at her home near Los Angeles: "It's so unfair. I can't believe this is happening." The little star's stepfather Jim Peele said: "She was a very special girl and loved very much."
A post-mortem examination today revealed that Heather's heart attack was triggered off by a bowl disorder. Tiny Zelda Rubenstein, who played the psychic in all three Poltergeist movies, said: "I am devastated. I loved Heather."
In the other Poltergeist
tragedies, DOMINIQUE DUNNE, 22, died after being attacked by her
ex-boyfriend at Hollywood in 1982. WILL SAMPSON died in June
last year (1987), 41 days after a heart and lung transplant in
Houston, Texas. He was 53. JULIAN BECK, who played Kane in
_Poltergeist II_, died of cancer at the age of 60 in 1985.
From: pyuxl!cook (pyuxl!cook)
Subject: E.T. and Poltergeist
Date: 1982-06-04 00:58:31 PST
I recently read a review here
of a movie called E.T.(?). Is this the same as the new movie called
Poltergeist? How about more reviews of the movie(s)?