History Film / Poltergeist

14th Sep '17 5:50:19 AM Arivne
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* BigWhy: Steve grabs his land-developer boss and screams at him for having relocated the headstones of the cemetery on which his haunted house was built, while ''leaving the bodies''. His rant of accusation ends with a furious double example of this trope.
* CreepyChild: Carol Anne has her moments.


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* BigWhy: Steve grabs his land-developer boss and screams at him for having relocated the headstones of the cemetery on which his haunted house was built, while ''leaving the bodies''. His rant of accusation ends with a furious double example of this trope.
* CreepyChild: Carol Anne has her moments.
20th Jul '17 7:24:00 PM SenseiLeRoof
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* CoolGate: The ghosts creates one in Carol Anne's closet, with the exit in the living room ceiling.
* CreepyDoll: The clown doll was a bit unsettling ''before'' it starts grabbing kids, too.

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* CoolGate: The ghosts creates create one in Carol Anne's closet, with the exit in the living room ceiling.
* CreepyDoll: The clown doll was a bit unsettling ''before'' it starts started grabbing kids, too.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: There are some hints during the film, stronger during the second half, that Dana goes on dates with guys and has sex with them, without her parents knowing: Just the day after they [[spoiler: recover Carol Anne from the other side of the closet]], Diane tells Dana that later, they'll go to a hotel, when she tells which one, Dana just goes like "oh, yes", and giving some fun smile, looking like she's daydreaming, letting us know that she knows it and that something special for her happened there and Diane saying "what is it?", or something like that. Then Dana changes subject and leaves and we don't know anything of her until the very end of the movie, when she gets out of the car screaming "WHAT'S GOING ON??!!". Look for her neck, to the left and to the right of it, you can see lovebites.
* GoIntoTheLight: DON'T go into the light! GO into the light! Make up your mind, Tangina!
* HappilyMarried: Diane and Steven which carries into the second movie.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: There are some hints during the film, stronger during the second half, that Dana goes on dates with guys and has sex with them, without her parents knowing: Just the day after they [[spoiler: recover Carol Anne from the other side of the closet]], Diane tells Dana that later, they'll go to a hotel, when she tells which one, Dana just goes like "oh, yes", and giving some fun smile, looking like she's daydreaming, letting us know that she knows it and that something special for her happened there and Diane saying "what is it?", or something like that. Then Dana changes subject and leaves and we don't know anything of her until the very end of the movie, when she gets out of the car screaming "WHAT'S GOING ON??!!". Look for her neck, to the left and to the right of it, you can see lovebites.
love bites.
* GoIntoTheLight: DON'T go into Tangina tries to convince the light! GO into the light! Make up your mind, Tangina!
ghosts to do this, while having Diane warn her daughter to stay away.
* HappilyMarried: Diane and Steven Steven, which carries into the second movie.



* MonsterClown: The evil clown doll, [[spoiler: One of the ghosts' distractions in order to kidnap Carol Anne.]]

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* MonsterClown: The evil clown doll, [[spoiler: One [[spoiler:one of the ghosts' distractions in order to kidnap Carol Anne.]]



* TearOffYourFace: The psychic's assistant, Marty hallucinates that he pulls off his own face.

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* TearOffYourFace: The psychic's assistant, Marty Marty, hallucinates that he pulls off his own face.



* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: "This house is clean." [[spoiler: Nope - it's regrouping... and it's ''pissed''...]]

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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: "This house is clean." [[spoiler: Nope [[spoiler:Nope - it's regrouping... and it's ''pissed''...]]
12th Jul '17 4:14:43 AM CosmicFerret
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** ''God Is In His Holy Temple'' in the second film. [[NightmareFuel Brrrr.]]



** ''God Is In His Holy Temple'' in the second film. [[NightmareFuel Brrrr.]]
8th Jul '17 9:03:08 AM LavonPapillon1
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* SpoonBending: When the family discovers that all of their cutlery has been distorted at the beginning of the movie, that is their (and the viewer's) first clue that the house is being haunted. Of course, everything gets downhill from there.
9th Apr '17 10:07:37 AM Malady
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* AntagonistTitle: Also a OneWordTitle.


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* OneWordTitle: Also an AntagonistTitle.
7th Apr '17 3:21:45 PM TheGoodnight
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** When Carol Anne passes through Diane, Diane laughs and says she can smell her daughter again. She's completely unconcerned about how her daughter's terrified at the time.

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** When Carol Anne passes through Diane, Diane laughs and says she can smell her daughter again. She's completely unconcerned about how her daughter's terrified at the time.
7th Apr '17 3:21:06 PM TheGoodnight
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*** Can't really call it "serenity," though-- her laughter has a hysterical edge and then she immediately collapses into sobs.
7th Apr '17 3:16:54 PM TheGoodnight
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* CanonDiscontinuity: Late in the first movie, Tangina admits to Diane that she's a fraud, and has no idea what she's doing (once others are watching and after Carol Anne's recovered, she slips back into character). This element is abandoned in the sequels.
4th Feb '17 2:14:11 PM ThallianGold
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* CanonDiscontinuity: Late in the first movie, Tangina admits to Diane that she's a fraud, and has no idea what she's doing (once others are watching and after Carol Anne's recovered, she slips back into character). This element is abandoned in the sequels.
4th Feb '17 2:09:23 PM ThallianGold
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** When Carol Anne passes through Diane, Diane laughs and says she can smell her daughter again. She's completely unconcerned about how her daughter's terrified at the time.
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