New Documentary To Explore ‘The Curse Of Poltergeist’

October 10, 2015

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Filmmaker Adam Ripp will explore the curse that supposedly has plagued the cast and crew of Steven Spielberg’s ‘Poltergeist’ franchise, in a new documentary, titled ‘The Curse of Poltergeist’. Ripp’s company, Vega Baby, will be financing and producing the documentary in conjunction with MD Pictures.


THR quoted Ripp as saying “The documentary will focus on the life and experiences of Poltergeist actor Oliver Robins, who played Robbie Freeling in the first and second installment of the franchise, as a way to explore the tragedies that have befallen those involved with the films. It will be a journey into the unknown as I attempt to understand the meaning behind the tragedies surrounding the movie.” He continued “It’s something that will hopefully bring closure to a dark chapter in my life.”


Several people involved with ‘Poltergeist’ met horrible fates, including Heather O’Rourke, who played the role of Carol Anne. O’Rourke died at the age of twelve, from a bowel obstruction. Dominique Dunne, who played Carol Anne’s older sister, was murdered by her boyfriend in 1982, shortly after the film wrapped. A few of the cast members died of cancer. People were injured during filming in freak accidents, equipment malfunctioned, and  other strange occurrences took place on the set. Many blamed Spielberg for the curse, because he chose to use real corpses in one of the scenes. The ‘Poltergeist’ remake also experienced mysterious activity. ‘The Curse of Poltergeist’ begins filming in November.





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