Poltergeist III (1988)
I left in a few extra screen-grabs of Lara Flynn Boyle screaming her ever-loving head off there, because I appreciate the fact that the film allows her to scream and keep on screaming for a good while after erupting out of a little person's dessicated corpse. Because... I think screaming is the correct course of action for her at this point, no?
And thus went one of the great modern day horror characters... not so much with a bang (no "Go into the light!" for her), but more with a "WHAT IN THE HOLY FUCK?" Looking through these shots, the look on Zelda's face just before Carol Anne's evil-mirror-double touches her and turns her into a bug-eyed sawdust-mummy says it all:
I couldn't agree more, Zelda. But hey, you got the only really memorable moment in the entire flick, so that's something.
Then there's the creepy cover-up the filmmakers played in the final scene... Heather O'Rourke, who played Carol Anne, died before they'd finished filming Part III, so they hired some random little blond girl to fill in. You never see Carol Anne's face in the final scene - just this random little girl in those trademark red pajamas with her face buried in Nancy Allen's enormous shoulder pads:
Creepy. And an integral part of the supposed Poltergeist Curse that's wreaked havoc on everyone associated with the films! None more so than Lara Flynn Boyle, obviously:
Urgh! That's the scariest picture posted on this entire page. And speaking of Miss Boyle, I came up with a handy guide to knowing which Donna you're dealing with in this film:
Wash away the AquaNetted halo-o-hair and flip that stylin' polo collar down and suddenly she's Satan's Spawn! And doesn't that just sum up all of the Eighties? Scariest thing that decade ever gave us was those dancing robot ladies behind Robert Palmer, after all.
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