Poltergeists

Discussion in 'Urban Legends' started by Toni, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Toni

    Toni Active Member

    Do you remember when the movie "Poltergeist" came out? I watched most of it but it scared me so bad that I have never gotten through the whole movie. From the part that I watched it describes to a tee the definition of a poltegeist, especially the part about physical attacks. This and the excorcist was the turning point of my scary movie period. No more!!
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  2. Myrddin

    Myrddin Well-Known Member

    Oh, how I love scary movies. I have never seen Poltergeist or The Exorcist. Guess I should.
  3. RLynn

    RLynn Active Member

    They are true classics of the horror movie genre. They are SCARY! :eek: You must see them, Myrddin!
  4. LegendofJoe

    LegendofJoe Active Member

    I remeber seeing Poltergeist in the theatre! What a treat that was. It is still one of my favorites.
    It was more fun than scary though.
    I have a bad habit of watching scary movies: I think they will not bother me, then I find that I am scared sh*****s!
    When I saw the Ring I slept with the TV on for a month:eek:
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  5. RLynn

    RLynn Active Member

    Yesterday evening I watched The Skeptic, a 2009 movie full of typical poltergeist phenomena which may or may not be attributable to supernatural causes. Good acting by Tim Daly. Good movie for skeptics, like myself, who don't really believe in ghosts or haunted houses.
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  6. LegendofJoe

    LegendofJoe Active Member

    Hollywood and TV are antiskeptic.
    I'm sure the skeptic became a believer in the end, correct???
  7. RLynn

    RLynn Active Member

    How did you know?
  8. Isis

    Isis Member

    Yes, Poltergeist is a very scary movie! Later on, the events become less classically poltergeist-like, (and frankly slightly cheesy) but the movies still scare me. The Ring is also very frightening, more so than Poltergeist.
  9. LegendofJoe

    LegendofJoe Active Member

    Hollywood can be predictable like that.;)
  10. Myrddin

    Myrddin Well-Known Member

    The first time I watched The Ring, I ended up having to write a few pages full of lines before going to bed, and for the next few days, could not even look at a television screen. I've seen it a few times now, though, so now when I watch it I just get a little shiver down my back.
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  11. Myrddin

    Myrddin Well-Known Member

    Scully, on The X-Files, always seems to remain somewhat skeptical, despite what she has witnessed over the course of each episode. She's just not as skeptical, I guess.
  12. LegendofJoe

    LegendofJoe Active Member

    From what little I remember from the X-Files, the shows sympathies are clearly with the guy.
    Scully was the unimaginitive stodgy thickhead; the way we skeptics are unfortunately portrayed.
    Oh, and X-Files the movie: one of the biggest pieces of crap I've ever seen.:D
  13. OracleLady

    OracleLady Member

    This reminds me of a college professor I had many years ago. He claims he used to have a friendly poltergeist living in his apartment when he was doing his doctoral studies. Little things would move around the room and be in various places. If you knew how down-to-earth, honorable and mature this man was, you could understand that even to this day, I believe in poltergeists. My professor had no reason to misrepresent anything. He was my independent study teacher who supervised my work in Spanish literature. I was the "only" student in the class, and boy, did I learn much under him. He died about ten years ago. I'd love to have one more talk with him.
  14. RLynn

    RLynn Active Member

    Somehow I think that trying to explain such strange phenomena as due to poltergeist activity may raise more questions than it answers.
    Sample questions:
    1. What exactly is a poltergeist?
    2. Do poltergeists actually exist?
    3. If poltergeists are spirits, how can a mere spirit move material objects?
    4. Why do they do what they do?
    5. How does one get rid of them?
  15. Nadai

    Nadai Active Member

    I saw The Poltergiest when I was a little kid. It still scares the crap out of me. For the longest time after I saw that movie I slept with a jump rope tied around my closet doors and kept all of my toys in a box during bedtime. Thank goodness for Family Guy or I might have never gotten over that movie.
    ...
    There's a lot of myth surrounding that movie. Apparently the people who were a part of the original movie cast were cursed after that movie. It was said that actual spirits were unleashed during filming and attatched themselves to the characters in real life just like they did in the movie. In fact a couple characters died not long after it was made including the little girl who played Carol Ann.
  16. Myrddin

    Myrddin Well-Known Member

    I believe I can answer questions 1 and 3.
    1. What exactly is a poltergeist?
    A: A poltergeist is, as your third question basically states, a ghost or spirit that can move objects around, often in a frantic manner. (ie. a vase hurled into a wall, or books being thrown off of shelves.) The more experienced poltergeist is told to be able to exercise more control -- they can move a random object from one place to another without hurling it across the room. (ie. slide a glass* from one end of a table to the other, as opposed to hurling it across the table to smash on the floor; or moving a book from one shelf to another as though caught in a gentle wind, as opposed to sending it flying across the room as though caught in a gale.)
    3. If poltergeists are spirits, how can a mere spirit move objects?
    A: From what I've read, ghosts or spirits get the ability to move objects around through anger and rage. Anger is a powerful emotion, and very destructive, so I can kind of understand it. This actually answers question 1 a little more, since, simply put, a poltergeist is an angry spirit. This would explain the nearly violent manner in which they often move or throw things around. Often the spirit would just not know how to control their anger and as a consequence would unconsciously smash and throw things around. However, quite possibly one who knows the ropes could, in theory, by controlling their anger, control the force which they put behind moving the example glass*, thereby stopping short of it going over the table's edge.

    I'm far from being an expert on such things, and this is solely from what I've read, as I have never experienced any such thing myself.
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  17. fairywings

    fairywings New Member

    I remember not being able to watch this movie when I was younger. I caught it on cable the other day and it did not seem that scary at all! I'm not a fan of this genre anyway!
  18. Myrddin

    Myrddin Well-Known Member

    I almost forgot. I want to extend on my answer to question 3, If poltergeists are spirits, how can a mere spirit move objects? I meant to say, as well, that any angry spirit, experienced or not, when caught in a fit of rage would always throw random objects around, likely very hard and very fast, and so out of control that any nearby objects would go haywire around them in their fit of rage. It would be a gale of flying objects.
    As for question 5, How does one get rid of them?, there is the possiblity of trying a seance, as it could work, but like with any spirits, nothing is one hundred per cent. Worst case scenario, you find out what is bugging them, but can't help.
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  19. Abishai100

    Abishai100 New Member

    They say that the tones of a poltergeist are revealed in our way of deifying everyday emotional experiences of lifestyle habits or even personalized objects. The Stephen King adapted Hollywood (USA) horror film "Christine" (1983) for example is a delightful example of cultural presentations of spiritual anxieties towards sentiments towards ideas or objects that have spun out of control. "Christine" (1983) follows the story of an awkward American teenager's strange vintage automobile which is haunted by a poltergeist.

    How we organize and re-present our perceptions of sentiments (and anxieties) can release the energies of poltergeists. This is where that street joke comes from, "Be careful in requesting mail order brides on the Internet, because you might land a witch or a spook."

    To ward off my personal poltergeists about everyday life, I think about gingerbread men cookies every Christmas.

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