Poltergeist (1982)

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Dr. Lesh is explaining what the "light" means to the Freeling boy she calls him Tommy at one point but the character's name is Robbie. It's not that the actress got confused and called the boy by his real first name which is Oliver, so who knows where she got the name Tommy from?

Correction: You need to rewatch this scene. Dr. Lesh never refers to the kid by name (not Tommy, not Robbie or any other name).

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: Watch the scene in the kitchen when the poltergeist puts all the chairs onto the kitchen table. When Diana walks over to the cupboard you can see the reflection of the crew in the kettle moving the set into position.

Correction: There is a reflection of something moving, yes. But it's impossible to discern what it's a reflection of. It could just as easily be a reflection of the chairs moving.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: Instead of Steve and the neighbor spending all that time fighting with the remote controls and nobody getting to watch their program, wouldn't it just be easier for them to get up and change the channel on the TV? I mean, I know people can be lazy with their remote controls, but come on...


Correction: It's a fair point, but there's no real reason why they shouldn't do it the way they do. It's not very useful to anyone but it's not a mistake.

Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie, when Diane falls down the stairs and runs towards the door, she grabs the door knob. When she gets thrown backwards, you can see the cable that is attached to her shirt, pulling her back, in the first couple of frames in slo-mo.

Correction: If slow-mo is necessary, it is not a valid mistake.

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Continuity mistake: At the start of the film, the dog is seen going from room to room looking for food. Just before he goes into Dana's room, someone can be seen through the crack in the door, moving from left to right.

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Carol Anne Freeling: They're here.

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Trivia: While filming the toy clown attacking Robbie, the clown's arms were wrapped tightly around Oliver's neck. He immediately said he couldn't breathe but Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper both thought that he was ad-libbing. When Spielberg saw Oliver's face turning purple, he realised that he really was being asphyxiated and ran over to remove the arms from his neck.

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Question: What exactly did the ghosts want with Carol Anne?

Answer: They were attracted to her life force. She was such a young child, that it was particularly strong within her.

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Answer: They were partly attracted to Carol Anne because she she was born in her house.

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