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Poltergeist Revisited

Rewatching the Horror Classic Poltergeist as a Mother

Christina Sng
Oct 30 · 9 min read
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Photo from MGM/UA Entertainment Co.

“Now clear your minds. It knows what scares you. It has from the very beginning. Don’t give it any help. It knows too much already.”

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Carol Anne Freeling. Photo from Film Daily.
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Painting of mother pulling daughter. Photo from Kill the Philistines.
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The Freelings with Dr. Lesh. Photo from MovieFone.

“You could tie a rope around me and hold it tight then somebody could come and get us, and we could live somewhere else.”

“Now clear your minds. It knows what scares you. It has from the very beginning. Don’t give it any help. It knows too much already.”

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The Freelings find the phenomena fascinating. Me, a bit less so. Photo from Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC.
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Photo from The Pink Smoke.

“Some people believe that when you die, your soul goes to heaven… Some people believe that when people die there’s a wonderful light as bright as the sun but it doesn’t hurt to look into it. All the answers to all the questions that you ever want to know are inside that light. And when you walk to it, you become a part of it forever.”

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“I am coming back.” Photo from The Pink Smoke.
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Why, Ryan, why? Why the Freddy Krueger shirt? Photo from Film Daily.

“To her, it simply is another child. To us, it is the beast.”

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Photo from The Pink Smoke.

Tangina: “Tie this around my waist!”

Diane: “What do you think you’re doing?”

Tangina: “I’m goin’ in after her!”

Diane: “She won’t come to you! Let me go!”

Tangina: “You’ve never done this before!”

Diane: “Neither have you!”

Tangina: “You’re right. You go.”

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Winged skeleton by the door. Please make this into a hanging toy! Photo from Bloody Disgusting.
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Carol Anne’s bunny bunting! Also, they’re getting pulled into The Other Side. Photo from OscarChamps.com.
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Diane Freeling fights for her children. Photo from Syfy Wire.
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Christina Sng

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Poet, artist, essayist, animal activist, mama | Author of Bram Stoker Award winner A Collection of Nightmares | christinasng.com

Interstellar Flight Magazine

Interstellar Flight Press is a new speculative publishing house. We publish essays on science fiction and fantasy, pop culture, and geek fandom.

Christina Sng

Written by

Poet, artist, essayist, animal activist, mama | Author of Bram Stoker Award winner A Collection of Nightmares | christinasng.com

Interstellar Flight Magazine

Interstellar Flight Press is a new speculative publishing house. We publish essays on science fiction and fantasy, pop culture, and geek fandom.

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