8 Hidden Scenes in Poltergeist

Following is our collection of Poltergeist facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Poltergeist film message.

The skeletons used in the pool scene were actual skeletons as it was cheaper to use real ones rather than fakes.
The skeletons used in the pool scene were actual skeletons as it was cheaper to use real ones rather than fakes.
Dana returns from "dinner with Janice and Brian" in a car with two guys, with a hickey.
Dana returns from "dinner with Janice and Brian" in a car with two guys, with a hickey.

Poltergeist Movie Trivia Facts

These trivia from Reddit and other sources can be used as questions with answers in quizzes or games.

  1. After shooting the pool scene, Jobeth Williams later found out she was swimming around with real skeletons. It was cheaper to buy them from a medical supply store than to make them.

  2. The chair-stacking scene was done in one take using an already-assembled cluster of chairs.

  3. The Famous Face Peel Scene, and my 2nd favorite scene in any horror, ( yes you can ask what is my first favorite scene from a Horror movie) the hands peeling the face is actually Steven Spielberg's hands, he Co Wrote the film

  4. There is a poster on the children's bedroom wall for the 1988 Superbowl XXII. In an eerie and tragic coincidence, on the day of Supebowl XXII, actress Heather O'Rourke (Carol Anne) suddenly fell ill, and died the following day of septic shock due to intestinal stenosis.

Poltergeist Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - The hands that touches Marty's face is actually co-writer/co-producer Steven Spielberg's hands.
    The hands that touches Marty's face is actually co-writer/co-producer Steven Spielberg's hands.
  • 1 - A significant scene shows the TV clock at 2:37. Room 237 is well known to fans of The Shining (1980)
    A significant scene shows the TV clock at 2:37. Room 237 is well known to fans of The Shining (1980)
Poltergeist poster
Poltergeist poster

Poltergeist Plot

A family's home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Poltergeist. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Horror, Thriller
Director Tobe Hooper
Stars Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne
IMDB score 7.3