Maybe Carol Anne had to go into the light because it’s the only way home – and just as the souls of the dead find their loved ones within, ready to guide them on to the next plane of existence, Carol Anne finds her mother, who can bring her back to our earthly realm because she’s tied to a piece of rope. Carrie Ann needed to stay away from the light because she was coming back. [3][5] After the ghosts abduct Carol Anne, then Donna, her boyfriend Scott (Kipley Wentz), Pat, and Bruce enlist the help of Tangina to retrieve them, who eventually sacrifices herself to save the family by escorting Kane into the Light. I don’t know what hovers over this house, but it was strong enough to punch a hole into this world, and take your daughter away from you. Is it God? Tangina then adds that there is also a demon known as the "Beast", who has Carol Anne under restraint in an effort to restrain the other spirits. She made her debut after being discovered by director Steven Spielberg while visiting MGM studios. Ah, but my point was, the house was NOT clean; otherwise, the movie would’ve ended right there. I’m not even sure if I think it’s a door to Heaven, it could just be another waiting room for all I know. Most of the film involves the efforts to rescue her on the part of her family, a group of parapsychologists and a spiritual medium named Tangina Barrons (Zelda Rubinstein). The original trilogy revolves around the members of the Freeling family, who are stalked and terrorized by a group of ghosts, led by a demon known as the Beast, that are attracted to the youngest daughter, Carol Anne. It says things only a child can understand. And then she says: Carol Anne must help them cross over – and she will only hear her mother’s voice. The reboot of the series, Poltergeist, was directed by Gil Kenan and released on May 22, 2015. The original film was co-written and produced by Steven Spielberg. The original trilogy revolves around the members of the Freeling family, who are stalked and terrorized by a group of ghosts, led by a demon known as the Beast, that are attracted to the youngest daughter, Carol Anne. Carol Anne Freeling Is the protagonist of the Poltergeist film trilogy, played by Heather O'Rourke. I think the only one who thought she meant for Carol Anne to go into the light was Steve – perhaps he wasn’t paying proper attention when they were planning this stunt. There’s no set-up to the idea; there’s no clear beginning or end to the possession; she never obviously acts out of character; and there’s no pay-off. He … Help her, help her. Hopefully there’s a desk with a sign-in sheet or something. Steve thinks she means Diane and Carol Anne to go into the light too, and panics, but she doesn’t seem to be addressing them, only the souls. ... Stay away from the light. Tangina: Carol Anne, listen to me. Did I mention the full-on ILM son et lumière psychic FX shitstorm? You moved the cemetery, but you left the bodies, didn't you? Don't even look at the light. Attracted to Carol Anne's life force, these spirits are distracted from the real "light" that has come for them. I’d sort of been assuming that they were two separate lights, but Tangina doesn’t make any differentiation between them – they’re both just “the light” throughout the scene. Who is possessing her when she says that? 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Carol Anne is not like those she’s with. Surely the Devil, or whichever one of his minions was in charge there wouldn’t have wanted that outcome, as it implies going into Heaven. How did that happen?” She says it with pride – it’s obviously something she intended to accomplish. Just rescuing Carol Anne isn’t enough – the house would still be haunted. No, there’s no direct evidence against the idea, but the only evidence for it is that in the midst of a full-on ILM son et lumière psychic FX shitstorm, an odd-looking eccentric with a funny voice adopted a different tone when addressing disembodied spirits on another plane of existence. Kane was the leader of a utopian cult, who in anticipation of the end of the world, had sealed themselves in a cavern located directly below what later became the Freelings' property. Aided by an American Indian shaman named Taylor (Will Sampson), the Freelings manage to escape from Kane and his followers a second time.[3][4]. It’s been using her to restrain the others. You know, I once slept-walked four blocks, and I fell asleep in the back of this guy's car. Tangina: [motions to Diane to join her] Come here honey, and give me your hand. That’s just her hostage negotiation voice. Perhaps a couple of months. 1. Poltergeist are usually associated with an individual. Remember the movie “Poltergeist,” from way back in the ’80s? Seeing it again recently, my wife had an interesting question. The Medium was trying to rescue the souls who were trapped inter-dimensionally and jeopardized Carol Anne because the lost souls were more likely to follow her into the light. To us… it is the beast. [18], The Curse of Poltergeist, a documentary film based on the mystery of the franchise, was set to begin shooting in November 2015. The lost souls are strongly attracted to her life-force – as long as the evil presence controls Carol Anne, it has control of the souls. Come on down here, you're gonna give me whiplash lookin' up at you. ... Carol Anne must help them cross over, and she will only hear her mother's voice. The lost souls are strongly attracted to her life-force – as long as the evil presence controls Carol Anne, it has control of the souls. I'm not gonna bitecha. Carol Anne: Mommy, there's somebody here ... Mommy, somebody's coming. The following table shows the cast members who played the primary characters in the film series. [2], Poltergeist is the original film in the trilogy, directed by Tobe Hooper, co-written by Steven Spielberg and released on June 4, 1982. Anyway, the ghosts are not bad people (or weren’t in life) They are stuck between dimensions because Ghala/Beast/Kane won’t let them go. She was portrayed by the late Heather O'Rourke. To be fair, though, he had been through a bit of a rough time just lately – and the way that Diane and Tangina switch places at the last minute suggests that the whole thing could have done with a little more thought before they started lobbing sporting goods at the forces of darkness. You bastard, she's just a baby! Poltergeist (written by Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais, and Mark Victor, 1982) ... And that is a terrible distraction from the real Light that has finally come for them. There’s no point where she seems anything other than herself, following the plan they’d worked out. I can see it that way now, but there’s something about the delivery, lighting, music etc that made us think she was possessed while saying it. The Poltergeist films collected a total of approximately $132 million at the United States box office. Carol Anne must … 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 … Carol Anne was a special child who could have eventually led the lost souls away from the evil presence. Run as fast as you can! The house seemed clean, the other characters quite clearly thought so too, and we – the audience – are meant to think it is as well, setting up the big surprise horror climax. I can’t see that there’s any indication at all that Tangina’s possessed by anything – she’s simply trying to coax the souls into the light to exorcise the house. And I just feel like Diane Freeling in the movie Poltergeist yelling, “Carol Anne, come into the light!” Why so dark? Heather Michele O'Rourke (December 27, 1975 – February 1, 1988) was an American child actress. Directed by Tobe Hooper. So…God, right? Carol Anne Freeling is one of the main protagonists and the title protagonist of the Poltergeisttrilogy. With the rope around her waist, Diane goes into the portal and Tangina coaxes the agonized spirits away from Carol Anne to the real Light. Go into the light. https://www.compassionatemedium.com/2017/03/08/go-light-carolann Poltergeist (DVD) : The Freeling family is a typical middle class family living in the peaceful Cuesta Verde Estates. To pick up a point I made earlier that I just realized might have significance, how about “This house is clean”? 2. They had to get those souls into the light. This is why Morbo and his wife aren’t sure if she’s possessed by God or the Devil: if she’s possessed, it’s by something that makes her do what she would have done anyway, but in a slightly different voice. Today, my good friend and regular guest John Keegan is in the studio with me, and we’re going to talk about how much there is to be happy about – things in your life you don’t even realize you have. No, that’s not it (I’ve just re-watched that scene): the evil presence wants to hold Carol Anne in that limbo-place. Tangina never says so – she tells us what waits for the trapped souls, but not what would happen to a living, corporeal little girl. Again from memory, the evil presence does not control Carol Anne, but it does control the lost souls. The only control over Carol Anne it had was blocking her from returning home. Poltergeist is a 2015 American supernatural horror film directed by Gil Kenan and written by David Lindsay-Abaire.It is a remake of the 1982 film of the same name and is the fourth and final installment overall in the Poltergeist franchise.The film stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris and Jane Adams.. Poltergeist is an American horror film series distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during the 1980s. You understand me? She is a "clairvoyant" and has the power to see, hear and communicate with ghosts through a TV set, especially she can see Kane, another ghost in the second and third film. Hauntings seem to be connected with an area, a house usually. The story focuses on the Freeling family, which consists of Steve (Craig T. Nelson); Diane (JoBeth Williams); Dana (Dominique Dunne); Robbie (Oliver Robins); and Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke), who live in a California housing development called Cuesta Verde, which comes to be haunted by ghosts. They’re attracted to the one thing about her that’s different from themselves. Carol Anne is eventually retrieved from the other side and, following a second attack by the Beast that reveals the ghosts had originated from an improperly relocated cemetery underneath the neighborhood, the family flees Cuesta Verde, while the house caves in on itself and is sucked into another dimension. Right now, she's the closest thing to that, and that is a terrible distraction from the *real* light that has finally come for them. She senses the presence of Poltergeists in the first movie and is kidnapped by them. It centers on a family struggling to make ends meet, relocates to a suburban home and, like the original, the youngest daughter is kidnapped by spirits that possess the house. The upcoming film will be directed by Adam Ripp and will be financed and produced by his company Vega Baby, alongside Indonesia-based MD Pictures. Ultimately, it simply isn’t necessary to the story, and it raises more questions than it answers (hence the OP). As a kid, I read the book based on the movie, so bearing in mind that was like 20 years ago so my memory may be faulty, this is what I remember of the extra background info: Most of the ghosts were being lead astray by an evil entity called Ghala, I think in the movie he is called The Beast, and when they made Poltergeist II and III I think this was the character that became the evil preacher, Kane (they sort of retconned the first movie). With JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight. With the help of her family they are able to get her back from the netherworld. Poltergeist is a 1982 American supernatural horror film, directed by Tobe Hooper and co-written and produced by Steven Spielberg. They must pass through this membrane where friends are waiting to guide them to new destinies. Poltergeist disturbances are fairly short duration. Henry Kane in his "Vomit Creature" incarnation is portrayed by Noble Craig. [3][17] The rumor and the surrounding deaths were explored in a 2002 episode of E! So Tangina isn’t possessed, she is honestly trying to free the trapped souls by telling them to go into the light. It is the first and most successful entry in the Poltergeist film series. Poltergeist (1982) Zelda Rubinstein: Tangina. Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled. Home › Practice: Poltergeist Practice: Poltergeist. Kane is anxious to possess Carol Anne in order to continue manipulating his followers after death. What Really Happened To Little Poltergeist Girl, Carol-Anne? The last thing it wants is Carol Anne anywhere near the light, because the lost souls will follow her and escape its influence. Then Carol Anne disappears mysteriously, … Poltergeist edited down to only people saying "Carol Anne." It's so cold...the light is so cold! Then again, she declared the house “clean,” so maybe her competence wasn’t quite up to snuff. [8], The "Poltergeist curse" is a rumored curse attached to the Poltergeist trilogy and its crew, derived from the deaths of two young cast members in the six years between the releases of the first and third films. Poltergeist III is a 1988 American supernatural horror film co-written and directed by Gary Sherman, and starring Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen, and Lara Flynn Boyle, with only Heather O'Rourke and Zelda Rubinstein reprising their roles from the previous films. To prevent this, the evil presence possessed the short lady in an effort to convince Carol Anne to go into the light. Oh yeah, totally remember that now. Though Henry Kane was portrayed by Nathan Davis, he was voiced by Corey Burton. If they cross into the light, the Beast will lose his dominion over them. A great memorable quote from the Poltergeist movie on Quotes.net - Diane: Carol Anne - listen to me. OK, so there’s the scene where the creepy little Medium woman from Sixteen Candles has them preparing the rope and tennis balls to go get Carrie Anne. She was just telling those confused souls that they needed to go through that door over there. ** Okay, yells. It’s been a couple decades, though, so I welcome evidence either way from your fresh memory. I must say I agree – what suggested to your wife that Tangina was possessed? Mommy is in the light! Steve, his wife Diane, 16-year-old daughter Dana, 8-year-old Robbie, and 5-year-old Carol Ann live in a track house. So much betrayal. A family's home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts. There is only a transition to a different sphere of consciousness. They always come in pairs. Stop where you are. Spielberg promptly cast her in the horror film To her, it simply is another child. Yes, we can go on retroactively assigning possible readings of events – and there’s nothing wrong with that – but I’m looking at it from a straightforward narrative point of view. Plus, if Carol Anne goes into the light, they won’t get her back, which was the whole point of their getup with the gooey tennis balls and ropes and stuff. If you’re arguing for possession, that might be a point in favor; she was possessed into saying something that was patently untrue. All are welcome, All welcome. It’s unclear (or maybe I can’t remember) whether Tangina is willfully intending to sacrifice Carol Anne in order to save all the others or if she was confident the family could haul Carol Anne back. A dark grey cell indicates the information is not available for the film. The ghosts communicate only with Carol Anne through the family's television set, and are under the control of a demon known as the "Beast." Well, this is my point: she’s taking full credit for it. We’re all assuming* that it would be a bad thing for Carol Anne to go into the light – but would it? So much rage. Do you understand me? [3], The first sequel, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, directed by Brian Gibson and released on May 23, 1986, is set a year following the events in Poltergeist and offers an alternate explanation of the ghosts' origin. The final film in the original trilogy, Poltergeist III, was directed and co-written by Gary Sherman and released on June 10, 1988. That’s just the way she talks. She is the daughter of Steve And Diane Freeling and she is also the sister to Robbie and Dana Freeling. Poltergeist written by Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais & Mark Victor. Mommy is waiting for you in the light!!!!! One evening Carol Anne is surprised talking to someone inside the TV and notifies the family that "They have arrived". "Come into the light, Carol Anne" CSI: Cyber: Fire Code (2015) (TV Episode) Ravon tells that the public is saying that it's a Poltergeist who starts these random fires Don't even look at it. What I noticed is in the scene in the bedroom, just before Diane goes through. The documentary will focus on the life and experiences of actor Oliver Robins, who played Robbie Freeling in the first and second installments of the franchise, as a way to explore the tragedies that have befallen those involved with the films.[23]. Well, I suspect it may well be available on a popular video sharing site (and if it were, I have a spooky intuition that Part 8 might be the relevant section) – but failing that: In a scene before the rescue, Tangina has a long speech, explaining that the souls of the dead don’t realise they’ve passed on, aren’t even conscious as we understand it, and are strongly attracted to the light of Carol Anne’s life force, which is blinding them to the true light that has finally come for them – inside this light is salvation. The original film was co-written and produced by Steven Spielberg. It lies to her. Mommy, help me, please! A phrase most often used while sitting on the toilet during a Rectal Exorcism as a form of begging and pleading for the demon turd to leave your dark body and come to the light via your anus. Getting to lost souls into the light seems like a logical part of the plan, if they want to cleanse the house as well as get Carol Anne back. It wasn’t patently untrue, though, was it? Poltergeist is an American horror film series distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during the 1980s. You son of a bitch, you left the bodies and you only moved the headstones! A similar line also used in the famous movie, Poltergeist. This page was last edited on 20 January 2021, at 10:51. They linger in a perpetual dream state, a nightmare from which they can not awake. The ghosts follow and attack the Freelings at their current household. Tell her not to go into the light!” Diane does, and then the next thing Tangina says** is “Hurry with the rope! Turn away from it. Inside the spectral light is salvation, a window to the next plain. The ghosts, attracted to Carol Anne's life force and believing she will help lead them into the "Light", abduct her through her bedroom closet, which acts as a portal to their dimension. The film also develops the identity and backstory of the Beast, who had lived during the 19th century as a religious zealot named Reverend Henry Kane (Julian Beck). Poltergeist is a 1982 American supernatural horror film directed by Tobe Hooper and starring JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, and Beatrice Straight. At one point, consumed by something or another, she says “Cross over Children. If the writers and director had intended for us to understand Tangina as being possessed, and if anything about the story depends on that realisation, then they did a very poor job of it. Now... hold on to yourselves. The light is dangerous. I can’t definitely prove that the film-makers didn’t intend for Tangina to be possessed at that point, but if they did, she did nothing that she might not reasonably have done unpossessed, neither she nor anyone else seemed to realise that it had happened, and nothing came of it other than Steve having an apparently ineffective panic. Poltergeist edited down to only people saying "Carol Anne." Maybe Carol Anne had to go into the light because it’s the only way home – and just as the souls of the dead find their loved ones within, ready to guide them on to the next plane of existence, Carol Anne finds her mother, who can bring her back to our earthly realm because she’s tied to a piece of rope. [6], A spin-off television series, Poltergeist: The Legacy, ran from 1996 to 1999, though it does not have any connection to the films other than the title.[7]. Steve: [shouting in Teague's face] You son of a bitch! Throw it into the light!” Hold on – they’ve got a light right there in the bedroom closet! If Carol Anne went into the light she would be dead/forever lost, meaning she would no longer be a threat to free his captive souls. There’s one more thing – a terrible presence is in there with her. Tangina says “She’s at the mouth of the corridor! Set in a California suburb, the plot focuses on a family whose home is invaded by malevolent ghosts that abduct the family's younger daughter. Skip navigation ... Poltergeist - Run to the Light! I just thought of something, watching those clips again. Run to the light, Carol Anne. Do NOT go into the light. Poltergeist (DVD) : The Freeling family is a typical middle class family living in the peaceful Cuesta Verde Estates. I’ve never sensed anything like it. I never thought she was possessed of anything. Steve, his wife Diane, 16-year-old daughter Dana, 8-year-old Robbie, and 5-year-old Carol Ann live in a track house. I don’t think Tangina was “possessed”, she was simply telling the lost souls that the light that had finally come for them had arrived. The family freaks out though because Carol Anne isn’t dead, but if she crosses over she will be. And remember, originally it was Tangina who was planning on going through on the end of the rope – presumably she’d intended to usher the spirits into the light from there. However, Carol Anne's recollection of her experiences during her psychiatric sessions enable Kane and his followers to locate her and make contact through the building's ubiquitous mirrors. ... (voice from the puddle): The Light! I mean, Carol Anne last night, and all last week, you know -- and me when I was ten. I stand corrected. It keeps Carol Anne very close to it, and away from the spectral light. Tangina intends to be the one to go into the light, but Diane insists, saying that Carol Anne will only come to her mother. So now I’m thinking that they’re both the same light – both doors onto one dimensional corridor that can lead to many different places. Plot – Steve lives in a quiet residential area with his wife Diane and their children Carol Anne, Robbie and Dana. 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