In Ghostly’s seventeenth episode,
Pat and Rebecca explore the curse of Poltergeist,
the 1982 movie by Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper and its sequels. Legend says
that the movie was cursed because of its dark subject matter and use of real
skeletons in the original movie. Several actors suffered untimely deaths,
including two of its main stars, Dominque Dunne and Heather O’Rourke. Other
paranormal claims include lightening strikes, mechanical clowns attacking
children, and an exorcism. Do all these events add up to a curse? As always,
you the listener get to decide.
Questions explored in this episode:
What happened on the set of the Poltergeist movies that led people to believe
it was cursed? What happened to Dominique Dunne? How did Heather O’Rourke die?
What claims did JoBeth Williams, who played the mother make about the film? Did
she and others experience poltergeist activity? What is a poltergeist? Why was
there an exorcism performed on the set of the second movie? Is there a Poltergeist curse?
[8:13] Listen to hear Pat give a basic plot overview along with a brief history of the movie and the details of the deaths of two of the main stars, Dominque Dunne and Heather O’Rouke.
WARNING: There are some graphic details of domestic abuse
when discussing Dominque Dunne’s tragic death. If you or anyone you know is
suffering from domestic abuse, please call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit https://www.thehotline.org/
[24:55] After <g class="gr_ gr_7 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear Grammar only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="7" data-gr-id="7">the history</g>, listen to Rebecca tell the ghost story of what it was like to work on the film. It is a terrifying tale that would be a nightmare for any actor – or anyone.
[28:35] Then listen to the Great Debate! Rebecca and Pat go through all the stories and evidence of the curse of Poltergeist, including the deaths, the <g class="gr_ gr_5 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear ContextualSpelling ins-del" id="5" data-gr-id="5">almost</g> deaths, and just all-around potential paranormal activity, and debate what’s true and what’s just folklore. Listen to all sides and decide what you believe.
[1:10:34] Be sure to stay for the whole episode to hear the “Closing Arguments” to help you make your choice before voting.
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chance to listen yet).
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Sources for this week’s episode:
Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: Dream Images (Love-Death Music) by George Crumb
Bumper: Ghost Waltz by Lowell Liebermann