∆ The Shining ends with a close up on the words “July 4th.” Poltergeist opens in darkness with only the sound of the National Anthem playing.
∆ The Shining ends with a slow zoom into a detail, Poltergeist starts with a slow reverse zoom out of a detail. Televisions are supernatural communication devices in both films.
∆ A visionary child appears in both films. Here blonde Carol Anne awakens with white vine-forms extending out of her head.
∆ She descends the vulva-formed staircase, dressed in floral blue similar to The Twins in The Shining.
∆ Approaching the television portal …
∆ Receiving the message.
∆ The camera pans down from a high hilltop to the valley below.
∆ The valley is filled with houses of red, white and black — the colors of the Overlook Hotel (and not coincidentally, the colors of alchemy.)
∆ The pan continues as the colors of the Overlook dominate the screen.
∆ leading to the highway where the Overlook’s color-force can spread elsewhere.
∆ Off subject, but notice the tree growing out of the middle of the street.
∆ From the balls of a phallic driveway, a green man begins a bike journey.
∆ The green man, in a casual guise not unfamiliar to denizens of 00s Brooklyn, transports a case of beer on a child’s bicycle. Is this an overgrown Danny following in his father’s alcoholic footsteps?
∆ The green man speeds by two radio-controlled cars, red and yellow, recalling the red and yellow VW Beetles of The Shining.
∆ As the children give chase, they trip up our green man with their toys, causing his beer to spray freely.
∆ Appropriate, as he enters the Freeling household, address 4267, vaguely suggesting Kubrick “magic” numbers 42 and 237.
∆ Note hexagonal window above, large garage, and red utility vehicle parked out front, not unlike exterior aerial of the Overlook.
∆ As green man enters through the kitchen door, girl in yellow sticks phallic green foodstuffs into her mouth. Recall how the only seen exit or entrance used at the Overlook was by the kitchen, a casual entrance. Her button says “Question Authority.”
∆ Like Wendy, the Poltergeist mom wears blue.
∆ Like Jack, the Poltergeist dad wears plaid and jeans.
∆ A yellow bird is sacrificed to a matching yellow toilet. With the older daughter in dressed in yellow in a previous scene, this action anticipates her being “flushed” from the narrative later in the film. She takes off to a friend’s house and is never seen again. The actress playing the older daughter was killed by her boyfriend in real life, a victim of ‘The Poltergeist Curse’.
∆ The actress playing the younger daughter would also die while making the third Poltergeist film.
∆ The son wearing Shining magical number 12 on his chest.
∆ Looking up at the shell of the Tree of Life.
∆ Storm ahead …