Poltergeist

New this month Trivia: Steven lets Dr Lesh & Ryan in Carol Ann's room and the book comes close and the pages giggle at them. In slow motion with the book approaching them and laughing, at 1.5x slow motion you can hear Henry Kain's (the preacher) laughing, clear as day. You have to tweak with the slow motion.

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New this month Suggested correction: The character of Henry Kain hadn't even been created yet at the time of filming. Hearing a voice that sounds vaguely similar to a character that appeared in a later sequel by manipulating the film's speed is not trivia.

Trivia: In the swimming pool scene with the mother near the end, the actress didn't know it, but those weren't fake skeletons.

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Trivia: The scene where the ghosts stacked the chairs on the kitchen table was filmed in one take with no cuts. As the camera followed Diane Freeling to the kitchen sink, the crew members rushed to the table, put an already built pyramid of chairs on the table and then took away the individual chairs.

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Trivia: After the first Poltergeist movie was made, actress Dominique Dunne (Dana Freeling) was murdered by her estranged boyfriend in 1982. Actor Julian Beck (Kane) died of stomach cancer in 1985 after filming the second film. And after the third, actress Heather O'Rourke (Carol-Anne) died in 1988 from cardiopulmonary arrest brought by intestinal stenosis. This has (annoyingly) been called "The Poltergeist Curse."

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Trivia: It is a little-known fact that it was actually Steven Spielberg's hands that tore the flesh off the investigator's face in the bathroom.

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Trivia: Near the beginning of the movie when Dana leaves for school, we see Carol-Ann watching a channel with static. When her mother says, "It'll ruin your eyes" or something, she changes it to a channel that has a war movie on. If you watch for about 5 seconds, you'll hear the Wilhelm scream.

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Trivia: Steven Spielberg wanted to direct the film but couldn't due to a contract issue stipulating he couldn't direct another film while working on "E.T." Rumor has it that Spielberg (who was often on-set) served as a creative director and handled major aspects of production like casting and directing the actor's performances, while credited director Tobe Hooper handled the visual and aesthetic direction. (Though allegedly based on storyboards Spielberg also helped out on).

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Trivia: Since it is known the film crew moved the table and chairs and replaced them with a stacked set in one take, the tell-tale result of the quick switch can be seen in the disturbance of the leaves of the plants in the kitchen before Jobeth Williams turns to see the table chairs.

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Carol Anne Freeling: They're here.

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When the chair moves across the kitchen floor, Craig T. Nelson goes to investigate it (after it has stopped moving). He goes up to the chair and flips it over. If you look closely, Craig almost hits the camera with the chair's legs. You can tell this has happened because the camera moves up very quickly and Craig looks straight at the camera crew with very big guilty eyes. This is more easily visible on the widescreen version of the film.

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