Horror’s Hallowed Grounds Presenter Has The Original Poltergeist Clown

by | Jan 23, 2019

Despite being a PG rating, Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper’s suburban horror Poltergeist has one of the most terrifying sequences ever put to screen. The scene where young Robbie Freeling is pulled under the bed by a possessed toy clown is complete nightmare fuel, and even the 2015 remake failed to capture the pure terror of that moment. 

Noted collector of horror artifacts, Horror’s Hallowed Grounds Presenter Sean Clark recently appeared on the latest episode of Collection Complete, where he discussed finding a screen used version of the clown on Ebay. Movie web covers the episode , where Clark talks about finding the prop in the early days of the trading-website. 

“In this episode of Collection Complete, filmmaker Sean Clark (Horror’s Hallowed Grounds) discusses his lifelong fascination with the horror genre. From his childhood introduction to Fangoria magazine and their famous Weekend of Horrors conventions to his jaw-dropping collection of screen-used props (notably here a screen-used clown from the classic 1982 film Poltergeist), Clark offers of his unwavering passion for scary cinema, “Something about being a horror fan, and being a collector, is that you want to embrace the things that terrified you.”

Clark goes through his history of collecting, shows off some of his immense collection, includes vintage Star Wars figures and his collection of Fangoria magazines. 

“That clown terrified so many people. Elizabeth Banks brought up the clown as being one of the most terrifying things, and I said, ‘By the way, I own it.’ She’s like, ‘What?’ I said, ‘I own the clown from Poltergeist.’ She goes, ‘It’s in your house?’ And I say, ‘Yeah, it’s in my house right now.’ ‘You’re f***ing sick.’ That’s what she said to me. Around when Ebay first started, not everyone knew how to use it to its full extent. They didn’t know how to list things properly. This just said Poltergeist clown. So my friend found it, he calls me up, ‘Dude, you’re not going to f***ing believe what’s on Ebay right now.’ I look, there it is. Holy s***. That’s the one. There it is. Had that guy held onto it a little bit, and listed it properly, I mean, I’ve been offered insane money for that thing.”

You can check out the video below. 




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