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Dr. Lesh (Character)
from Poltergeist (1982)

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Poltergeist (1982)
Diane: You were saying about poltergeists.
Dr. Lesh: Poltergeists are usually associated with an individual. Hauntings seem to be connected with an area. A house usually.
Marty: Poltergeist disturbances are of a fairly short duration. Perhaps a couple of months. Hauntings can go on for years.
Diane: Are you telling me that all of this could just suddenly end at any time?
Dr. Lesh: Yes, it could. Unless it's a haunting. But hauntings don't usually revolve around living people.
Diane: Then we don't have much time, Dr. Lesh, because my daughter is alive somewhere inside this house.

Dr. Lesh: Well, I'm off. Now these tapes, I am going to have to present them you know.
Steve: But please, not on "60 Minutes".
Diane: Or "That's Incredible."

Dr. Lesh: Some people believe that when you die there is a wonderful light. As bright as the sun but it doesn't hurt to look into it. All the answers to all the questions you want to know are inside that light. And when you walk to it... you become a part of it forever. Now, some people die, but they don't know they're gone.

Dr. Lesh: Diane, the determination is to whether your home is haunted is... is not very easy. I... what I meant to say was it might very well be a poltergeist intrusion instead of a classic haunting.

Dr. Lesh: I'm leaving Ryan here with you. Marty won't be coming back. I... I'm coming back. And I'll bring some help. Try not to worry.

Dr. Lesh: I feel like the proto-human coming out of the forest primeval and seeing the moon for the first time and throwing rocks at it.

Dr. Lesh: Hmm! Think we'll spend the night downstairs.

Dr. Lesh: Would your family welcome a serious investigation of these disturbances by someone who can make firsthand observations?
Steve: Look, Dr. Lesh. We don't care about the disturbances, the pounding and the flashing, the screaming, the music. We just want you to find our little girl.

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.

Dr. Lesh: Some people believe that when people die, there's a wonderful light, As bright as the sun. But it doesn't hurt to look into it. All the answers to all the questions that you ever want to know are inside that light. And when you walk to it, you become a part of it forever. And then, some people die but they don't know that they've gone.
Robbie: They think they're still alive?
Dr. Lesh: Yes. Maybe they didn't want to die. Maybe they weren't ready. Maybe they hadn't lived fully yet or they'd lived a long, long time and they still wanted more life. They resist going into that light, however hard the light wants them. They just... hang around. Watch TV, watch their friends grow up feeling unhappy and jealous and those feelings are bad. They hurt. And then, some people just get lost on the way to the light, and they need someone to guide them to it.
Robbie: So some people get angry and throw things around - like in my bedroom?
Dr. Lesh: Yes. Just like in school. Like some kids are nice to you, some kids are mean.
Robbie: I got beat up once by three kids. They took my lunch money. Maybe they got hit by a truck and they're upstairs right now!

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

Eric Bowen: What happened?
Dr. Brooke Powell: That, Mr. Bowen... that's Maddy's way out. But I think we're gonna need some help in getting her there.
Amy Bowen: What kind of help?
Dr. Brooke Powell: Have you ever heard of Carrigan Burke?
Kendra Bowen: No effing way.

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.