The Curse of Atuk: Did This Movie Kill 4 Of Hollywood’s Funniest Actors?

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Look, if it’s in any way even remotely possible that a movie cursed with some indefinable yet quantitatively proven fatal quality took out four (if not more) of Hollywood’s greatest funny men…then it is my honor-bound duty to get to the bottom of it.

So without further delay, here’s a look at one of the most persistent contemporary Hollywood urban legends…“The Curse Of Atuk.”

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Material Basis: On The So-Called Poltergeist Movie Curse

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On February 1, 1988 actress Heather O’Rourke, of the three original Poltergeist movies, died of cardiac arrest caused by septic shock. Originally misdiagnosed in 1987 as having Crohn’s disease, O’Rourke was actually suffering from a congenital intestinal stenosis. She expired on the operating table, as surgeons worked desperately to remove an acute bowel obstruction.

She was 12. It was four months before the release of Poltergeist III, and before post-production on the film could be completed.

Was the Poltergeist franchise “cursed”? And if we can make that determination…what does “cursed” really mean?

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