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Rare Test Shots Show How Different ‘Poltergeist’ Villain Almost Looked

Yes, we’re talking about the original film. Not that pointless remake.

We’re now living in a time where even obscure movies are getting Blu-ray releases packed with special features, which is pretty damn awesome. But what’s not so great is when a true classic hits Blu-ray and, well, is totally barebones in the bonus features department. Oddly enough, 1982’s Poltergeist is one of those films, which just seems like a crime against humanity, doesn’t it?

Okay, so maybe that was a little dramatic, but come on!

Since there are no special features to provide us with insights about Poltergeist, I recently found myself doing a little digging of my own to see if I could find anything cool to share. And when I stumbled across a Poltergeist fan site the other day, I indeed did find something pretty damn cool. Matt Knowles, a super fan of the film, recently sent the site a series of rare production photographs that he purchased on eBay, and they showcase original character designs that effects artist Craig Reardon came up with. Coolest of all, the lot he purchased included actual still images of an original design for the “Demon in the Doorway” that was filmed but ultimately scrapped by producer Steven Spielberg, who felt the creature looked too human.

How is this shit not on the Blu-ray?!



Below you’ll also find a piece of concept art for the demon when it was seen outside the kids’ bedroom. As you’ll see, the design looks pretty similar to the Craig Reardon-sculpted creature we saw in the film, with the ethereal “Beast” walking on its knuckles.

Props to Matt Knowles for preserving these awesome peeks behind the curtain!





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