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"Poltergeist" (1982) ist ein Horrorfilmklassiker um das Grauen aus der Glotze... Produzent Steven Spielberg, parallel an "E.T." arbeitend, inszenierte wesentliche Szenen für Regisseur Tobe Hooper (u.a. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre")...

Immobilienmakler Steve Freeling (Craig T. Nelson) zieht mit Gattin Diane (JoBeth Williams) und den Kindern Robbie (Oliver Robins), Dana (Dominique Dunne) und Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) ins schmucke Vororthaus der Neubausiedlung Casa Verde. Die Freude weicht dem Entsetzen, als es zu spuken beginnt und Carol Anne Botschaften aus dem Fernseher empfängt. Ein Medium kann nur wenig helfen. Das Haus steht auf einem Friedhof, ist Tor zur Geisterwelt. Als Carol Anne ins Jenseits gezogen wird, holt Ma sie mit einem langen Seil zurück. Die Toten rächen sich und entfesseln einen Sturm von Katastrophen...

Die Spezialeffekte (Stürme, Schlammloch mit Leichen, berstende Straßen) und Toneffekte waren 1982 Oscar-nominiert. Nach Drehende häuften sich Unglücks- und Todesfälle der Crew. Heather O'Rourke (Carol Anne) starb 1988 an einer unbekannten Krankheit. Populär wurde das zwergenwüchsige Medium Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein)...

Es folgten "Poltergeist II - Die andere Seite" (1986) und "Poltergeist III - Die dunkle Seite des Bösen" (1988)...

Irgendwann soll ein "Poltergeist"-Remake in die US-Kinos kommen... Zuvor war bereits von einem Sequel mit dem Arbeitstitel "Poltergeist: Kayeri" die Rede...

Übrigens: Die TV-Serie "Poltergeist: The Legacy" (1996-99) hat - bis auf die Geister - nichts mit den Filmen zu tun...


[29.11.2011] STYD meldet...
Can the producer of films such as The Strangers, The Departed and The Ring finally get the Poltergeist remake off of the ground?
In talking about upcoming projects, while on the set of 7500, Lee told Shock: "The one I'm most excited about is a Poltergeist reboot and that is probably something, hopefully, next year someone will be able to accomplish." When asked if he was going to be involved in that project he confirmed, "I'm in talks with that right now, yeah, with MGM."
MGM's luck with trying to make Poltergeist hasn't been good. Originally, Vadim Perelman was going to direct from a script by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White. Financial problems plagued the studio, however, and the remake's momentum slowed. There were rumblings earlier this year that the film was picking up steam again.
Lee is currently shepherding an American redo of Oldboy with Spike Lee directing.

[13.08.2009] STYD meldet...
[...] MGM's planned remake of Tobe Hooper's classic '80s haunted house movie Poltergeist has received a release date of November 24, 2010, Thanksgiving weekend. With director Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) attached since last September, the production has been in development a long time with a script surfacing last year, but so far, no cast has been announced and no information about where or when they might start filming.

[25.03.2009] sprach mit den Drehbuchautoren Stiles White und Juliet Snowden, u.a. über das "Poltergeist"-Remake...
[...] "Poltergeist" was a seminal film for us, you know, in our lives, and it’s like your dad’s classic vintage car that’s been in the garage and you’re not allowed to touch it," says White. "It’s treasured; it’s valuable. We see "Poltergeist" as if, um, as if we’re being handed the keys to the car and we’re gonna be really careful with it."
Obviously, the couple are keeping specifics under wraps, but what White will say is this: "Poltergeist was a real snapshot of the American family in the year that it came out --1982 -- and I think what we would do with the reimaging of it is, ‘What is the American family up to today?’"
As long as it’s not a ghost-version of "Gossip Girl," I say.
They both laugh. "No, I think that’d be the wrong way to go," says White.

[02.09.2008] meldet...
[...] Vadim Perelman is in negotiations to develop MGM's "Poltergeist" remake as a potential directing gig. The deal would bring the helmer together with writers Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, who were hired last week to revamp the 1982 classic.
The original, a haunted-house movie full of literalized children's nightmares, was directed by Tobe Hooper from a script co-written by Steven Spielberg. The film's exploration of an ordinary family's reaction to an extraordinarily intense situation likely appealed to Perelman, who delved into similar dynamics in his debut, 2003's "House of Sand and Fog," and last year's "The Life Before Her Eyes."
The Ukraine-born Perelman, who is repped by CAA and Rumble Media, once was attached to Spielberg's endlessly developing "Talisman" project, adapted from the Stephen King-Peter Straub novel, as well as the World War II drama "Truce" at Warner Independent. [...]

[30.08.2008] meldet...
[...] This afternoon we learned that Vadim Perelman is in heavy talks to helm the remake of POLTERGEIST for MGM, which was (finally) officially announced here this month. Obviously, until a press release hits the web confirming the story, nothing is official. [...]

[20.08.2008] meldet...
Juliet Snowden and Stiles White are going into the light.
The "Boogeyman" scribes are rolling out more children's nightmares for MGM's planned remake of "Poltergeist," the 1982 horror film that made "they're here ..." the creepiest announcement ever voiced by a 6-year-old kneeling in front of a static-filled television.
The original "Poltergeist," directed by Tobe Hooper from a script co-written by Steven Spielberg, miraculously skirted an R rating despite its children-in-constant-peril, toy clown-strangling, face-peeling, skeleton-swimming medley of horrors. The MGM/UA release grossed $122 million worldwide and earned Oscar nominations for its ILM-designed visual effects, sound effects and score.
The story of a suburban home built over an Indian burial ground and thus inhabited by a nasty spook earned further cult status when two of the child actors in the movie died after the film's release. Two nerve-jangling sequels were produced.
Horror thrillers are in Snowden and White's blood. The writers, repped by ICM, co-wrote the $46 million-grossing 2005 release "Boogeyman" for Sam Raimi and Ghost House. They've had a hand in the never-hatching remake of "The Birds" for Universal. And they've co-written "Knowing," a Summit Entertainment release directed by Alex Proyas and starring Nicolas Cage, that is due in March.

[31.03.2008] meldet...
[...] Mary Parent, who was recently named by MGM as the Chairperson of the Worldwide Motion Picture Group at the studio, gave me an interesting tidbit of info over the weekend. Was she referring to the rumored remake?
Here's my original email to her on March 15th:
Hi Mary, Congratulations on your new position with MGM! I run a fan web site dedicated to MGM's "Poltergeist" franchise. I'd heard that there were plans for either a new sequel or a you know if this is still the plan? As a huge fan, I was hoping to see a new sequel. Thanks for any information you may be able to provide. Regards, David Furtney
And here's what she wrote back yesterday (emphasis mine): Hey David- Thanks for the email. Not quite two weeks into the new post so I don’t have a specific update but hopefully going forward there will be more to talk about. In the meantime, thanks for your enthusiasm. [...]

[14.11.2007] B-D meldet...
[...] We've been reporting here for months that a remake to Tobe Hopper/Steven Spielberg's Poltergeist was in the works, we even went as far as to report that Mandate Pictures was attempting to acquire the remake rights to the franchise (read more here). We can now 100% CONFIRM - without a shadow of a doubt - that Mandate Pictures will be producing the remake for MGM. This is a fact, this is done, this is not speculation and it's time to quit denying it (yes you sh-tty fan site). The remake won't happen until post-strike, so watch for news in 2008. [...]

[13.11.2007] Moviehole meldet...
Remember a couple of weeks ago when I was discussing the trend of the spec sequel - and how the only people that had a chance in hell of actually selling their unofficial sequel script were people with a name, or at the very least, a couple of established credits to their name?
Well, Michael Grais is a guy in that category. He wrote and produced the second "Poltergeist" movie, and penned the first. And now, according to the man himself, he’s writing a fourth "Poltergeist" movie called "Poltergeist: In the Shadows".
Nobody has asked Grais to write it. Nobody has bought the script either. He’s doing it off his own back, in an attempt to revive the series over at MGM. Will it happen? Hard to say - but it’ll at least be read, because he - unlike many of you that send your own "Batman", "Die Hard" and "Ferris Bueller" sequel scripts to the studios - already has his foot in the door.
But more so, Grais’ sequel script is likely to be very good - considering he wrote the first two "Poltergeist" movies.

[04.10.2007] Moviehole klärt auf - bzw. Zelda Rubenstein aka Medium Tangina...
[...] Zelda’s told me a couple of times that Steven Spielberg directed her - not Tobe Hooper - in "Poltergiest", but I didn’t know whether it was something I should print or not. Seems so.
Quint from Aint it Cool had a blab to Zelda today about the new "Poltergeist" DVD, and she stated just that - that Spielberg was the man directing her. Here’s the goods :
Quint: There’s one thing that I’m really curious about. Being an Austinite I’ve run into Tobe Hooper and I’ve talked to him at length about his work on POLTERGEIST and I brought up the big rumor that Spielberg came in to direct it and kind of took over. Tobe was very adamant that he directed the film.
Zelda Rubinstein: I can tell you that Steven directed all six days I was there. I only worked six days on the film and Steven was there. Tobe set up the shots and Steven made the adjustments.
You’re not going to hear that from Tobe Hooper, you’ll hear it from Zelda, because that was my honest to God experience. I’m not a fan of Tobe Hooper.
Quint: You’re not?
Zelda Rubinstein: No, I’m not, because I feel he allowed... I don’t know how to say this... he allowed some unacceptable chemical agents into his work.
I felt that immediately. I felt that when I first interviewed for the job. Steven was there, Tobe was there, two casting people from MGM were there and I felt at that time Tobe was only partially there.
Quint: I think that because Spielberg had a hand in the creation of the story, that that probably led him to be protective of it, so it’s probably a good thing that he was there to kind of protect it.
Zelda Rubinstein: You are right on that, honey, and he also was very protective with me. He kept me under cover so thoroughly, because I think he wanted... there was not another female in the business who was a little lady that could handle the kind of material that was necessary to do this. I don’t know who my competition was, but I finally got the job after being screen tested, I think four times. I’m grateful I got the job, otherwise I would be under some street lamp. [...]

[03.04.2007] Capone von AICN erinnert sich an "Poltergeist"...

[30.01.2007] meldet...
On Saturday January 27th, I received this statement from Charles Cohen, senior executive Vice President at MGM, regarding a possible "Poltergeist IV":
"We are working on a Poltergeist idea, and hope to have some news to announce shortly. Stay tuned."
In addition, when I told him about the alleged original ending to "Poltergeist III" and the fact that many fans would like to see it on DVD, he said he'd "look into it." [...]

[28.01.2007] Heute um 22.20 Uhr zeigt Kabel 1 "Poltergeist II - Die andere Seite"....

[30.11.2006] meldet...
[...] The folks over at Bloody Disgusting are reporting that the previously mentioned sequel POLTERGEIST: KAYERI is being retooled into a straight-up near frame-for-frame remake of the seminal 1982 Steven Spielberg-written and Tobe Hooper-directed film. [...]

[01.11.2005] The Movie Insider meldet...
Hilary Duff, who lasted starred in box office flop A Perfect Man, is reportedly the frontrunner to star in a Poltergeist sequel, according to
The actress/singer would take over the role of the spooky Carol Anne Feeling from late child star Heather O'Rourke in the new movie Poltergeist: Kayeri.
Craig T. Nelson has reportedly already signed on to reprise his role as Stephen Freeling, but insiders claim the project has stalled for the moment, following the sale of MGM to Sony.

DVD & Video

Regionalcode 2
FSK: Freigegeben ab 16 Jahren
DVD Erscheinungstermin: 23. Februar 2000

DVDPoltergeist 2 - Die andere Seite
Regionalcode 2
FSK: Freigegeben ab 16 Jahren
DVD Erscheinungstermin: 12. Oktober 2000

DVDPoltergeist 3 - Die dunkle Seite des Bösen
Regionalcode 2
FSK: Freigegeben ab 16 Jahren
DVD Erscheinungstermin: 6. Oktober 2005


Poltergeist: The Web Site
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The Poltergeist Website
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Jerry Goldsmith
Audio CD
Erscheinungstermin: 1. März 1997

13 Titel: u.a. Star Spangled Banner; Light; Carol Ann's Theme

Jerry Goldsmith
Poltergeist II
Audio CD
Erscheinungstermin: 20. Oktober 2003

14 Titel: u.a. The power; Carol Anne's theme

Joe Renzetti
Poltergeist III
Audio CD
Erscheinungstermin: 1. Juli 1993


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