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Movies Against Time
Episode 59: Poltergeist 1982

Movies Against Time

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 103:15


This week we went back to 1982 for Bobs pick Poltergeist. This film manages to pull off the near impossible feat of a PG family horror film that scares children and adults to this day. Written by Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais and Mark Victor and directed by Tobe Hooper (a credit that seems to be debated to this date) The movie is brought to life with the acting talents of Jobeth Williams as Diane Freeling, Craig T. Nelson as father Steven Freeling accompanied by the amazing child actors Dominique Dunne as Dana, Oliver Robbins as Robbie and the adorable Heather O'Rourke as Carol Anne. The Freelings' start noticing strange events in their home. It quickly becomes clear there is a haunting but where at first the spirits appear friendly and  mischievous things soon turn more sinister until the youngest of the freelings is abducted by the spirits causing the Freelings to enlist the aid of Dr Lesh played by Beatrice Straight and psychic Tangina lovingly portrayed by Zelda Rubenstein.Working with a modest budget of under 11 million this film managed to slay the competition at the box offices when it hit theaters on June, 4th 1982 bringing in a whopping 121.7 million dollars.Movies Against Time is a bi-weekly film retrospective podcast hosted by married couple Sylvia and Dustin along with long time friend Bob. Each episode we take turns picking a movie from the 60's to the 00's to revisit or sometimes experience for the first time. We share our unique perspectives and research behind the scenes information that we find interesting along with occasional banter and personal stories. With an archive of over 60 episodes as of 2021 our little show is the perfect binge listen for movie buffs and casuals alikeSubscribe / Listen Here - https://link.chtbl.com/matEmail: moviesagainsttime@gmail.comRSS Feed: https://moviesagainsttime.podomatic.com/rss2.xmlWebsite: https://moviesagainsttime.podomatic.com/Insta: moviesagainstTwitter: @moviesagainstMovies Against Time on Facebook.

How Awful!
Ep. 53: “I AM WEED”

How Awful!

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 77:25


We are back to our two week schedule and the girls come in hot with some celeb murder and classic paranormal tales. Bee kicks things off with a murder that is part of an iconic Hollywood curse. Tanya Lee swoops in with a paranormal tale from her birthday travels. The girls also read a listener's story for some added paranormal fun. The wine is always ready, so press play and sip sip!Website Patreon Instagram Twitter Facebook TikTok YouTube Support the show (https://patreon.com/howawfulpodcast)

Midnight Train Podcast
Cursed Movies

Midnight Train Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 119:32


 In a world, where the midnight train podcast is at the top of the podcast game, one thing has the power to destroy everything they have worked for. This week their world will come crumbling down as everything they've achieved will be tested and possibly destroyed due to the madness that is (dun dun duuuuuuuunnnnn) cursed Movies!!! Tonight on the midnight train we are combining two of our favorite things…. This podcast and lots and lots of beer…YEAH! Oh wait, we do that every week… Oh, that's right, it's this podcast and….moooovies!! But… In true midnight train fashion, we can't just talk about movies…. We're gonna talk about cursed movies!!! That's right we are going to look at movies that for one reason or another have led to tragedy during and after the movies were made! Everything is on the table from health issues like cancer, accidental deaths while filming, people going crazy after filming, and just about everything else you can think of. Should be a fun and creepy ride discussing all these movies with you passengers and, in case you're wondering, yes we're still going to have a movies list at the end.    Ok so let's get into this and see what we have as far as cursed movies!   We're gonna start it with a big one since we just covered the subject matter of the film! The first cursed movie on our list is the exorcist. The filming of THE EXORCIST was done over nine months. The main set, a reproduction of the Georgetown home, was built in a warehouse in New York. During the filming, several curious incidents and accidents took place on the set and plagued those involved with the production. In addition, the budget of the film rose from $5 million to more than twice that amount. Obviously, any film production that lasts for more than a month or so will see its share of accidents and mishaps, but THE EXORCIST seems to have been particularly affected by unforeseeable calamities. Coincidence? Perhaps, but it left the cast and crew rightfully shaken.    The first incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. one Sunday morning when a fire broke out on the set. There was only one security guard at the Ceco 54th Street Studios when the McNeil house set caught fire and burned. The fire was the result of a bad electrical circuit, but it shut down filming for six weeks while the set was reconstructed from scratch. Ironically, as soon as the new set was ready, the sprinkler system broke down, causing an additional two-week delay.    Few of the actors in the film escaped personal troubles during the shoot. Just as Max Von Sydow (who played Father Merrin) touched down in New York to film his first scenes, he received a phone call saying that his brother died unexpectedly in Sweden. Von Sydow himself later became very ill during the filming. Irish actor Jack MacGowran (who played Burke Dennings) died only one week after his character was killed by the demon in the movie. Jason Miller (who played Father Karras) was stunned when his young son, Jordan, was struck down on an empty beach by a motorcyclist who appeared out of nowhere. The boy ALMOST died. THAT'S GOOD NEWS! Ellen Burstyn (who played Chris McNeill) wrenched her back badly during one scene when she was slapped by the possessed girl. The stunt went badly awry and she was laid up in bed for several weeks afterward, causing more delays in the filming. They had a rig attached to her where a guy offscreen would pull a rope that was tied to her to get that “smacked hard as shit and launched across the room” look the director wanted. Apparently, the director didn't like the first take or two and told the guy with the rope to yoke the living piss out of her. He got his shot. She screwed up her back.    In New York, one of the carpenters accidentally cut off his thumb on the set and one of the lighting technicians lost a toe. This was all over the news at the time due to the mixup at the hospital where they put the wrong appendages on the wrong patients. Yep, they switched the toe for the thumb. And if you believed that, well… I'm not sorry even a little bit. Anyway, The exorcist's location trip to Iraq was delayed from the spring, which is relatively cool, to July, the hottest part of the summer, when the temperature rose to 130 degrees and higher. Out of the eighteen-man crew that was sent there, Friedkin lost the services of nine of them, at one time or another, due to dysentery (which is super shitty) or sunstroke. To make matters worse, the bronze statue of the neo-Assyrian winged demon Pazazu, which was packed in a ten-foot crate, got lost in an air shipment from Los Angeles and ended up in Hong Kong, which caused another two-week delay.    "I don't know if it was a jinx, really," actress Ellen Burstyn later said. "But there were some really strange goings-on during the making of the film. We were dealing with some really heavy material and you don't fool around with that kind of material without it manifesting in some way. There were many deaths in the film. Linda's grandfather died, the assistant cameraman's wife had a baby that died, the man who refrigerated the set died, the janitor who took care of the building was shot and killed … I think overall there were nine deaths during the course of the film, which is an incredible amount… it was scary." Unholy shit, batman!   Things got so bad that William Friedkin took some drastic measures. Father Thomas Bermingham, S.J., from the Jesuit community at Fordham University, had been hired as a technical advisor for the film, along with Father John Nicola, who, while not a Jesuit, had been taught by Jesuit theologians at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. Friedkin came to Bermingham and asked him to exorcise the set. The priest was unable to perform an actual exorcism, but he did give a solemn blessing in a ceremony that was attended by everyone then on the set, from Max Von Sydow to the technicians and grips. "Nothing else happened on the set after the blessing,” Bermingham stated, "but around that time, there was a fire in the Jesuit residence set in Georgetown." And while nothing else tragic occurred on the set, strange events and odd coincidences were reported during the post-production work on the film. "There were strange images and visions that showed up on film that were never planned," Friedkin later claimed. "There are double exposures in the little girl's face at the end of one reel that are unbelievable."   As we talked about in previous episodes, The film opened on December 26, 1973, to massive crowds. Within weeks of the first public screenings of the film, stories started to make the rounds that audience members were fainting and vomiting in the theaters. There were also reports of disturbing nightmares and reportedly, several theater ushers had to be placed under a doctor's care, or quit their jobs, after experiencing successive showings of the movie. In numerous cities that were checked after THE EXORCIST had run for several weeks, reporters found that every major hospital had been forced to deal with patients who reported, after seeing the film, severe cases of vomiting and hallucinations. There were also reports of people being carried out of theaters in stretchers. What do you think, passengers? Mere publicity stunts, or was this the real thing?    The info for this cursed movie came from a great article on americanhauntingsink.com check them out!   Next up we're gonna dive into a sweet little movie about a tree, a child's toy, and REAL SKELETONS IN THE SWIMMING POOL! Yep, you guessed it, poltergeist! The curse of Poltergeist spawned many theories about why the movie and its sequels were cursed with so much tragedy, with one suggesting the use of real-life human bones in the original film caused the hauntings.   Actress JoBeth Williams - who played the mother, Diane Freeling - is seen dropping into a pool of skeletons in one spooky scene and she later reveals the bones were real. She told TVLand: "In my innocence and naiveté, I assumed that these were not real skeletons.   "I assumed that they were prop skeletons made out of plastic or rubber . . . I found out, as did the crew, that they were using real skeletons, because it's far too expensive to make fake skeletons out of rubber."   Just four months after the film's release, tragedy struck with actress Dominique Dunne, who played the family's eldest daughter Dana, who became the victim of a grisly murder. On the day before Halloween in 1982, the actress, 22, was strangled by her ex-boyfriend John Thomas Sweeney outside their home in West Hollywood. She survived the attack but was left in a coma. She never regained consciousness and died five days later. Sweeney was later convicted of voluntary manslaughter and spent three and half years of a six-year sentence behind bars for the killing. He changed his name to John Maura so if you want to let him know what a twat he is, I mean… we can't stop you.   In the years after the film's release movie bosses plowed ahead with plans for a sequel and Poltergeist II: The Other Side hit cinemas in 1986. Among the cast was Will Sampson, best known for playing Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest opposite Jack Nicholson. The actor - cast as shaman Taylor in the movie - was concerned about the use of real skeletons in the first film and offered to perform a real-life exorcism. He's believed to have conducted the ceremony alone and in the middle of the night, but the cast reportedly felt relieved afterward. However, less than a year after the film's release - the curse had claimed another victim. Sampson had long-term health problems as he suffered from a degenerative condition called scleroderma, which affected his heart and lungs. He underwent a heart and lung transplant in the summer of 1987 but died of post-operative kidney failure on June 3.    Ok, this one is sad and you've probably heard of it. The most famous victim of the Poltergeist curse was Heather O'Rourke. She appeared as Carol Anne in the first two films as well as the third installment, Poltergeist III, which hit cinemas in 1988. She died just four months before the movie's release at only 12 years of age. In January 1988, Heather fell ill with what appeared to be flu-like symptoms. She collapsed at home the following day and was rushed to the hospital. She suffered a cardiac arrest but doctors were able to revive her and they diagnosed her with intestinal stenosis - a partial obstruction of the intestine. She underwent surgery, but went into cardiac arrest again in recovery and doctors were unable to save her. She passed away in February 1988, just weeks after her 12th birthday, and it was later reported she died from congenital stenosis and septic shock. Absolutely heartbreaking.   Character actor Lou Perryman became the second cast member to fall victim to murder. He played Pugsley in the original movie and suffered a brutal end in 1992 when he was hacked to death with an ax aged 67. A convict recently released from prison, Seth Christopher Tatum, confessed he had killed Perryman at his home after coming off his medication and going on a drinking binge. Tatum pleaded guilty to his murder in 2011 and was sentenced to life in prison.   Actor Richard Lawson played one of the parapsychologists, Ryan, in the original film (not the guy who ate the chicken with the maggots… you're welcome) and he came close to becoming another victim of the curse in 1992. He was involved in a terrifying plane crash in 1992 when the USAir Flight 405 crashed into New York City's Flushing Bay on route to guess where? Cleveland friggin Ohio. The crash claimed the lives of 27 of the 51 passengers, but Lawson was among the survivors. He put his lucky escape down to a last-minute seat change that saved his life. Lawson went on to be part of showbiz royalty when he married Beyonce's mother, Tina Knowles in 2015.   Info for this movie was taken from mirror.co.uk.    Next up how about… Hmm…. Oh, I know… The omen! The 2976 version of course. Obviously, Moody is a time traveler and saw the upcoming remake, 955 friggin years in the future! No! It was 1976! Of all the world's cursed film productions, The Omen is considered to have one of the worst movie curses of all time. The 1976 film tells the story of a man who accidentally adopts Damien the Antichrist as his son and the movie remains one of horror's most successful franchises. But what was so odious about the set that led producers to believe the devil was punishing them for making the movie? Is The Omen really cursed? The Omen film set haunting includes death, injury, and lots of lightning bolts: after all, the creator himself warned the cast and crew that Satan wasn't going to like what they were doing. Here's what happened behind the scenes of The Omen movie and why, despite its several sequels and a 2006 remake, it remains one of history's movies that indeed may have angered Satan himself!   In June 1975, Gregory Peck's son, Jonathan Peck, killed himself with a bullet to the head, two months before filming was to start. Several strange events then surrounded the production.   For protection on the set of "The Omen," Bernhard wore a Coptic cross. In an interview, Bernhard spoke about the production's eerie events, which included the death of an animal trainer.   Precisely one day after they shot the sequence involving the baboons at the animal center, Bernhard said that a tiger seized the animal trainer by the head, causing his death immediately. Whhhaat the fuuuuuck?   One of the most haunting stories surrounding The Omen didn't happen during the shoot, but during the production of the World War II epic A Bridge Too Far. John Richardson, who did special effects on The Omen, was involved in a head-on collision that beheaded his girlfriend, eerily mirroring the decapitation scene with David Warner. Supposedly, after the crash, Richardson saw a street sign that said, "Ommen, 66.6 km." This accident occurred after The Omen had wrapped production, but many of course linked it to the evil aura of the film.   Several planes were also set ablaze, including the plane carrying Peck and screenwriter David Seltzer. Meanwhile, Bernhard said they had to land in Nova Scotia after flying back from England. He added:   "We had the film on board... Dick [Donner] and I were very, very nervous." IRA bombs ripped through a hotel, in which executive producer Mace Neufeld and his wife stayed, and another in which prominent executives and stars, including Peck, were to have dinner.   Once word got back to Fox about all the terrible incidents that plagued production, the studio saw it as a great way to drum up a ton of publicity and add to the film's ominous aura. They also put a great tagline into the film's ad campaign:                        You have been warned. If something frightening happens to you today, think about it. It may be The Omen.   As Donner recalled in The Omen: Curse or Coincidence, "If we had been making a comedy, you would have recalled all the funny, great, ridiculous, silly moments that happened in that film. if you were doing a love story, you'd remember all the times somebody left their wife, fell in love... You're doing The Omen, anything that happens on that film, you don't tell about the jokes, you don't talk about the love stories, you don't even think about them. You think about things that coincidentally could have been something to do with The Omen. We had lots of them."   Creepy stuff right there my friends.   Next up we have one of my personal all-time favorites, the crow! The Crow began filming in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1993. Cursed Films revealed that before production got underway, a mysterious caller left a voicemail message warning the crew not to shoot the movie because bad things would happen. Eerily, two on-set electricians were involved in an accident in which their truck hit a live wire. One of the men experienced second and third-degree burns and lost both ears.   Disaster also struck the entire production when a hurricane destroyed the movie set. That is when the “curse of The Crow” rumors began circulating in Hollywood. The star of The Crow, Brandon Lee, was the son of martial arts legend, Bruce Lee. The elder Lee died during the production of his final film. Some fans speculated that the Chinese mafia had placed a hit on the actor for betraying martial arts secrets. Others suspected that he had been struck by an insidious death blow at an earlier time.   The most popular theory about The Dragon's death is that he was a victim of the Lee Family Curse. His older brother had died, and Lee's parents believed there was a demon targeting the males in the Lee family.   Like his father, Brandon Lee died before he finished filming The Crow. In a fluke accident, the performer was shot while completing an action sequence, as described in Cursed Films. The crew used what are called ‘dummy rounds,' for the scene, but there was something in the barrel of the gun that acted as a lethal projectile, killing Lee.    To complete the final photography for The Crow, the man who had been working as Lee's stunt double wore a mask in his image.   Crazy stuff!   How about some of our patented quick hitters!    The Conqueror" is a whitewashed 1956 film with John Wayne as Genghis Khan. The film was shot at a location downwind from a nuclear testing site, causing dozens of crew members to eventually die of cancer. so maybe not so much a curse as a poor choice of locations.   Apocalypse Now"   The horror! Francis Ford Coppola was tempting fate when he decided to film "Apocalypse Now" during monsoon season. Big mistake. The monsoon destroyed multiple sets, Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack during filming, and Coppola was so stressed that he suffered a seizure, according to The Independent. "Apocalypse Now" (1979) turned out to be a masterpiece anyway, but the documentary "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" about its making is just as engrossing.    "Fitzcarraldo"    Dysentery. Injuries. Fights among the crew. Nothing seemed to go right during the filming of 1982's "Fitzcarraldo." The story concerns hauling a boat over a hill, which the crew literally accomplished, but not without the same nightmarish difficulty as is depicted in the film. And in the end, director Werner Herzog looked as mad and overly driven as its hero. Check out the documentary "Burden of Dreams" for more.   The Superman Curse    Comic book movie fans may know about the "Superman Curse," which is said to afflict multiple actors involved in Superman films. Christopher Reeve was paralyzed following a horse accident. And Margot Kidder, who played Lois opposite Reeve, suffered from bipolar disorder, according to TCM. Also, the original Superman, George Reeves, supposedly committed suicide. His death at age 45 from a gunshot remains a controversial subject; the official finding was suicide, but some believe that he was murdered or the victim of an accidental shooting.   "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"    Bad luck ran amok in Middle Earth during the filming of 2002's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers." DVD interviews revealed that multiple actors and stuntmen suffered injuries while shooting the film's elaborate fight sequences. The worst was Viggo Mortensen, who broke his toe and chipped his tooth while filming.   The Exorcism of Emily rose   Dexter star Jennifer Carpenter reported that during the making of The Exorcism of Emily Rose — in which she played a big-screen version of German woman Anneliese Michel, whose poor health and subsequent death was blamed on a failed exorcism — her radio would mysteriously turn on and off. From an interview with Dread Central:   Q: A common question when making a film like this; did anything weird happen during filming?   JC: I thought about that when it happened, and two or three times when I was going to sleep my radio came on by itself. The only time it scared me was once because it was really loud and it was Pearl Jam's “Alive” (laughs). Laura's TV came on a couple of times.   Q: At 3:00 a.m.?   JC: Mine wasn't 3:00 a.m. I was born at 3:00 a.m. but it hasn't happened to me. I did check.   We'll totally do an episode on Analiese one of these days   Psycho Myra Jones (aka Myra Davis) was the uncredited body double/stand-in for Psycho star Janet Leigh during the making of Hitchcock's 1960 film. A handyman named Kenneth Dean Hunt, who was supposedly a Hitchcock “obsessive,” murdered her.   The Conjuring   Real-life ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren, who aided the real-life Amityville Horror case, investigated the haunting of the Perron family home — a farmhouse plagued by generations of death, disaster, and a possessed doll. The case inspired James Wan's supernatural film, which left some audiences in the Philippines with such a fright there were priests available at screenings to bless viewers and provide counseling. On and off-set paranormal incidents — including strange claw marks on star Vera Farmiga's computer, Wan's tormented dog growling at invisible intruders, a strange wind (that apparently put Carolyn Perron in the hospital), and fire — were reported.   The Innkeepers   Filmed at the reportedly haunted hotel the Yankee Pedlar Inn in Torrington, Connecticut, The Innkeepers director Ti West was skeptical about the strange occurrences during the making of his movie. Still, creepy stories from the set became the focus in the press. From an interview with West:   I'm a skeptic so I don't really buy it. But I've definitely seen doors close by themselves; I've seen a TV turn off and on by itself; lights would always burn out in my room. Everyone on the crew has very vivid dreams every night, which is really strange.   The one story that is the most intriguing to me — In the film, the most haunted room is the Honeymoon Suite. That's where the ghost stuff started in the hotel. The only reason I picked the room that I picked to shoot in, was because it was big enough to do a dolly shot. No more thought went into it other than pure technical reasons. So when we're finishing the movie, I find out that the most haunted room in real life is the room I picked to be the haunted room in the movie. It could be a coincidence. It's weird that it happened that way. . . . [Star] Sara Paxton would wake up in the middle of the night thinking someone was in the room with her. Everyone has stories, but I was too busy saying, “Let's shoot this! We have 17 days!   Atuk"    "Atuk" is a movie so cursed that it never got made. The project, based on a 1963 Mordecai Richler novel about an Eskimo in New York, had four different men attached to play the lead while in development hell through the 1970s and '80s: John Belushi, Sam Kinison, John Candy, and Chris Farley. All four died shortly after entering negotiations to be in the film. Holy shit!    Ok how about twilight zone the movie. The 1983 film 'Twilight Zone: The Movie' directed by John Landis and Steven Spielberg gained publicity pre-release because of the deaths of lead actor Vic Morrow and two child extras during the filming of the helicopter crash scene. The children were illegally hired to play the role in this scene, as Landis would go on to reveal in the subsequent trial. It was also prohibited to make children work after a certain hour in the evening. However, Landis insisted that the scene would have to entail a late-night setting to seem more authentic. This was the last scene in the film. It also included explosions as a helicopter flew over the village while Morrow would run across the street to save the Vietnamese children from the explosion. Testing for the scene sparked concerns when the helicopter seemed to vigorously rock at the explosion but despite this, Landis' need to capture the explosion took priority. He reportedly said, "You think that was big? You ain't seen nothing yet." At the controls of this helicopter was a Vietnam War veteran named Dorcey Wingo, who had just joined the movie business. When the cameras began filming, the pyrotechnic fireball that had been fired as part of the explosion hit the helicopter, engulfing it in flames. The helicopter then crashed into the river where the actors were standing — Morrow, 6-year-old Renee Chen, and 7-year-old Myca Dinh Le. Almost a hundred people were present when the tragedy occurred. The helicopter skidded right onto Renee, crushing her to death and when it toppled over, the main blade sliced through Morrow and Myca.   Rosemary's baby is next up on the list. Over the years, the myth surrounding Roman Polanski's 1968 film Rosemary's Baby has only grown in stature. The film is based on the 1967 novel of the same name by American novelist Ira Levin. He came up with the idea for the book in 1965, drawing inspiration from his wife who was pregnant at the time, his New York apartment, and the anxiety of being a parent.   The struggling writer imagined a world where there was no God and the devil was allowed to reign freely. This is evident in the iconic ending where Rosemary finds out that her husband sold her womb to Satan and that her child is the Antichrist. Levin was catapulted into the highest echelons of the literary world due to the success of his novel and a year later, a European auteur who was looking for his own Hollywood break decided to direct the film adaptation of his novel.   However, not everyone was pleased with Levin's attacks on religion. He faced severe backlash from the Catholic Church for his “blasphemy” and his wife left him the year the film was released. He was never the same man again, growing increasingly paranoid over the years. Levin repeatedly had to make public statements denouncing Satanism and told Dick Cavett that he had become “terrified” as he grew older. 30 years after the release of the film, Levin came up with a sequel titled Son of Rosemary but it tanked.   William Castle was the man who first recognized the potential of Levin's work and secured the rights to make a film adaptation. Best known for his work on B-grade horror films, Castle wanted to direct it initially but Paramount Pictures executive Robert Evans agreed to go ahead with the project only if Castle worked as a producer. In April of 1969, Castle was hospitalized because of severe kidney stones. He was already under a lot of stress due to the sheer volume of hate mail he received, a terrible consequence of being attached to Rosemary's Baby. In his autobiography, he claimed that he began to hallucinate scenes from the film during his surgery and even shouted, “Rosemary, for God's sake drop that knife!” Although Castle recovered, he never reached that level of success again.   Producer Robert Evans was not exempt from this alleged curse either. He had risen to the top with major hits like Rosemary's Baby and The Godfather. However, he was convicted of cocaine trafficking in 1980 and got a suspended prison sentence. As a part of his plea bargain, Evans had to make an anti-drug commercial. Three years later, the producer would get caught up in the high-profile murder of Roy Radin which has come to be known as the “Cotton Club murder”. Despite two witnesses testifying that Evans was involved in the case, he was later cleared of the charges. In 1993, he told The New York Times, “I had 10 years of a horrific life, Kafkaesque. There were nights I cried myself to sleep.”   This is arguably the most renowned story that is related to Rosemary's Baby. In autumn of 1968, composer Krzysztof Komeda, who worked on the film, fell off a rocky escarpment while partying and went into a four-month coma. Coincidentally, this affliction is exactly what the witches in Levin's book subject Rosemary's suspicious friend to. Komeda never came out of the coma and died in Poland the following year.   John Lennon was assassinated outside The Dakota in 1980, the famous building where they filmed Rosemary's Baby. Producer Robert Evans claimed that the whole time he was on set at the apartment building he felt a “distinctly eerie feeling”. Lennon was gunned down by alleged “fan” Mark David Chapman who was influenced by Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye and the loneliness of protagonist Holden Caulfield. However, the fleeting association with the film has led fans of the film to link Lennon's assassination with the “curse” of the film. It can be said that the primary reason why the myth of the curse came about was the brutal murder of Polanski's wife, actress Sharon Tate. Polanski even wanted to cast Tate as Rosemary but Evans was adamant about Mia Farrow's involvement. A year after the film's release, Tate and her friends were stabbed to death by followers of cult leader Charles Manson. Tate was eight-and-a-half months pregnant at the time of her demise. The members of the Manson Family delivered around 100 stab wounds to the four victims and wrote “Helter Skelter” on the wall in blood.   After his wife and unborn son were killed, Polanski indulged in substance abuse to cope with things but he ended up exemplifying human depravity. While guest editing the French edition of Vogue in 1977, the director preyed upon a 13-year old girl and persuaded her to participate in multiple photoshoots. During the second shoot at Jack Nicholson's house, he incapacitated the minor with champagne and half a Quaalude before sexually violating her multiple times.   Although he was arrested for the felony and spent 42 days in jail, Polanski became a fugitive and fled to France to avoid facing charges. Since then, he has lived the life of a criminal and has avoided traveling to countries where he can be extradited back to the US.   Ok, let's round things out with the wizard of oz. Despite its commercial success, The Wizard of Oz is seen by some as cursed. There were so many serious accidents onset that those Oscar-nominated special effects almost cost cast members their lives, from the two actors playing winged monkeys crashing to the ground when the wires that hoisted them up in the air broke, to the Wicked Witch of the West's stunt double Betty Danko injuring her left leg when the broomstick exploded.   Buddy Ebsen was originally cast in the role of the Tin Woodman, a.k.a. the Tin Man, but he was essentially poisoned by the makeup, which was made of pure aluminum dust. Nine days after filming started he was hospitalized, sitting under an oxygen tent. When he was not getting better fast enough, the filmmakers hired Jack Haley to be the Tin Man instead. This time, instead of applying the aluminum powder, the makeup artists mixed it into a paste and painted it on him. He did develop an infection in his right eye that needed medical attention, but it ended up being treatable.   Margaret Hamilton — who played the Wicked Witch of the West and was the one tipped who Harmetz off to the turmoil on set more than three decades later for her 1977 book — got burns, and the makeup artists had to rush to remove her copper makeup so that it wouldn't seep through her wounds and become toxic. Unlike Ebsen, she didn't get fired because they could live without her on the set for several more weeks.   An actor playing one of the Wicked Witch of the West's soldiers accidentally jumped on top of Dorothy's Toto, Carl Spitz, the dog trainer on set, told Harmetz. The dog (a female Cairn terrier named Terry) sprained its foot, and Spitz had to get a canine double. Terry did recover and returned to the set a few weeks later.   In a memoir by Judy Garland's third husband, Sid Luft, published posthumously in 2017, he writes that, after bar-hopping in Culver City, the actors who played the munchkins “would make Judy's life miserable by putting their hands under her dress.” Harmetz says it's true that the actors would go drinking near the Culver City hotel where they stayed, but she says their interactions with Garland did not rise to the level of what Luft described. “Nobody on the movie ever saw her or heard of a munchkin assaulting her,” said one worker on the film. Garland did say the drinking was annoying in an interview with talk-show host Jack Paar, but experts on Garland's life say that her rant about being scarred by the rowdy behavior on set may have been a deflection from the real damage she suffered during that time, at the hands of the studio. Garland was only 16 when she made The Wizard of Oz, and her struggles with depression and disordered eating started at an early age and continued for the rest of her life. She claimed that the studio executives gave her uppers and sleeping pills so she could keep up with the demanding pace of show business. She struggled with drug addiction and attempted suicide several times before she died of an accidental overdose on June 22, 1969, at just 47 years old.   The film went through four different producers by the time it was through.   Richard Thorpe, the first director, insisted that Judy Garland wear a blonde wig and thick makeup to depict Dorothy. When Buddy Epsen got sick from his Tin Man makeup and filming shut down for two weeks, the studio fired Thorpe and replaced him with George Cukor of My Fair Lady fame. Cukor encouraged Garland to wear natural makeup and play Dorothy less cartoonish and more natural. Cukor later left the film to work on Gone with the Wind instead and Viktor Fleming took his place. However, Cukor came back a few weeks later after getting fired from Gone With the Wind by Clark Gable (supposedly he was fired when Gable found out he was homosexual).   Director King Vidor was responsible for most of the sepia sequences and also helped Mervyn LeRoy with editing in post-production.   Not only did the public think former kindergarten teacher Margaret Hamilton was really evil following the first airing of The Wizard of Oz — she also suffered physically for the role. Hamilton received second and third-degree burns all over her body when the green copper makeup she was wearing got too hot during the fire scene. Her stunt double spent months in the hospital after a prop broom exploded — they were using a double because Hamilton got injured on an earlier take.   Stage makeup and prosthetics in 1939 were nowhere near what they are today. Ray Bolger's Scarecrow makeup left deeply embedded marks in his skin that didn't disappear for more than a year after the movie wrapped up filming. Luckily, this would never happen today.   How bout that hanging munchkin… Well, sorry folks. That seems to be fake. In a scene where Dorothy, the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), and the Tin Man (Jack Haley) are skipping down the Yellow Brick Road, singing “we're off to see the wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz,” some think the dark, moving figure hanging from a tree in the background is an actor who hanged himself on set. More likely, it's one of the exotic birds that the filmmakers borrowed from the Los Angeles Zoo to create a wilderness setting. The rumor has been circulating since around 1989, the time of the 50th anniversary of the film's release. Alright, there you have it… Cursed movies!!!  Obscure 90s horror movies you need to see   https://www.ranker.com/list/obscure-1990s-horror-movies/christopher-myers

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Truly Twisted Minds
Episode 19- Jozsef Barsi and John Thomas Sweeney

Truly Twisted Minds

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 53:25


This week we will cover the cases involving domestic violence and murder. The first case will be the murder of young actress Judith Barsi and her mother Maria, who were killed by Judith's father, Jozsef. The second case will be about the murder of Dominique Dunne, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, John Thomas Sweeney. The subject matter is hard to swallow and discuss, but we do our best to wrap our minds around the mindset of these two twisted minds. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Brides of Frankenstein
Poltergeist: All Hail Queen Zelda

Brides of Frankenstein

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 95:55


HALLOWEEEEEEEN!!! Today is the best day of the year, so the Brides are dropping one heck of a fun episode. Today we're going into the light and chatting all things Poltergeist! This is one of the rare horror movies that's both incredibly creepy and very, very funny, with a lot of surprisingly wholesome family dynamics. Perhaps that's because Stephen Spielberg wrote the script and also claimed he directed most of it (and then had to apologize to the ACTUAL director, legend Tobe Hooper). In this episode the Brides discuss how fun the family seems, how you always need to move the bodies and the headstones when you're building a development next to a graveyard, and the absolute uselessness of the older daughter. Seriously, she spends the entire movie running off to her boyfriends' house. Of course, we must bow down to ultimate movie psychic, Zelda Rubinstein, who walks into the movie halfway through and walks away with our hearts. Also, we take a moment to completely rip apart the BS myth that the movie is "cursed" because, hi, actual people died and it's super disrespectful. HAPPY HALLOWEEN, stay safe out there ya freaks! This episode contains brief discussion of domestic abuse and murder. Rest well, Dominique Dunne and Heather O'Rourke.

Killer Queens: A True Crime Podcast
188: The Murder of Dominique Dunne

Killer Queens: A True Crime Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 75:18


In July of 1982, the movie Poltergeist was released in theaters and was a runaway success.  As one of it's stars, Dominique Dunne's career began to take off.  In October of 1982, 22 year old Dominique was beginning to prepare for her next role and was looking forward to her career's growth off the success of Poltergeist.  Her boyfriend however, wasn't able to handle his jealousy and anger at her new found attention, and Dominique would ultimately pay for that with her life. Want access to our first 45 episodes? Grab em here! We've made them available for free to anyone who signs up! Remember, these episodes were recorded when we had no idea what we were doing, so just keep that in mind. The audio isn't the quality we would want to put out now, but the cases are on point! Visit killerqueens.link/og to download and binge all the archived episodes today! Hang with us: Follow Us on Instagram Like Us on Facebook Join our Case Discussion Group on Facebook Get Killer Queens Merch Bonus Episodes Support Our AMAZING Sponsors: Hunt a Killer: Win the holiday season with the game every true crime lover needs in their life- Hunt a Killer.! Get  $10 off your purchase at  huntakiller.com/queens and use our code queens to get your $10 off! The Pill Club - Right now, when you go to THEPILLCLUB.COM/QUEENS The Pill Club is offering a $10 donation to Bedsider.org for every Killer Queens listener who becomes a patient. Your donation will help low-income individuals get access to birth control through Bedsider.org. © 2021 Killer Queens Podcast. All Rights Reserved Music provided by Steven Tobi Logo designed by Sloane Williams of The Sophisticated Crayon

Murder Murder News - The Listen Edition

Actress Dominique Dunne was strangled to death by her abusive boyfriend, John Sweeney, on October 30th 1982. Aurora and Angelina review the red flags leading up to Dominique's murder, the ties her story has to Halloween, and how her case inspired her already-famous father, Dominick Dunne, to pursue a career in the realm of True Crime. This episode also features a tribute to our friend and major supporter of MMN, Jenni Robertson, who we recently lost to domestic violence.Writing and research by Aurora Cady.Original music and audio production by Louis Levesque.For inquiries: louis14levesque@gmail.comF O L L O W  U S ! ! !I N S T A G R A M -- @murdermurdernewsT W I T T E R --  @mmurdernewsF A C E B O O K -- https://www.facebook.com/mmntruecrime/T I K T O K -- @murdermurdernewsY O U T U B E -- MurderMurder NewsJoin our Facebook Group | to chat about true crime, and to join our virtual book club!Check out MurderMurder.news for the latest breaking true crime news!For business inquiries: murdermurdernews@gmail.comSubmit a  spooky story: https://murdermurder.news/story-submission-form/---LINKS + SOURCES:Make a donation to the GoFundMe for Jenni and James RobertsonMake a donation to Austin-based shelter SAFE (Stop Abuse For Everyone)Domestic Violence Resources in the USA:https://www.thehotline.org/get-help/http://centerforpreventionofabuse.orgCanada:https://endingviolencecanada.org/getting-help-2/http://ncadv.org/resourcesUK:http://helpline.org.ukhttp://refuge.org.ukhttp://respect.uk.netAre you the abuser?https://www.mentalhelp.net/abuse/are-you-the-abuser/https://au.reachout.com/articles/dealing-with-your-own-violent-behaviour---https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominique_Dunnehttps://www.grunge.com/585554/the-tragic-death-of-poltergeist-actress-dominique-dunnehttps://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/1984/03/dunne198403https://www.ihorror.com/remembering-the-tragic-death-of-poltergeist-star-dominique-dunne/https://filmdaily.co/obsessions/true-crime/dominique-dunne/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Griffin_Dunnehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominick_Dunnehttps://www.biography.com/news/the-poltergeist-curse-its-heeerehttps://www.fanpop.com/clubs/dominique-dunne/articles/139077/title/who-dominique-dunnehttp://www.dddis.de/dominique-dunne-site/Biography/biography.htmlhttps://medium.com/the-true-crime-edition/injustice-for-dominique-dunne-66f5bac3998bhttps://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1986-12-03-mn-453-story.htmlhttp://www.laalmanac.com/communications/cm01x.php https://www.steinandmarkuslaw.com/homicide-laws-in-california/https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-and-crime/id1485129718?i=1000466520293 https://www.businessinsider.com/how-dominick-dunne-revived-interest-in-marthSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/murdermurdernews)

Ohio Crime Mom
Momma-ween the case of dominique dunne

Ohio Crime Mom

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 14:49


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Your Brain on Facts
Summer Not-busters (ep 168)

Your Brain on Facts

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 29:46


For every Star Wars, there's a hundred middling films and outright flops. Plus, hear about movie so unlucky, they may actually have been cursed, in a sample of the Your Brain On Facts audiobook. Read the full script.   Support the show. It's been quite a while since we got a review for the YBOF book.  Can you take a sec and let us know what you thought? Reach out and touch Moxie on FB, Twit, the 'Gram or email.  Music by David Fesliyan and Kevin McLeod   Making a movie is a difficult, time-consuming, and expensive propositions.  While some projects come together naturally, others seem to have tragedy, misfortune, and just plain bad luck heaped upon them.  Horror films are fertile ground for apparent curses and it a movie would be hard-pressed to seem more cursed than 1976's The Omen, the tale of an American diplomat who adopts a baby boy, ostensibly the Antichrist, and people around him begin dying.  Even Robert Munger, who came up with the concept for the film, began to feel uneasy during pre-production, telling producer Harvey Bernhard, “The devil's greatest single weapon is to be invisible, and you're going to take off his cloak of invisibility to millions of people.”  Releasing the movie on June 6, 1976, or as close as they could get to 666, probably did not help matters.   Gregory Peck has only recently agreed to take the role of the ambassador when his son shot and killed himself, leaving no suicide note.   Undeterred, or perhaps therapeutically focusing on his work, Peck flew to England to begin filming.  While flying through a storm over the Atlantic, Peck's plane was struck by lightning, causing an engine to catch fire and nearly causing them to crash into the ocean.  The film's other producer, Mace Neufeld, also had his plane struck by lightning.  Even after those long odds, that was not the end of their aerial adversity.  One of the first shots planned for the film was an aerial shot of London, to be shot from a rented plane. At the last minute, the rental company instead gave the original plane to a group of Japanese businessmen.  The curse did not seem to get that update, because that plane crashed, killing everyone on board.   One scene called for Peck to be attacked by “devil dogs,” in the form of a pack of Rottweilers.  The dogs were supposed to attack a heavily padded stuntman.  For reasons unknown, the dogs began to attack the stuntman in earnest, biting through the padding and ignoring their trainer's orders to stop.  Another animal-based scene saw the big cat wrangler mauled to death by a tiger.   As if being in a plane struck by lightning was not harrowing enough, the Hilton hotel Neufeld was staying at exploded.  Luckily, Neufeld was not there at the time.  Not to be deterred, the curse turned its sights to the restaurant were the producers and other film executives were going and it blew up, too.  Neufeld missed the explosion by minutes.  The actual perpetrator would turn out to be the Irish Republican Army and it was only Neufeld's dodgy luck that he was meant to be in both places.   Special effects consultant John Richardson created The Omen's unforgettable death scenes, including one in which a man is beheaded by a sheet of glass sailing off the top of a car.  Two weeks before the film was released, Richardson and his assistant, Liz Moore, were involved in a head-on collision.  Moore was killed, cut in half by the other vehicle's wheel.  Richardson opened his eyes after the collision a kilometer marker reading “Ommen 6,66,”  The closest town was Ommen, Netherlands, and the accident happened at kilometer 66.6.    The highest-grossing horror movie of all time (when adjusted for inflation) and the only horror movie to ever be nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture is 1973's The Exorcist.  In it, a young girl named Reagan, played by Linda Blair, is possessed by a demon and forced to commit horrible acts as two priests fight to save her.  The trouble started before filming even began, when the set caught fire, destroying everything except Regan's room.  The malefactor had talons, and black, beady eyes, and was a harbinger of disease--a pigeon had somehow gotten into a circuit box, which caused a short that caused the fire.  Reverend Thomas Bermingham, the technical advisor, was asked to exorcise the set, but he refused.   Both Blair and Ellen Burstyn, who played her mother, were badly injured during the shoot.  One scene has the demon violently throwing Reagan around on her bed.  The rig to do this broke during one take, injuring Blair's back.  Another scene called for the demon to throw Burstyn across the room and into a wall, which the crew achieved with a wire rig.  Director William Friedkin was unhappy with the first take and told the crewman operating the rig to use more force.  He did not warn Burstyn.  Her cry of alarm and pain in the film is genuine.  Colliding with the wall at speed injured her lower spine, leaving her in permanent pain.     They were comparatively lucky.  Actors Jack MacGowran and Vasiliki Maliaros, whose characters die in the movie, both died while it was in post-production.  At least four other people, including a night watchmen, died during filming.  Max Von Sydow's brother died on Sydow's first day on set.  Actress Mercedes McCambridge, who provided the voice of the demon Pazuzu, had to face her son murdering his wife and children before committing suicide.   Many believed that the physical copies of the film were cursed and that showing it was an open invitation to evil.  A church across the street from an Italian theater was struck by lightning during a showing.  One movie-goer was so frightened they passed out in the theater and broke their jaw falling into the seat in front of them.  They sued the filmmakers, claiming that subliminal messages in the film had caused them to faint.  Warner Brothers settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.  Not everything bad can be blamed on demons, though.  Regular old people sent thirteen year old Blair so many death threats that the studio had to provide her with bodyguards for six months after the movie came out.   Speaking of demonic possession, the 2012 movie The Possession centers on a young girl who falls under the control of a malevolent spirit that lives inside a cursed antique box. The story is based on an account of an allegedly haunted dybbuk box.  Even though director Sam Raimi would not let the dybbuk box's owner bring it anywhere near the set, strange and frightening things happened on set.  Lights exploded directly over people's heads, strange smells and cold air blew in from nowhere, and immediately after filming wrapped, all of the props were destroyed in a fire for which the first department could not determine the cause. Sometimes a movie's bad karma takes time to manifest and the misfortunes only crop up after the film had been released.   Horror classic Rosemary's Baby, released in the summer of 1968, was based on the premise that God is dead, but the Devil is alive and returning to earth with the aid of a cult.  The film's composer, 37 year old Krzysztof Komeda, fell off a rock ledge at a party that fall.  He lingered in a coma for four months before finally dying.  His death was quite similar to the way the witches rid themselves of a suspicious friend of the titular Rosemary.  The producer, William Castle, already suffering considerable stress from the amount of hate mail he had received about the film, was incapacitated with severe kidney stones.  While delirious in the hospital, he cried out, “Rosemary, for God's sake, drop the knife!”  Castle recovered his health, but never made a successful movie again.  Director Roman Polanski suffered no physical harm after the film.  The same could not be said for his heavily-pregnant wife, Sharon Tate.  She and four friends were brutally murdered by members of the cult known as the Manson Family, while Rosemary's Baby was still in theaters.  In his autobiography, Polanksi recalled he had had a “grotesque thought” the last time he saw his wife: “You will never see her again.” Conspiracy theorists and other non-traditional thinkers believe these events were set in motion by an elaborate Satanic plot, at the behest of the Beatles. Their White Album was written at an Indian meditation retreat, which the movie's star, Mia Farrow, attended.  The song title Helter Skelter was written in blood on a wall at the Tate murder, albeit misspelled.  A decade later, John Lennon was shot and killed across the street from the Dakota, where Rosemary's Baby had been filmed. 1982's Poltergeist tells the story of a family that is tormented by vengeful spirits because their new house was built over a graveyard with the bodies left in the ground.  When it came time for the prop department to source skeletons for the infamous scene with JoBeth Williams in the muddy pool, contrary to what one might expect, it was actually cheaper to buy real human skeletons than realistic plastic ones.  (They only told Williams about that afterwards.)  In a case of ‘life imitating art,' specifically with regards to disrespectful treatment of dead bodies, the cast seemed to be plagued by bad fortune.  The curse extended not only the original film, but to its sequels as well.  Shortly after Poltergeist was released, Dominique Dunne, who played the older sister, was strangled to death by her abusive ex-boyfriend, ending her career before it began. Heather O'Rourke, the adorable blonde girl who uttered the iconic line “They're heeere,” died during bowel obstruction surgery after suffering cardiac arrest and septic shock due to being misdiagnosed by her doctor.  She was only twelve years old.  Julian Beck of Poltergeist II: The Other Side died of stomach cancer before the film was released.  Will Sampson, also known for playing Chief in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, died the following year from complications of a heart-lung transplant.     Bonus fact: Some fans claim Poltergeist foretold O'Rourke's death.  There was a poster in the 1982 movie for Super Bowl XXII in 1988.  Heather O'Rourke was hospitalized the day of Super Bowl XXII and died the following day.  The game was played in San Diego, the city in which O'Rourke passed away.   Choosing the right location to shoot a film is a pivotal decision.  You have to take into account things like lighting conditions, availability of utilities, and proximity to noisy things such as airports.  What you should not have to consider is the radiation level, but you should not ignore it either.  The producers of the film 1956 movie The Conqueror chose an area of Utah desert a hundred miles away from the Nevada Test Site.  (They also chose to cast John Wayne as Genghis Khan.)   Throughout the 1950's, approximately 100 nuclear bombs of varying intensities were detonated at the Nevada Test Site.  The mushroom clouds could reach tens of thousands of feet high; desert winds would carry radioactive particles all the way to Utah.  The area in which The Conqueror filmed was likely blanketed in this dust.   The Conqueror, co-starring Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, and Pedro Armendáriz, was a moderate box office success, but a critical failure and soon found itself on ‘worst films of all time' lists.  The true legacy of the film had yet to be revealed.  Of the 220 people who worked on the production, 92 developed some form of cancer, with 46 dying of it, including Wayne, Hayward, Moorehead, and Armendáriz.  The director, Dick Powell, died of lymphoma in 1963.  Wayne developed lung cancer and then the stomach cancer that would ultimately kill him in 1979.  Wayne would remain convinced that his chain-smoking was to blame for the cancers, even as friends tried to convince him it was from exposure to radiation.  Wayne's sons, who visited the set during filming and actually played with Geiger counters among the contaminated rocks, both developed tumors.  Susan Hayward died from brain cancer in 1975 at 57.   The authorities in 1954 had declared the area to be safe from radioactive fallout, even though abnormal levels of radiation were detected.  However, modern research has shown that the soil in some areas near the filming site would have remained radioactive for sixty years.  Howard Hughes, producer of The Conqueror, came to realize in the early 1970's that people who have been involved with the production were dying.   As the person who approved the filming location, Hughes felt culpable and paid $12 million to buy all existing copies of the film.  Though the link between the location and the cancers that cannot be definitely proven, experts argue that the preponderance of cases goes beyond mere coincidence.   MIDROLL   My grandmother had a lovely cross-stitched sampler above her fireplace with a quote that I really took to heart and have carried with me through my life, “Everything happens for a reason.  Sometimes the reason is you're stupid and make bad decisions.”  … I wish my grandma had a sense of humor like that.  Every movie that fails does so for a reason.  Several, usually, a veritable swarm of failure bees, ready to sting the audience right in the brain and the studio right in its wallet.  And sometimes, that sting is fatal.  For the studio, I mean.  I don't know of any cases where someone died because the movie they were watching was so bad it killed them.  At least that gives Tommy Wiseau something to reach for.   Like we saw with the banking crisis, there is no such thing as ‘too big to fail' in Hollywood, either.  Take Eddie Murphy, for example.  He was already established for his roles in 48 Hrs and Trading places before 1984's Beverly Hills Cop.  [sfx axel f]  I'll risk the copyright strike, I don't care.  If Hollywood were a lady, she was throwing her panties at Murphy until around, let's call it 1995's Vampire in Brooklyn.  Since then, for every Shrek, there are three Norberts, or one Pluto Nash.  Did you see this fart bomb of a movie when it came out in 2002?  Yeah, neither did anyone else.  His first foray into live-action family comedies stank like a pair of armored trousers after the Hundred Years war.  The sci-fi comedy (and we use the term loosely) didn't receive one breath of praise, with everyone lambasting the script, humour, acting and visual effects.  And they dragged poor Rasario Dawson into it.  Its 4% rating on Rotten Tomatoes says it all, though the audience gave it 19%.  One of the biggest box-office flops ever, the movie had a $100 million production budget but earned only $7.1 million at theaters worldwide, meaning it lost a whopping $92.9 million.   Sometimes the likely cause for a movie's failure is staring us all right in the face, but it feels like no one talked about, even though we *alllll talked about it, the casting of Johnny Depp in the ‘are you sure there's nothing else in the bottom of this barrel' elephant in the room, 2013's The Lone Ranger.  Depp was joined by fellow Pirates of the Caribbean alums Gore Verbinski, Jerry Bruckheimer and the House of Mouse must have felt confident this wonder trio could bring home the gold.  Yeah, no.  The production ran into trouble, costs escalated and the whole thing was nearly shut down before it was completed.  When it finally hit cinema screens, The Lone Ranger was slammed by critics and shunned by audiences. [sfx it stinks]  But it did still manage to garner two Oscar nominations, for 'Visual Effects' and 'Makeup and Hairstyling.'  Must have been a light year.  The Lone Ranger lost almost Pluto Nash's production budget, being in the red by $98 million.   If you look at film losses as the ratio of budget to loss, you've got to tip your hat to  2016's Monster Trucks.  Paramount hoped to launch a franchise, because there is literally no other way to run a movie studio, but kids can be as fickle with their entertainment options as they are with the sides on their dinner plate.  The $125m CGI romp's opening barely scraped over $10 million at the box office, meaning a loss of $115 million.  If it needed to be said, this section is about films with wide releases and big ad budgets.  Projects from smaller producers have a riskier time with it.  When my (GRRM doc, five tickets at Byrd).   If you look up the lowest-grossing film of all time, you'll find a film that was mentioned in the scam health retreat episode To Your Health (Spa) (ep. 101), but it happened on purpose, from a certain point of view.  2006's Zyzzyx Road was shown once a day, at noon, for six days at Highland Park Village Theater in Dallas, Texas, in a movie theater rented by the producers for $1,000.  The filmmakers wanted a limited release.  They didn't want to release the film domestically until it underwent foreign distribution, buuut they had to do the domestic release to fulfill the U.S. release obligation required by the Screen Actors Guild for low-budget films.  Low-budget is actually quantified as those with budgets less than $2.5 million that are not meant to be direct-to-video.  That strategy made Zyzzyx Road the lowest-grossing film in history; officially, it earned a whopping box office tally of $30, from six patrons.  Unofficially, its opening weekend netted $20, after the leading man refunded two tickets to the movie's makeup artist and the friend she brought. Lots of films fail, happens every day, but some films fail so spectacularly, they take the whole studio down with them, sometimes nearly and sometimes very actually..  Students of movie history with a penchant for disasters know all about 1963's Cleopatra, starring disserviacably diva-ish Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The period epic had such a disjointed production that actors sometimes didn't know which scenes were being shot until they arrived on set that day.  With a budget swelling uncontrollably to $44 million, the largest at the time, equivalent to $392mil today, the movie faced a real uphill battle to break even, let alone turn a profit.  Movie tickets cost $.85 then and there was no home video market, so 20th Century Fox would have needed to have sold 56 million tickets to stay in the black.  Quick google, the population of the US was 190 million at the time, so...yeah, ain't gonna happen, Cap'n.  They were pretty much screwed.  Cleopatra holds the unique distinction of being the highest-grossing film that year that lost money.  Although the studio didn't fold, Fox was forced to sell off 300 acres of its lot and postpone other productions to avoid permanently closing its doors.  Cleopatra did eventually recoup its budget with foreign distribution, but 1964's historical epic The Fall of the Roman Empire wasn't so lucky.  Samuel Bronston Productions spent a fortune re-creating the 92,000-square meter Roman Forum that once served as the heart of the ancient city, in turn building Hollywood's largest ever outdoor set.  It had Sophia Loren in it, for gods sake.  Do you know what she looked like in 1964?!  Sadly, Fall of the Roman Empire only managed to earn back a quarter of its $19 million budget.  Just three months after its release, Bronston's own empire fell, into bankruptcy.   Speaking of big decisions at Fox, one of the people who greenlit Star Wars was Alan Ladd Jr, who left to form his own studio, Ladd Company.  For my British listeners, feel free to pause and imagine an all-lad movie studio, oi-oi, we'll wait.  The Ladd Company pursued ambitious projects like The Right Stuff, based on Tom Wolfe's book about the early days of the space program.  That was a big hit, wasn't it?  I never saw it, but it has good name recognition.  While critics sang its praises and it won four Oscars, The Right Stuff failed to find an audience at the box office.  The same thing happened with Twice Upon a Time, an animated feature executive produced by George Lucas, which did *not have good name recognition and when I do a Google image search, it doesn't look even 1% familiar.  Even though they still had Police Academy in the chute, the Ladd Company was forced to sell its assets to Warner Bros.   Speaking of name recognition, even films that are iconic these days bombed big time when they came out.  Try to imagine TV in December without every single channel running Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life at least twice.  Trivia fans, which should be every one here, already know that IAWL did not do well on release --a release in January, it's worth mentioning, which may have been part of the problem-- before lapsing into the public domain and being shown by every tv station needing content on the cheap.  Hell, there was a local station where I grew up in north-east PA that used a jingle of the phrase “IAWL” as their tagline.  The same thing ‘why would you even do that' release date misstep happened with Hocus Pocus, actually.  It was released originally in July, well before social media made loving Halloween a major personality trait, then Disney sat on the movie for over a year before putting it out on home video the next September.  Back to 1946, It's a Wonderful Life's disappointing performance was devastating for Capra, who had actually opened his own production studio, Liberty Films.  Capra and fellow filmmakers George Stevens and William Wyler were trying to free themselves from meddling from studio executives' meddling, but their professional freedom was short-lived.  With no track record, Liberty Films needed the film to get them to live up to Capra's usual standards of success.  It didn't, as we've established, and Capra was forced to sell Liberty to Paramount and work for someone else.   If you've been saying, I haven't heard of half of these people, how about Francis Ford Coppola?  Coppola shapes the landscape of 1970s cinema.  Ever hear of The Godfather, The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now?  Yeah, thought so.  The '80s, however, not so much.  His first movie of the decade, One From the Heart, spent the majority of its high budget on pioneering visual techniques and a faithful recreation of Nevada's McCarran International Airport.  He's a details guy.  But fans of his earlier, dark, gritty, hyper-masculine work were left completely baffled when they sat down for a Coppola movie and found themselves in a candy-colored Vegas musical rom-com.   The film failed to pull in even a million dollars against its budget of $27mil.  Coppola's own studio, Zoetrope, never recovered from the financial loss.   Speaking of film legends who stumble headlong into bankruptcy, we present  for the consideration of several readers, Don Bluth.  Bluth left his job as an animator at Disney in 1979 to create the animation department for 20th Century Fox.  We're talking The Secret of N.I.M.H, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, and Bluth and crew at Fox Animation put those out while Disney delivered disappointing efforts like The Great Mouse Detective and Oliver and Company.   But Disney found its footing again with The Little Mermaid in 1989 and they've been unquestionably unstoppable ever since.  In 1997, Bluth released the critically acclaimed Anastasia; less than three years later, the studio was done.  In June 2000, Titan A.E. hit theaters, a lush, traditionally-animated movie with great character designs and solid casting and acting that flew through space and braved alien worlds.  It wasn't a bad movie.  For some reason, despite having a hysterically bad memory, I can still remember the chorus of the song from the big ‘let's do cool things with the ship' sequence.  Titan AE hit theaters, but not, ya know, hard.  Fox Animation spent $85 million on the film targeted at a teen audience, who are not a big enough segment of the broader animation-viewing market.  It earned $9 million on its opening weekend and the following *week, Fox announced it was closing the studio.  The writing had already been on the wall.  In December 1999, executives forced Bluth to lay off 80% of his animators after the box office bonanza that was the CGI Toy Story 2 led Fox execs to conclude that hand-drawn animation was on the way out.   Prior performance is no predictor of future success.  The Land Before Time didn't help Bluth with Titan AE, and not even the freaking Lord of the Rings trilogy, with its many Oscars, could save New Line Cinema.  From its creation in the 1970s and even after Warner Bros. bought a controlling stake, New Line Cinema was a mid-major movie studio that acted like an indie, taking chances on edgy, quirky movies like Pink Flamingos, Boogie Nights, and Mortal Kombat.  If you don't think MK belongs in those examples, the only video game movies had been Street Fighter, blargh, Double Dragon, yawn, and Super Mario Brothers, a veritable kick in the nards to be gamers and moviegoers.   Four years after The Return of the King ended the LOTR trilogy...eventually... New Line wanted another fantasy series cash cow, and it looked to The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman's first entry in the His Dark Materials trilogy.  New Line pumped $200 million on the project, more than it had spent on The Lord of the Rings.  To offset production costs, the company pre-sold the overseas rights, essentially getting an advance, meaning that when the film hit theaters outside of North America, they wouldn't see any more money.  That made profit virtually impossible... as did the film's relatively small $70 million domestic take.  Thus Warner Bros. absorbed New Line into its existing film production divisions, well, 10% of the studio.  The other 90% got sacked.   Sources: get ones from book https://www.triviagenius.com/5-movies-that-lost-the-most-money/XtY_ghx5DQAG1g4j https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/643698/movies-that-bankrupted-studios https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/86201/6-movies-ruined-their-studios https://www.digitalspy.com/movies/a843659/expensive-movie-flops-bombs-box-office-failure-justice-league/ https://chillopedia.com/15-movies-that-killed-careers/  

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Murder Pie
Poltergeist Curse and the Murder of Dominique Dunne

Murder Pie

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 24:45


In this episode I talk about the 1980's horror movie classic Poltergeist and the rumored curse that plagues those associated with the film, most notably the doomed actress Dominique Dunne, who was brutally murdered at the hands of her douchebag boyfriend. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/murderpie/support

Journey of an Aesthete Podcast
"Drawing From Life: A conversation with artist Elizabeth Williams"

Journey of an Aesthete Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 88:57


“The decision to approach Elizabeth Williams has a long journey; indeed one connected initially more to prose, rather than drawing or visual art, and going back a couple of decades. In 1984 the writer/journalist and film and t.v. producer Dominck Dunne wrote an extraordinary essay for Vanity Fair magazine that had much influence upon me. Titled "Justice: A Father's Account of the Trial of his Daughter's Killer", the piece, including the aesthetic details and judgements of, say, the judge, the jury and the defendant's demeanor, as well as the psychological dimensions of Dunne's experience ranks for me as among the best writing of that decade at least (and of course launched him as a major crime reporter on O.J. Simpson and others). The connections between the many episodes on our show is immense. Dunne's daughter who was murdered was, of course, Dominque Dunne who at the time of her murder was not only featured in an episode of Hill Street Blues, the plot of which was precisely the subject of domestic violence, but was also prominent in a number of t.v. movies that Amanda Reyes and I discussed. (I had offered on my latest episode with her to do a whole show on The Day The Loving Stopped.) (Link to listen to the episode with Amanda Reyes mentioned can be found here:https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/episodes/INTIMATE-STRANGERS-episode-with-Amanda-Reyes-eoipb4/a-a49a1c5) Dominck Dunne's son, Griffin Dunne, is also quite accomplished. But that one essay had a long lasting effect on me. It made me most conscious of the plight of crime victims and their families and loved ones, and thus, the victim's rights movement. And this was further complicated still by my then anti-death penalty activism, as these two communities, both of which I have great sympathies, often have come into conflict. So the daughter Dominique Dunne was on track to be a major star in Hollywood and you can observe her work on Hill Street Blues as well as other productions. In turn this one essay caused me to be a moderate "true crime" buff. I should mention the late Michelle MacNamara in this regard, probably the best or most representative of this kind of interest. And all the while I was haunted not just by Dominck Dunne's written account but all of these high profile criminal cases. They are almost always used not only in televised news reports but in so many prominent documentaries. Of course one of the themes of this podcast is calling into question the boundaries around fine art, utilitarian art, and the commercial and obscure and so on. So you could say that this episode is very much in keeping with the spirit of our podcast. I was excited to discuss the things we did on this episode and I should note, not a moment too soon that the nature of our discussion is unconventional given the subject matter. We are discussing the the nature of the worst crimes that have been committed by men in the past forty plus years; you could say the nature of evil comes into play. But we are also discussing them in the terms of public service: Williams' illustrations of these perpetrators or predators are essential for the legal system as well as basic, everyday journalism, yet they also keep alive the tradition of portraiture and illustration, which is fundamental to the history of art. Also, speaking more generally, Williams' story is the story of anybody who endeavors to become good at something; meeting mentors or masters in the chosen field, and all the stops in the journey along the way. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did creating it! “ Links to Elizabeth’s beautiful work: http://www.elizabethwilliamstudio.com For a deeper look into Elizabeth's work, this episode, visit our show Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/journeyofanaesthetepodcast --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mitch-hampton/support

Done & Dunne
The Trial of Dominique Dunne's Killer, Part Two

Done & Dunne

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 46:43


It was a wrenching crime followed by an appalling miscarriage of justice, chronicled by none other than the grieving father of the victim. Alicia takes us through the conclusion of the trial of the man who strangled Dominique Dunne to death, presided over by a self-serving judge with a soft spot for the defense team, with a verdict rendered by a jury which was not allowed to hear key evidence as it debated lesser charges than the prosecution wanted. Past episodes in this arc Dominique Dunne The Trial of Dominique Dunne's Killer, Part One Sources Dominick Dunne: After The Party (Documentary, Amazon link) Justice: A Father's Account of the Trial of His Daughter's Killer, by Dominick Dunne (vanityfair.com) Intimate Partner Violence Resources (Thank you to Erica Kelley of Southern Fried True Crime for compiling this list) If you are suffering with intimate partner abuse, here are resources for different countries. Please ask for help: US Crisis Text Line: 741741 US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 UK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247 Australia Rape & Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-737-732 Canada: http://thelifelinecanada.ca./help/call/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Easy, Killer: A True Crime Podcast
#08: Gone Too Soon: The Dominique Dunne Story

Easy, Killer: A True Crime Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 92:58


Hayley and Brandy discuss the tragic murder of actress, Dominique Dunne, who was taken in the height of her career by her ex boyfriend, John Sweeney in 1982. They also touch lightly on the Poltergeist curse, which Dominique is said to be a victim of. *TW: Domestic Violence --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/easykillerpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/easykillerpodcast/support

Literally Disturbed
16. The Man Shaker & The Alien Lighthouse

Literally Disturbed

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 56:17


It's episode 16! Katie tells us the story of Dominique Dunne who had a bright future ahead of her in Hollywood. Her first major role was in the 1982 film Poltergeist. Her life was ended too soon by the hands of her ex-boyfriend John Thomas Sweeney.  Did his sentence and time spent in prison fit the crime?Brittany tells us the back story of the strange metal monolith that randomly appeared in the middle of the desert in Utah. It went viral on social media and it drew thousands of people to its location. Was it dropped there by aliens? Or was it just an art piece that someone placed as a hidden desert treasure?Send in your personal paranormal & true crime stories! Send them to literallydisturbedpodcast@gmail.com Follow us!Twitter- https://twitter.com/literallydpodInstagram- https://www.instagram.com/literallydisturbedpodcast/Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/literallydisturbedWebsite- www.literallydisturbed.com

Done & Dunne
Dominique Dunne

Done & Dunne

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 41:58


A deeply personal tragedy, and a horrific crime, accelerates Dominick's transition into a warrior for justice. This week we meet Dominique Dunne, the beloved California child of Nick and Lenny, whose murder at the hands of her ex-boyfriend in 1982 was chronicled for Vanity Fair in her grieving father's own words. Intimate Partner Violence Resources (Thank you to Erica Kelley of Southern Fried True Crime for compiling this list) If you are suffering with intimate partner abuse, here are resources for different countries. Please ask for help: US Crisis Text Line: 741741 US National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 UK Domestic Abuse Hotline: 0808 2000 247 Australia Rape & Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-737-732 Canada: http://thelifelinecanada.ca./help/call/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Prawdziwe Zbrodnie
#116: UFO, oszust i rodzina Dunne

Prawdziwe Zbrodnie

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 90:23


Koniec dygresji: 14:20 W tym tygodniu pierwsza Karolina zaprasza na tajemniczą historie zaginięcia Girly Chew Hossencofft. Druga Karolina opowiada sprawę zabójstwa Dominique Dunne, córki znanego pisarza i producenta Dominica Dunne. https://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/1984/03/dunne198403?fbclid=IwAR3QF6wNTJew_bTL-gsXD0ffoGjTqPimeRMYEG7OhAMUTbXXWTodPbZ1plI

Discussion Roulette
#28 - Poltergeist

Discussion Roulette

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2021 61:07


Andrew, Charles, Isaiah and Nick talk cursed movies, unexpected movie moments, and Pizza Hut product integration as they discuss Poltergeist (1982) starring Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight and Dominique Dunne. Discussion Roulette is a spoiler-heavy podcast, so unless you don't care about spoilers, make sure to watch the movie before you listen!

Absolutely Gobsmacked
Episode 20: Dominique Dunne

Absolutely Gobsmacked

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2020 86:10


This tragic story will make your blood boil... but will also hopefully inspire change... Intro: Aaron Gomez Outro: soradotwav

Sucedió una noche
Sucedió una Noche Colección: Especial 'Crónica negra' (27/12/2020)

Sucedió una noche

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2020 55:35


En este especial de nuestra sección ‘La crónica negra de Hollywood’ repasamos los casos de cuatro actrices que solo pudieron atisbar la fama y el éxito que ofrece el mundo del cine pero que no pudieron disfrutarlos ya que tuvieron un final trágico y prematuro. Es la historia de Lana Clarkson, la actriz asesinada por el productor musical Phil Spector; la de Peg Entwistle, la joven que se suicidó saltando desde el cartel de Hollywood; la de Dominique Dunne recordada por su papel de hija mayor de la familia de ‘Poltergeist’ y asesinada por su novio o la de Rebecca Shaeffer, tiroteada por uno de sus fans.

Sucedió una noche
Sucedió una Noche Colección: Especial 'Crónica negra' (27/12/2020)

Sucedió una noche

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2020 55:35


En este especial de nuestra sección ‘La crónica negra de Hollywood’ repasamos los casos de cuatro actrices que solo pudieron atisbar la fama y el éxito que ofrece el mundo del cine pero que no pudieron disfrutarlos ya que tuvieron un final trágico y prematuro. Es la historia de Lana Clarkson, la actriz asesinada por el productor musical Phil Spector; la de Peg Entwistle, la joven que se suicidó saltando desde el cartel de Hollywood; la de Dominique Dunne recordada por su papel de hija mayor de la familia de ‘Poltergeist’ y asesinada por su novio o la de Rebecca Shaeffer, tiroteada por uno de sus fans.

Find me in the dark Podcast
Episode 19 - The murder of Dominique Dunne

Find me in the dark Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2020 39:20


A young woman, at the beginning of both her life, and her career. A career that she had work tirelessly to obtain. She sits and watches as her face graces the silver screen for the very first time. A Smile stretches across her face, as she realizes, that all of the sleepless nights and constant practice, has finally culminated into this very moment. A moment she would remember for the rest of her life. What she didn’t know, is that her life would come to an end, very, very soon. Sometimes love…takes your breath away.

To Die For
Episode 31: The Poltergeist Curse

To Die For

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2020 109:30


It’s episode 31 and our very first super spoopy Halloweeny episode! Lolo is back and madder than ever because Lizza picked this topic just for her. We know what scares her and that is Poltergeist! This movie franchise seems to have had had it’s very own, real life poltergeist or maybe it’s just the curse that everyone says it is. There is no shortage of super strange, super spooky stuff that happened around all three movies. Even more tragic is the abundance of deaths that plagued the franchise. This one definitely needs all of the lights on, an exit buddy, and probably a drink or two because THEY’RE HERE!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/todieforpodcast)

In-Flight Entertainment Podcast
Poltergeist (1982)

In-Flight Entertainment Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2020 50:55


This week we review the 1982 horror classic Poltergeist! Starring Craig T Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Oliver Robins, Dominique Dunne, Heather O'Rourke, Beatrice Straight, and Zelda Rubinstein. 

Noctámbulos
Ep. 50: El "Blob" de Oaksville, El asesinato de Dominique Dunne, Demandas ridículas.

Noctámbulos

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2020 114:14


En este episodio, platicamos sobre la extraña lluvia que cayó en Oaksville y que dejó a su paso una extraña substancia supuestamente tóxica, también hablamos del asesinato de una de las víctimas de la llamada "la maldición de la película Poltergeist, la actriz Dominique Dunne, por último les contamos algunos de los intentos de demanda más ridículos en la historia. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

What's in the Basket
17. Poltergeist (1982): You Obviously Don't Know How Much a Skeleton Costs

What's in the Basket

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2020 114:20


Our Halloween theme continues this week with another notoriously "cursed" horror movie: Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg's haunted house classic Poltergeist (1982). We tackle the question of just who actually directed the film, explore its iconic special effects, and confront the moral implications of the popular "curse" narrative. Please note that this podcast has not been and will never be censored by Pizza Hut. Finally, another content warning—today's episode addresses the deaths of two of Poltergeist's young stars, Dominique Dunne and Heather O'Rourke, and in doing so includes some discussion of real-life violence against women. Show Notes & Sources: https://wp.me/pbeIfn-bh Theme Music by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.filmmusic.io): "Dark Hallway (Distressed)" and "The Show Must Be Go"

No Thank You, Next
79: I'm Just Excited! I'm Sorry!

No Thank You, Next

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2020 53:07


Welcome back for another spooky season episode! This week Maegan is bringing you an episode about Dominique Dunne. To say her life and career had just begun would be an understatement. Dominique had just starred in what would become a halloween classic, and was finding strength in her value as a woman. That didn't sit well with a man who would take it all away in just 6 minutes. Tune in to hear how this story ends. Make sure to follow us @nothankyounextpodcast And don't forget to VOTE!!!!!!!! Your vote matters, so get out there and DO IT! And last but most definitely not lease, let us not forget a very Happy Birthday to Rachael!!! It is her birthday week, and we forgot to mention it while recording but I'M SO GLAD YOU WERE BORN! See you all next week for another horrible story

Ear For Fear
EPISODE 35: POLTERGEIST (1982)

Ear For Fear

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2020 111:40


Poltergeist. They're here! Join Darren, Rick and special guest Gennifer as they discuss the pros and cons of cemetery relocation. Is this house truly... clean?

Movie Meltdown
It’s a Poltergeist kind of Halloween

Movie Meltdown

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2020 12:33


Movie Meltdown - Episode 534 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") Join us as we kick off our month-long Halloween celebration! First, we brave the frightening endeavor that is - a Zombie Skittles taste test! Then we jump headfirst into the pool full of skeletons that is the 1982 classic Poltergeist. We discuss the legends of “the curse” that has followed this franchise. We address the Steven Spielberg vs. ‎Tobe Hooper controversy. And we just look at the ground-breaking ghost story that it is.  And as we try to decide who we have more of a crush on JoBeth Williams or Craig T. Nelson, we also address… real skeletons, the killer tree, kids and clowns, The Beast, Heather O'Rourke, Industrial Light & Magic, the taste lingers, Mr. Incredible, It, go deep, the 1988 Super Bowl, a dorky dad, face-peeling, it’s own meta-curse, Jerry Goldsmith's music score, Zelda Rubinstein, put the helmet on, it tries to kill him with a piano, Aliens, special effects, Star Wars, suburbia, Raiders of the Lost Ark, trees inside the house, Dominique Dunne, stacking chairs, A Nightmare on Elm Street, stickers with googly eyes, ectoplasm, shotgun-blasted a giant vacuum cleaner, Ghostbusters, the national anthem, strawberry jelly, ghost cat, weird creepy kids, the Wilhelm scream, bioengineered food ingredients, George Lucas, interdimensional goo, Oliver Robins, cigar boxes and TV people.  Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the 1982 version of “Poltergeist”. So go watch or re-watch the movie beforehand! You’ll be glad you did.  “This is just like a theme park ride!”

Dorking Out
Dorking Out Episode 236: Poltergeist (Replay)

Dorking Out

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2020 59:24


Hosts Sonia Mansfield and Margo D. stay away from the light and dork out about 1982’s POLTERGEIST, starring JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins, Heather O'Rourke and Zelda Rubenstein. Dork out everywhere … Email at dorkingoutshow@gmail.com Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Libsyn Tune In Stitcher http://dorkingoutshow.com/ https://twitter.com/dorkingoutshow

1001 Crimes
ep 96 - Dominique Dunne Mini Episódio

1001 Crimes

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2020 20:18


Dominique iniciou a carreira de atriz desde criança. Mas um relacionamento abusivo acabou por tirar sua vida, em um crime que contribui para as lendas de maldições envolvendo o filme Poltergeist. Música de abertura: The Laureates - No Control www.1001crimes.com.br See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Dark Horde Network
National Ghost Hunting Day, Bigfoot Hunter Shot Human, and The Poltergeist Film Curse

The Dark Horde Network

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2020 49:51


Join the fan chat on Discord! Link: https://discord.gg/ZzJSrGP EXPLORE THE SPOOKY SPOTS IN PASADENA ON NATIONAL GHOST HUNTING DAY Link: https://www.pasadenanow.com/weekendr/explore-the-spooky-spots-in-pasadena-on-national-ghost-hunting-day/ The Tale of the Don Juan Dentist is a much-talked about story of a Pasadena dentist, a Russian-born lover of music and the arts and of women. The dentist was said to have been murdered under mysterious circumstances around 1933. His body, shot multiple times, was found near the Sphinxes that guard the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Pasadena, according to news reports published at that time. His death remains to be a mystery even today. National Ghost Hunting Day: https://www.pasadenanow.com/weekendr/explore-the-spooky-spots-in-pasadena-on-national-ghost-hunting-day/ For centuries, seeking out mysteries, exploring the unknown, and satisfying mystical curiosities have been part of our human code. This sentiment has led to a growing American phenomenon … Ghost Hunting. Also known as paranormal investigating, ghost hunting embraces history while breaking open the supernatural and seeking to solve the mystery of the unknown. Established in July 2016, National Ghost Hunting Day™ recognizes and celebrates the novice, curious and expert execution of ghost hunting methods. As an official listing on the National Day Calendar, it is held on the last Saturday of each September. This date was chosen by design, commencing the start of each new Halloween season. Its noble intention is to globally promote the most haunted properties in the world while recognizing the work of paranormal investigators dedicated to these iconic locations! Bigfoot hunter arrested for attempted murder Link: https://www.alexcityoutlook.com/news/bigfoot-hunter-arrested-for-attempted-murder/article_402dabf6-f397-11ea-91cf-3390c7b1be5b.html Gwendolyn Michelle Jones, 39, is in the Shelby County Jail after firing a weapon at a sleeping male in a Shelby County home on Sept. 2. “Jones shot a Ruger LCP .380 handgun multiple times at (a victim) while he was sleeping,” court records state. “Once the victim awoke he witnessed Jones standing across the room holding the pistol. She then fired additional rounds while standing in the hallway.” The Outlook reported last month about Jones affiliation with Bigfoot Research as the southeast regional coordinator. In a video of Jones recorded by The Outlook, Jones said she was helping conduct a search for Sasquatch in a portion of the Talladega National Forest. She stated she was in the military and law enforcement for 15 years. Jones also told The Outlook she had discovered adult male and female Sasquatch in the area along with juveniles and that she left food weekly for the creatures. Jones was searching for others across the Southeast who have credible sightings of Sasquatch. Jones has been charged with attempted murder, a Class A felony; attempted first-degree domestic violence, a Class B felony and first-degree criminal trespassing, a Class A misdemeanor. According to the Shelby County Jail website Jones has a $81,000 bond available to her. The tragic real-life story of the Poltergeist cast Link: https://www.looper.com/224331/the-tragic-real-life-story-of-the-poltergeist-cast/?utm_campaign=clip Dominique Dunne - Dana Freeling Perhaps one of the most grisly and tragic deaths was that of 22-year-old actress Dominique Dunne, who played the eldest sister in the first film, Dana Freeling. Her character was mentioned in Poltergeist II as being off to college, but the reality was, any ideas screenwriters might have had for her character in the sequel had to be scrapped entirely due to Dunne's untimely death just months after the original movie was released. On the evening of October 30, 1982, Dunne was brutally strangled by an aggravated ex-boyfriend. The assailant, identified as sous chef John Sweeney, showed up at her West Hollywood home in hopes of repairing their relationship and moving back in with her. An argument erupted on Dunne's driveway, where the deadly attack took place. When police arrived at the scene, Sweeney was quoted as saying "I've killed my girlfriend!" At the time, Dunne was still alive; she was rushed to Cedar's-Sinai Medical Center, where she remained in a coma for five days and never regained consciousness. On November 4, 1982, just three weeks before what would have been her 23rd birthday, she was removed from life support and pronounced dead. Julian Beck - Kane, the malevolent preacher in the 1986 movie Poltergeist II Unlike Dominique Dunne's shocking murder, Beck passed away after a long battle with stomach cancer, something he had been diagnosed with in 1983. So while his death is certainly unfortunate, it also definitely wasn't out of left field. Beck was dying of stomach cancer during the production and the entire crew was well aware of his diagnosis. Some believe it even influenced his chilling final performance in a film. Heather O'Rourke - Carol Ann The most well-known death that sparked and fuels the "Poltergeist curse" fire to this day was the shocking loss of Heather O' Rourke, who played Carol Ann — the young, angelic face of the entire franchise. During production of Poltergeist III in 1987, O'Rourke was undergoing treatment for Crohn's disease, which would turn out to be a misdiagnosis. Fast forward to January of 1988, when O'Rourke became severely ill and her health started deteriorating at an alarming rate. On February 1, 1988, she was rushed to the hospital, where she ultimately died due to septic shock caused by undetected intestinal blockage. This blockage ruptured and the toxins released in her body proved to be too much. During an operation the 12-year-old O'Rourke was undergoing the same day of her death, it was also revealed that she did not have Crohn's disease, but an acute bowel obstruction due to a congenital stenosis — something that could've been surgically corrected had it been detected sooner. Released in June 1988, the film marked O'Rourke's final feature, as she died four months before its release at the age of 12. Her death resulted in marketing complications for the film's studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who did not want to exploit the tragedy. If there is a Poltergeist curse, what caused it? One widely-discussed theory is the fact that real skeletons were used by the effects crew in the first two movies, most notably in the muddy swimming pool scene from the original with Diane Freeling, played by JoBeth Williams. Desecration of human remains plays a big role in the first film as the probable cause of the Freelings' pesky poltergeist problem. Movies Poltergeist in 1982 Poltergeist II: The Other Side Poltergeist III in 1988 Show Stuff Join the fan chat on Discord! Link: https://discord.gg/ZzJSrGP The Dark Horde Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/show/the-dark-horde The Dark Horde, LLC – http://www.thedarkhorde.com Twitter @DarkHorde or https://twitter.com/HordeDark The Store - Get your Merch goodies today! http://shopthedarkhorde.com UBR Truth Seekers Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/216706068856746 UFO Buster Radio: https://www.facebook.com/UFOBusterRadio YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCggl8-aPBDo7wXJQ43TiluA To contact Manny: manny@ufobusterradio.com, or on Twitter @ufobusterradio Call the show anytime at (972) 290-1329 and leave us a message with your point of view, UFO sighting, and ghostly experiences. Mail can be sent to; UFO Buster Radio Network PO BOX 769905 San Antonio TX 78245 For Skype Users: bosscrawler

The Dark Horde Network
National Ghost Hunting Day, Bigfoot Hunter Shot Human, and The Poltergeist Film Curse

The Dark Horde Network

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2020 49:51


Join the fan chat on Discord! Link: https://discord.gg/ZzJSrGP EXPLORE THE SPOOKY SPOTS IN PASADENA ON NATIONAL GHOST HUNTING DAY Link: https://www.pasadenanow.com/weekendr/explore-the-spooky-spots-in-pasadena-on-national-ghost-hunting-day/ The Tale of the Don Juan Dentist is a much-talked about story of a Pasadena dentist, a Russian-born lover of music and the arts and of women. The dentist was said to have been murdered under mysterious circumstances around 1933. His body, shot multiple times, was found near the Sphinxes that guard the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Pasadena, according to news reports published at that time. His death remains to be a mystery even today. National Ghost Hunting Day: https://www.pasadenanow.com/weekendr/explore-the-spooky-spots-in-pasadena-on-national-ghost-hunting-day/ For centuries, seeking out mysteries, exploring the unknown, and satisfying mystical curiosities have been part of our human code. This sentiment has led to a growing American phenomenon … Ghost Hunting. Also known as paranormal investigating, ghost hunting embraces history while breaking open the supernatural and seeking to solve the mystery of the unknown. Established in July 2016, National Ghost Hunting Day™ recognizes and celebrates the novice, curious and expert execution of ghost hunting methods. As an official listing on the National Day Calendar, it is held on the last Saturday of each September. This date was chosen by design, commencing the start of each new Halloween season. Its noble intention is to globally promote the most haunted properties in the world while recognizing the work of paranormal investigators dedicated to these iconic locations! Bigfoot hunter arrested for attempted murder Link: https://www.alexcityoutlook.com/news/bigfoot-hunter-arrested-for-attempted-murder/article_402dabf6-f397-11ea-91cf-3390c7b1be5b.html Gwendolyn Michelle Jones, 39, is in the Shelby County Jail after firing a weapon at a sleeping male in a Shelby County home on Sept. 2. “Jones shot a Ruger LCP .380 handgun multiple times at (a victim) while he was sleeping,” court records state. “Once the victim awoke he witnessed Jones standing across the room holding the pistol. She then fired additional rounds while standing in the hallway.” The Outlook reported last month about Jones affiliation with Bigfoot Research as the southeast regional coordinator. In a video of Jones recorded by The Outlook, Jones said she was helping conduct a search for Sasquatch in a portion of the Talladega National Forest. She stated she was in the military and law enforcement for 15 years. Jones also told The Outlook she had discovered adult male and female Sasquatch in the area along with juveniles and that she left food weekly for the creatures. Jones was searching for others across the Southeast who have credible sightings of Sasquatch. Jones has been charged with attempted murder, a Class A felony; attempted first-degree domestic violence, a Class B felony and first-degree criminal trespassing, a Class A misdemeanor. According to the Shelby County Jail website Jones has a $81,000 bond available to her. The tragic real-life story of the Poltergeist cast Link: https://www.looper.com/224331/the-tragic-real-life-story-of-the-poltergeist-cast/?utm_campaign=clip Dominique Dunne - Dana Freeling Perhaps one of the most grisly and tragic deaths was that of 22-year-old actress Dominique Dunne, who played the eldest sister in the first film, Dana Freeling. Her character was mentioned in Poltergeist II as being off to college, but the reality was, any ideas screenwriters might have had for her character in the sequel had to be scrapped entirely due to Dunne's untimely death just months after the original movie was released. On the evening of October 30, 1982, Dunne was brutally strangled by an aggravated ex-boyfriend. The assailant, identified as sous chef John Sweeney, showed up at her West Hollywood home in hopes of repairing their relationship and moving back in with her. An argument erupted on Dunne's driveway, where the deadly attack took place. When police arrived at the scene, Sweeney was quoted as saying "I've killed my girlfriend!" At the time, Dunne was still alive; she was rushed to Cedar's-Sinai Medical Center, where she remained in a coma for five days and never regained consciousness. On November 4, 1982, just three weeks before what would have been her 23rd birthday, she was removed from life support and pronounced dead. Julian Beck - Kane, the malevolent preacher in the 1986 movie Poltergeist II Unlike Dominique Dunne's shocking murder, Beck passed away after a long battle with stomach cancer, something he had been diagnosed with in 1983. So while his death is certainly unfortunate, it also definitely wasn't out of left field. Beck was dying of stomach cancer during the production and the entire crew was well aware of his diagnosis. Some believe it even influenced his chilling final performance in a film. Heather O'Rourke - Carol Ann The most well-known death that sparked and fuels the "Poltergeist curse" fire to this day was the shocking loss of Heather O' Rourke, who played Carol Ann — the young, angelic face of the entire franchise. During production of Poltergeist III in 1987, O'Rourke was undergoing treatment for Crohn's disease, which would turn out to be a misdiagnosis. Fast forward to January of 1988, when O'Rourke became severely ill and her health started deteriorating at an alarming rate. On February 1, 1988, she was rushed to the hospital, where she ultimately died due to septic shock caused by undetected intestinal blockage. This blockage ruptured and the toxins released in her body proved to be too much. During an operation the 12-year-old O'Rourke was undergoing the same day of her death, it was also revealed that she did not have Crohn's disease, but an acute bowel obstruction due to a congenital stenosis — something that could've been surgically corrected had it been detected sooner. Released in June 1988, the film marked O'Rourke's final feature, as she died four months before its release at the age of 12. Her death resulted in marketing complications for the film's studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who did not want to exploit the tragedy. If there is a Poltergeist curse, what caused it? One widely-discussed theory is the fact that real skeletons were used by the effects crew in the first two movies, most notably in the muddy swimming pool scene from the original with Diane Freeling, played by JoBeth Williams. Desecration of human remains plays a big role in the first film as the probable cause of the Freelings' pesky poltergeist problem. Movies Poltergeist in 1982 Poltergeist II: The Other Side Poltergeist III in 1988 Show Stuff Join the fan chat on Discord! Link: https://discord.gg/ZzJSrGP The Dark Horde Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/show/the-dark-horde The Dark Horde, LLC – http://www.thedarkhorde.com Twitter @DarkHorde or https://twitter.com/HordeDark The Store - Get your Merch goodies today! http://shopthedarkhorde.com UBR Truth Seekers Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/216706068856746 UFO Buster Radio: https://www.facebook.com/UFOBusterRadio YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCggl8-aPBDo7wXJQ43TiluA To contact Manny: manny@ufobusterradio.com, or on Twitter @ufobusterradio Call the show anytime at (972) 290-1329 and leave us a message with your point of view, UFO sighting, and ghostly experiences. Mail can be sent to; UFO Buster Radio Network PO BOX 769905 San Antonio TX 78245 For Skype Users: bosscrawler

That's a Bad Sign
Ariel Castro, kidnapper who held women captive for a decade and the brutal murder of Dominique Dunne

That's a Bad Sign

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2020 66:44


Dominique Dunne, a rising star, was murdered by her boyfriend in broad daylight. This seems like an open and shut case for the prosecution, but a media-obsessed judge makes convicting a murderer easier said than done. Then hear the heartbreaking story of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Georgina "Gina" DeJesus - three women kidnapped and tortured for over a decade by the piece of shit, Ariel Castro.Sources:https://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/1984/03/dunne198403https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominique_Dunnehttps://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001161/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariel_Castro_kidnappingshttps://www.cnn.com/2013/07/26/us/cleveland-kidnappings-fast-facts/index.htmlhttps://www.biography.com/crime-figure/ariel-castrohttps://go.lnkam.com/link/r?u=https%3A%2F%2Fabcnews.go.com%2FUS%2Flife-captivity-cleveland-kidnapping-survivors-amanda-berry-gina%2Fstory&campaign_id=b7YMMAqMdAL7wyzNe5m3wz&source=4apvesisr53xcf

Píldoras Para No Dormir
Poltergeist: la película maldita

Píldoras Para No Dormir

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2020 62:22


Nos adentramos en el rodaje de Poltergeist y las maldiciones entre su elenco como muertes misteriosas, asesinatos y teorías conspirativas.

Cruel and Unusual the Podcast
Episode 16: The Murders of Rebecca Schaeffer & Dominique Dunne

Cruel and Unusual the Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2020 63:04


Cruel and Unusual the Podcast Episode 16: The Murders of Rebecca Schaeffer and Dominique Dunne *Content warning: this episode mentions graphic domestic abuse. Today we're talking about the murders of Rebecca Schaeffer and Dominique Dunne. These two young women were Hollywood stars, adored by many. They each had one thing in common...their lives were cut tragically short at the hands of men who claimed to love them. These stories deserve to be told and never forgotten.  K. Love you, bye. What can you do RIGHT NOW?: Text Floyd to 55156 Call the Louisville Mayor and demand justice for Breonna Taylor at 555-574-2003 Petitions you can sign: change.org, color of change, and everyaction.org You can donate to: Black Lives Matter, Reclaim the Block, Northstar Health Collective, the George Floyd Memorial Fund, and the National Bail Fund Network Sources: Vanity Fair Article iHorror Reel Reviews Wikipedia Youtube Murderpedia HOLY FUCK OUR TWO LARGE AND IN CHARGE ANNOUNCEMENTS: We have a PATREON! We have RAD AS HELL MERCH!   Other mentions:  Blurred Lines Preorder Sponsors for THIS Episode: Anchor.FM Stalk Us:   Visit Cruel Ink Media's Website   "LIKE" The Cruel and Unusual Podcast Page on Facebook    Join the Cruel Coven Facebook Group   Follow the POD on Instagram   Follow Tori on Instagram   Follow Cady on Instagram --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cruel-and-unusual-podcast/support

Chismosas and Chainsaws
Poltergeist: It’s Steven F***ing Spielberg(and Tobe Hooper)

Chismosas and Chainsaws

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2020 64:26


CONTENT WARNING: About 25 minutes in, we talk about the deaths of Heather O’Rourke and Dominique Dunne. In this episode, we talk about Poltergeist(1982), how people think it’s a cursed film series, and what a breath of fresh air it is to have a family to root for. Email us at chismosas.and.chainsaws@gmail.com! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Gasps in Spanish
Episode 6: The Tragic Murder of Dominique Dunne

Gasps in Spanish

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2020 44:24


Dominique Dunne was a talented, beautiful young actress. We explore the horrific murder and heinous trial that shaped a decade.

Women and Crime
Dominique Dunne

Women and Crime

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2020 38:54


Ep 09: Dominique Dunne was a talented young actress who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in a fit of jealousy and rage. The trial that would follow shocked the victim’s family, observers and the entire community and left public wondering whether the courtroom is a place where justice can actually be found. CrimeCon Announcement: AmyRead more

True Crime Trucker Podcast
Dominique Dunne

True Crime Trucker Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2019 29:39


Dominique Dunne was an American actress best known for her roll in the original Poltergeist movie. In October of 1982 she was murdered by her boyfriend John Sweeney. visit my website at www.ageofradio.org/truecrimetrucker/ donate to the show at www.patreon.com/truecrimetruckerspodcast email me at truecrimetruckerpodcast@gmail.com follow me on Instagram @michael.pritt81 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Drama Club
Look at Us: The Poltergeist Curse

The Drama Club

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2019 70:05


It's Halloween on TDC! Who would've thought? Not me. Not me. We start off talking the drama between Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, and Hailey Baldwin. Then things get spooky, when May tells the story of the Curse of Poltergeist- featuring Heather O'Rourke, Dominique Dunne and more! We're heeeeere! ...On this week's Drama Club! Twitter/Instagram: @dramaclubpod Website: dramaclubpod.com Reddit: The_Drama_Club Email: dramaclubpod@gmail.com Hotline: (505)539-0556 Snail Mail: PO Box 27433, Los Angeles, CA 90027 You can now catch up with all episodes on YouTube! If you're enjoying the show, be sure to rate, review, and subscribe to The Drama Club and most importantly- tell a friend!

Dearly Departed Podcast
Episode 13 - Poltergeist

Dearly Departed Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2019 103:18


It's a spooky Halloween special as we dig up stories about the Poltergeist franchise and the tragic early deaths of some of its stars, including the murder of Dominique Dunne and death of child actor Heather O'Rourke. We also tell some of our personal ghost stories and share some of host Scott Michaels' ghostly "EVP" recordings.

Really Famous with Kara Mayer Robinson

VOTE NOW for the Digital Hollywood Podcasting Award: https://dhsessions.com/twoseminar/podcastcategoryone.html Scroll down + you'll see Really Famous with Kara Mayer Robinson. Thanks for voting!   This episode was released in March. Actor-producer-director Griffin Dunne (This Is Us, Dallas Buyers Club, An American Werewolf in London, My Girl), sits on the couch for a deep dive! You'll hear Griffin and me analyze: His fascinating family history, including: His father, writer Dominick Dunne His aunt, writer Joan Didion His uncle, writer John Gregory Dunne His daughter, actor Hannah Dunne His mother, brother, and sister, Dominique Dunne, who was murdered at age 22 by her boyfriend Meeting Janis Joplin at Tom Wolfe's party Parties with George Stevens, Jane Fonda, Billy Wilder, Tuesday Weld, Roddy McDowall + oodles of Hollywood icons His friends, like Tony Goldwyn (Scandal, Network) and Charles Wessler (Green Book) His "first," "second" and "third" acts His early jobs (waiter! camel feeder!) His Oscar date (hint: it's Griffin's "BF") Being a father His troubles in school Domestic violence Worrying about things we can't control This Is Us Martin Scorsese But I don't want to give it all away!  Just press play. # Big thanks to Sofitel New York, where we recorded this episode! Visiting New York? Book a room at Sofitel. # WATCH Griffin Dunne & me behind-the-scenes! YouTube.com/reallyfamous # SEE pictures of Griffin Dunne & me recording. reallyfamouspodcast.com/now/griffin-dunne # Watch Roddy McDowall's home movies taken at Griffin's Malibu beach house. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QienCIu_FQ&list=PL78BAC4F867CDB342  # JOIN MY (FREE!) SPECIAL INSIDERS GROUP https://reallyfamouspodcast.us17.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=f61df6c5ebb2b3fad24db6558&id=47e8c674d1   JOIN ME behind-the-scenes of my adventures in Hollywood! Follow me on: Instagram:  @reallyfamouspodcast https://www.instagram.com/reallyfamouspodcast/ Twitter: @kara1to1 https://twitter.com/kara1to1 Facebook:   @karamayerrobinson https://www.facebook.com/karamayerrobinson YouTube:   Really Famous https://www.youtube.com/ReallyFamous   # I want to interview ... YOU! (Or someone you know.) Want to do something spectacular for someone in your life? Give them an episode of Really Famous (for their own private collection...or yours!). I'll interview anyone you like -- your family member, friend, colleague, you -- and package it as a podcast episode. It won't air on Really Famous, but you'll have a major keepsake -- forever. Get started here: https://www.reallyfamouspodcast.com/donate  # Celebrity interview by Kara Mayer Robinson. Music - Take a Chance by Kevin MacLeod - incompetech - Creative Commons

Sick Sad Podcast
The Cursed Poltergeist Set - Sick Sad Podcast #7

Sick Sad Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2019 27:52


Today's ep is about the cursed Poltergeist set! Poltergeist is a movie from 1982 starring Heather O'Rourke, Dominique Dunne, and more. Many of the actors in the horror movie experienced paranormal activity on and off the set. Several even lost their lives shortly after being in the film! Was the Poltergeist movie set haunted? Was there a curse? Or was everything just a coincidence? Listen and let us know your thoughts! P.S. - Huge thank you to Mari for being our special guest in today's podcast episode!

Dorking Out
Dorking Out Episode 183: Poltergeist

Dorking Out

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2019 53:34


Hosts Sonia Mansfield and Margo D. stay away from the light and dork out about 1982’s POLTERGEIST, starring JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins, Heather O'Rourke and Zelda Rubenstein. Dork out everywhere ... Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify  Libsyn Tune In  Stitcher  

Death and Hollywood
Dominique Dunne

Death and Hollywood

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2019 26:31


Dominique was a young starlet destined to have a long career. She had the acting chops, The family with the right connections and of course beauty. Unfortunately a dating decision led to her untimely demise and her killer got off too lightly. Listen as we take a look at the Dominque Dunne story --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/death-and-hollywood/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/death-and-hollywood/support

Really Famous with Kara Mayer Robinson

Actor-producer-director Griffin Dunne (This Is Us, Dallas Buyers Club, An American Werewolf in London, My Girl), sits on the couch for a deep dive! You'll hear Griffin and me analyze: His fascinating family history, including: His father, writer Dominick Dunne His aunt, writer Joan Didion His uncle, writer John Gregory Dunne His daughter, actor Hannah Dunne His mother, brother, and sister, Dominique Dunne, who was murdered at age 22 by her boyfriend Meeting Janis Joplin at Tom Wolfe's party Parties with George Stevens, Jane Fonda, Billy Wilder, Tuesday Weld, Roddy McDowall + oodles of Hollywood icons His friends, like Tony Goldwyn (Scandal, Network) and Charles Wessler (Green Book) His "first," "second" and "third" acts His early jobs (waiter! camel feeder!) His Oscar date (hint: it's Griffin's "BF") Being a father His troubles in school Domestic violence Worrying about things we can't control This Is Us Martin Scorsese But I don't want to give it all away!  Just press play. # Big thanks to Sofitel New York, where we recorded this episode! Visiting New York? Book a room at Sofitel. # WATCH Griffin Dunne & me behind-the-scenes! YouTube.com/reallyfamous # SEE pictures of Griffin Dunne & me recording. reallyfamouspodcast.com/now/griffin-dunne # Watch Roddy McDowall's home movies taken at Griffin's Malibu beach house. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QienCIu_FQ&list=PL78BAC4F867CDB342  # JOIN MY (FREE!) SPECIAL INSIDERS GROUP https://reallyfamouspodcast.us17.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=f61df6c5ebb2b3fad24db6558&id=47e8c674d1   JOIN ME behind-the-scenes of my adventures in Hollywood! Follow me on: Instagram:  @reallyfamouspodcast https://www.instagram.com/reallyfamouspodcast/ Twitter: @kara1to1 https://twitter.com/kara1to1 Facebook:   @karamayerrobinson https://www.facebook.com/karamayerrobinson YouTube:   Really Famous https://www.youtube.com/ReallyFamous   # I want to interview ... YOU! (Or someone you know.) Want to do something spectacular for someone in your life? Give them an episode of Really Famous (for their own private collection...or yours!). I'll interview anyone you like -- your family member, friend, colleague, you -- and package it as a podcast episode. It won't air on Really Famous, but you'll have a major keepsake -- forever. Get started here: https://www.reallyfamouspodcast.com/donate  # Celebrity interview by Kara Mayer Robinson. Music - Take a Chance by Kevin MacLeod - incompetech - Creative Commons

Rosemary’s Ladies: A [Horror & Bad] Movie Review Podcast
Ep. 7 Poltergeist aka Nobody Cares About Bloody Robbie

Rosemary’s Ladies: A [Horror & Bad] Movie Review Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2018 79:50


CW/TW - We talk a little about the domestic violence/murder of Dominique Dunne. Start at 5 minutes in to skip this. Pro-tip: If you’re going to build cheap cookie cutter developments over burial sites, don’t just move the headstones, move the bodies too, you fools. We watch 1982’s “Poltergeist” and discover that it’s not Carol Anne who is the victim in this movie, it’s poor Robbie, the forgotten child. Gather round as we go over the the great camera work, the ghost goop budget, and ghosts in fedoras. Oh and a piece of advice, don’t be jamming up people’s frequencies, ya’ll. However, jam-up ours and be sure to subscribe and rate us on Itunes/Apple Podcasts! 1982 - Directed by Tobe Hooper starring Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins, Heather O’Rourke, and Zelda Rubinstein. (Intro music from https://www.free-stock-music.com)

Montage Film Reviews Sunday DVD Rental Suggestion - (SDRSP)
Poltergeist 1982 (dir. Tobe Hooper, Steven Spielberg) Rated 15 - (Masterpiece)

Montage Film Reviews Sunday DVD Rental Suggestion - (SDRSP)

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2016 2:07


Strange and creepy happenings beset an average California family, the Freelings -- Steve (Craig T. Nelson), Diane (JoBeth Williams), teenaged Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke) -- when ghosts commune with them through the television set. Initially friendly and playful, the spirits turn unexpectedly menacing, and, when Carol Ann goes missing, Steve and Diane turn to a parapsychologist and eventually an exorcist for help. Stream online: https://amzn.to/2xCosCx Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/mfrbooksandfilm?fan_landing=true

Montage Film Reviews Sunday DVD Rental Suggestion - (SDRSP)
Poltergeist 1982 (dir. Tobe Hooper, Steven Spielberg) Rated 15 - (Masterpiece)

Montage Film Reviews Sunday DVD Rental Suggestion - (SDRSP)

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2016 2:07


Strange and creepy happenings beset an average California family, the Freelings -- Steve (Craig T. Nelson), Diane (JoBeth Williams), teenaged Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke) -- when ghosts commune with them through the television set. Initially friendly and playful, the spirits turn unexpectedly menacing, and, when Carol Ann goes missing, Steve and Diane turn to a parapsychologist and eventually an exorcist for help. Stream online: https://amzn.to/2xCosCx

Moviesucktastic
Episode 177: Poltergeist (1982 and 2015)

Moviesucktastic

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2015 124:23


A remake like Poltergeist can either be really good or really bad. Considering the first film is still such a classic was there really any other way than bad? We talk a lot about both films, Spielberg and Hooper!

Sabre Na Noz Podcast
SNN #068 - Poltergeist

Sabre Na Noz Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2015 21:06


Guerreiros, em guarda! Nesta nova missão, Fábio Moreira (@facosmo), Rafael Motta (@RalfMotta) e Marcos Moreira (@marvincosmo) vão enfrentar os mortos em duas épocas diferentes!

Not In a Creepy Way
NIACW 049 An American Werewolf in London

Not In a Creepy Way

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2014 75:00


An American Werewolf in London is our fourth and final entry in this Halloween’s mini-marathon. Eric confuses Dominique Dunne with Rebecca Schaeffer while he and Drew gush about this film. File length 1:14:59 File Size 69.0 MB Subscribe to us on iTunes Listen to us on Stitcher Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Send your comments to show@notinacreepyway.com Visit the show website at www.notinacreepyway.com Follow us on Twitter Send your comments to show@notinacreepyway.com Visit the show website at www.notinacreepyway.com

Fireside Phantoms
Poltergeist Curse & The Hope Diamond

Fireside Phantoms

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 43:44


Holly seeks answers from her TV static, while Carol examines the deadly facets of the cursed Hope Diamond. Sources Poltergeist Curse: Celebrity Mysteries | Ep03 | Poltergeist - Coincidence Or Curse? ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kx89MtAk9k ) | Dominique Dunne ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominique_Dunne ) | 'Poltergeist' Curse Continues? Disturbances During Remake's Shoot.... ( https://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3338609/poltergeist-curse-continues-disturbances-remakes-shoot/ ) | Poltergeist Movie Curse True Story | POPSUGAR Entertainment ( https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Poltergeist-Curse-True-Story-37392582 ) | Lou Perryman ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Perryman ) | Man gets life in ax murder plea deal ( https://www.statesman.com/article/20110202/NEWS/302029646 ) | Will Sampson ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Sampson ) | Richard Lawson (actor) ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Lawson_(actor) ) | Heather O'Rourke ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heather_O'Rourke ) | The 'Poltergeist' Curse: The Deaths Of Dominique Young, Julian Beck, Will Sampson | True Crime Buzz ( https://www.oxygen.com/martinis-murder/what-is-the-poltergeist-curse-is-horror-movie-curse-true ) | The Hope Diamond: Hope Diamond Timeline ( https://www.pbs.org/treasuresoftheworld/hope/hlevel_1/htimeline.html ) | 10 Amazing Facts About the Cursed Hope Diamond ( https://fiveminutehistory.com/10-amazing-facts-about-the-cursed-hope-diamond/ ) | The Curse of the Famous Hope Diamond – Page 3 – Legends of America ( https://www.legendsofamerica.com/hope-diamond-curse/3/ ) | Hope Diamond ( http://www.danforthdiamond.com/hope-diamond ) | The loan companies true titanic love story the real heart of the ocean diamond ( https://www.theloancompanies.com/blog/true-titanic-love-story-real-heart-ocean-diamond/ ) | 13 People Who Fell Victim To The Hope Diamond Curse ( https://allthatsinteresting.com/hope-diamond-curse ) | The Hope Diamond was spawned in the most hellish depths of Earth, study suggests ( https://nationalpost.com/news/world/the-hope-diamond-was-spawned-in-the-most-hellish-depths-of-earth-study-suggests ) | Hope Diamond: A Curse-Filled Tale ( https://www.costerdiamonds.com/blog/hope-diamond-a-curse-filled-tale/ ) | 8 Of The Most Famous Cursed Gems From Around The World Because All That Glitters Isn't Gold ( https://www.scoopwhoop.com/culture/famous-cursed-gems/ ) | Mysterious & Cursed Gemstones ( https://www.grantsjewelry.com/mysterious-cursed-gemstones/ ) | What Does the Curse of the Hope Diamond Do? ( https://www.thoughtco.com/the-curse-of-the-hope-diamond-1779329 ) | The Hope Diamond ( https://www.capetowndiamondmuseum.org/blog/2013/12/the-legend-of-the-hope-diamond/ ) | Testing the Hope Diamond | Science ( https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/testing-the-hope-diamond-63311794/ )