Spooky going-ons have always plagued the Poltergeist movies ever since filming began on the original movie in 1982. Accidents, deaths and tragedy seemed to follow the cast, as well as strange things happening on set that make what happened in real life seem scarier than the movie itself!
Famously dubbed the 'Poltergeist Curse,' whether you believe in curses or not you will have to agree that the series of events seem too unexplainable and deeply saddening to be just a mere coincidence.
The cute little child star Heather O'Rourke, who played Carol Anne died on February 1st 1988, at the tender age of 12 after suffering a cardiac arrest caused by septic shock. She died just four months before Poltergeist III was released.
Dominique Dunne, who played Carol Anne's older sister in the first Poltergeist, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, he strangled her five months after the movie was released.
In 1985, actor Julian Beck, who played Kane, the evil reverend in the second Poltergeist, died of stomach cancer and Will Sampson, who played Taylor the Medicine Man, died of kidney failure following an operation.
Between 1982 and 1988 there was four deaths of cast members of the Poltergeist trilogy, and in 2009 Lou Perryman, who played Pugsley in the first movie was brutally murdered with an axe at his home. Although it is not linked to the original curse, the nature of his death reignited the idea that bad luck seems to follow those who were involved with the movies.
Real Human Bones
Many believe it could be Steven Spielberg's interesting choice of props that could be behind the curse...he used real human bones!
Brought in from India, apparently using real skeletons was much cheaper than using fake ones. By moving them, this could have upset the spirits of the people, causing the strange phenomenon.
Actor Will Sampson (who is also a shaman) performed an actual exorcism after shooting one night, to try to rid the set of evil spirits.
Actress JoBeth Williams, who plays the mom, Diane Freeling, has said that during filming, she would always come home to find pictures on her wall crooked, even if she'd straighten them every day.
The Curse Continues
The 2015 Poltergeist remake has even experienced a touch of the darkness; Director Gil Kenan told some spooky stories of strange things happening on set.
"The location for the house, during shooting, I chose because it had a strange and unnecessary field that the houses of this particular community were built around. We found, throughout production, that we had persistent and repeatable equipment field only on that strange plot of land. For instance, lights that could turn on anywhere else in the neighborhood would blow out the second you'd try to light them on this plot."
Thinking it's a coincidence?! Maybe this next story might make you think otherwise...
Recently big Poltergeist fans, husband and wife Dusty and Jamie Lynn recently bought the cabbage patch doll once owned by Heather O'Rourke on eBay. Once the doll arrived the couple have received more than their fare's share of bad luck and family tragedies.
The doll arrived on the 30th of October. We were in awe. Halloween day, we left for our anniversary trip to Reno. Our anniversary is Nov 1. While in Reno, we got a call that my wife's step brother had been in a terrible accident while playing soccer. He ended up with a ruptured spleen and broken ribs. Due to internal bleeding, he was hospitalized for 5 days. 3 days later, my father-in-law became ill. Within 2 days, he was in a coma. He was diagnosed with encefalitis. He remained in a coma for 5-6 days and we almost lost him. Miraculously, he woke up and was released after a 9 day stint. He is still in rehab for brain damage. We thought we could be back to our lives after a very trying few weeks. On Dec 2nd, my wife found out her childhood friend, John had committed suicide by gunshot. Dec 8th, our good friend Dawn died of heart failure...she was 33. Shortly after, my mother was having agonizing pain in her hip. She ended up having surgery. On Jan 7th, my wife's Uncle Jeff (not a blood relative, he was her best friend's father who took my wife in on more than one occasion as a child) passed away from a heart attack. He had no known medical conditions. January 26th, my wife was hospitalized for the night with a rare intestinal infection. The end of January, I left my job for a new company. On Feb 12, I was let go. Feb 14th, we had to put our dear dog, Zeus down. Early March, our 4 year old Pomeranian lost a tooth.
Shortly after, my wife was told something was wrong with her heart and they suspended her driver's license. She has had to wear heart monitors for 24 hours twice and they still don't know what is wrong. On March 27th, due to an error, Kern County Child Support levied my account right before a bunch of debit purchases and auto drafts cleared. This left us with a negative account balance of almost $2,000. My car broke down two days prior. Last week, the doctors notified my mother that her surgery not only failed, she had a fracture in her hip. She had a hip replacement April 8th. On top of all of this, my wife and I have not gotten along. There is constant tension in the air and the topic of divorce has come up more than once.
Paul Dale Roberts, a paranormal investigator who helped the couple believe in the curse, and believes that the doll itself could have been holding lots of negative energy states:
Yeah, I believe that negative energy can be thrown upon something. It can be thrown upon any inanimate object and stay there. When a person gets around this negative energy, something bad could happen to them. They may get sick, someone close to them can get sick, there can be a death.
"There was some type of curse on the doll. I mean, it has the history. It goes all the way back to The Poltergeist movie. Steven Spielberg supposedly used human bones from India, which upsets the spirit world, which caused the curse. So yeah I believe that the curse was manifesting from the doll and when it was trying to prevent the cleansing, which caused me to become dizzy." He and his wife Deanna Stinson, a psychic, work on cases together; she confirmed an evil spirit attached to the doll.
While cleansing their home he said he kept on becoming very dizzy, falling off balance and felt a presence trying to stop him from cleansing the doll of evil, but he believes that he achieved it.
The couple have kept the doll, but keep it in a blessed glass case, and have not experienced any bad luck since.