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Initial post: Oct 28, 2011 8:11:02 PM PDT
Just saw this movie for the first time, and two things bugged me:

OK, so, ghosts take your kid away, you get the kid back. Umm - why would you stay in the house? Yeah, the mystic lady said it was clean, and they were starting to move out, but seriously - once I got the kid back, I would leave all my stuff and immediately get the hell out!

Also, they discuss what a "poltergeist" is in the film, and the place is obviously haunted by ghosts, not a poltergeist, so the movie seems inappropriately named.

Just had to get that off my chest.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 8:52:24 AM PST
hostile 17 says:
Well for one thing, Stephen sells real estate in that Questa Verde housing development he lives in, so it would be hard to explain to his boss why he is moving out. The kids do still have school. Their relatives don't live nearby. It takes time to move a family of 5. You can't just leave without your stuff when you have a family. You need your clothes etc. Plus it takes time to find a new place. A motel can get expensive. But the main reason is that it is a plot point to relax the audience and make us feel at ease before we are sucked into the horror as well. It is also a device to get Diane alone in the house with the kids while Steven is away.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 10:37:17 PM PST
Chilly Down says:
Well, those are all sound reasons for not leaving immediately, but to cite a true story - that of the "Amityville Horror" - my recollection from the book and from seeing interviews with the married couple (later divorced) who lived there with the three children, they DID take off after (if I'm correct) only 30 days and they DID leave all of their belongings behind.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 11:26:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 10, 2013 11:27:07 AM PDT
Ellis Fowler says:
Tangina helped them get Carol Anne back and she remarked to the video camera that "this house is clean", leading everybody to believe that the pesky ghosts have been chased away. The parents would have no reason to think all hell would break loose once again. While I, too, would be quick to leave, I don't see it as just a plot device to extend the movie by another 20 minutes or so.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2014 9:35:33 PM PDT
Dyers_Eve says:
it wasn't so much the fact that as soon as they got their daughter back they didn't leave, it was the glaring carelessness of after losing the daughter in her room by herself lol they put the kids back in the room like nothing had happened while they are getting ready to move. The tree coming thru the window, all the issues with her closet lol and its like okay kids mommies gonna go take a bath and color her hair can you tuck yourselves in. Sorry but after everything that happened i wouldn't have cared if Tangina said the house was clean or not there's no way in heck those kids are going anywhere near that room lol that room is getting locked and boarded up and then some of that police tape around it too. Dana would not have been out with some guy either she would of been home, helping to pack and keeping an eye on her little brother and sister lol.
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