Was This The Inspiration for the Movie "Poltergeist"? Was It Real Of Fake? The Herrman House was 7 miles away from the "Amityville Horror" House. The terrifying incidents reported there supposedly served as the inspiration for the 1982 movie "Poltergeist".
From the perspective of spirit lore, poltergeists are often depicted as mischievous entities that derive pleasure from rearranging furniture and playing pranks to vex homeowners. However, in Tobe Hooper's "Poltergeist," these spectral beings are imbued with a malevolent intent, preying on the pure essence of life and ambushing the unsuspecting when they are most vulnerable. This shift in portrayal transforms "Poltergeist" into a truly chilling narrative of haunting.
While the gripping story line in the movie contributed to its status as a genuinely unsettling tale, the "true" story that served as inspiration for the film becomes even more surreal when considering the account of Lucille Hermann. In 1958, she had to confront severe poltergeist activity in her own home.
For further details on the Herrman House incident, listen to this episode and can be found in the documentary film titled "Real Fear: The Truth Behind the Movies."
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