Poltergeist script
Poltergeist (1982)
Synopsis: Strange and creepy happenings beset an average California family, the Freelings -- Steve (Craig T. Nelson), Diane (JoBeth Williams), teenaged Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke) -- when ghosts commune with them through the television set. Initially friendly and playful, the spirits turn unexpectedly menacing, and, when Carol Ann goes missing, Steve and Diane turn to a parapsychologist and eventually an exorcist for help.

Then; an irregular glitch to this setting. A man, JEFF SHAW,

is running as furiously as his jelly-bowl paunch will allow.

In his arms, a large brown shopping bag. Barely avoiding a

collision with the paper boy, he cuts across the lawn,

jiggling the lettering. He crashes into the front door,

finding it locked. He turns and runs around back, just as

Steve opens the front door.

.

11 INT. FREELING KITCHEN - DAY 11

Shaw blasts past Dana, dressed in a terrycloth robe. She is

eating potato salad right out of the bowl in front of the

refrigerator.

DANA:

Jesus H. Christ!

12 INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY 12

Shaw almost loses his footing turning into this room. His

breath exploding in wheezing puffs. He falls into a chair

next to Steve Freeling and FIVE OTHER MALE NEIGHBORS who tear

into the brown shopping bag, surfacing with Michelob Lites.

SHAW:

What’d I miss!?

STEVEN:

Haden fumbled!

ARNIE:

Sacked!!

SAM:

Oakland’s bringing out Bahr.

SHAW:

Three more! Jesus! I was ahead on

points, now I’m pushing.

4.

STEVEN:

Shhhhhhhh!!

13 INT. CHILDREN’S BEDROOM - DAY 13

Diane is straightening things in here when she notices

something that causes her to sadly catch her breath. She

walks forward to the bird cage slowly letting it out. Carol

Anne’s yellow canary is feet up on the bottom of the cage.

DIANE:

Oh Tweety, couldn’t you wait for a

school day?

14 EXT. FREELING’S BACK YARD - DAY 14

Robbie is next to a tall, misshapen oak tree that has grown

bent forward, a little too close to the house. Robbie is

marching in circles around the tree, acting brave. He starts

to climb.

15 INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY 15

The Sunday FOOTBALL CROWD is on its feet. Haden has the ball

again and the pass is a “bomb”.

STEVEN:

Look at that fuckin’ Dennard run.

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