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H.R. Giger, best known for his work on movies like Alien and Poltergeist 2, died at the age of 74.
The plot hews close to Poltergeist, the Tobe Hooper-directed, Steven Spielberg-produced haunted house classic from 1982.
A poltergeist that up to the present had confined its attentions to me, no one else in the house having either heard or seen it.Byways of Ghost-Land|Elliott O'Donnell
Poltergeist had spared my novel, lying next to Young: evidently he thought that already watery enough.The Bonadventure|Edmund Blunden
Rackets in general are caused by lares domestici (“brownies”) or the Poltergeist.
Perhaps, if he took no notice, the poltergeist would be discouraged and subside.When Ghost Meets Ghost|William Frend De Morgan
There is vastly more than the poltergeist in her, that is evident; for she has conquered every critic with her miracles.The Shadow World|Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for poltergeist
Word Origin for poltergeist
Word Origin and History for poltergeist
1838, from German Poltergeist, literally "noisy ghost," from poltern "make noise, rattle" (from PIE root *bhel- (4) "to sound, ring, roar;" cf. bellow, bell) + Geist "ghost" (see ghost). In the native idiom of Northern England, such phenomenon likely would be credited to a boggart.