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The Gnarled Tree is a minor antagonist in the 1982 American horror film Poltergeist.

Said by father Steven Freeling to be a wise old tree always looking out for the family, the Gnarled Tree shirks its responsibilities and instead becomes possessed by angry poltergeists, who cause it to kidnap young son Robbie and attempt to eat him.

Appearance

The Gnarled Tree is a gnarled old oak tree with several very thick branches and very few, if any, leaves.

Powers and Abilities

Gnarled Tree possesses the following powers and abilities:

  • Prehensile branches

Fate

The Gnarled Tree is sucked up by a supernatural tornado and carried away.

Trivia

  • The Gnarled Tree was inspired by a real tree that scared Steven Spielberg as a child.

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