10 Disturbing Things Found In The Background Of Horror Movies

9. The Ghost In The Picture Frame - Poltergeist

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Directed by Tobe Hooper and written by Steven Spielberg, 1982's Poltergeist had some seriously strong parentage.

This horror nepo baby more than lived up to its lineage, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of the year and it's still considered an all-timer to this very day.

Perhaps the reason why people love this story of ghosts terrorising a family home so much is the attention to detail Hooper put in whilst shaping his vision.

For example, take the scene where JoBeth Williams' character decides to take a fun stroll up her bedroom wall. Minutes before Diane Freeling gets attacked by the ghoulies, we catch a glimpse of some family photos sat on her dresser.

Just a few minutes later, those happy memories are transformed into hideous nightmares.

Whilst you might be distracted by Williams flopping around against the laws of physics, just look at the photos again. A terrifying spirit face has taken over one of the frames; the perfect metaphor for how the malevolent spectres have overrun this innocent family's lives.

Either that or the Freeling kids are way uglier than we first thought.


Jacob Simmons has a great many passions, including rock music, giving acclaimed films three-and-a-half stars, watching random clips from The Simpsons on YouTube at 3am, and writing about himself in the third person.