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Movie Myths: The ‘Poltergeist’ Curse

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By now you’re probably aware that Heather O’Rourke, the young actress who played Carol Ann in the ‘Poltergeist’ trilogy, passed away due to complications from the flu just six years after the release of the first movie and only months after she completed filming for the third. But there were also a few other deaths that led to the belief that the trilogy of ‘Poltergeist’ films were cursed. Dominique Dunne, who played Dana in the first film, slipped into a coma after an abusive altercation with her ex-boyfriend and passed away in 1982 — the same year the film was released. Julian Beck, who starred in 1987′s ‘Poltergeist II,’ died of stomach cancer the year before the film’s release, but unlike O’Rourke and Dunne, his death was not sudden and he’d been dealing with his ailment for 18 months. Will Sampson, also of the second movie, died of complications from surgery the same year ‘Poltergeist II’ was released, but again, he too was aware that he would likely pass soon.

True or False? We can declare this myth false, since many of the cast members from all three films are still alive and well, and only two of the four deaths were sudden — hardly curse-worthy material.

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