The problems on the first 'Poltergeist' turned into horror shortly after the release of the film, when actress Dominique Dunne was violently murdered. The news of her death sent shivers through all those who had worked on the film. The second 'Poltergeist' film also has its share of mysterious problems. As with the first film, scripts disappeared with alarming regularity. "It was the same eerie feeling of having someone put down a script for a second, turn away --- and then turn back to find the script gone. "Will Sampson was absoloutely convinced the set was filled with danger. At his insistence, a house that was used for the film had an actual exorcism performed to rid it of evil spirits. "And shortly after Sampson worked on the film he died!"
The troubles continued during "Poltergeist III" in Chicago, say sources. "There was a black cloud of doom that seemed to hang over the entire cast" said an actress who worked on the film. "A few weeks after shooting began, a special effects explosion raged into a monstrous inferno. It was a routine shot we were filming, but somthing went terribly wrong and after the explosion the entire garage where we were shooting erupted into flames, sending people running for their lives. The garage went up like a fireball and burned for almost two hours.
"Two firefighters had to be hospitalized for smoke inhalation before the blaze was brought under control. "We all should have known then that this was just a horror movie --- it was a nightmare come to life!"
Even the death of little Heather O'Rourke was not without bizarre aspects. The kind of bowel defect that resulted in her death is usually obvious at birth.
Said a source close to the "Poltergeist" movies: "The films have been plagued by such problems and tragedies that it really makes you wonder if somebody --- or somthing --- was trying to tell us somthing." Added another insider: "The movie series is cursed --- and everyone in Hollywood knows it!"
On that first day, the director put his script --- marked with his notes --- down on a chair, and when he returned minutes later it had vanished, said the close source. "Shooting was halted for hours while everyone searched for he script. It was nowhere to be found. "Two weeks later, actress JoBeth Williams returned to her motor home dressing room to look over her script --- and it was gone. "Extension cords began to vanish overnight, causing lenghty delays in shooting. Two more scripts vanished in the next couple of weeks, one belonging to actress Zelda Rubinstein, who played the psychic Tangina."
The studio insider disclosed: "Scripts kept vanishing all during filming and it just freaked people out. But that was only the beginning --- problems also began with the sound track of the film." Time and again, when footage from the day's shooting was screened, the sound was mysteriously missing. The sound was supposed to be on a seperate tape to be added to the film in the final editing process --- but the tape was blank, said the insider. "This is totally defied technical explanation!"
A source of set revealed: "The sound technicians were baffled. They would check the microphones and recording equiptment for glitches, but they could never find anything wrong. "One technician told me, 'It's like there's somthing invisible in the air that's blocking the microphones --- some sort of unseen electrical force that's screwing up the recording process.' "
Bizarre events on the sets of the films --- including vanishing scripts and mysterious problems with a sound track --- also baffled cast and crew members, say sources. And an explosion on the set of the recently completed "Poltergeist III" caused a fire that put two fire fighters in the hospital.
"Plain and simple, the series of films is cursed!" declared a studio insider. "There have been too many deaths, mishaps and unexplained actions on the set to believe anything else. It's as if the spirits themselves have engaged members of the cast and crew in a real-life horror movie".
A source close to all three "Poltergeist" movies revealed: "When I heard that Heather died, I thought 'Ohn no, here we go again!' There's an evil curse that's surrounded the 'Poltergeist' productions right from the very first day of shooting on the original film."
"Normalcy bias refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster...The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred that it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation."
Do you know anyone with Normalcy Bias? Is it possible you, yourself, may have a touch of Normalcy Bias? For ourselves, and our loved ones, how can we overcome the negative inertia of Normalcy Bias?
Am I the odd man out here -- am I the only one who's never heard of this before?
Learning about this has helped me understand what so many bits of obvious evidence for an inevitable currency crisis and major economic downturn just get ignored by the mass of the population; and, why so few people actually prepare for the inevitable.
I also have to wonder...how does one move out of a Normalcy Bias and not become paranoid?
What do YOU think?