October 21, 2007 |
"They're here." That phrase, uttered by the late child actress Heather O'Rourke in the horror classic "Poltergeist," has sent chills up moviegoers' spines for 25 years. And undoubtedly, they'll do it once more Thursday, as the Motion Picture Academy's Science and Technology Council presents a "Prime Tech" screening at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.
March 21, 1988 |
The sudden death last month of "Poltergeist III" child-star Heather O'Rourke brings MGM face to face with one of the toughest dilemmas any studio's movie marketers can expect to encounter. The second "Poltergeist" sequel was already in the can, at a cost of more than $10 million, when the 12-year-old actress died of what had seemed to be flu symptoms, but proved to be septic shock from an unsuspected bowel obstruction.
February 2, 1988 |
Heather O'Rourke, the terrified youngster sucked into a spectral vacuum by supernatural spirits in the film "Poltergeist," is dead at the age of 12, it was learned today. The blonde ingenue, who finished filming "Poltergeist III" last summer, starring as Carol Ann Freeling for the third time, died Monday. The Associated Press said she had been pronounced dead at Children's Hospital in San Diego.
May 23, 1986 |
We are watching "Poltergeist II" (selected theaters) and hackles are rising. A deadly specter again haunts the Freeling family, the Middle American clan whose misadventures thrilled millions in 1982's "Poltergeist." Back then, they were confronted with an explosion of wrath from beyond the grave--zooming out of the TV to entrap their children, wreak havoc throughout the community and send their house blasting away to the great beyond.