Brian Taggert Dies: Screenwriter on ‘Poltergeist III,’ was 81

Renowned screenwriter Brian Taggert, who authored Poltergeist III and Visiting Hours, passed away peacefully at his Los Angeles home on June 1. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has recently confirmed this sad news. He will be greatly missed within the entertainment industry.

Taggert, an experienced TV and film writer, has made significant contributions in the industry. His extensive television career began in the 1970s, boasting episodes of popular shows Adam-12 and Emergency!. Additionally, he penned the 1984 NBC miniseries V: The Final Battle and continued to work on the subsequent V series that aired for a season. Further highlighting his diverse resume are three accomplished telefilms, including 1974’s The Mark of Zorro, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and Omen IV: The Awakening.

In the 1980s, he shifted to filmmaking and found early success with his debut feature, Visiting Hours, a gripping slasher flick that follows the story of a TV journalist, acted by Lee Grant, who becomes the target of notorious serial killer Michael Ironside.

“It was about Brian Taggert loving women, Lee Grant, and saying this will be our metaphor,” he explained in an undated interview. “I’m not sure if anyone will get it. Absolutely, said [Grant]. She gave her approval. They assumed I was a misogynist who despised women and wanted to kill them. So much for the naysayers. But Lee Grant was more than happy to accept the money and run.”

In the movie Poltergeist III (1988), Taggert and director Gary Sherman shared the credits as co-writers. Prior to that, the duo had worked together on the drama Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987), featuring Rutger Hauer in the lead role.

In addition to his notable work, Taggert’s résumé boasts another spine-tingling horror feature with Peter Weller entitled “Of Unknown Origin” (1983), along with three highly rated telefilms. These include “The Mark of Zorro” (1974) and two gripping productions from 1991: “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” and “Omen IV: The Awakening”.

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