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Poltergeist (from German poltern, meaning to rumble or make noise, and Geist, meaning "ghost" or "spirit") denotes an invisible spirit or ghost that manifests itself by moving and influencing objects, generally in a particular locale such as a house or room or place within a house.

Often it is thought that this is all anomalous perceptual experiences or hallucinations. Skeptics think that the phenomena are hoaxes perpetrated by the haunted individual. Indeed, some poltergeist attacked or plagued persons have been caught by paranormal investigators in the act of faking the encounter. From throwing objects to faking photos sounds and video. Very few of them later confess to faking or hoaxing the public and the Ghost Hunters.


Yes these terrifying ghost can move things from large to small items. Make loud audible nosie and crashes in a home and actually hurt you, and yes, of course they can even help you out of problems.

Some say that to be plagued by such a bad ghost is a curse. A story related to me by Ghost Hunter Gina Lanier was of a young lady down on her luck who was plagued by a Poltergeist for many years.

The ghost would hurl things at her, and even trip her down the stairs of her Royal Street Apartment. when a month and a half had gone by after she had lost her job. When the last of her money ran out, the ghost starting leaving large amounts of cash around her apartment. More then enough to pay her bill and have a little extra. This Poltergeist actually supported her in a great manner for over 5 years.

The city of News Orleans seems to be much more haunted since the devistation of 2005's Hurricane Katrina. A few Paranomal Investigators suggest that it is because since the population of the city is smaller more ghost especially the evil kind or tending to roam more and cause problems.

Poltergeist can at times also be seen by some. The misconception that they are invisable is purly because many do not see them.


The Poltergeist series is just one of a handful of movies and TV series that have been said to have been cursed. Others include Rebel Without a Cause, The Omen, The Exorcist, Diff'rent Strokes, Seinfeld, Bewitched, Saturday Night Live, The Crow, the In the Heat of the Night TV series, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Our Gang, and various Superman-related series and films.

Please also see: "TOP TEN CURSED MOVIES"

Although poltergeist stories date back to the first century, most evidence to support the existence of poltergeists is anecdotal, which is hardly surprising as the nature of the phenomenon is unpredictable and sporadic. Indeed, many of the stories below have several versions and/or inconsistencies; however there are a few that do not, for example, the Miami poltergeist has event records signed by all witnesses as to the way things happened. These witnesses include police officers, a skeptical magician, and workers at the warehouse. The Rosenheim case is another, with multiple witnesses and unexplained electric and telephonic phenomena.

These ghosts can even shake walls move cars and even flip you and your bed over as you sleep. All this has happened to me in my life and I am sure others could tell you even more gruesome tales then I.

THE spooky antics of a poltergeist which terrorized a young family for months have been caught on camera and released exclusively to The Sun.

Mind-boggling shots of the assault show wounds gradually materializing from nowhere as the petrified victim displays his reddened back to the camera.

Newcastle-based ghostbusters, Mike Hallowell, 51, and Darren Ritson, 36, were asked to deal with the malevolent spook when the couple feared for their three-year-old son’s safety.


Some scientists and skeptics propose that all poltergeist activity untraceable to fraud has a physical explanation such as static electricity, electromagnetic fields, ultra-, and infrasound and/or ionized air. In some cases, such as the Rosenheim poltergeist case, the physicist F. Karger from the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik and G. Zicha from the Technical University of Munich found none of these effects present and psi proponents claim that no evidence of fraud was ever found, even after a sustained investigation from the police force and CID. Whether this is true or not, police officers did sign statements that they had witnessed the phenomena. Other aspects of the case were hard to explain: The time service was rung hundreds of times, with a frequency impossible with the mechanical dialing phones of 1967. The municipal authority disconnected the office from the mains supply and hooked it up to a dedicated generator hoping to stabilize the current. But surges in current and voltage still occurred with no detectable cause according to Zicha and Karger. Others think poltergeist phenomena could be caused by more mundane phenomena, such as unusual air currents, air vibrations such as in acoustic levitation, or tremors caused by underground streams.


John Hutchinson has claimed that he has created poltergeist effects in his laboratory. Also worth noting is that scientist David Turner proposes that poltergeists and ball lightning may be linked phenomena. Some scientists go as far as calling them pseudo-psychic phenomena and claim that under some circumstances they are caused by obscure physical effects. Parapsychologists William G. Roll and Dean Radin, physicist Hal Puthoff and head of electrical engineering at Duke University who specializes in electromagnetic field phenomena, claim that poltergeist phenomena [the movement of objects at least] could be caused by anomalies in the zero-point field, this is outlined in the above article and in Roll's book Unleashed and mention is made of it in a chapter of Dean Radin's book Entangled Minds. The basic theory is that poltergeist movements are repulsive versions of the casimir effect that can put pressures on objects. Thus, anomalies in this field could conceivably move objects. This theory has also been mentioned in the current book on paranormal phenomena Science by Marie D. Jones.

The UNEXPLAINED Poltergeist - Bobby Mackeys

The theory is not complete, however, because it accounts for the movement of objects but not for the strange voices, seeming personality, and strange electrical effects displayed in some cases.

In psychology and parapsychology, an apparitional experience is an anomalous, quasi-perceptual experience.

In scientific or academic discussion the term "apparitional experience" is to be preferred to the term "ghost" in respect of the following points:


1. The term "ghost" implies that some element of the human being survives death and, at least under certain circumstances, can make itself perceptible to living human beings. There are other, competing explanations of apparitional experiences.

2. Firsthand accounts of apparitional experiences differ in many respects from their fictional counterparts in literary or traditional ghost stories.

3. The content of apparitional experiences includes living beings, both human and animal, and even inanimate objects.


The American Necromancer, The Great Lisa Lee Harp Waugh believes that Poltergeist need to be communicated with to resolve their troublesome acts of violence.

"Many ghost are just trying to get your actual attention." says Waugh. "You just might be confusing what you are experiencing with just a plain everyday ghost."

Once plagued by a dangerous poltergeist Waugh tells of having her bed flipped over while she sat in a chair at a restaurant in Galveston, Texas.

The best or possibly the unluckiest places in the world to have a real "Poltergeist Experience":

1. London UK

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

3. Hong Kong, Japan,

4. Sydney, Australia

5. Vatican, Rome

6. Trieste, Italy,

7. Berlin, Germany

8. Johannesburg, South Africa

9. Owensboro, Kentucky

10. Edinburgh, Scotland

11. Paris, France

12. New Delhi, India

13. Copenhagen, Denmark

The Real Poltergeist Curse

"The Poltergeist curse" is the rumor of a supposed curse attached to the Poltergeist motion picture series and its stars.


The rumor is superstition largely derived from the fact that four cast members died in a relatively short span of time (six years) between the release of the first film and the release of the third, with one dying during production of the second film. Two of them died at young ages, 12 and 22. It is not clear that these particular films are atypical in the number or nature of the deaths of their actors, and at least two of the supposed victims had serious health problems before becoming attached to the film series.

The actors who are supposed victims of the curse include:

* Dominique Dunne, 22-year-old actress who played the oldest sibling Dana in the first movie, died after being strangled by a jealous boyfriend in 1982. The boyfriend, John Thomas Sweeney, was later convicted and sentenced to six years in prison, though he only served three and a half years.
* Julian Beck, 60-year-old actor who played Kane in Poltergeist II: The Other Side, died in 1985 of stomach cancer, with which he was diagnosed before he had accepted the role.
* Will Sampson, 53 years old, who played Taylor the Medicine Man in Poltergeist II, died of post-operative kidney failure and pre-operative malnutrition problems in 1987.
* Heather O'Rourke, actress who played Carol Anne in all three Poltergeist movies, died in 1988 at the age of 12 after what doctors initially described as an acute form of influenza but later changed to septic shock after bacterial toxins invaded her bloodstream. At the time, she had suffered acute bowel obstruction, initially diagnosed as Crohn's disease, which may have been the cause of death.

Other occurrences that have been attributed to the curse include:

* The house in Simi Valley, California used for exterior shots of the Freeling home was damaged by the Northridge earthquake of 1994.
* JoBeth Williams, who played mother Diane Freeling, claims she returned home from the set each day to find pictures on her wall askew. She would straighten them, only to find them crooked again the next day.
* Actor Will Sampson, a Creek Indian and shaman, performed an exorcism on the set of Poltergeist II to rid it of "alien spirits". A year after Poltergeist II was released, he died.
* During a photography session for Poltergeist III, it was discovered that one shot of co-star Zelda Rubenstein had shining light obstructing the view of her face. Rubenstein claims the photo was taken at the moment the actress's mother died.
* During the making of Poltergeist III, a movie set of a parking garage was destroyed by fire during shooting of a fire scene, injuring all but one of the crew.
* Brian Gibson, director of Poltergeist II, died of bone cancer at the age of 59 in 2004.
* Another Cast Member Susan Peretz died of breast cancer in 2004 aged 64
* Heather O'Rourke once starred in a Rainbow Brite commercial with Judith Barsi. Judith died at age 10, five months and 24 days after Heather died. She was murdered along with her mother by her father.
* While writing the novelization of the screenplay, author James Kahn told People magazine that seconds after he wrote the line "Lightning ripped open the sky", the building was struck by lightning and all the arcade games in the lounge began playing themselves.

The Poltergeist movies are a trilogy of horror films produced in the 1980s. Steven Spielberg co-wrote and co-produced the first Poltergeist, with Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) as the director. Brian Gibson directed Poltergeist II: The Other Side, while Poltergeist III was directed, co-written, co-produced and storyboarded by Gary Sherman.

Michael Grais and Mark Victor co-wrote the first film with Spielberg, wrote the second film on their own and also co-produced it. Brian Taggert and an uncredited Steve Feke co-wrote the third film.

Spielberg's long-time friends (and then-married couple) Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy co-produced the first film. Freddie Fields and Lynn Arost co-produced the second film, and the third film was co-produced by Barry Bernardi.

The scores of the first two films were composed by Jerry Goldsmith. H.R. Giger did conceptual designs for the second film.

Poltergeist (1982)
In the first and most successful film (released on June 4, 1982), a group of seemingly benign ghosts begin communicating with five-year-old Carol Anne Freeling in her parents' suburban California home via static on the television. Eventually they use the TV as their path into the house itself. They kidnap Carol Anne, and most of the film involves the family's efforts to rescue her. Eventually they do, but then the spirits, led by a demon known only as The Beast, go on a rampage.

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
This sequel exists to explain in much greater detail why Carol Anne was targeted in the first film. As it turns out, the Freelings' house in the first movie was built over a massive underground cavern that was the final resting place of a utopian cult that died there in the early 1800s. This cavern was even below the graveyard that wasn't relocated in the first film. The cult was led by Rev. Henry Kane, who did not have the best intentions. He was power hungry, and anxious to control the souls of his followers in both life and death.

Poltergeist III (1988)
Apparently, between the second and third films, the Freeling family has had quite enough of all supernatural activity, and have decided to cut it off at the source: Carol Anne is now living with her aunt Pat (whom Carol Anne insists on calling Trish, a common nickname for Patricia; this is important later in the film as a way of identifying an impostor Carol Anne) and uncle Bruce Gardner in the John Hancock Center where Bruce also works in downtown Chicago.

Poltergeist (Remake) (likely in 2010)
This will be a remake of the original film, directed by Vadim Perelman and written by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White. There was at one time a treatment that was written by Michael Grais called "Poltergeist: In the Shadows." This was to have been a fourth "Poltergeist" film not involving the Freeling family. However, MGM ultimately decided not to go with this project and decided to produce the remake instead. The Anouncement Has Been Bombarded With Criticism.

Poltergeist in the News

THE 'POLTERGEIST' MYSTERY; Andrew Lang Discusses the Phenomena, Which... New York Times

'They're here': The mechanism of poltergeist activity New Scientist

Who you gonna call? BBC News

Mysteries: The Occult, Paranormal and Supernatural Washington Post

Taking tea with a poltergeist chaser Independent Online



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