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Poltergeist (1982) Poster

(1982)

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Carol Anne: They're here.

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Tangina: This house is clean.

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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 plain. They are attracted to the one thing about her that is different from themselves - her lifeforce. 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 dreamstate, a nightmare from which they can not awake. Inside the spectral light is salvation, a window to the next plain. 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.

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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.

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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.

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Diane: She just moved through me. My God. I felt her. I can smell her. It's her. It's her. Smell my clothes. It's her. She's all over me. It's her. She's on me. It's her. I felt her. It's her. It is. It's... it is... it's my baby. It's my baby. She went through my soul.

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

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

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Steve: [shouting in Teague's face] You son of a bitch! You moved the cemetery, but you left the bodies, didn't you? You son of a bitch, you left the bodies and you only moved the headstones! You only moved the headstones! Why! Why!

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[first lines]

Carol Anne: Hello? What do you look like? Talk louder, I can't hear you! Hey, hello! Hello, I can't hear you! Five. Yes. Yes. I don't know. I don't know.

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Carol Anne: [puts a twizzler in the Tweety's coffin] For when he's hungry.

Carol Anne: [puts a picture in Tweety's coffin] For when he's lonely.

Carol Anne: [puts a piece of cloth in Tweety's coffin] For when it's bedtime.

[breaks down in tears in Mom's arms]

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Diane: God, *help me!*

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Dana: Are you gonna do something about this?

Diane: About what?

Dana: Your new gray!

Diane: Oh! You don't like it. You don't think it's kinda PUNK!

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Dana: I'll go check the kitchen!

Steve: NO! No, I'll do it! I'll check the kitchen, you check your room!

Steve: Carol Anne!

Dana: Carol Snne!

Diane: Carol Anne! Sweetheart!

Steve: DIANE!

Diane: Did you find her?

Steve: No, I looked everywhere! This is crazy!

Diane: OH MY! My God! She is in the swimming pool, the swimming pool, the swimming pool!

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Carol Anne: [burying the canary, Carol Anne says a prayer] Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

Dana: [sarcastically] Oh brother!

Carol Anne: If I shall die before I wake...

Dana: [whispers to Diane] It did.

Carol Anne: ...I pray the Lord my soul to take.

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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.

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Diane: Get away from my baby.

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

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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.

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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.

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Diane: Sweetheart, last night, when you said "They're here'...

Carol Anne: Can I take my goldfish to school?

Diane: Sweetheart, do you remember last night when you woke up, and you said "They're here'?

Carol Anne: Uh huh.

Diane: Well, who did you mean?

Carol Anne: The TV People.

Robbie: She's stoned.

Dana: Oh yeah? What do you know about it?

Robbie: More than you. Ask Dad.

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Diane: TV people?

Carol Anne: Uh-huh.

Diane: Do you see them?

Carol Anne: Uh-uh. Do you?

Diane: Uh-uh.

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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.

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Steve: Tomorrow I'm going to call someone.

Diane: Like who? I looked in the Yellow Pages. "Furniture Movers" we've got; "Strange Phenomenon", there's no listing.

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Diane: DON'T TOUCH MY BABY.

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Dana: WHAT'S HAPPENING?

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Diane: You bastard. She's just a baby. Help her. Help her. Can you hear what's happening? Help her.

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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."

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Diane: Carol Anne - listen to me. Do NOT go into the light. Stop where you are. Turn away from it. Don't even look at it.

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Diane: We were wondering if you had experienced any... disturbances?

Ben Tuthill: What kind of disturbances?

Diane: Oh, you know... dishes or furniture, moving around by themselves.

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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.

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Diane: Oh, Jesus. Don't do that, honey. You don't want to see mommy lying in a cigar box covered with licorice.

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Robbie: The storm is getting closer.

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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.

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Diane: Ahhh... this is probably going to be seem a little strange. We hear better on this channel. Don't ask me why. Well... ah... I guess I will call her. Carol Anne. Ah... it's mommy, sweetheart. Ah, we want to talk to you. Please answer me baby. Please answer me. Please talk to me, bunny.

Marty: Look at the dog.

Diane: Are you with us now? Can you... can you say hello to daddy?

Carol Anne: Hello, daddy.

Steve: Hello, sweet pea.

Diane: It's mommy, sweetheart.

Carol Anne: Hello, mommy.

Diane: Hello, baby. Can you see me? Can you see mommy?

Carol Anne: Mommy? Where are you? Where are you?

Diane: We're home, baby. We're home. Can you find me? Can you find a way to us, baby?

Carol Anne: Mommy, where are you? I can't find you. I can't. I'm afraid of the Light, mommy. I'm afraid of the Light.

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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.

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Steve: Not much room for a pool is there?

Teague: We own all the land. We have already made arrangements for relocating the cemetery.

Steve: Oh, you're kidding. Oh, come on. I mean, that's sacrilegious, isn't it?

Teague: Oh, don't worry about it. After all, it's not ancient tribal burial ground. It's just... people. Besides, we have done it before.

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Steve: You know Teague, he won't take "Go to Hell" for an answer.

Diane: What are you going to do?

Steve: I'm gonna give him directions.

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Diane: Mmmmm... smell that mimosa.

Steve: Well you better cut a bouquet and take it with you, because we're not staying.

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Diane: [the canary has died] Oh... Oh shit, Tweety, couldn't you have waited until a school day?

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Ben Tuthill: Mosquito ever suck on you, son?

Tuthills's Son: I don't know, Dad.

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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.

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Robbie: Hey Mom! When it rots can we dig up the bones?

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Carol Anne: No more!

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[last lines]

Robbie: Faster! Faster!

Steve: Don't look back!

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Tangina: This house has many hearts.

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[Steve opens the window next to the neighbor's house]

Steve: We've got a good game going on here.

Ben Tuthill: My kids wanna watch Mr. Rogers.

Steve: I don't care what you're watching Ben, just show a little mercy with that thing!

Ben Tuthill: Move your set.

[Ben flicks remote]

Steve: Move yours Ben.

[Steve flicks his remote]

Steve: [Steve and Ben flick each other off]

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Teague: [while tapping the supernaturally glaring porch light] You afraid of burglars or you trying to attract every insect in Cuesta Verde?

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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.

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Steve: Whoever might complain?

Teague: Nobody's complained until now.

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

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Carol Anne: [Her first words after being rescued] Hi, Daddy.

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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 can. I just don't like trick answers.

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Diane: Look, I'm the one who has had to live with this freaky thing all day. It's like another side of nature, that you and I aren't qualified to understand. When you overreact, it makes what happened much too important.

Steve: No one is going into the kitchen until I know what's happening.

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Tangina: Tell her to go to the light!

Diane: NO!

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Sam: Who the hell is this guy?

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Jeff Shaw: Open up! Ahh shit!

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Steve: You know we have a saying around here; "The grass grows greener on every side."

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Diane: How is it?

Pool Worker #1: Great, Mrs. Freeling!

Diane: Okay Bluto, give me my cup.

Pool Worker #1: You sure make good coffee!

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Steve: Listen to me, Jeff! No, I'm not kidding! I know right, how can anybody sleep through a 6.5!

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Carol Anne: I want pepperoni pizza!

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Dana: Mom! I'm going to dinner with Janice and Brian.

Diane: Is your room all packed up?

Dana: Everything but the bed!

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Teague: How's that spot for a bay window?

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Steve: I'm sorry. That's the room my son and daughter used to occupy.

[laughs]

Diane: [laughs briefly] What's the matter, Steven?

Steve: [stops laughing] I tried to answer her in my mind and she couldn't hear me. Now, I thought you said this Tangina Barrons was an *extraordinary* clairvoyant!

Tangina: I *am*! I just don't like trick answers.

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Steve: Get in the car, Dana.

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Steve: [skeleton hits the windshield] Oh, shit!

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Steve: No. I'll do it. Let me go.

Diane: You can't go. You're the only one strong enough to hold the rope.

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