The Poltergeist Curse

The Poltergeist Curse

The real life Poltergeist Curse is one of the scariest movies ever made and one of the most cursed films in history. The Poltergeist films curse started after a string of untimely deaths that plagued the stars of Poltergeist and the weird incidents. These events all together make a very distinct argument that the Poltergeist films curse exists.

Steven Spielberg wrote, and Tobe Hooper directed the original Poltergeist (1982). Spielberg had a clause in his contract preventing him from directing any other movie while prepping E.T. E.T. and Poltergeist (June 4, 1982), released a week apart. In 1982, Poltergeist became one of the highest-grossing movies, considering it is a horror movie this is a great achievement at the time.

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Jobeth Williams - Poltergeist CurseIn Poltergeist (1982), Jobeth Williams (played mother Diane Freeling), terrified to get in the water in the ending scene with so many electrical types of equipment nearby. Steven Spielberg got into the water with her to calm her fears. No one told Williams that the skeletons were real human skeletons upon discovering this she was unhappy with this fact. Real human skeletons were cheaper than the plastic skeletons at the time. Real Skeletons, also used in Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986). Many superstitious people believe this is how the Poltergeist curse started.

Will Samson - Poltergeist CurseWill Sampson (played Taylor the Medicine Man) starred in the second Poltergeist movie as the medicine man/shaman with the little fact that was a real shaman/medicine man. One night after shooting the Poltergeist film, Sampson performed an exorcism on the set. The curse continued to plague the stars. Sampson had a kidney transplant that had complications and died June 3, 1987; less than a year after Poltergeist II: The Other Side release date of May 23, 1986.

Craig T. Nelson - Poltergeist CurseCraig T. Nelson (played father Steve Freeling) faced five different instances of near-death experiences, not including his premature birth. Nelson served in Vietnam and missed a fatal bullet in a firefight. Nelson was in Australia for a TV show when he was 21, nearly hit by a car while crossing the street. Nelson, soon after hit by a car. Luckily Nelsons’ window was open; his body folded in half while his head was sticking out of the window. In 1983, Nelson nearly died of a cocaine overdose soon after the release of Poltergeist in 1982. In 1992, Nelson was on a commercial flight that crashed minutes after takeoff into a nearby lake. The ticket agent recognized Nelson from the Poltergeist movies upgraded him to the first class cabin. The unlucky person who took Nelson’s previous seat ended up dead.

The Poltergeist Freeling children curse was the most tragic and propelled the truth of the Poltergeist curse even further.

Dominique Dunne - Poltergeist CurseDominique Ellen Dunne (played eldest daughter Dana Freeling) died soon after the release of Poltergeist on November 4, 1982. Dunne’s abusive boyfriend named John Sweeney strangled Dominique Dunne in her West Hollywood driveway after pulling her out of the house. Dunne fell into a coma later to be declared brain dead and taken off of life support. Dunne died at age 22 at the start of her career. Sweeney only served three years in jail after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter.

Heather OHeather O’Rourke (played youngest daughter Carol Ann Freeling) is the main focus character of the horror movie. O’Rourke met her death February 1, 1988, after receiving stomach cramps. The stomach cramps were too painful, and her parents called an ambulance. Heather O’Rourke went into cardiac arrest and went into surgery where they discovered that she had septic shock. Heather O’Rourke died on that operating table at 12 years old. O’Rourke had an undiagnosed case of Crohn’s Disease that caused the bowel obstruction leading to sepsis setting in escalating into her untimely death.

Oliver Robins - Poltergeist CurseOliver Robins (played son Robbie Freeling) did not die but came close. Robins was nearly choked to death by the mechanical clown malfunctioning. Both Spielberg and Hooper thought he was doing an excellent job acting until Robins turned the color blue before their eyes.

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Poltergeist (1982)

Directed by Steven Spielberg, Tobe Hooper

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Official Synopsis: A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they "kidnap" the youngest daughter.

Cast: James Karen, Craig T. Nelson, Zelda Rubinstein, Allan Graf, Heather O'Rourke, Dirk Blocker, Fred Rogers, Joseph Walsh, JoBeth Williams, Robert…
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy