This House Is No Longer Clean

It wasn’t my intention to post the news to ease down with the obituaries (lots of cult celebrities have been passing away lately!) but I was appalled to find that the recent death of Zelda Rubinstein went mostly unnoticed. You might remember her as the great Tangina from Tobe Hooper’s seminal Poltergeist (although it was practically a Steven Spielberg movie). She died at the age of 76 after a month of battling poor health, which she had been dealing with for years. Poltergeist remains easily one of the scariest movies ever made and the performance of Zelda was hands down unforgettable (you could say she singlehandedly saved the sequels too). Zelda was a strong activist for safe sex and HIV awareness as well, something that she openly acknowledged didn’t help her career. Recent appearances included the utterly good Behind The Mask and Southland Tales. R.I.P. Mrs. Rubinstein.