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Followed by 

Remade as 

Poltergeist (2015)

Edited into 

Hollywood Ghost Stories (1986)
Clips shown


Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996) (TV Series)


The Wizard of Oz (1939)
When Tangina is first introduced, Steve says "So, what side of the rainbow are we working tonight?", which is a reference to both the Munchkins and the song "Over The Rainbow".
The Uninvited (1944)
Jobeth Williams' line in the movie "Mmm, smell the Mimosa" was a tribute to the movie "The Uninvited", a 1949 ghost story that was a favorite of Steven Spielberg's. In "The Uninvited", the characters knew a ghost was in the room whenever they smelled Mimosa, hence the reference that Spielberg gave to Jobeth to say.
The Twilight Zone: Little Girl Lost (1962) (TV Episode)
Blonde little girl disappears into an alternate dimension inside her house, parents hear her cries echoeing through the house, but from this alt dimension
Hulk (1966) (TV Series)
figure seen
60 Minutes (1968) (TV Series)
Steve asks that the jewelry that fell through the ceiling not be shown on 60 minutes.
Sesame Street (1969) (TV Series)
Ernie and Bert poster is in Robbie's room
The Exorcist (1973)
Jaws (1975)
The Omen (1976)
In the end of the movie, when the family is moving, the father is walking with a box in his hands, stumbles upon a child's bicycle and says, "That thing almost killed me!" Damien from the Omen (1976) rode a tricycle which he used to hit her mother - thus almost killing her.
Saturday Night Live: Ruth Gordon/Chuck Berry (1977) (TV Episode)
The dog is named E. Buzz, after Dan Aykroyd's E. Buzz Miller character, who debuted on this episode.
Star Wars (1977)
Animal House (1978)
Diane calls a pool worker stealing food "Bluto"
Alien (1979)
Poster is in Rob's room.
That's Incredible! (1980) (TV Series)
Diane asks that the jewelry that fell through the ceiling not be shown on That's Incredible.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
A Tauntaun toy can be seen in Carol Anne and Robbie's room.
The Shining (1980)
Carol Anne wakes up at 2:37 and meets the ghosts, referencing Room 237 from The Shining
The Evil Dead (1981)
posessed tree coming to life and attacking person through vines! (although released in 82, Evil Dead was finished in 1979)

Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Robin Williams (1982) (TV Episode)
Johnny notes the movie's box office success
Billy Joel: Pressure (1982) (Video)
Characters being pulled through a wall
Saturday Night Live: Eddie Murphy/Lionel Richie (1982) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during the monologue
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Eddie Murphy/Jennifer Richards/Reggie Joule (1983) (TV Episode)
Eddie Murphy comments on the movie
Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983) (TV Special)
references the movie in a joke
Dolly Dots: Dottenhove op stelten (1983) (TV Episode)
Mike says he's taking Angela to see this movie
Matt Houston: The Woman in White (1983) (TV Episode)
line of dialogue
At the Movies: Conan the Destroyer/Top Secret!/Under the Volcano (1984) (TV Episode)
Roger Ebert mentions the film in the "x-ray" segment.
Fung lau yuen gwai (1984)
Ghost in TV and child taken by spirits
Diff'rent Strokes: A Haunting We Will Go (1984) (TV Episode)
Pearl mentions it
Newhart: Lady in Wading (1985) (TV Episode)
Dick compares a scene from this film to a kiss.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: JoBeth Williams/Elya Baskin/Dr. Jim King (1985) (TV Episode)
JoBeth Williams discusses the difficulty of shooting the swimming pool sequence
Explorers (1985)
When they first see the spaceship, Wolfgang says. "They're he-ere!"
Troll (1986)
John Beuchler said that Wendy-Anne's name was based on Carol Anne from Poltergiest
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
The radio station signs off with "The Star Spangled Banner" just like the TV station does. In both movies its played right before the "bad things" happen.
Muppet Babies: The Muppet Broadcasting Company (1986) (TV Episode)
When the power goes out, Gonzo says "theeeey're here!"
Cheers: House of Horrors with Formal Dining and Used Brick (1986) (TV Episode)
Carla mentions, she saw Poltergeist
The Outing (1987)
"They're here!" line immitated.
Prom Night II (1987)
Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987)
Ogre says, "they're heeeere" when the nerds arrive at the airport
The Smurfs: Poltersmurf/Baby's Marvelous Toy (1987) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Golden Girls: Letter to Gorbachev (1987) (TV Episode)
Dorothy, when the troop returns: "Now I know how that family in Poltergeist felt!"
Perfect Strangers: The Horn Blows at Midnight (1987) (TV Episode)
Balki says, "He's heere", in a way reminiscent of Heather O'Rourke's famous line in the movie.
Head of the Class: Poltergeist III (1987) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Real Ghostbusters: Egon on the Rampage (1987) (TV Episode)
Verbal reference by Janine
Full House: Our Very First Promo (1987) (TV Episode)
Kimmy says that Stephanie looks like the girl from Poltergeist.
Video Violence (1987) (Video)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Drive-In Madness! (1987)
A still photo is shown.
Demonwarp (1988)
Cindy says "we're here!" with the same tone and inflection as Carol Anne's famous line of dialogue.
Super Xuxa Contra o Baixo Astral (1988)
The famous television scene is referenced.
The Real Ghostbusters: Poultrygeist (1988) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
Andy Colby's Incredible Adventure (1988)
Andy's sister are transported into the TV.
Non aver paura della zia Marta (1988)
Young kid converses with the static on the TV set.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Guiron (1989) (TV Episode)
Joel (as Carol Ann): "They're here!"
The Church (1989)
Transylvania Twist (1989)
The film is quoted
Out of This World: Eviegeist (1989) (TV Episode)
Title is a reference and Beano Froelich says, "kind of a poultrygeist," about Madame Claire Voyant removing a ghost from a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: James Stewart/Larry Miller/Gladys Farek (1989) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Larry Miller's stand-up routine
Love or Money (1990)
Chris says "they're here!" in the same manner as Carol Anne
The Munsters Today: Munstergeist (1990) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Magical World of Disney: The Muppets at Walt Disney World (1990) (TV Episode)
Michael Eisner says: "They're Here", just like Carol Anne did in the movie.
Flatliners (1990)
As David Labraccio (Kevin Bacon) is about to be "killed," he says to Nelson (Keifer Sutherland,) "Nelson, don't let go of the rope." In Poltergeist, Craig T. Nelson's character is admonished not to let go of the rope while his wife passes into the spirit world.
Repossessed (1990)
Possessed Nancy quotes Carol Anne's line "They're here".
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror (1990) (TV Episode)
The Simpsons' "Bad Dream House," like the Freeling's home, was built on an Indian burial ground and also implodes in the same manner.
Palace Hill: Poltermice (1991) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
There's Nothing Out There (1991)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Omen IV: The Awakening (1991) (TV Movie)
During the fire at the psychic fair, you can just hear someone yelling "Carol Anne" a few times.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: PSAT Pstory (1991) (TV Episode)
Hilary: "They're here"
Beetlejuice: Poultrygeist (1991) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Perfect Strangers: Fright Night (1991) (TV Episode)
Balki (imitating Carol Anne): "We're hee-ere!"
Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers (1991) (Video Game)
According to the hint book that Roger can buy at Software Excess, the third and fourth answers to the question "I'm in a long tunnel with a light visible at the far end. What should I do?" are "Haven't you ever seen POLTERGEIST?" and "Go into the light, Carol Ann!".
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Ain't No Business Like Show Business (1993) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during the stand-up comedy routine
The X-Files: Shadows (1993) (TV Episode)
When Mulder speaks of poltergeists, Scully says the famous line, "They're here."
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Ace's line: "I have exorcised the demon. This house is clear."
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V (1994) (TV Episode)
Pamela Hayden is credited as "Pamela 'Poltergeist' Hayden."
The Nanny: Pishke Business (1994) (TV Episode)
When C.C. makes a noise while hiding in the closet, Fran tries to explain it away to Mr. Haste by saying, "Poltergeist.. I got the apartment really cheap, but I can't watch TV".
Animaniacs: Variety Speak/Three Tenors and You're Out/Bingo (1995) (TV Episode)
Skippy, using the same inflection as Carol Anne, says, "They're here!"
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror VI (1995) (TV Episode)
Bart tries to save Homer trapped in the other world, by running into a door full of light with a rope tied around his waist
Animaniacs: This Pun for Hire/Star Truck/Go Fish/Multiplication (1995) (TV Episode)
When Yakko, Wakko, and Dot beam aboard the ship, they say (with the same inflection as Carol Anne), "We're here!"
Witchcraft 8: Salem's Ghost (1996) (Video)
ghost moves around objects in the house the same way
House of the Damned (1996)
a missing daughter "trapped" inside the house and a seance used to talk to her
BeetleBorgs: Beetle Rock: Part 2 (1996) (TV Episode)
Flabber - "They're here!"
Friends: The One with the Giant Poking Device (1996) (TV Episode)
Phoebe mentions the film.
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland (1996) (Video Game)
Mentioned by Lizzie in the intro.
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal: The Greenhouse Effect/The Buzz (1997) (TV Episode)
The skeptical husband says that his TV hasn't turned into a portal to hell just yet.
Weird Science: Stalag 16 (1997) (TV Episode)
Gary refers to the film.
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997)
"He's back."
Dexter's Laboratory: Filet of Soul/Golden Diskette (1997) (TV Episode)
In "Filet of Soul," Dee Dee is trapped in another dimension, just like Carol Anne in "Poltergeist."
RocketMan (1997)
Spice Girls: Too Much (1997) (Video)
Emma Bunton is shown in a bedroom dressed in white pyjamas while objects float around her on their own.
Gex: Enter the Gecko (1998) (Video Game)
Gex's catchphrase in the horror level: "Excuse me! Has anybody seen Carol Anne?"
Ringu (1998)
The author of the source material has always credited this film as his inspiration for the story as it is his favorite horror film.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I Only Have Eyes for You (1998) (TV Episode)
They declare that the spirit is a poltergeist. Xander also says, "Fill me in then, 'cause I've read the book, seen the movie and I'm still fuzzy about what's going on."
Hinterholz 8 (1998)
Fallout 2: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1998) (Video Game)
Upon finishing the "ghost" quest in the den the player character will say "this house is clean"
Ghostbusters' SFX Team Featurette (1999) (Video)
Jon Bruno is introduced as art director on Poltergeist
The Boondock Saints (1999)
"This house is clean."
Sliders: Map of the Mind (1999) (TV Episode)
Dr. Malcolm White says, "They're heeeere!"
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Where the Wild Things Are (2000) (TV Episode)
Xander says, "This house is clean."
Alian (2000) (Video)
Clarissa says "They're here!"
Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) (Video)
Title of this film appears on screen.
Good Eats: Flap Jack Do It Again (2000) (TV Episode)
Comparing "monster" 100-year old maple tree to the one "last seen punching through that kid's window in 'Poltergeist'."
Donnie Darko (2001)
Wendigo (2001)
Shrek (2001)
Luigi's Mansion (2001) (Video Game)
Luigi's vacuum cleaner is a joke reference to this title.
Shredder (2001)
Cole says "Don't go into the light" in mock-fashion.
The Omen Legacy (2001) (TV Movie)
Cubbyhouse (2001)
Creating A.I. (2002) (Video)
mentioned once
Dark Angel: Exposure (2002) (TV Episode)
Logan says one of the psychcic kids would have "went all Poltergeist"
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002) (Video Game)
Returner (2002)
During a flashback scene, when the aliens invade the lower sector of the base, a woman says, "They're here," in a tone similar to Heather O'Rourke's.
The Ring (2002)
Ghost Ship (2002)
Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)
The "Step into the light" line is repeated.
Identity (2003)
Ghost Master (2003) (Video Game)
Voodoo Vince (2003) (Video Game)
In the remastered version, an achievement (called "This House is Clean") references this film.
Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy (2003) (Video)
mentioned once
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
Los Serrano: Trigo limpio (2003) (TV Episode)
Poltergeist is mentioned in this episode.
The Simple Life: The Reunion (2004) (TV Episode)
Leeza Gibbons says: "They're back!"
Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Kelis (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during the monologue and in Spy Glass
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV Movie)
The title is visible on a magazine cover.
The Venture Bros.: Eeney, Meeney, Miney... Magic! (2004) (TV Episode)
As Dr. Venture demands his boys come out of the Joy Can, Dr. Orpheus urges him to "be cross with them" - the same instruction Tangina gives Steven as he tries to get Carol Anne to come back to him from the void.
Tripping the Rift: Ghost Ship (2004) (TV Episode)
Quoted by Bob
Cairo (2004) (Short)
with the chair-stacking scene
TimeSplitters: Future Perfect (2005) (Video Game)
same TV and girl
American Dad!: Homeland Insecurity (2005) (TV Episode)
Stan refers to "the girl of Poltergeist that now should be 16".
Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (Video)
Poster is shown.
Supernatural: Phantom Traveler (2005) (TV Episode)
When Dean and Sam are talking with Jerry Panowski about a possible poltergeist, a co-worker walks by and says: " Poltergeist? I love that movie!"
Supernatural: Home (2005) (TV Episode)
Dean says the psychic who helps them fight a poltergeist "did her Zelda Rubinstein thing."
Aída: Todo es mentira (2005) (TV Episode)
Luisma says "Go into the light, Carol Anne" pretending to be possessed during the ouija board session
Justice League Unlimited: Alive! (2006) (TV Episode)
Both the words and the way Toyman speaks them are virtually identical to the phrase spoken by Carol Ann in the Poltergeist films: "They're he-e-re."
Family Guy: Petergeist (2006) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Venture Bros.: Powerless in the Face of Death (2006) (TV Episode)
Dr. Orpheus drops out of the ceiling, covered in pink goo, in much the same way as characters exit the "other side" in Poltergeist.
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.218 (2006) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Movie Catch Phrases" category
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.229 (2006) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Graveyard Shift" category
Psych: Who Ya Gonna Call? (2006) (TV Episode)
When Shawn is trying to remember where he got the idea of how to trick Gus when they were kids, he says he may have gotten it from Poltergeist.
American Dad!: The American Dad After School Special (2006) (TV Episode)
The scene in which Francine discovers the food in the pool references the scene in the film in which JoBeth Williams discovers that the new pool is full of corpses.
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)
It is mentioned in a newspaper article.
Veronica Mars: Charlie Don't Surf (2006) (TV Episode)
Dick says "They're heeere." when the feminists arrive, similar to how Carol Ann, the little girl in Poltergeist, says the same line in response to the spirits arriving.
South Park: With Apologies to Jesse Jackson (2007) (TV Episode)
Cartman makes the little person say "Carol Anne, don't go into the light".
The Killing Floor (2007)
Title of movie seen in videostore towards the end of the movie.
The Hills Have Eyes II (2007)
In the beginning, when the man is talking on the radio, he says "what's he expecting to find down here? Ghosts of old miners?" Followed by "They're here!" which is reminiscent of Heather O'Rourke's infamous line.
Blood Ties: Gifted (2007) (TV Episode)
line: "Celeste thought it was poltergeists, you know, like the movie."
Disturbia (2007)
The underground skeletal remains surfacing out of the muddy water is an homage to 1982's "Poltergeist"
Supernatural: Hollywood Babylon (2007) (TV Episode)
Dean talks of how in poltergeist (1982) they used real bones on set
Destination Truth: Haunted Village/Naga (2007) (TV Episode)
Host Josh Gates mentions his love of the film while talking about ghosts
Dorks & Damsels (2007)
Mentioned by Astropia employee to a boy
The Making of 'Stupid Teenagers Must Die!' (2007) (Video)
Mentioned by crew member as a favorite horror film.
Return of the Living Dead: The Dead Have Risen (2007) (Video)
James Karen's role in this film mentioned.
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: Team Tipton (2007) (TV Episode)
Zack lures a guest away from the St. Mark's with stories of "TV sets coming to life" and "trees eating children."
Death of a Ghost Hunter (2007)
"Cross over children. Step into the light."
Manhunt 2 (2007) (Video Game)
A Swat member says "We're chasing some goddamn Poltergeist!"
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner (2007) (Video)
Mentioned once.
Dying Breed (2008)
"They're heeeere" said the same way
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Mac & Charlie Die: Part 2 (2008) (TV Episode)
Charlie mentions it in dialogue
Mad Cow (2008) (Video)
Mentioned in dialogue
Supernatural: Wishful Thinking (2008) (TV Episode)
"This house is clean"
Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 5: 8-Bit Is Enough (2008) (Video Game)
When he sees that his house is haunted, Strong Bad refuses to use his computer, saying that he might "get sucked into the screen or something"
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr. (2009) (TV Movie)
Ace: "The house is clean"
QI: Film (2009) (TV Episode)
Listed as containing a Wilhelm Scream.
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
The heroine of the movie is trapped in a muddy pool as a decomposing body bobs around her in the water, seemingly attacking her.
The Big Bang Theory: The Dead Hooker Juxtaposition (2009) (TV Episode)
Sheldon says "They're here" in the same tone of voice as Carol in the movie.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Monsters vs Aliens/The Haunting in Connecticut/12 Rounds (2009) (TV Episode)
Ellen says The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) takes a little bit of Poltergeist
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: 17 Again/State of Play/Crank High Voltage (2009) (TV Episode)
A man says this movie scared him as a child.
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: The Black Cauldron (2009) (TV Episode)
Poster shown when Hewy discusses horror movies with PG ratings
Eureka: Insane in the P-Brane (2009) (TV Episode)
Poltergeist/ghost-type activity in the episode, Dreckmeier says the "They're here" line in a similar fashion to the movie quote
The Big Box: Seven Doors of Death (2009) (TV Episode)
It is referenced on the back cover of a video movie.
Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Psych: Let's Get Hairy (2009) (TV Episode)
Stewart says that he has not watched TV since he saw "Poltergeist."
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Spontaneous Combustion (2009) (TV Episode)
One of the posters of Tobe Hooper's previous films was shown.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.90 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $10,000 question
Gonger II (2010) (TV Movie)
Supernatural: Dark Side of the Moon (2010) (TV Episode)
Dean calls Castiel "Carol Anne"
Alan Wake (2010) (Video Game)
Cynthia Weaver states that she sometimes speaks to Thomas Zane through the TV, much like Carol Freeling did in the film. One of the achievements of the game, "They're heeeeeere!", is titled after a line from the movie.
Lights Out (2010)
After the latest events, one student says to another one that some house may be built on an old Indian cemetary, like in "Poltergeist".
Warehouse 13: Mild Mannered (2010) (TV Episode)
Claudia says, "This house is clean."
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010)
It is mentioned in a newspaper article. Also, poster is shown.
Jeopardy!: Episode #27.4 (2010) (TV Episode)
correct response in "The Trees Were Angry That Day, My Friends" category
Ninjas vs. Vampires (2010)
The line "They're here".
Being Human: The End of the World as We Knew It (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Aidan
Supernatural: Mannequin 3: The Reckoning (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Dean
Phineas and Ferb: Run, Candace, Run/Last Train to Bustville (2011) (TV Episode)
In "Run, Candace, Run", Dr. Doofenshmirtz attempts to wards off a potential buyer of his apartment by saying it was built on an Indian burial ground, which was the main cause of the hauntings of the house in this film
Parks and Recreation: Harvest Festival (2011) (TV Episode)
Upon being told that the harvest festival is set up on a Wamapoke burial site, Perd says that it is "much like the house in the movie 'Poltergeist.'"
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.11 (2011) (TV Episode)
Christy describes "Insidious" as a remake of the film
An Evening with My Comatose Mother (2011) (Short)
The evil clown doll was inspired by the clown doll in Poltergeist
Estrenos Críticos: 10/06/2011 (2011) (TV Episode)
comented and poster shown
The Killing: Beau Soleil (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Masterclass of Horror (2011) (Video)
One of the films spoken about by Garris
The Makeup Madness of Craig Reardon (2011) (Video)
Reardon talks about this as part of the featurette
True Blood: Me and the Devil (2011) (TV Episode)
Terry mentions the movie
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
They're Here
Castle: Head Case (2011) (TV Episode)
Castles states the movies famous line "they're here"
A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011) (TV Movie)
still picture
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
Katie's dad says she is like "Carol-Anne" because she can connect with poltergeists
Castle: Demons (2011) (TV Episode)
Castle quotes the film's "They're here." tagline when reviewing video footage with Beckett and Ryan, which becomes white noise.
Mad: Kitchen Nightmares Before Christmas/How I Met Your Mummy (2011) (TV Episode)
"They moved the headstones, but not the graves"!
Mad: Money Ball Z/Green Care Bear (2011) (TV Episode)
Barry explains to the ghost that he has the right to haunt the house because the house is built over a graveyard with all of the tomb stones removed.
Underworld Awakening (2012)
Little girl saying "they're here"
Being Human: The Ties That Blind (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Hagan Reviews: The Truth About Demons (2012) (TV Episode)
"It's giving us a Poltergeist reference."
Psych: Heeeeere's Lassie (2012) (TV Episode)
The chairs inside Lassiter's condo are mysteriously stacked on top of each other in the same manner as the chairs in the Freelings' house in "Poltergeist."
Holliston: Camera Rental: Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Corri asks the landlord if there is an Indian burial ground underneath the apartment they are renting.
The Avengers (2012)
"They're here."
The Cinema Snob: Faces of Death (2012) (TV Episode)
"Not sure if Poltergeist needed this extra prologue..."
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: Episode #8.294 (2012) (TV Episode)
Craig mentions the film
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXIII (2012) (TV Episode)
In "The Greatest Story Ever Holed," the Simpsons' home implodes in the same manner as the Freelings' home in "Poltergeist."
RiffTrax Live: Birdemic - Shock and Terror (2012)
"Dam Poltergeist, yeah I know you're here!"
Midnight Movie Review: Poltergeist (2012) (TV Episode)
the film of this episode's topic.
Hart of Dixie: Walkin' After Midnight (2012) (TV Episode)
Wade mentions "the poltergeist from 'Poltergeist'."
The Cinema Snob: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2013) (TV Episode)
what Tobe Hooper went on to direct
Empire State (2013)
Poster displayed outside movie theatre with showtimes listed on the marquee
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (2013) (Video Game)
In the opening cut-scene, a sleeping Luigi is awoken by the sound of his static-filled TV, which he crawls toward.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (2013) (Video Game)
A mission is titled "They're Hee-ere".
The Conjuring (2013)
Close-up of a television showing static.
The Cinema Snob: In Search of the Wow Wow Wibble Woggle Wazzie Woodle Woo (2013) (TV Episode)
"Why do I get the feeling this is going to be what the remake of Poltergeist is gonna be like?"
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded (2013) (Video Game)
Guest in the fourth floor's room 3 -"They're here!"
Showreel: Showreel and the $120 Coat (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned and poster shown in "Showreel News"
The Cinema Snob: Saturday the 14th (2013) (TV Episode)
"It's got all the trappings of Poltergeist..."
The 28th Day: The Wrath of Steph (2013)
Film is mentioned by Liz Lucky
American Dad!: Poltergasm (2013) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Goldbergs: Mini Murray (2013) (TV Episode)
Adam watches Poltergeist at the theater with Pops.
One Hit Wonderland: Somebody's Watching Me by Rockwell (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
The Cinema Snob: Halloween (2013) (TV Episode)
"He moved the tombstones, but he didn't move the graves?!"
Grey's Anatomy: Thriller (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Spooksville: The Thing in the Closet (2013) (TV Episode)
Resemblance: Paranormal forces create a portal to another dimensional realm inside a girl's closet, into which a tethered hero must enter to retrieve her.
The Cinema Snob: E.T. XXX: A DreamZone Parody (2014) (TV Episode)
"You mean he's not the old woman from Poltergeist?"
RuPaul's Drag Race: Scream Queens (2014) (TV Episode)
RuPaul's "They're queer!" line references the famous "They're here!" line from the film.
Raising Hope: Para-Natesville Activity (2014) (TV Episode)
Burt says, "That's like that movie 'Poltergeist.'"
MovieBerto: Poltergeist (Fenómenos extraños) (2014) (TV Episode)
Discussed film of the episode
Being Human: House Hunting (2014) (TV Episode)
Carol Anne mentioned
Mysteries at the Museum: Son of a Gun; Whale Rescue; Bottle Popping Poltergeist (2014) (TV Episode)
Narrator claims that the events of the "noisy poltergeist" segment inspired the movie
Kissing Darkness (2014)
Malice Valeria makes her way through the living room of sleeping boys, illuminated by the glow of a television stuck on a static like in the classic horror film, POLTERGEIST
A Haunted House 2 (2014)
"This house is clean"
Spooksville: Gnome Alone (2014) (TV Episode)
Sally throws out the gnomes and says "This house ... is clean."
Warehouse 13: Savage Seduction (2014) (TV Episode)
According to Pete, the artifact has made the house has go "Poltergeist"
Max Steel: UltraLink Invasion: Part 1 (2014) (TV Episode)
Forge says "They're here."
Conan: Eric McCormack/Michael Lewis/Roy Wood Jr. (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during Eric McCormack's segment.
Home Bound (2014) (Short)
The voice of the child is a reference to this film.
Face Off: Scared Silly (2014) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
Faking It: The Ecstasy and the Agony (2014) (TV Episode)
"Walk into the light, Carol Ann"
The Middle: Halloween V (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Brad
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Josh Hutcherson/Tracey Ullman/Echosmith (2014) (TV Episode)
In his opening monologue, Jimmy compares Senator Barbara Mikulski to Tangina Barrons
Cypress Creek (2014)
A haunted looking television is seen. This is a reference to this film.
The Graham Norton Show: Jim Carrey/Jeff Daniels/Jude Law/Tamsin Greig/Nicole Scherzinger (2014) (TV Episode)
Graham says his studio was built on an old Indian burial ground
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Production Urban Legends (2015) (TV Episode)
The Poltergeist Curse is #2. Steven Spielberg as "Ghost" Director gets an honorable mention.
The Coven (2015)
"Come into the light, Carol Anne"
CSI: Cyber: Fire Code (2015) (TV Episode)
Ravon tells that the public is saying that it's a Poltergeist who starts these random fires
Face Off: Deadly Dolls (2015) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Russell Crowe/Seann William Scott/Emily Heller/Jeremy Gara (2015) (TV Episode)
Seann William Scott refers to the raw steak scene
RuPaul's Drag Race: Divine Inspiration (2015) (TV Episode)
Brian Firkus reads Joshua Allan Eads, "girl, did you ever save Carol Ann from the tv?"
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Josh Hartnett/Mika Brzezinski & Joe Scarborough/Benjamin Booker (2015) (TV Episode)
Seth and Josh Hartnett recall seeing the film for the first time
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Queen Latifah/Sam Rockwell/Something Rotten! (2015) (TV Episode)
Jimmy and Sam Rockwell talk about the previous version of Rockwell's new movie
Midnight Screenings: Poltergeist (2015) (TV Episode)
compared to the remake
Show Me a Hero: Episode #1.3 (2015) (TV Episode)
Nick jokes that his and Nay's potential new home could be built on a secret burial ground.
The Cinema Snob: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (2015) (TV Episode)
"...and they're about to go after Carol Anne."
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks: Witchcraft (2015) (TV Episode)
Ryan mentions film by name.
Half in the Bag: 2015 Re-Cap (So Far) (2015) (TV Episode)
title is mentioned
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks: The Entity (2015) (TV Episode)
Ryan mentions film by name.
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXVI (2015) (TV Episode)
"Polter Price"
The Cinema Snob: Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (2015) (TV Episode)
"The ghosts are really coming up with more elaborate and bloody ways of taunting Carol Anne."
Ghost Meets World (2015)
The abandoned building that the ghost supposedly haunts is called Freeling Hall. This is a reference to the family from the Poltergeist, the Freeling's.
The Goldbergs: Lainey Loves Lionel (2016) (TV Episode)
Appears in the movie listings in Adam's newspaper.
The Good Neighbor (2016)
Mentioned by name when characters discuss rearranging furniture like in the movie.
The Big Bang Theory: The Viewing Party Combustion (2016) (TV Episode)
Leonard mentions the movie by name.
Traceroute (2016)
mentioned by name
The Cinema Snob: Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (2016) (TV Episode)
"...she needs to finish her role as Carol Anne from Poltergeist."
Dead of Summer: Barney Rubble Eyes (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Stranger Things: Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers (2016) (TV Episode)
In a flashback scene, Joyce shows Will a pair of tickets she's bought for them to see this film.
Amityville: No Escape (2016)
Poster seen on video store wall.
2 Lava 2 Lantula! (2016) (TV Movie)
Little girl says "They're here."
Cash Trapped: Episode #1.7 (2016) (TV Episode)
Incorrect answer.
Half in the Bag: Stranger Things (2016) (TV Episode)
title is mentioned
The Disappointments Room (2016)
Judith says she has watched this movie too many times.
Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)
Lina has a nightmare sequence where her mouth gets stitched with her own skin inside a bathroom, similar to the latter film's bathroom hallucination sequence.
Atlanta: Juneteenth (2016) (TV Episode)
The host Craig Allen compares himself to the girl in the movie.
Ash vs Evil Dead: Home Again (2016) (TV Episode)
Promoted on theater sign
Dadcula (2016) (Short)
The DVD for this film is shown on a record player cabinet.
The Mick: The Fire (2017) (TV Episode)
Ben watches static white noise on tv.
The Cinema Snob: Manhattan Baby (2017) (TV Episode)
"...like rip off Poltergeist, that monster."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Cry Wilderness (2017) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Jonah
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: The Christmas That Almost Wasn't (2017) (TV Episode)
Jonah: "You left the bodies, and you only moved the headstones! Why?!"
Rough Night (2017)
Mentioned by Pippa.
Little Evil (2017)
The child talks to the television in the same way.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 14 September 2017 (2017) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Mike Greenberg in discussion of horror movies
The Legend of the Gnome (2017) (Video)
The bedroom scene references the film.
Bob's Burgers: The Wolf of Wharf Street (2017) (TV Episode)
Polter-Mice Pest Control
Midnight Madness: The Making of Popcorn (2017) (Video)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Force of Gravity (2018) (TV Episode)
Daisy copies Carol Anne's famous line 'They're here...'
Incredibles 2 (2018)
Jack-Jack disappears into "another dimension", and Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson) and the other kids can hear his disembodied voice laughing in delight as they stare at the ceiling and around the room. In "Poltergeist", Craig T. Nelson's character Steve Freeling is in the same situation when his daughter Carol Anne is trapped in another dimension, and they can hear her laughing (and later, screaming).
GLOW: The Good Twin (2018) (TV Episode)
The cry of "mommy help me" is the recording from the movie Poltergeist
Oli White: Brothers Play Escape the Situation (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Oli White.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Mac and Me (2018) (TV Episode)
Crow: "'Poltergeist' over there"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: The Day Time Ended (2018) (TV Episode)
Tom: "We built this place on top of an ancient Indian burial ground."


Go for Broke! (1951)
It is being played on TV when Carol Anne is asked to change the channel
Today (1952) (TV Series)
On TV during breakfast
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) (TV Series)

Featured in 

The Making of 'Poltergeist' (1982) (TV Short)
The documentary takes us behind the scenes and focuses on how the special effects were made.
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Monster Shop (1986) (Video)
Ghostmakers: The Magic of Poltergeist 2 (1986) (Video)
Citizen Steve (1987) (Short)
Footage of this movie is shown.
Words (1987) (Short)
Clips shown
Quantum Leap: Another Mother - September 30, 1981 (1990) (TV Episode)
A clip from the film is shown.
Movie Magic: Ghost Effects: Ghost Stories (1996) (TV Episode)
Footage from the movie is shown in conjunction with "making of" footage.
I Love the '80s (2002) (TV Series)
I Love the '80s: 1982 (2002) (TV Episode)
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown.
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
Clips are shown.
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments: Part I: 100-81 (2004) (TV Episode)
Number 80 on the list
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases (2005) (TV Special)
The #69 movie quote is "They're here!"
Drawn Together: Ghosteses in the Slot Machine (2005) (TV Episode)
Foxy watches an animated version of the "They're here" scene.
20 to 1: 50 to 01: Great Movie One Liners (2007) (TV Episode)
Some clips from this movie are shown in a segment on the line "They're heeere."
Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Scariest Nostalgic Moments (2007) (TV Episode)
The Clown Doll is at spot number 2.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 15 February 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
A scene from this film is featured duing the interview with Craig T. Nelson.
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)
It is mentioned and discussed. Also, footage of this movie is shown.
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Poltergeist (2009) (TV Episode)
movie reviewed
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Saw VI/Cirque du Freak/The Vampire's Assistant/Amelia (2009) (TV Episode)
Haunted House Real Estate segment
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Daybreakers/Leap Year/Youth in Revolt (2010) (TV Episode)
Screenplay Cliché segment.
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) (TV Special)
clip shown during Horror montage
Nostalgia Critic: A Troll in Central Park (2010) (TV Episode)
The Freeling house implodes after supposibly watching this movie
Visionado obligado: A l'interieur (2011) (TV Episode)
clip shown
More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead (2011) (Video)
Clip shown
Real Fear: The Truth Behind the Movies (2012) (TV Movie)
uses clips and examines the Herrmann case that some claim the movie is based on
WatchMojo: Top 10 Haunted Houses in Movies (2012) (TV Episode)
The Freeling Family Home is #2.
The Goldbergs: Mini Murray (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
Haunted Housekeeper (2013) (Short)
The main characters names are Steve and Diane. The same as in the film Poltergeist.
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
Killer Legends (2014)
Clips shown while discussing the fear of clowns.
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Insidious (2014) (TV Episode)
James compares Insidious to this movie
WatchMojo: Top 10 Scariest Clowns in Movies and TV (2014) (TV Episode)
The Clown Doll is #4.
Nostalgia Critic: Forest Warrior (2014) (TV Episode)
"Poltergeist is a family movie if you just use different terminology."
WatchMojo: Top 10 Horror Movies: 1980s (2015) (TV Episode)
Poltergeist is #8.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Scariest Supernatural Movie Moments (2015) (TV Episode)
Toy Clown is #3.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Anderson Cooper/Cush Jumbo/Walk the Moon/Eric Kretz (2016) (TV Episode)
Clip of Dana screaming is included in the segment A Closer Look
WatchMojo: Top 10 Kid-Friendly Horror Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
Poltergeist is #10.
Trailer Trauma 3: 80s Horrorthon (2017) (Video)
The film's theatrical trailer is featured.
The Spirit World (2017) (Video)
Ghosts of Giger (2017) (Video)
Scope (2017) (Video)
clip shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies to Watch If You Liked IT (2017) (TV Episode)
Poltergeist is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 50 Influential Horror Films of All Time (2017) (TV Episode)
Poltergeist is #19.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies You Won't Believe Are Rated PG (2017) (TV Episode)
Poltergeist is #3.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies That Had the Wrong Rating (2018) (TV Episode)
Poltergeist is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Horror Movies Where No One Dies (2018) (TV Episode)
Poltergeist is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Controversial Scenes in PG Movies (2018) (TV Episode)
Face Peel is #2.
Story of Science Fiction: Monsters (2018) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
The Making of Nightmare (2018) (Short)
Features a clip from the film when Brendon describes shooting a creature effect underwater.
Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema: Horror (2018) (TV Episode)
clips shown
WatchMojo: Top 50 Scariest Horror Movie Scenes of ALL TIME (2018) (TV Episode)
The Clown is #9.
History of Horror: Ghost Stories (2018) (TV Episode)
Clips shown


The Exorcist (1973)

Spoofed in 

Bi gui zhuo (1986)
Some scenes parody 'Poltergeist'
Evil Dead II (1987)
Poltergash (1987)
Film's title is a takeoff on the mainstream film's title.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
Rotten food item crawling across refrigerator in same manner as the possessed steak in Poltergeist
Curse of the Queerwolf (1988)
little girl says "They're queer."
Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation (1992) (Video)
Towards the end of the movie, we see Babs, Buster and Banjo the Woodpile Possum descending towards Acme Acres. Babs says "Head towards the light".
Goof Troop: Pistolgeist (1992) (TV Episode)
Title and plot spoof
Casper (1995)
Wui wan ye (1995)
ghost/kid in tv
Weird Science: Demon Lisa (1996) (TV Episode)
Referring to the cyberdemon, Lisa says, "It's he-here!"
South Park: Spookyfish (1998) (TV Episode)
When the pet store owner opens the "Employees Only" door revealing a portal to the doppelganger Cartman's world.
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
The scenes where the guys are spending their first night in Hell House there are a few Parodies of Poltergeist like Ray getting attacked by the clown doll, Shorty Getting attacked by the herb plant, and when Tori's Character is riding all over the ceiling and walls.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Conversations with Dead People (2002) (TV Episode)
in Buffy, when The First Evil is haunting Dawn, it piles the chairs on the kitchen table, just like in Poltergeist
South Park: The Biggest Douche in the Universe (2002) (TV Episode)
After expelling Kenny's spirit from Cartman, Chef's Ma says the line "This child is clean" in the same manner as Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein) says "This house is clean" in Poltergeist.
South Park: Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes (2004) (TV Episode)
a Wall-Mart greeter says "all are welcome" like Tangina in this movie, also the way the Wall-Mart disappears is the same
Chibi robo! (2005) (Video Game)
A girl wakes up in the middle of the night while toys are moving and stares in front of the TV and utters something.
Drawn Together: Ghosteses in the Slot Machine (2005) (TV Episode)
The stacking and moving chairs, tree attack, pool full of corpses, and "They moved the bodies, but they didn't move the headstones" spoof scenes from the film.
Daisy Does... (2006) (Short)
Daisy Dog recreates scene with television shash and whispers
My Gym Partner's a Monkey: The Sheds/Shiny Thing (2006) (TV Episode)
In 'Shiny Thing', Jake says the famous line "All are Welcome" while speaking to Adam.
Family Guy: Petergeist (2006) (TV Episode)
large portions of movie are re-enacted/spoofed
South Park: Dead Celebrities (2009) (TV Episode)
Doctor Phillips, who specializes in spooky things, is a parody of the Tangina character from Poltergeist.
Superjail!: Ghosts (2011) (TV Episode)
Alice declares that "this house is clean".
Poltergays 5: los lobos desnudos de las ss (2011) (Video)
This movie is a spoof of Poltergeist but with gay characters
Hell Baby (2013)
The boxes that rearrange themselves in the house
American Dad!: Poltergasm (2013) (TV Episode)
The episode is parody of the movie, and even Roger plays Zelda Rubenstein.
Pos eso (2014)
Scene spoofed
Bunnicula: Haunted Dog House (2016) (TV Episode)
The doghouse implodes in a similar manner.
Unikitty!: Scary Tales (2018) (TV Episode)
In Puppycorn's story, a ghost emerges from a television set.
The Last Man on Earth: Hamilton/Berg (2018) (TV Episode)
Karl Cowperthwaite: "I'mmm baaack."
The Venture Bros.: The Venture Bros. and the Curse of the Haunted Problem (2018) (TV Episode)
As the building zaps and flashes with strange lights, Brock stands outside , puts his hands on his head, and shouts "WHAT'S HAPPENING?"

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