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The Poltergeist Curse: Here's the Real Story Behind the Movie Myth

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It's the spookiest month of the year, and you know what that means! It's time to figure out whether you believe in curses or simply unfortunate coincidences. A reboot of the classic 1982 horror film Poltergeist came out in 2015, but let's be honest: nothing could compare to the original. While no horrific accidents occurred on the set of the new film (that we know of, anyway), the release reminded us of the rumors of a curse on the original film trilogy's cast. The movie revolves around a suburban family who move into a new home and begin to notice strange things surrounding their young daughter. Take a look below to find out about the mysterious events that have made people speculate that Poltergeist may be the most cursed franchise in Hollywood. RelatedThe 34 Best Horror Movies Streaming on Netflix in October The Whole Ordeal Began With Human Skeletons One of the most
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Blu-ray Reviews: Poltergeist II: The Other Side and Poltergeist III Collector’s Editions

  • DailyDead
There was never really a need to sequelize 1982’s Poltergeist. It told a complete story. It vanquished the evil spirit haunting the house by film’s end. Heck, it even vanquished the house itself. But because the original movie was a hit and it was the ’80s, the Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg collaboration got not just one sequel but two, despite the fact that it does not lend itself to being a franchise. New villains and new mythology—and eventually even new family members—were introduced to keep the story going, albeit with mixed results. And while the sequels have their fans, they’re hardly among the most beloved horror films of the decade. Thanks to Scream Factory’s new Collector's Editions of both, horror fans now have the chance to reevaluate them in the best possible format.

Though released four years after the 1982 original, Poltergeist II: The Other Side
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Awfully Good Movies: Poltergeist III (Video)

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Poltergeist III (1988) Director: Gary Sherman Stars: Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen, Heather O'Rourke This weekend, the curse of The Ring transitions from your VHS player to the Internet in Rings, so Awfully Good Movies is raising its glass to another horror franchise about killer ghosts coming out of your TV screen with Poltergeist III! After Tobe Hooper (or Steven Spielberg, depending on who you ask)... Read More...
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Video: Beyond That Revenant Bear Rumor - 10 Urban Legends About Movies

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Video: Beyond That Revenant Bear Rumor - 10 Urban Legends About Movies
An awkward thing happened to the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Revenant as it trekked into theaters last last year in hopes of picking up award show nominations: A rumor put the film in headlines but for reasons that none of its publicists were happy about. In early December, 20th Century Fox spokespeople were forced to clarify that no, the film does not feature a scene in which its star is raped by a bear. DiCaprio himself later weighed in on the rumor, calling it "absurd," and when the film finally hit theaters on Christmas Day, audiences saw that the rumor
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17 Best Haunted House Movies

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17 Best Haunted House Movies
When Roger Corman told American International Pictures (Aip) that he wanted to make a film based on Edgar Allan Poe's, The Fall of the House of Usher, the studio balked. They didn't think that younger people would pay to see a movie based on reading teachers handed out in school. Never one to take "no" for an answer, Roger Corman pressed the issue.

He had loved reading Edgar Allan Poe when he was younger. The classic author's gothic tales of the ghastly and the macabre were ripe for the film treatment. The issue was that The Fall of the House of Usher was more psychological. Aip was known for quick films featuring creatures of every ilk that viewers knew were bad. Edgar Allan Poe's story didn't seem to have that going for it.

Eventually, Aip, probably thinking they had him licked, asked Roger Corman, "Where's the monster?" "The house is the monster.
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The Poltergeist Curse: Here's the Real Story Behind the Movie Myth

  • BuzzSugar
It's the spookiest month of the year, and you know what that means! It's time to figure out whether you believe in curses or simply unfortunate coincidences. A reboot of the classic 1982 horror film Poltergeist came out this year, but let's be honest: nothing could compare to the original. While no horrific accidents occurred on the set of this year's film (that we know of, anyway), the release reminded us of the rumors of a curse on the original film trilogy's cast. The movie revolves around a suburban family who move into a new home and begin to notice strange things surrounding their young daughter. Take a look below to find out about the mysterious events that have made people speculate that Poltergeist may be the most cursed franchise in Hollywood. Source: Getty / MGM The Whole Ordeal Began With Human Skeletons One of the most famous scenes features JoBeth Williams's character,
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'Poltergeist' Curse Exposed in New Documentary

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'Poltergeist' Curse Exposed in New Documentary
Fans of E! and their True Hollywood Story docu-series will be quite familiar with the supposed 'curse' surrounding the Poltergeist franchise. It was a subject that was fully explored on that program quite well. Now, the mystery behind the curse will hopefully be solved in what promises to be a very spooky new documentary titled The Curse of Poltergeist.

The Curse of Poltergeist hopes to unravel the truth behind all the ugly incidents that have followed those associated with the 1982 classic and its sequels. Producer and filmmaker Adam Ripp wants to get to the bottom of this intriguing and scary curse that has plagued the cast and filmmakers behind the Steven Spielberg produced horror movie series for the past three decades. Adam Ripp is directed the movie through his Vega Baby company. Vega Baby is financing the project, and producing along with Indonesian studio MP Pictures. Shooting will start in November.
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Documentary To Explore The Curse Of Poltergeist

Documentary To Explore The Curse Of Poltergeist
Any number of famous horror movies are supposed to have had a curse that plagued their cast and crew both during the shoot and subsequently. The Exorcist is one; Poltergeist is another. And the latter is now set to be the subject of a documentary. Producer and director Adam Ripp is putting together The Curse Of Poltergeist, taking the life and experiences of actor Oliver Robins as its starting point and main focus.What's the supposed curse? A number of deaths, basically. Actress Heather O'Rourke - the trilogy's cute Carol-Anne -  died suddenly at the tragically young age of 12, just before the release of Poltergeist 3. Dominique Dunne, who played Dana, was killed by her boyfriend in 1982, not long after the first film. Bit-part player Lou Perryman was the victim of an axe murder in 2009. Will Sampson died two years after appearing in Poltergeist II. And Julian Beck - Poltergeist II
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Review: ABC's 'The Whispers' offers creepy kids and little more

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Review: ABC's 'The Whispers' offers creepy kids and little more
As director and producer, few storytellers have utilized the wonderment and fascination (and sometimes horror) of children as points-of-entry into the wonderment and fascination of the adult world more effectively than Steven Spielberg has.  Conversely, Spielberg has also masterfully used the normalized responses of children to the abnormal as an approach to disarm world-weary grown-ups.  From Cary Guffey in "Close Encounters" to Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore in "E.T." to Heather O'Rourke in "Poltergeist" to Christian Bale in "Empire of the Sun" to Haley Joel Osment in "A.I." to Dakota Fanning in "Taken" and "War of the Worlds," Spielberg has always know that there's something pure and primal in the reactions of children and that those reactions can be used to steer the reactions viewers of all ages. Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers of ABC's new "the kids are not alright" drama "The Whispers," but his participation
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Amber Tamblyn Explains the Moving Poem She Wrote About Lindsay Lohan

  • Vulture
Amber Tamblyn Explains the Moving Poem She Wrote About Lindsay Lohan
Actress Amber Tamblyn'snewest book of poetry, a collection called Dark Sparkler, is out this week, and mostly centers around dead or otherwise fabled Hollywood starlets. There is one who committed suicide by breathing carbon monoxide in her garage, one who jumped to her death off the "H" in the Hollywood sign, one who was strangled by her jealous ex-boyfriend in the driveway of their home. You'll already know the stories of some (Dana Plato, Jayne Mansfield, Brittany Murphy), but others (Dominique Dunne, Frances Farmer, Heather O'Rourke) will send you down a dark Wikipedia spiral through Hollywood's most tragic demises. There's one living soul included in Tamblyn's collection: Lindsay Lohan. Vulture got the exclusive to excerpt the poem, then spoke to Tamblyn about what it meant to her and what it was like writing this book.You are going to get a lot of questions about the Lindsay Lohan poem
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'Poltergeist' Poster: This Clown Will Scare You!

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'Poltergeist' Poster: This Clown Will Scare You!
After a number of trailers and TV spots, it's quite clear that the iconic clown from the original 1982 horror classic Poltergeist is responsible for one of this remake's biggest scares. A new poster has arrived for the new haunted house thrill ride, and it showcases the not-so-funny doll cracking an evil grin before it leaps off the toy shelf with its cruel intentions. Don't be afraid, it's only a movie!

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi takes over from Steven Spielberg as producer on Poltergeist, with director Gil Kenan stepping in for original director Tobe Hooper. Together, they bring a contemporized spin on this legendary tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.

20th Century Fox and MGM will release Poltergeist this summer,
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'Poltergeist' Remake First Look: The Clown Is Back

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'Poltergeist' Remake First Look: The Clown Is Back
The scary clown that gave your childhood eternal nightmares is back, and dare we say...He's just not as scary this second time around? Not a lot has been said about the Poltergeist remake, but so far we've gathered that it will be quite a bit different from the 1982 horror classic. 20th Century Fox and MGM have finally revealed the first images from this scary reimagining of the Tobe Hooper directed, Steven Spielberg produced original, and the biggest surprise is that it looks like a shot-for-shot redo, only with Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt in the leads instead of Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams.

USA Today has this special sneak peak at the supernatural thriller. This time out, Gil Kenan, best known for his work on the animated horror comedy Monster House and the family fantasy adventure City of Ember, is directing with horror legend Sam Raimi stepping in as producer.
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7 creepiest horror movie kids: The Exorcist, The Sixth Sense

7 creepiest horror movie kids: The Exorcist, The Sixth Sense
Aussie horror The Babadook, which is currently in UK cinemas and reaches the Us next week, is one of the scariest films of the year. Like a lot of the best fear-flicks, much of its ability to terrify comes down to one truly creepy kid.

In director Jennifer Kent's harrowing debut, six-year-old Samuel (Noah Wiseman) discovers a book called Mister Babadook, which just so happens to coincide with creepy occurrences at home that his mother (Essie Davis) blames on Samuel's overactive imagination. If we reveal any more, we'll ruin the film's surprises, but suffice to say that Samuel's behaviour is every bit as unnerving as the monster that could be lurking in his house.

He's not the only movie kid putting us off parenthood for life. Also responsible for giving Digital Spy a severe case of paedophobia (or fear of children) are these terrifying tots...

1. Gage Creed (Pet Sematary,
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Top 100 Horror Movies: How Truly Horrific Are They?

Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman,
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13 Days of Horror: 5 Freaky Facts About "Poltergeist"

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With Halloween right around the corner, we're counting down the days by posting five facts about our favorite fright flicks.Today's featured film is "Poltergeist" (1982).1. Many believe there is a curse associated with the film.Heather O'Rourke, who played Carol Anne Freeling, died of intestinal stenosis just four months before the release of "Poltergeist III." Dominique Dunne, who played the teenage daughter, was strangled by her boyfriend and died in 1982, the same year as the film’s release. Her character was away at school in the sequel. Julian Beck, who played Kane in "Poltergeist II," also passed away between filming the movie and its release. He had been battling cancer for well over a year.2. The hands which pull the flesh off of the investigator’s face were actually Steven Spielberg's. 3. Drew Barrymore was up for the role of Carol Anne, but Spielberg wanted someone more "angelic." However, her
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Kids' Movie Quotes: The Most Iconic, Memorable, and Repeated Lines in Movie History

  • Moviefone
Kids say the darnedest things! Isn't that what Bill Cosby taught us back in the 1990s? Well, the legendary comedian was right, obviously, especially when it comes to memorable movie quotes. We wanted to take a look back through the decades at some of the most hilarious, touching, unforgettable lines said by kid characters (most are live-action, but there are a few animated characters too). We even asked some of our friends and readers what their favorites were and came up with this list of 25, but it just as easily could have been 50.

And if you notice we paid extra attention to the '80s and '90s, let's just say that's when many of us were growing up; we're sure younger (and older) readers could come up with an entirely different lineup of quotes. Feel free to share them in the comments!

"So never kick a dog / Because he's
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11 scary horror movie child stars: see how they look now

11 scary horror movie child stars: see how they look now
Louisa and Lisa Burns, who played the now-iconic twins in Stanely Kubrick's The Shining, attended a film screening at the BFI in London yesterday (January 29).

Do you recognise the @Shining_twins? Special guests at our anniversary screening of Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove pic.twitter.com/5x0DLPiPrq

— BFI (@BFI) January 28, 2014The Shining review: Extended cut packs in more psychological terror

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The twin sisters have kept a low profile since the film's release back in 1980 but happily posed for a picture on the red carpet as they arrived for the screening of Kubrick's Dr Strangelove as part of the Loco London Comedy Film Festival.

We've found 10 other former child stars from iconic horror flicks to see what they look like now, and what they went on to do next:

Linda Blair in The Exorcist

Linda Blair starred as the head-spinning,
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The Shining, Exorcist, more: Scary horror movie children - then & now

The Shining, Exorcist, more: Scary horror movie children - then & now
Louisa and Lisa Burns, who played the now-iconic twins in Stanely Kubrick's The Shining, attended a film screening at the BFI in London yesterday (January 29).

The twin sisters have kept a low profile since the film's release back in 1980 but happily posed for a picture on the red carpet as they arrived for the screening of Kubrick's Dr Strangelove as part of the Loco London Comedy Film Festival.

We've found 10 other former child stars from iconic horror flicks to see what they look like now, and what they went on to do next:

Linda Blair in The Exorcist

Linda Blair starred as the head-spinning, projectile-vomiting and crucifix-stabbing child in 1973's controversial The Exorcist.

A few years after the film's release, Blair encountered trouble with the law when charged with possession of drugs and conspiracy to sell. She managed to turn her career around by the early '80s, going on
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'The Exorcist': 5 Reasons It's the Best Horror Movie Ever Made

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Ask 10 people what their favorite horror movie is, and chances are over half will say "The Exorcist." Yes, that's a completely non-scientific statement based on absolutely no solid evidence, but it's totally understandable that horror fans revere the 1973 classic.

"The Exorcist" has it all, and is genuinely scary. It has the creepy religious element, the frightening possessed child, a variety of deaths, and it features just the right amount of blood, vomit, flies, and vulgarity. Forty years later, horror filmmakers are hard-pressed to match "The Exorcist," and many see it as the gold standard.

Here are my top five reasons why "The Exorcist" is the best horror film ever made -- though I could definitely come up with more.

The Alleged "Exorcist Curse"

Nothing makes a horror movie scarier than when some of the legend/story seeps into real life. When you find out that the young actress who played
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Poltergeist Reboot Set Photos and Video Reveal a Return to Suburbia

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Poltergeist Reboot Set Photos and Video Reveal a Return to Suburbia
Aside from a couple of casting stories, news on the Poltergeist reboot has been fairly quiet. Some of you probably don't even know that one of the greatest haunted house thrillers of all time is getting the remake treatment.

Released in 1982, the now iconic horror movie was directed by Tobe Hooper from an original idea by producer Steven Spielberg. Its long been rumored that Tobe, who made a name for himself with the low budget The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, fell victim to the pressures of a huge Hollywood blockbuster, suffering from panic attacks that led to Spielberg, who was just down the street working on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, taking over and helming the majority of the project.

That same scenario isn't likely on the set of the new Poltergeist, and even if it were, we probably wouldn't hear about it. As it seems to be a much smaller affair. Gil Kenan,
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