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The Poltergeist Curse | HAUNTED HOLLYWOOD

Posted on June 11, 2019 at 7:05 AM

The Poltergeist is a classic 1980’s film. Directed by Tobe Hopper and written by Stephen Spielberg. The movie is based around a family who is being haunted by evil spirits. Over the years there’s been numerous films in the trilogy and it seems like there was a death after filming was done or just after the film had been released. Its been known as the Poltergeist curse, but is it really a curse or a coincidence.


Dominique Dunne was 22 years old when she was killed by her ex-boyfriend. She had broken up with John Thomas Sweeney because he was abusive. When he went to her house to convince her to get back together, she refused. The more intense the argument got, the angrier John became. He then choked Dominique until she passed out. She fell into a coma and passed away a few days later. John was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 6 years in prison, but only served 3 and a half. He has since changed his name to John Patrick Maura. The bruises that Dominique had during her appearance on Hill Street Blues were real. The day before filming, she got beaten up by her boyfriend. Because she was playing a abused teen in the episode, she didn’t need any makeup. The bruises were in fact real.

Heather O’Rourke was misdiagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, but in reality she had a bowel obstruction. She was given steroids and it was obvious she was on medication due to her appearance in the third Poltergeist. One of the side effects was chipmunk cheeks. It could have been treated if it was detected early. Her symptoms were the same as the flu, but nothing was done until it was to late. On February 1, 1988. Heather was rushed to the hospital, but suffered cardiac arrest. She was revived, but her body was wasn’t able to recover and she passed away from septic shock caused by the bowel obstruction. Heather was only 12 years old.

Two actors from the second Poltergeist film passed away due to illness. Julian Beck died from stomach cancer. He battled the disease for 18 months. Will Sampson had a lung-heart transplant 6 weeks before he passed away from a severe case of pre-operative malnutrition and post-operative fungal infection. He knew he had a small chance in surviving due to being weak before the surgery.

Lou Perryman from the original Poltergeist was killed with an ax when someone broke into his house with the intention to steal his car. Seth Christopher Tatum was an ex-con with mental illness, he confessed and now is serving a life sentence.

Oliver Robbins who played the brother in the film was attacked on set. When he was filming the scene with a mechanical clown, it malfunctioned and began to choke him. It wasn’t until he started to turn blue that the crew had to intervene.

I don’t know if it had to do anything with the movie, but it does look suspicious that so many people in the cast had some sort of mishap or illness. Maybe because of what genre the movie was, people began to talk and started to come up with reasons why this all happened. It does make a interesting conversation. People have different theories and opinions of what happened, but we can all come up with the theory that things happen. This movie just had a string of bad luck. I don’t think it would be considered a curse.

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