Science on Tap Untapped at Home Netflix Party: “Poltergeist”

Science on Tap
Monday, October 26, 2020
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4)
United States

For this special Untapped series Science on Tap is hosting monthly movie screenings via Netflix Party, featuring a live chat with experts. This month we’re watching Poltergeist with Mütter Museum curator Anna Dhody, who’s never seen the 1982 supernatural film!

Break up your quaran-routine and invite your housemates for a Science on Tap Philadelphia monthly movie screening with Netflix Party. Talk to our expert hosts through the chat function, ask questions in real time, and learn more about the myths and misrepresentations in some of our favorite movies.

If you have a Netflix account and a home computer, you can join our party! This is a free event, but preregistration is required as Netflix Party limits the number of attendees for each session.

How to Access Netflix Party

All preregistered guests will be sent the link to the event’s Netflix Party prior to the event start time. Make sure to download the Netflix Party extension for Google Chrome. You can learn more about Netflix Party and how to set it up on your computer at

Featured Movie

A young family is visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorize the family before they “kidnap” the youngest daughter.

Meet Our Expert

Anna Dhody is curator at the Mütter Museum and director of the Mütter Research Institute at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

In the 17th century, the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia had a burial ground at 2nd and Arch Streets. The cemetery was moved in 1860 and became private property for 150 odd years. But during a construction project in 2016, human remains were uncovered. It quickly became apparent that over 100 individuals were not relocated during the 1860 move, prompting cries of “they moved the headstones, but they didn’t move the bodies!” from the construction workers.

Dhody was confused. She thought that that was pretty obvious, and didn’t realize that they were quoting Poltergeist, because she has never seen it. Join us for a Netflix watch party of her first viewing, and her impressions and recollections of the film in light of her role in the Arch Street recovery project.