History Trivia / Poltergeist

8th Nov '17 2:55:45 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle:
** Greece: ''The Spirit of Evil''
** Mexico: ''Devilish Games''
** Poland: ''Spirit''
** Turkey: ''Bad Soul''
30th Oct '17 4:39:10 PM ClintEastwood
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* AFIS100Years100Thrills: #84
* AFIS100Years100MovieQuotes:
** #69, "They're here!"
* AllThereInTheManual: Spielberg gave James Kahn free rein on the novelization, leading to it having ''tons'' of backstory (including Tangina's battles with demons on the spirit plane, a spectral SouthernBelle who protected Carol-Anne on the Other Side, an even ''more'' nightmarish NightmareFodder sequence of Marty in the kitchen, and--perhaps most critically--a more thorough explanation of why the ghostly activity started ''now'' rather than when the family first moved into the house) that was never even hinted at in the film.

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AFIS100Years100Thrills: #84
* ** AFIS100Years100MovieQuotes:
** *** #69, "They're here!"
* AllThereInTheManual: Spielberg gave James Kahn free rein on the novelization, leading to it having ''tons'' of backstory (including Tangina's battles with demons on the spirit plane, a spectral SouthernBelle who protected Carol-Anne on the Other Side, an even ''more'' nightmarish NightmareFodder sequence of Marty in the kitchen, and--perhaps most critically--a more thorough explanation of why the ghostly activity started ''now'' rather than when the family first moved into the house) that was never even hinted at in the film.
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* AuthorPhobia: Both of the terrors that plague Robbie came from Creator/StevenSpielberg's own fears as a child, a fear of clowns and a tree outside his window.



* ChannelHop: To an extent. MetroGoldwynMayer produced the trilogy and the remake. However, the first movie is currently owned by Creator/WarnerBros, due to Turner Entertainment's ownership of MGM's pre-May 1986 library, and WB's ownership of Turner Entertainment. The sequels remained with MGM, and are currently handled on home video by TwentiethCenturyFox, who also distributed the remake. ShoutFactory recently got the rights to release deluxe editions of the second and third films as well.

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* CastTheExpert: Zelda Rubinstein supposedly had genuine psychic ability, claiming to have visions of things before they happened.
* ChannelHop: To an extent. MetroGoldwynMayer Creator/{{MGM}} produced the trilogy and the remake. However, the first movie is currently owned by Creator/WarnerBros, due to Turner Entertainment's ownership of MGM's pre-May 1986 library, and WB's ownership of Turner Entertainment. The sequels remained with MGM, and are currently handled on home video by TwentiethCenturyFox, who also distributed the remake. ShoutFactory recently got the rights to release deluxe editions of the second and third films as well.



* DeletedRole: Edward Ashley filmed a cameo as Dr Lesh's older and wiser colleague, who convinced her to bring in Tangina to handle the case. The scene was cut from the film.
* EnforcedMethodActing: Only one scene really scared Heather O'Rourke: that in which she had to hold onto the headboard, while a wind machine blew toys into the closet behind her. She fell apart; Creator/StevenSpielberg stopped everything, took her in his arms, and said that she would not have to do that scene again.



* FollowTheLeader: The two major sources Poltergeist is routinely to be seen as following the lead on are: 1. The short story ''Literature/LittleGirlLost'' and the ''Franchise/TheTwilightZone'' episode based upon it. This story containing a little girl who ended up in another dimension who could be heard but not seen. 2. The possible real life "Black Hope Curse" an alleged ghost story about how a community in Texas built over top of a cemetery had a rash of paranormal hauntings. Both connections have been admitted by various people as having held influence on the making of the first Poltergeist film.

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* FollowTheLeader: The two major sources Poltergeist is routinely to be seen as following the lead on are: 1. The short story ''Literature/LittleGirlLost'' and the ''Franchise/TheTwilightZone'' episode based upon it. This story containing a little girl who ended up in another dimension who could be heard but not seen. 2. The possible real life "Black Hope Curse" an alleged ghost story about how a community in Texas built over top of a cemetery had a rash of paranormal hauntings. Both connections have been admitted by various people as having held influence on the making of the first Poltergeist film.film.
* HostilityOnTheSet: Zelda Rubeinstein disliked Creator/TobeHooper, because she could tell he had a drug problem. She later remarked that he "couldn't direct traffic".


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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Carol Anne was originally going to die in the first act and then haunt the house in the second. This was dropped for being far too dark.
** Creator/ShirleyMacLaine was offered a starring role in the film, but backed out in order to make ''Film/TermsOfEndearment''.
** Creator/DrewBarrymore was considered for the role of Carol Anne, but Creator/StevenSpielberg wanted someone more angelic. It was her audition for this role, however, that landed her a part in ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''.
** Creator/StephenKing was briefly approached to write the screenplay. It would have been the first written by King directly for the screen, but the parties could not agree on the terms.
3rd Sep '17 11:11:37 AM Homemaderat
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* FollowTheLader: The two major sources Poltergeist is routinely to be seen as following the lead on are: 1. The short story ''Literature/LittleGirlLost'' and the ''Franchise/TheTwilightZone'' episode based upon it. This story containing a little girl who ended up in another dimension who could be heard but not seen. 2. The possible real life "Black Hope Curse" an alleged ghost story about how a community in Texas built over top of a cemetery had a rash of paranormal hauntings. Both connections have been admitted by various people as having held influence on the making of the first Poltergeist film.

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* FollowTheLader: FollowTheLeader: The two major sources Poltergeist is routinely to be seen as following the lead on are: 1. The short story ''Literature/LittleGirlLost'' and the ''Franchise/TheTwilightZone'' episode based upon it. This story containing a little girl who ended up in another dimension who could be heard but not seen. 2. The possible real life "Black Hope Curse" an alleged ghost story about how a community in Texas built over top of a cemetery had a rash of paranormal hauntings. Both connections have been admitted by various people as having held influence on the making of the first Poltergeist film.
3rd Sep '17 11:09:21 AM Homemaderat
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* FollowTheLader: The two major sources Poltergeist is routinely to be seen as following the lead on are: 1. The short story ''Literature/LittleGirlLost'' and the ''Franchise/TheTwilightZone'' episode based upon it. This story containing a little girl who ended up in another dimension who could be heard but not seen. 2. The possible real life "Black Hope Curse" an alleged ghost story about how a community in Texas built over top of a cemetery had a rash of paranormal hauntings. Both connections have been admitted by various people as having held influence on the making of the first Poltergeist film.
9th Jun '17 3:23:24 PM LB7979
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** FridgeHorror: The actresses portraying Dana and Carol Anne died premature deaths.
29th May '17 11:39:43 AM nombretomado
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* ChannelHop: To an extent. MetroGoldwynMayer produced the trilogy and the remake. However, the first movie is currently owned by WarnerBros, due to Turner Entertainment's ownership of MGM's pre-May 1986 library, and WB's ownership of Turner Entertainment. The sequels remained with MGM, and are currently handled on home video by TwentiethCenturyFox, who also distributed the remake. ShoutFactory recently got the rights to release deluxe editions of the second and third films as well.

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* ChannelHop: To an extent. MetroGoldwynMayer produced the trilogy and the remake. However, the first movie is currently owned by WarnerBros, Creator/WarnerBros, due to Turner Entertainment's ownership of MGM's pre-May 1986 library, and WB's ownership of Turner Entertainment. The sequels remained with MGM, and are currently handled on home video by TwentiethCenturyFox, who also distributed the remake. ShoutFactory recently got the rights to release deluxe editions of the second and third films as well.
17th Oct '16 11:05:46 PM jeffthefilmfan
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* FatalMethodActing: Averted. The scene with the clown nearly choked Oliver Robbins to death but Steven Spielberg saved his life when he realized that something wasn't right during the filming of the scene. The next take had the clown prop not be as tight as before.
** FridgeHorror: The actresses portraying Dana and Carol Anne died premature deaths. If Spielberg hadn't noticed something was wrong during the shooting of that scene...

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* FatalMethodActing: Averted. The scene with the clown nearly choked Oliver Robbins to death but on the first take. Steven Spielberg saved his life when initially thought he was still acting, but once he realized that something wasn't right during the filming of the scene.was wrong, he stopped everything and rushed over to save him. The next take had the clown prop not be as tight as before.
** FridgeHorror: The actresses portraying Dana and Carol Anne died premature deaths. If Spielberg hadn't noticed something was wrong during the shooting of that scene...
13th Oct '16 8:02:16 PM akaun6899
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* ChannelHop: To an extent. MetroGoldwynMayer produced the trilogy and the remake. However, the first movie is currently owned by WarnerBros, due to Turner Entertainment's ownership of MGM's pre-May 1986 library, and WB's ownership of Turner Entertainment. The sequels remained with MGM, and are currently handled on home video by TwentiethCenturyFox, who also distributed the remake.

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* ChannelHop: To an extent. MetroGoldwynMayer produced the trilogy and the remake. However, the first movie is currently owned by WarnerBros, due to Turner Entertainment's ownership of MGM's pre-May 1986 library, and WB's ownership of Turner Entertainment. The sequels remained with MGM, and are currently handled on home video by TwentiethCenturyFox, who also distributed the remake. ShoutFactory recently got the rights to release deluxe editions of the second and third films as well.
19th May '16 2:42:31 PM bt8257
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* BeamMeUpScotty: By way of PopculturalOsmosis; the line is "This house is 'clean'" not "'clear,'" thank you, [[AceVentura Mr. Ventura]].

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* BeamMeUpScotty: By way of PopculturalOsmosis; PopCulturalOsmosis; the line is "This house is 'clean'" not "'clear,'" thank you, [[AceVentura [[Film/AceVentura Mr. Ventura]].
15th Apr '16 2:01:57 PM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** New Yorkers watching the movie must have been a little weirded out when they realized that Mr. Teague, the guy who built the development over the graveyard and helped kick off the plot, was the guy who [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkRR6PljqF8 pitched them groceries for the Pathmark chain]] during the 70s, 80s, and early 90s (that chain had died by November 2015 thanks to the mismanagement of their parent, A&P)
** Robbie went on to [[Film/AirplaneIITheSequel take the Lunar Shuttle to the moon with his dog, "Scraps"]].
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