Craig T. Nelson reprised the role of Steve Freeling, complaining to Carol Anne and the audience that the static on the TV set is just bad cable reception and quips "Not getting rid of cable. THAT'S gonna come back to haunt me! This gave the appearance she was being dragged up the wall and across the ceiling.
Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper wanted virtually unknown actors to play the Freelings because they wanted to add a realism to the family that would off-balance the ghost story. They felt that if the audience watched well-known stars, then it would take away from the realistic feel of the characters. After the cutaway to the Robbie and the clown, Diane gets attacked. If you look closely at the photographs in the background, the one of Carol Anne the middle picture has changed into a scary demon face.
Steven Spielberg worked on this film and E.
Principal photography on Poltergeist ended in August of , then Spielberg took a few weeks off and began work on E. Once post production work on Poltergeist began in early , Spielberg was in total control. He was responsible for the final edit of the film Spielberg's usual editor Michael Kahn edited this film while Carol Littleton edited E. T , the final sound mixes and loops, the supervision of the visual effects, and the selection of Jerry Goldsmith as the composer of the score. Poltergeist and E. T opened to theaters nationwide only a week between each other during the summer of , Poltergeist on June 4th and E.
Spielberg later said "If E. In reality, Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams are only fifteen and eleven years older than Dominique Dunne , who played their teenage daughter. Not only is this a movie about a dead person who is still "hanging around" as the spirits in this film are, but Steven Spielberg remade A Guy Named Joe seven years later as Always The word "poltergeist" is German for noisy ghost. The crawling steak was done by using a real steak which was laid over a slot cut between the tiles in the counter top. Two wires were fastened to the bottom of the steak and a special effects operator, hidden under the counter, simply moved the wires to make the steak crawl like a caterpillar.
A similar operation was done when Diane presents to Steven the chairs that move across the room by themselves. A wire was fastened to one of the chair's legs under the set. An operator first wobbled the chair with the wire, then dragged the chair across to its destination. Steven Spielberg 's first film as a producer. Steven Spielberg offered Tobe Hooper the script for E. Poltergeist's special effects and score were both nominated for Oscars but lost to Steven Spielberg 's bigger film, E. Many viewers interpret this to mean that Diane was only 16 herself when she gave birth to Dana.
However, the novelization of the film clarifies that Diane is actually Steve's second wife and that Dana is the daughter of his first marriage. Many people believe there is a curse on the "Poltergeist" franchise, which may have been caused by the use of real skeletons on-set, e.
True Hollywood Story: Curse of the Poltergeist The highest grossing horror film of , and the eighth highest grossing film of the year. The film was reissued in October, to take advantage of the Halloween weekend. It was also shown in theaters for one night only on October 4, to promote the new restored and remastered 25th anniversary DVD, released five days later.
The event also included a documentary about poltergeist phenomena, which is available on the DVD. JoBeth Williams had a supernatural experience during the making of the film. Whenever she came home from filming, the pictures on the walls of her house were crooked. Everytime she fixed them they would hang crooked again. Zelda Rubinstein also had an experience when a vision of her dog came to her and said goodbye to her. Hours later, her mother called her and told Rubinstein that her dog had passed away that very day.
This is one of the rare films where director Steven Spielberg has a writing credit.
Trivia : Christopher Chacone appears as himself in this episode. Hit the light, if you can manage to find the courage to expose the truth. One evening, a few years ago, she was tutoring a high school boy. We had assumed she was a little girl, but apparently she was I was driving home from work one afternoon and was greeted by a pretty grisly car wreck at the turn to my house — two cars had collided and one had wrapped itself around the signage pole that had house numbers and directions on it, one of which was my house number. A request for prayers for the families of 30 U.
The theme music is known as "Carol Anne's theme". It was originally titled "Bless this House" and was written like a lullaby as a contrast to the horror in the film. There are lyrics which can be found on the Internet. This film came about from Steven Spielberg 's failed attempt to do a sequel to Close Encounters of the Third Kind Dominique Dunne 's only appearance in a theatrically-released film, as she was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in October Zelda Rubinstein auditioned for the part of medium Tangina four times. Robbie has a poster in his room for Superbowl XXII, which would not take place for another six years.
Zelda Rubinstein has said in interviews she didn't like Tobe Hooper because she could see he had a drug problem.
When questioned about who had the greater control over this film, Steven Spielberg or Tobe Hooper , Spielberg replied "Tobe isn't If a question was asked and an answer wasn't immediately forthcoming, I'd jump in and say what we could do. Tobe would nod agreement, and that became the process of our collaboration.
Tobe was the director and was on set every day.
But Steven did the design for every storyboard and was only absent for three days during the shoot, because he was in Hawaii with George Lucas. Spielberg then sent a letter to Hooper to clarify matters: "Regrettably, some of the press has misunderstood the rather unique, creative relationship you and I shared throughout the making of Poltergeist. I enjoyed your openness in allowing me, as a writer and a producer, a wide berth for creative involvement, just as I know you were happy with the freedom you had to direct Poltergeist so wonderfully.
Through the screenplay you accepted a vision of this very intense movie from the start, and as the director, you delivered the goods. You performed responsibly and professionally throughout, and I wish you great success on your next project. While Hooper set up the shots, Spielberg would make adjustments, and, in regards to meeting him for her audition, said Hooper was "only partially there. This film and E.
One of the reasons Steven Spielberg spent more time on-set than he should have done as a producer was due to delays on E. In addition to the two times that the Beast appeared in the movie the face that appeared in the closet and the creature that guarded the kid's door , the script had it appearing during the scene where the family and investigators are looking at the tape of the manifestation.
The giant ghost that they saw visually slowly resolved itself into the image of a face of a cruel old man known in the sequels as "Reverend Henry Kane. Zelda Rubinstein filmed her part in six days. Stephen King 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. Though on-screen credit goes to Tobe Hooper , a wealth of evidence suggests that most of the directorial decisions were made by Steven Spielberg. In fact, Spielberg had wanted to direct the film himself, but a clause in his contract stated that while still working on E.
Hooper, though, had developed the film with Spielberg, and if Spielberg had wanted to wrest the film away from Hooper, it would have caused a rift between the filmmakers. Members of the cast and crew, including Executive Producer Frank Marshall and actress Zelda Rubinstein , have stated that Spielberg cast the film, directed the actors though this has been often contested by several other performers , and designed every single storyboard for the movie himself although Hooper has maintained he both collaborated on and did fully half of the storyboards.
Based on this evidence, the DGA opened a probe into the matter, but found no reason that co-director credit should go to Spielberg. Thus, Diane was only fifteen years-old when she gave birth to Dana. Steve immediately changed his answer to 32 when giving Diane's age. Zelda Rubinstein supposedly had genuine psychic ability, claiming to have visions of things before they happened. The Poltergeist series has long been the subject of a legend that holds that there is a "curse" associated with it, largely because of four cast member deaths that occurred between and Of these four deaths, however, only one could be called "unnatural" in any way - the death of year-old Dominique Dunne Dana Freeling in the first movie.
Dunne was murdered by her ex-boyfriend when he strangled her after she rebuffed his attempt to reconcile. Of the other three deaths, all were the results of long-term, chronic illnesses: Julian Beck Kane in Poltergeist II: The Other Side died in after a long battle with stomach cancer; Will Sampson Taylor in Poltergeist II: The Other Side died of complications from a heart-lung transplant; and Heather O'Rourke Carol Anne in all three movies died in at age 12 from cardiac arrest caused by septic shock from a bowel obstruction caused by intestinal stenosis after being misdiagnosed with Crohn's Disease in Nelson , Tom Skerritt , Nancy Allen , etc.
When writers Michael Grais and Mark Victor first met with Steven Spielberg , they were being hired to write the film that eventually became Always When Spielberg happened to mention he also had an idea for a ghost story, Grais and Victor said they'd rather write the ghost story than Always and that's how they got this job. Originally, as Tobe Hooper , Steven Spielberg and the screenwriters were plotting out the screenplay, Carol Ann was going to get killed in the 1st act and then haunt the house in the second. They eventually decided this was too dark, and opted to have her kidnapped by the ghosts.
In fact, eventually, so many of the dark elements were removed because Spielberg wanted a PG rating so that the film could run as a double feature in theaters with the concurrently released E. The highest grossing film of Tobe Hooper 's career. Fantasy and Friends. Fantasy is a nickname for producer Frank Marshall. The inspiration for the story of the movie comes from an actual occurrence in Denver Colorado.
In the late 's when Denver was expanding, there was a graveyard where the city government wanted to put in a grand city park like the one that New York city built and that city's across the country sought to emulate; Central Park. The city put out notices for bids to relocate the cemetery and decided to go with the lowest bidder. About a third of the way into the project the contractor realized that he had seriously under bid the job and long story short started moving just the head stones.
He completed the job and the city started building the slated structure, an were actually getting close to finishing, when one of the contractors employees spilled the beans. The contractor was arrested but the damage was done. The city, not being able to afford to tear down the building and redig up the cemetery, left it as it was and just finished the project, leaving the unmarked graves as they were.
You can still visit the park, and graves, even today.