There were a total of 4 Poltergeist movies released,
three in the 80's (1982, 1986, and 1988), and one in
2015. Focusing on the original, the movie starred
Craig T. Nelson as Steven Freeling, JoBeth Williams as
Diane Freeling, and Heather O'Rourke as Carol Anne
Freeling. The movie was considered by critics to
be one of the best films of 1982, and it turned into a
huge financial success.
In the original movie,
the Freeling family lives in a quiet California suburb.
Strange things began happening in their new house, as
daughter Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) begins to sit in
front of a static filled television set, where she hears
voices. Strange things begin to happen, such as
furniture spontaneously moving, a tree trying to kidnap
one of the Freeling children, and Carol Anne slipping
into some type of portal in her closet (she can be heard
from within the TV).
The Freelings invite
some parapsychologists to the house, who tell them they
have a poltergeist infestation, and they later find out
the house had been
built on old cemetery, and those below were none
too happy about it. The rest of the movie is about
how the Freelings battle the poltergeists and rescue
Carol Anne, ultimately ending when they family
permanently moves away.