Some of the '80s most influential and popular films wouldn't exist without Steven Spielberg, and Poltergeist is one of them.
But its origins aren't from ghost stories, but in UFO sightings, and it would be Spielberg's hesitance to do a sequel to Close Encounters of the Third Kind that would lead him down the path of creating a pseudo sci-fi horror sequel called Night Skies, itself based on the Kelly-Hopkinsville encounter of 1955.
Night Skies, a dark story of malevolent aliens terrorizing a rural family, would never materialise, but it would create the basis for two cinematic classics - one rooted in sci-fi, and the other in horror. The former would become E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and the latter, would become Poltergeist...
But the story of Poltergeist doesn't end there. Its legacy is one of miscredits, alleged stolen work, game-changing visual effects, the MPAA PG rating, the absolute industry clout of Spielberg, and its own ghoulish curse, culminating in the tragic deaths of its talented young stars.
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