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poltergeist (pol´ter-gėst´) noun
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).]

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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

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A few years after Morse's first cable was strung up, two sisters in upstate New York invented a necromantic internal linkinformation 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 internal linkdigitally responding and communicating with the entity that haunted their abode.

Information in formation digital trance formation

Now, I am not making any claims about the internal linkreality 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 internal linkseance. People would sit around a circular table in the dark and a medium would channel ghosts. The table might internal linklevitate 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

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Poltergeist (1982)

Directed by
Tobe Hooper

Writing credits
internal linkSteven Spielberg  (story)
Steven Spielberg

Genre: Horror / Thriller

Tagline: They're here.

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Country: USA
internal linkLanguage: English
Color: Color (Metrocolor)
Sound Mix: internal linkDolby
Certification: USA:PG / UK:15 / Germany:16 / internal linkFinland:K-16 / Sweden:15 / Norway:15 / France:-16

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chairs go berzerk

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This article appeared in The internal linkSun 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 internal linkrushed to hospital near internal linkLos 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 internal linkwater."

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 internal link_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.

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episode _Little Girl Lost_ (avi)atomjacked inventory cache - original internal link_The Twilight Zone_ first aired March 16, 1962
The Twilight Zone - Little Girl Lost
The Twilight Zone - Little Girl Lost

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The Uninvited

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Jale - Dreamcake on Sub Pop (1994) 4hero - Two Pages 12inch x4 on Talkin' Loud (1998)

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first mention of Poltergeist in internal linkUsenet:

From: pyuxl!cook (pyuxl!cook)
Subject: E.T. and Poltergeist
Newsgroups: net.movies
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)?

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