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Poltergeist (1982)

PG   |    |  Horror, Thriller


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A family's home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.

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  • Heather O'Rourke in Poltergeist (1982)
  • Martin Casella is best known for his Hollywood work on Poltergeist (1982), RoboCop 2 (1990), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Heart Like a Wheel (1983). And Ryota Nakanishi is one of contemporary indie filmmakers in Japan. Moreover the Amazon best seller Japanese film of 2013, The Rakugo Movie was edited by Ryota Nakanishi. This photo was edited by the Japanese filmmaker, Corman Award Winner Ryota Nakanishi who is the film editor of the 2013 Amazon bestseller Japanese film Rakugo-Eiga. Copyrighted by Corman Award Winning Filmmaker Ryota Nakanishi.
  • JoBeth Williams and Beatrice Straight in Poltergeist (1982)
  • Oliver Robins in Poltergeist (1982)
  • Dominique Dunne in Poltergeist (1982)
  • Former USC film student Oliver began his career in the film industry at the age of ten, starring in Steven Spielberg's Poltergeist (US, 1982). And Corman Award Winner Mr. Ryota Nakanishi is the Japanese filmmaker, who is not only a graduated film student of TUA the best film school in Japan, but also is the main film editor of the 2013 Amazon/Oricon bestseller Japanese film Rakugo-Eiga.

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Trivia

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.


Quotes

Carol Anne Freeling: Hello? What do you look like? Talk louder, I can't hear you! Hey, hello! Hello, I can't hear you! Five. Yes. Yes. I don't know. I don't know.


Goofs

When Tangina asks Ryan to take up the slack on the rope, he is seen wrapping the rope around his forearm. In the very next scene when he is holding the rope, the rope is no longer wrapped around his forearm.


Crazy Credits

After the credits and the logo of the MGM lion is shown, we hear children laughing. Fans of the film have assumed that the laughing children are those who have been released from the beast and have crossed over the threshold into the next life.


Alternate Versions

The 1997, 1999 MGM, and 2000 Warner DVDs of "Poltergeist" feature an entirely different end credits sequence. The credits begin roughly 15 seconds earlier, over the tracking shot of the Holiday Inn, and the sequence in which they appear is different entirely, including some re-arranging on the cast list, and Martin Casella's name being changed to "Marty Casella." The 25th Anniversary DVD and Blu-ray Disc restore the original theatrical credits sequence, henceforth making it a more accurate representation of the film's theatrical exhibition than previous DVD releases.


Soundtracks

The Star-Spangled Banner
(1814) (uncredited)
Music based on "The Anacreontic Song" by
John Stafford Smith
Arranged by Arturo Toscanini
[Played as TV sign-off music several times]

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Genres

Horror | Thriller

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