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The Poltergeist Curse: Here's the Real Story Behind the Movie Myth

It's the spookiest month of the year, and you know what that means! It's time to figure out whether you believe in curses or simply unfortunate coincidences. A reboot of the classic 1982 horror film Poltergeist came out in 2015, but let's be honest: nothing could compare to the original. While no horrific accidents occurred on the set of the new film (that we know of, anyway), the release reminded us of the rumors of a curse on the original film trilogy's cast. The movie revolves around a suburban family who move into a new home and begin to notice strange things surrounding their young daughter. Take a look below to find out about the mysterious events that have made people speculate that Poltergeist may be the most cursed franchise in Hollywood. RelatedThe 34 Best Horror Movies Streaming on Netflix in October The Whole Ordeal Began With Human Skeletons One of the most
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Newswire: Poltergeist cameraman confirms long-standing rumor about the film’s real director

The Poltergeist franchise is famously cursed, supposedly due to the real human skeletons that were used as props in the original film. Stars Heather O’Rourke and Dominique Dunne both died young under tragic circumstances, and spooky happenings occurred on the set not only of Tobe Hooper’s 1982 movie, but on the set of Poltergeist II and the 2015 remake as well. Compared to all that, then, rumors that have persisted for decades that producer Steven Spielberg, not credited director Tobe Hooper, actually directed the film are no big deal.

Obviously, the existence of curses and ghosts and assorted beasties that hide in kids’ closets can’t be proven. Those rumors about the film’s true authorship can, though, and Wish Upon and Annabelle director John Leonetti did pretty much exactly that on the newest episode of Blumhouse’s Shock Waves podcast. Leonetti’s brother Michael was the Dp ...
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Robert D. Marta, Camera Operator on ‘Hart to Hart,’ ‘The Jerk,’ Dies at 73

Robert D. Marta, Camera Operator on ‘Hart to Hart,’ ‘The Jerk,’ Dies at 73
Robert D. Marta, a camera operator who worked on tv shows and films such as “Hart to Hart” and “The Jerk,” has died. He was 73.

Marta died at his home in Bozeman, Mont., on Apr. 13 after suffering from several years of health issues, his family reported.

Born on Oct. 5, 1943 in Pasadena, Calif., Marta went on to become a founding member and the first president of the Society of Operating Cameramen — now Society of Camera Operators — from 1981-85. He was also one of the early champions of the industrywide labor-management safety committee. In 1996, he received the SoC’s Presidents Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Marta started his career as an uncredited assistant cameraman on “Diamonds Are Forever.” He later worked on such 1970s films as Tom Laughlin’s indie sequels “The Trial of Billy Jack” and “Billy Jack Goes to Washington;” Norman Jewison’s “… And Justice for All,” starring Al Pacino; and
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Blu-ray Review – House: The Complete Collection

House: The Complete Collection Limited Edition Box Set

Directed by Steve Miner/Ethan Wiley/James Isaac/Lewis Abernathy.

Starring William Katt, Kay Lenz, George Wendt, Richard Moll, Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Royal Dano, Lar Park-Lincoln, Amy Yasbeck, Bill Maher, John Ratzenberger, Dean Cleverdon, Lance Henriksen, Brion James, Rita Taggart, Dedee Pfeiffer, Terri Treas, Melissa Clayton, Scott Burkholder, Denny Dillon, Kane Hodder.

Synopsis:

1980s VHS rental hit House and its three sequels are brought together on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in a lavish box set from Arrow Video.

A hugely popular VHS rental back in the day, 1985s House is a film that was put together by a team of people that included producer Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th/The Last House on the Left), writer Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps/The Monster Squad), director Steve Miner (Friday the 13th Part 2/Halloween H20:
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Horror Highlights: El Rey Network’s “Deadly Day Off” Marathon, Bethesda at Pax East 2017, In Memorium DVD

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El Rey Network is celebrating this Presidents' Day with a horror marathon featuring Freddy Krueger, the Poltergeist trilogy, and the Final Destination films. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have details on what gamers can expect to see from Bethesda at this year's Pax East, as well as In Memorium DVD release details.

El Rey Network's "Deadly Day Off" Marathon: Press Release: "They’re heeeeerrre! Celebrate President’s Day with El Rey Network’s “Deadly Day Off’, a 24-hour marathon of classic horror franchises, “Poltergeist,” “A Nightmare on Elm street,” and “Final Destination”; episodes of “Paranormal State” and the El Rey Network original special “The People’s Network Showcase Horror Edition”.

Monday, February 20th

6:00 Am Et/Pt “Poltergeist”

8:30 Am Et/Pt “Poltergeist 2

10:30 Am Et/Pt “Poltergeist 3”

12:30 Pm Et/Pt “A Nightmare On Elm Street

2:30 Pm Et/Pt “A Nightmare On Elm Street 2”

4:30 Pm
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Blu-ray Reviews: Poltergeist II: The Other Side and Poltergeist III Collector’s Editions

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There was never really a need to sequelize 1982’s Poltergeist. It told a complete story. It vanquished the evil spirit haunting the house by film’s end. Heck, it even vanquished the house itself. But because the original movie was a hit and it was the ’80s, the Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg collaboration got not just one sequel but two, despite the fact that it does not lend itself to being a franchise. New villains and new mythology—and eventually even new family members—were introduced to keep the story going, albeit with mixed results. And while the sequels have their fans, they’re hardly among the most beloved horror films of the decade. Thanks to Scream Factory’s new Collector's Editions of both, horror fans now have the chance to reevaluate them in the best possible format.

Though released four years after the 1982 original, Poltergeist II: The Other Side
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Unmade Poltergeist prequel would have featured Reverend Kane

Tony Sokol Feb 3, 2017

Plans were afoot to make Poltergeist 2's preacher a recurring horror character to rival the likes of Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers...

In Poltergeist II, directed by Brian Gibson, Reverend Henry Kane - played by Julian Beck - was a doomsday cult leader in the early 19th century, who promised to save his followers from the end of the world by hiding them in an underground cavern below what later became the Freeling familys' property. But Kane had an ulterior motive. And according to an interview at Poltergeist 3: The Website, Kane was on his way to achieving the iconic horror status of Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers by becoming the beast.

“I was at Universal in the early 90s and I heard about Poltergeist 4,” industry insider Macklin Crux told the site. “Someone told me about a new script that was being developed about the pre-story: Kane and his followers.
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We Almost Got a ‘Poltergeist’ Prequel All About Reverend Kane?!

We Almost Got a ‘Poltergeist’ Prequel All About Reverend Kane?!
“You’re gonna die in there! All of you!” Whether you revisited Poltergeist 2 on Scream Factory’s brand new Blu-ray this week or you haven’t watched it since you were a kid, I’m willing to bet you have a vivid memory of the film’s antagonist, Reverend Henry Kane. Played by Julian Beck, who was dying at […]
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January 31st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Lair Of The White Worm, Poltergeist Sequels

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For this final week of home entertainment releases in January, horror and sci-fi fans have a ton of cult classics to look forward to, including Poltergeist II and Poltergeist III from Scream Factory, and Lair of the White Worm and Parents from Lionsgate via their Vestron Video Collector’s Series.

Synapse Films is also keeping busy with a trio of releases this Tuesday—The Coffin Joe Trilogy Collection, At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul, and This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse—and for those of you missed it in theaters, Boo! A Madea Halloween comes home to both Blu-ray and DVD on January 31st as well.

Lair of the White Worm: Vestron Video Collector’s Series (Lionsgate, Blu-ray)

Bram Stoker’s last novel is the basis for this wild tale of a horrific beast and the evil forces it unleashes on the beautiful English countryside.

Vestron Video
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Watch an Exclusive Clip from Scream Factory’s Poltergeist II: The Other Side Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

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If your home away from home in your formative years was the dentist’s office, then you know that braces can be hell. That teeth-centric fear was tapped into by the special effects team in Poltergeist II: The Other Side, and with the sequel coming out on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on January 31st from Scream Factory, we’ve been provided with an exclusive bonus features clip just for Daily Dead readers that goes behind-the-scenes of the movie’s intense braces scene.

Check out our exclusive bonus features clip of actor Oliver Robins reminiscing about the braces scene below, and be sure to visit Scream Factory to learn more about their Collector’s Edition Blu-rays of both Poltergeist II: The Other Side and Poltergeist III:

https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/poltergeist-ii-the-other-side-collector-s-edition https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/poltergeist-iii-collector-s-edition

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray
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Contest: Win Poltergeist II: The Other Side Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

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Beginning January 31st, sinister spirits return to haunt the Freeling family on Scream Factory’s Poltergeist II: The Other Side Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, and we’ve been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray copy of Poltergeist II: The Other Side.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Poltergeist II Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on February 3rd. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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Poltergeist II: The Other Side (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray): “In this thrilling follow-up to the smash hit Poltergeist, the Freeling family (JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson,
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Watch Clips & Trailers from Poltergeist II: The Other Side and Poltergeist III Collector’s Edition Blu-rays

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Scream Factory welcomes back the spirits that plagued the Freeling family with their respective Collector’s Edition Blu-rays of Poltergeist II: The Other Side and Poltergeist III, and to get you prepped for the January 31st releases, we have high-def clips and trailers from both films for you to enjoy.

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray): “In this thrilling follow-up to the smash hit Poltergeist, the Freeling family (JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, Oliver Robins) settles into a new home following the annihilation of their former residence by terrifying visitors from the netherworld. But the spirits of the dead are still hell-bent on luring the family’s clairvoyant daughter Carol Anne to “the other side.” This chilling sequel, directed by Brian Gibson (Breaking Glass) also stars Will Sampson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Julian Beck (The Cotton Club) and Zelda Rubinstein (Anguish) returns as Tangina.
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Scream Factory’s ‘Poltergeist’ Sequels Possessed By Extra Features

Scream Factory is unleashing the definitive editions of two supernatural horror classics with the release of the Collector’s Editions of Poltergeist II: The Other Side and Poltergeist III on January 31st, 2017. The suspenseful saga of Carol Anne and the Freeling family continues in these follow- up films to the smash hitPoltergeist, and are filled with spectacular special effects, memorable […]
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Video: 24 Ways Poltergeist II and Insidious: Chapter 2 Are Basically The Same Movie

Couch Tomato is back with a new "24 Reasons" video, and this one looks at the weird similarities between Poltergeist II and James Wan's Insidious: Chapter 2. You know the deal with these videos by now: they don't just point out the structural coincidences or shared plot beats, but they also get into the strangely specific, nitty-gritty details that both movies have in common. Those are the ones that are really interesting to me — like a toy phone factoring into the plot. Check this out and let us know what you think:
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Poltergeist 2: The Other Side and Poltergeist 3 Coming to Special Edition Blu-ray via Scream Factory

God is in his holy temple… and he’s firing up his Blu-ray player to watch these two flicks early! Oh, Reverend Kane. How I love you! Via Scream Factory on Facebook: They’re Here… Again! The 1986 and 1988 sequels to… Continue Reading →

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Release Date & Cover Art for Poltergeist II and Poltergeist III Collector’s Edition Blu-rays

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Scream Factory has announced a January 24th release date for their Collector's Edition Blu-rays of Poltergeist II: The Other Side and Poltergeist III, and early release details and new artwork for the Blu-rays have also been unveiled.

From Scream Factory: "They’re Here…Again! The 1986 and 1988 sequels to Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg’s original classic Poltergeist are coming to Scream Factory this Winter!

Today we reveal to you a few more details about them:

- Official release dates for both are January 24th

- Both will be a branded as a "Collector's Editions" that will come with a slipcover (guaranteed for three months after its original release date).

- The newly-commissioned front-facing artwork you see pictured comes to us from artist Justin Osbourn (Lifeforce, The Fog, Child’s Play). The reverse side of the wraps will showcase the original theatrical poster art.

- Bonus features and specs
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FrightFest 2016: Abattoir review

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★★★☆☆ Home is where the Abattoir is, in Darren Lynn Bousman's film noir chiller. Swapping torture porn frolics - he helmed several sequels in the Saw franchise - for a more subdued approach, his latest work, arguably his strongest yet, is pitched as a ghost story with a nightmare twist. Based on an unpublished graphic novel serving as a prequel to events in the film (making its literally origins a bit of a cheat, because nobody's read it) Abattoir's visceral title is symbolic and reflected upon in a line of dialogue uttered by the film's Big Bad, Jebediah Crone (Dayton Callie), a creepy southern preacher recalling Julian Beck's insidious final role in Poltergeist II.
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Comic-Con 2016: Scream Factory Announces 13 New Titles, Including Black Christmas, Willard, Bubba Ho-tep

Shout! Factory’s “Inside Look” panel took place tonight at Comic-Con, and Scream Factory revealed thirteen upcoming Blu-ray releases for horror fans to look forward to, including Collector’s Edition Blu-rays for Black Christmas (1974), Bubba Ho-Tep, and Rabid, as well as a Slumber Party Massacre double feature Blu-ray and more.

From Scream Factory: “We just revealed the following upcoming Scream Factory blu-ray releases at our Comic Con panel this evening. Here’s the exciting line-up:

1. Bubba Ho-tep (2002) (Collector’s Edition) – Stars Bruce Campbell and directed by Don Coscarelli.

2 Willard (1971) – The rare 70s rat-revenge film is (finally) coming to DVD & Blu-ray!

3. Ben (1972) – The sequel to Willard.

4. Black Christmas (1974) (Collector’s Edition) – The original slasher classic!

5. Poltergeist II (1986) (Collector’s Edition)– “They’re Back!”

6. Poltergeist III (1988) (Collector’s Edition) – “They’ve Found Her!”

7. Dreamscape (1984) (Collector’s Edition) – The fantasy cult classic starring Dennis Quaid and Kate Capshaw.

8. Rabid (1977) (Collector’s Edition) – The early Cronenberg classic!
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The Amityville Horror (1979) and Poltergeist II: The Other Side Apparel Revealed by Fright Rags

Fright Rags channels sinister cinematic spirits in their new apparel for The Amityville Horror (1979) and Poltergeist II: The Other Side.

Press Release: Fright-Rags has scared up new apparel and posters from The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist II: The Other Side.

1979’s The Amityville Horror is often imitated but rarely topped. Artist Justin Osbourn warns you to get out out the film’s iconic house with his shirt design, while Kyle Crawford creates a collage of haunting imagery for his.

Crawford’s artwork is also available on baseball tees and 18×24 screen-printed posters. The standard poster is limited to 175, and the red variant is limited to 50 with a glow-in-the-dark layer.

While Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist is a bona fide classic, its 1986 sequel has its own merits. Osbourn and Crawford each offer a design featuring the film’s protagonist, Carol Anne, being terrorized by the menacing Kane.

The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist II
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Day of the Dead Movie List: Top 5 Most Freakish Living Dead, Undead, and Ghosts

Hell's Kitchen: Soul stew image likely from the 1922 Benjamin Christensen horror classic 'Häxan / Witchcraft Through the Ages.' Day of the Dead post: Cinema's Top Five Scariest Living Dead We should all be eternally grateful to the pagans, who had the foresight to come up with many (most?) of the overworked Western world's religious holidays. Thanks to them, besides Easter, Christmas, New Year's, and possibly Mardi Gras (a holiday in some countries), we also have Halloween, All Saints' Day, and the Day of Dead. The latter two are public holidays in a number of countries with large Catholic populations. Since today marks the end of the annual Halloween / All Saints' Day / Day of the Dead celebrations, I'm posting my revised and expanded list of the movies' Top Five Scariest Living Dead. Of course, by that I don't mean the actors listed below were dead when the movies were made.
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