Poltergeist Movie Trivia

Poltergeist Trivia

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The 'Poltergeist' house. See the locations section for more info.

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Film facts for the 1982 Horror / Occult movie starring Heather O'Rourke, JoBeth Williams, Oliver Robins More Cast

We believe the following trivia is all legit. If it's bogus or you have additional info, please update us.

Thanks to Angela Meil
Dominique Dunne, the actress who had played Carol Anne's older sister, died tragically, several months after the film was completed. She was strangled into a coma by her abusive boyfriend and never woke up. She died on Nov 4, 1982, she was 22 years old.
Editor Kara Petty
Heather O'Rourke (Carol Anne) tragically died before finishing the 3rd Poltergeist movie.

It is often said that she had Crohn's Disease, a chronic inflammation of the intestine. In fact, she apparently had acute intestinal stenosis (an obstructed bowel). During attempts to operate, she sadly died of a cardiac arrest on the operating table.

She was only 12.
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As homage to his friend George Lucas, Spielberg populated the children's bedroom with Star Wars toys. He did the same in "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982).
Thanks to Steven Murray
Dominique Dunne's character isn't mentioned in either Poltergiest 2 or 3.
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Did you know that four of the main characters from the poltergeist movies have died? Are the movies cursed? Read about it at the gold rated site listed in the links section!
Thanks to Steven Murray
Heather o' Rourke also appeared in several episodes of 'Happy Days.'
Thanks to Steven Murray
In an interview, Heather o' Rourke stated that when she grew up she wanted to be a director.
Thanks to nutz'n'boltz
Zelda Rubinstein, the psychic in Poltergeist, is actually the voice-over presenter for TV's 'Scariest places on Earth.'
Thanks to Johnney Perkins
In the film Carol Ann is said to be the Lifeforce to the ghosts that are Haunting the family. Tobe Hooper the director would go on to direct a movie several years later called "Lifeforce"
The skeletons that emerge from the swimming pool while Diane searches for help are actual skeletons. JoBeth Williams didn't know this until after the scene was shot.
Thanks to C.T. Warren
The late 00's saw a homage to Poltergeist in a DirecTV commercial (they'd previously done ads based on Alien, Ferris Bueller, Terminator, and Back To The Future).

Craig T. Nelson reprises his family father role, complaining to both Carol Ann and the audience that the haunted static on the TV is only bad cable reception, and quips "Not getting rid of cable, THAT'S gonna come back to HAUNT me!"

Heather O'Rourke's family was pleased with the ad keeping her memory alive.
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Craig T. Nelson, Carol Anne's father in the film, went on to star in the long-running sitcom "Coach" and the hit drama series "The District".

Today, he plays family patriarch Zeke Braverman in the NBC series "Parenthood". However, most kids will hear his voice and recognize him as the star of Disney-Pixar's blockbuster "The Incredibles!"
In the scene in the kitchen where Dr. Lesh tells Steve and Diane that she has to display the video tapes at the college, Steve says "Please, not on '60 Minutes'" and Diane says "Or 'That's Incredible!'".

For those unfamiliar with it, "That's Incredible!" was a type of Ripley's Believe It Or Not/Guinness World Records show in the early 80's that featured strange people with abnormalities or supposive supernatural abilities.
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The classic line "They're here" is said by Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) in the movie. If you look at her lips while she is saying it, she actually says, "They're all here"

Today, Sirius XM radio has their Channel * dedicated to the 80's, and is hosted by all the original VJ's of MTV(except the late J.J. Jackson). In promo spots, host Martha Quinn still pays homage to Carol Anne by telling viewers, "We're All He-eeeeeere!"
Thanks to Derek Moore
The clown puppet that was used in the film "Poltergeist" is on display in the "PLANET HOLLYWOOD" in Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas!

Bogus Trivia

There's often fake stuff floating round, y'know? -Like the 'ghost boy' that can allegedly be seen in "Three Men And A Baby".

But, nothing bogus that we know yet for "Poltergeist".
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