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Tangina Barrons (Character)
from Poltergeist (1982)

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Poltergeist (1982)
Tangina: It lies to her. It tells her things only a child can understand. It has been using her to restrain the others. To her, it simply is another child. To us, it is The Beast.

Tangina: This house is clean.

Tangina: Help me tie this around my waist.
Diane: What do you think you're doing?
Tangina: I'm going in after her.
Diane: She won't come to you. Let me go.
Tangina: You've never done this before.
Diane: Neither have you.
[pause]
Tangina: You're right. You go.

Tangina: Now clear your minds. It knows what scares you. It has from the very beginning. Don't give it any help, it knows too much already.

Tangina: Cross over children. All are welcome. All welcome. Go into the Light. There is peace and serenity in the Light.

Tangina: Y'all mind hanging back? You're jamming my frequency.

Tangina: No. no. no... Go down stairs and wait by Ryan and pull. Only when I say so, Only When I say.

Tangina: You can't choose between life and death when we're dealing with what is in between. Now tell her before it's too late.
Diane: Run to the light, baby. Mommy is in the light.
Tangina: Tell her you're waiting for her.
Diane: Mommy's waiting for you in the light.
[under her breath to Tangina]
Diane: I hate you for that.

Tangina: This house has many hearts.

Tangina: There is no death. There is only a transition to a different sphere of consciousness. Carol Anne is not like those she's with. She is a living presence in their spiritual earthbound plane. They are attracted to the one thing about her that is different from themselves - her life-force. It is very strong. It gives off its own illumination. It is a light that implies life and memory of love and home and earthly pleasures, something they desperately desire but can't have anymore. Right now, she's the closest thing to that, and that is a terrible distraction from the real LIGHT that has finally come for them. You understand me? These souls, who for whatever reason are not at rest, are also not aware that they have passed on. They're not part of consciousness as we know it. They linger in a perpetual dream state, a nightmare from which they can not awake. Inside the spectral light is salvation, a window to the next plane. They must pass through this membrane where friends are waiting to guide them to new destinies. Carol Anne must help them cross over, and she will only hear her mother's voice. Now hold on to yourselves... There's one more thing. A terrible presence is in there with her. So much rage, so much betrayal, I've never sensed anything like it. I don't know what hovers over this house, but it was strong enough to punch a hole into this world and take your daughter away from you. It keeps Carol Anne very close to it and away from the spectral light. It LIES to her, it tells her things only a child could understand. It has been using her to restrain the others. To her, it simply IS another child. To us, it is the BEAST. Now, let's go get your daughter.

Steve: I was trying to answer her with my mind and she couldn't hear me. Now I thought you said this Tangina Barens was an extraordinary...
Tangina: [offscreen] I *am*.
Steve: ...clairvoy...
Tangina: [steps out again at the top of the stairs] I just don't like trick answers.

Tangina: Tell her to go to the light!
Diane: NO!

Tangina: [offscreen upstairs] Why is this door locked, Mr. Freeling?
[Steve Freeling closes his eyes, clasps his hands, and appears to be concentrating for several seconds]
Diane: [quietly] Answer her, Steven!
Steve: [sotto voce] I *am*.
Tangina: [steps out to the top of the stairs] I am addressin' the living!
Steve: I'm sorry. Sorry. That's the room my son and daughter used to occupy.
Dr. Lesh: We believe it's the heart of the house.
Tangina: This house has many hearts.
[Tangina steps away from the stairtop. Diane approaches Steven]
Diane: [quietly] What is the matter?
Steve: [with laughter] "What's the matter"?
Steve: [he composes himself, whispers] I was trying to answer her with my mind and she couldn't hear me.
Steve: [to Dr. Lesh, whispering even softer] Now, I thought you said this Tangina Barrons was an *extraordinary*...
Tangina: I *am*!
Steve: ...clairvoy...
Tangina: [steps out again] I just don't like trick answers.


Poltergeist III (1988)
Tangina: Kane! Give her back her family. You don't need them. You don't need Carol Anne! I can lead you into the light. I have the KNOWLEDGE... and the POWER!

Tangina: [on the phone] Dr Seaton? Kane found Carol Anne, and it's all your fault.

Tangina: My God! HE FOUND HER!

Tangina: Stay back! He's got the girls, and now HE WANTS YOU!

Tangina: THAT'S NOT CAROL ANNE!

Tangina: I'm one of your brother-in-laws, weirder psychics. SHH!

Tangina: Outside, in.

Tangina: Tweedledum or Tweedledumber?

Tangina: Because Kane still thinks he needs her. He was insane when he lived and now that insanity has become The Beast. He wants Carol Anne now before she grows up. Youth is a strong life force. Innocence is pure life force. We lose strength as we lose our innocence. You see, innocence is the only gift we're given in life; all else must be fought for. In that gift is purity. In that purity lies strength.

Kane: The necklace!
[Kane slaps Pat violently. She falls over Donna's desiccated body and falls again over Bruce desiccated body so Pat takes the shovel]
Kane: Give me the necklace.
Pat Gardner: No!
Kane: The necklace!
Pat Gardner: No!
[Pat chops off Kane's head and the body falls over the frozen ground while Pat looks at Kane's head and peels off until revealing a mummified skin and shouting a blood-curdling scream]
Tangina: [Kane comes back to life. He comes for Pat but suddenly Tangina appears through the mirror] Kane!


Poltergeist (2015)
Dr. Brooke Powell: Is everything alright?
Carrigan Burke: If it was, I wouldn't be here.

[repeated line]
Carrigan Burke: This house is cleaned!

Carrigan Burke: Brooke tells me that this development was built on a cemetery. Right?
Kendra Bowen: Dad, really?
Eric Bowen: Calm down. It's a former cemetery. Former. They moved the bodies a long time ago. They relocated...
Amy Bowen: Yeah, they moved them to a nicer neighborhood.
Carrigan Burke: I don't think that they are. I think that they just told people they moved the cemetery. I think they just moved the headstones.
Amy Bowen: And they left the bodies? Oh, my God.

Dr. Brooke Powell: Why do you do that?
Carrigan Burke: What?
Dr. Brooke Powell: You tell your old war stories and you make yourself sound like an old man.
Carrigan Burke: Comes with the territory. We age in dog years.

Amy Bowen: Do you have kids, Mr. Burke?
Carrigan Burke: Sadly, no. My wife didn't think it was a good idea given our line of work.
Dr. Brooke Powell: It wasn't just the work.
Amy Bowen: Oh! The two of you were...
Dr. Brooke Powell: Briefly.
Carrigan Burke: We were young and stupid.
Dr. Brooke Powell: Only one of us was stupid.
Carrigan Burke: Ah, don't be so hard on yourself. I was irresistible back then.
Dr. Brooke Powell: I'm gonna check the readings upstairs.
Carrigan Burke: And she goes, just like she fled our marriage. Straight into the arms of academia. Safe, stable academia. Still misses me, though.
Dr. Brooke Powell: No, I don't.
Carrigan Burke: You do, a little.
Dr. Brooke Powell: No, not even a little bit.
Carrigan Burke: She forgets I can sense these things. I have special powers, you know.
Dr. Brooke Powell: They're not that special.


Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
Tangina Barrons: [the Freelings have defeated Kane] Thank God, thank God!
Taylor: [to Steve] Some battle, huh?

Diane: [seeing a vision of Kane and his followers] It is him, he's the preacher. They follow him in death as they did in life. They seal themselves into a cavern because Kane says the end of the world is coming.
Kane: Come with me!
Diane: The day for the end comes and goes, but Kane won't let them leave. No, no.
Tangina Barrons: Oh, Diane. Yes, it all makes sense now. When you brought Carol-Anne back to this world, his followers became restless because they had tasted the light of her being, her lifeforce.
Diane: And now he wants her back.
Tangina Barrons: This person is no longer human. He is the Beast.