Trivia: Poltergeist

  • AFIS 100 Years 100 Thrills: #84
  • AFIS 100 Years 100 Movie Quotes:
    • #69, "They're here!"
  • All There in the Manual: 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 Southern Belle who protected Carol-Anne on the Other Side, an even more nightmarish Nightmare Fodder 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.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: By way of Popcultural Osmosis; the line is "This house is 'clean'" not "'clear,'" thank you, Mr. Ventura.
  • Dawson Casting: Dominique Dunne was a few years older than sixteen.
  • Fatal Method Acting: 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.
    • Fridge Horror: The actresses portraying Dana and Carol Anne died premature deaths. If Spielberg hadn't noticed something was wrong during the shooting of that scene...
  • Reality Subtext: Dana Freeling was entirely absent from the second and third movies, and in fact not mentioned at all. Her actress, Dominique Dunne, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 1982.
  • The Production Curse: a lot of inexplicable bad luck and ill-fortune dogged these films. Murmurs of an actual curse were not helped by the revelation that real corpses had been used in some scenes.
  • Recycled: The Series: Poltergeist: The Legacy had little to do with any of the movies in the franchise.