Day 3: Poltergeist (1982)
Writer: Steven Spielberg (screenplay), Michael Grais (screenplay), Mark Victor
Director: Tobe Hooper
Year released: 1982
Overview: After a family moves into their new home strange events occur around their young daughter.
- Spielberg hired Tobe Hooper to direct after being impressed with Hooper’s direction of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
- Real human skeletons were used for the film as they were cheaper, and many people suspect that the film was cursed because of this. The movie was plagued with supernatural occurrences, and several of the cast members died within years of the film’s release.
- While Poltergeist is a horror film there are no fatalities in the movie.
- JoBeth Williams did not know that the skeletons in the swimming pool scene were real until after the scene was shot.
- Heather O’Rourke, who played Carol-Anne, and Dominique Dunne, who played her teenage sister in Poltergeist, are both buried in the same cemetery. Dunne died the year of the film’s release, O’Rourke died six years later.