Some may remember this film if you’re as old as I am. Others who haven’t come across it yet will be treated to the remake which is released this year. It is an american horror film made back in the 80’s and was about a family who were terrorized by ancient ghosts that were attracted to their youngest daughter Carol Anne. Now as horror films go I did enjoy this trilogy but it is probably more famous for the rumored curse that is attached to the film and it’s cast. Four of the cast members died in the six years between the release of the first and third films. It is said that the curse came about because real skeletons had been used during filming instead of props.
Dominique Dunne who played the eldest daughter Dana in the first film died in 1982 at the age of twenty two after being strangled by her former boyfriend.
Julian Beck who played Henry Kane in the second film died in 1985 at age sixty of stomach cancer.
Will Sampson who played Taylor the medicine man in the second film died at fifty three years old of kidney failure in 1987.
And Heather O’Rourke who played Carol Anne in all three films died in 1988 at the age of twelve during surgery to repair a bowel obstruction. People believed that she died during the making of Poltergeist three but that was not the case. The film had been completed several months before her death and had not yet been released.
So are these devastating deaths a curse due to the nature of the film or simply coincidences? I guess we all have our theories and with the remake of the film due to be released this year the rumors are already rife as to whether the cast will fall victim to ‘The Poltergeist Curse.’ Spooky stuff 🙂 I’ll leave you with the trailer for the upcoming film. Enjoy.