"David Furtney has been doggedly researching the various controversies surrounding Poltergeist's 'authorship' for years. He's got the most fascinating one-movie site I've ever encountered!"-Bob Martin, original editor of "FANGORIA" magazine http://www.facebook.com/UncleBob.Martin

"One of the best places to find more information is at super-fan David Furtney’s webpage on Poltergeist."-Jim Howard, Jr.-DVDFile.com http://www.dvdfile.com/reviews/review/poltergeist-25th-anniversary-edition-11553


"I have now spent HOURS surfing your meticulous and impressive site on the POLTERGEIST movie(s). Very informative and inspiring, especially as this movie has been very formative on my development as a film score composer. Kudos to you for doing this work."

Søren Hyldgaard
Screen Music - http://sorenhyldgaard.com

"This article would not have been possible without the incredible archival material at Poltergeist: The Fan Site."- Devin Faraci, http://badassdigest.com/2012/01/08/schlock-corridor-poltergeist-1982-part-ii/


"'Poltergeist' is an effective thriller, not so much because of the special effects, as because Hooper and Spielberg have tried to see the movie's strange events through the eyes of the family members, instead of just standing back and letting the special effects overwhelm the cast along with the audience."

-Roger Ebert

"Don’t let the name STEVEN SPIELBERG or the PG rating fool you, this film has caused countless sleepless nights and it’s done so for decades. What’s so scary about POLTERGEIST? Well first of all, it takes place somewhere many kids can easily identify with, suburbia. Any child who has recently gained mastery over their fears of cobweb strewn mansions or gothic castles are instantly sent back to square one." -


"Probably the best ghost movie I have ever seen. The movie has everything going for it. Start with the characters. The Freeling family feels like a true one. The chemistry between all those who compose the unit is astounding. I swear to god I really believed Craig T. Nelson was married to JoBeth Williams…damn…I still do! The film establishes its character from the first frame and we really get to care about these people. The film’s interpretation of suburban life is on the money. From the football game gathering, the remote control wars (funny stuff) and the parents smoking a little bit of that sweet cheeba on the side."

-John Fallon, Arrow in the Head.com






News Updates

Friday, February 6th 2015
The remake trailer is here:


Tuesday, December 16th 2014
Why did the remake start off with the Freelings than switch to the Bowens?
A little news on the remake. One of screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire's earlier drafts of the script was a more literal remake of the 1982 film: it featured all the members of the Freeling family (Steve, Diane, Dana, Robbie and Carol Anne) along with Dr. Lesh (though her first name was changed from "Martha" to "Brooke"). It also took place in Cuesta Verde. However, eight months later Lindsay-Abaire delivered a revised draft that changed the names of all the family members (the Freelings became the Bowens: Eric, Amy, Kendra, Griffin, and Madison, with Dr. "Brooke Lesh" changed to "Dr. Brooke Powell" (according to the IMDB, her first name apparently changed again by the time of shooting: "Claire"). And in this later draft, Cuesta Verde became "Willow Point." 

Why change the names? Did the original character names seem too "old" for the modern era? Or was the change made for legal reasons? It is interesting to note that Warner Brothers now owns the original film (at least the home video distribution and broadcast of it), while MGM retains ownership of the two sequels (and is doing the remake in conjunction with Fox 2000 Pictures/Ghost House Pictures).   


Here's a "Variety" ad from Monday May 11, 1981 announcing the first day of filming.

Found it at this Ebay auction.


Deleted Scene featuring Beatrice Straight and a never before seen character!


from the St. Mark Collection


Above is a deleted scene featuring Dr. Lesh (Beatrice Straight) and her mentor at the University, Dr. Anthony Farrow. Farrow was portrayed by the late veteran actor Edward Ashley, star of many classic Hollywood films including 1940's "Pride and Prejudice" (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0039049/). This scene featured the two characters discussing the video tapes Lesh's team filmed at the Freeling house, and Farrow's suggestion that Lesh bring in "her big guns" to help (Tangina). It also featured a bit of foreshadowing as Ashley notices something interesting that materialized with the pile of jewelry that fell from the "bilocation" point in the ceiling. While sadly this scene was cut from the film, it was featured in the novelization by James Kahn. 

As to whether footage from this scene still exists, the answer is.....YES.