MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 214 this week

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  23 May 1986 (USA)
5.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 15,213 users  
Reviews: 107 user | 58 critic

The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces don't seem to be over.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Favorites of FantasticFest 2014

FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 24 Jul 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 06 Nov 2011
 
a list of 29 titles
created 28 Apr 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 05 Jul 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 12 Aug 2012
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Poltergeist II: The Other Side.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Carol Anne is staying with her aunt in a highrise building, and the supernatural forces that have haunted her previously follow her there.

Director: Gary Sherman
Stars: Heather O'Rourke, Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen
Poltergeist (1982)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson
Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996–1999)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

"The Legacy" is a secret society that began many centuries ago to accumulate knowledge and artifacts to help fight against the evil in the world. This particular Legacy team is set in San ... See full summary »

Stars: Derek de Lint, Martin Cummins, Robbi Chong
Pumpkinhead (1988)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A man conjures up a gigantic vengeance demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy the teenagers who accidentally killed his son.

Director: Stan Winston
Stars: Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John D'Aquino
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger - who stalks his victims in their dreams - learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back.

Director: Chuck Russell
Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Craig Wasson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In the wake of losing everything during the great recession, a twenty-something couple make a suicide pact: They will max out their credit cards and live life with reckless abandon before killing themselves.

Director: Oliver Robins
Stars: Justus Zimmerman, Casey Ruggieri, Nick Caballero
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again. This time, the taunting murderer is striking through ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Hopkins
Stars: Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Kelly Jo Minter
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by Freddy Krueger who is out to possess him to continue his murdering in the real world.

Director: Jack Sholder
Stars: Robert Englund, Mark Patton, Kim Myers
Man Overboard (2008)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The owner of a boat shop unwittingly hires a slick con man as his new sales manager, and subsequently has his life turned upside down.

Director: Oliver Robins
Stars: Matt Kaminsky, Mel Fair, Floyd Van Buskirk
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may know the way to defeat him for good.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Robert Englund, Rodney Eastman, Lisa Wilcox
Poltergeist (2015)
Horror | Thriller

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying ... See full summary »

Director: Gil Kenan
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris
Poltergeist (2010)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

The spirits will terrorize you in the house!

Stars: Patrick Boulanger, Max Billing, Guillaume Boulanger
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Diane Freeling (as Jobeth Williams)
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
John P. Whitecloud ...
Old Indian
Noble Craig ...
...
Helen Boll ...
...
Jaclyn-Rose Lester ...
Young Diane (as Jaclyn Bernstein)
Robert Lesser ...
Edit

Storyline

The Freeling family move in with Diane's mother in an effort to escape the trauma and aftermath of Carol Anne's abduction by the Beast. But the Beast is not to be put off so easily and appears in a ghostly apparition as the Reverend Kane, a religeous zealot responsible for the deaths of his many followers. His goal is simple - he wants the angelic Carol Anne; but the love of her family and the power of psychic Tangina once again unite, along with an elderly native American, to fight for her life. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They're back. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poltergeist II  »

Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$40,996,665 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jerry Goldsmith scored the film differently than on the first film; the original was fully orchestral with choral passages at key moments and fiercely aggressive action music. This score is richer and smoother, and similar to Goldsmith's work on The Omen (1976), with the quote "God is in His Holy Temple" describing the forces of evil at work. He makes more use of electronics that lend a mystical, mysterious feel that add more to the story's magical elements. "Carol Anne's Theme" is again a major theme for the movie, but with a rousing and powerful Indian motif for French horns opening it up; the theme that accompanies Kane's character is more haunting. See more »

Goofs

When Robbie's braces come to life, Steve's hand is grabbed by them. When Diane is holding Steve, his shirt is all ripped off, but when he yells "the plug", his shirt is normal. See more »

Quotes

Steve Freeling: Are you in cahoots with the lady in there?
Taylor: I cahoot with no one.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The last shot of the family running after the car forms an initial backdrop for the end credits. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Army of Darkness (1992) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Mixed bag of a sequel
17 March 2010 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

In this follow-up to Poltergeist, the Freeling family call on the big Native American fella from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to help them once again defeat evil malevolent spirits that seem to not like them very much.

As with virtually all sequels this one is inferior to the original. However, the first film wasn't all that great and this one isn't a complete washout either. The story is modified somewhat from the first episode so that now the source of the poltergeist unrest is attributed to the dead followers of a cult leader, as opposed to the dead disturbed by unscrupulous property developers. The change has really only been made so that they can have a sequel to be perfectly honest, however, it does mean that the series is able to introduce the evil Reverend Kane. Kane is probably the best character in the series and his scene where he confronts the Freeling family on their front porch is the scariest and most well-crafted moment in any of the films. Julien Beck is excellent and unforgettable as the skeletal preacher. The rest of the cast play it strictly by numbers, although once again Heather O'Rourke is fab as the little girl. The other daughter is completely written out of this film with no explanation. Although it's a well documented fact that the actress who played her, Dominique Dunne, was murdered shortly after the first film was released, I still don't think it would have trashed her memory to have explained her absence; quite the opposite in fact.

The Poltergeist series was perhaps most famous at the time for its spectacular visual effects and this film is no exception. The demon Kane is a well rendered creation, and there are a number of cool 80's effects throughout. Unfortunately, though, it all ends in a somewhat underwhelming finale where the family enter some vortex or something. I think it would have been better if they had cut back on the special-effects here and simply re-introduced Reverend Kane, as he was much scarier. But I guess having a big effects-laden ending is one of the in-built rules of the Poltergeist movies sadly.

Overall, there's good stuff in this sequel but it's ultimately squandered on a rubbish ending.


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What was the point of Tangina and the relevance of Taylor?? MemberDismember
Will Sampson as Taylor sandralehmannspiele-346-634209
JoBeth was 32, Heather would have been 32 james362001
Poltergeist II Commentary asuviolinist
Carol Anne's age marymargarettruman
Disappointment Aplenty djo3
Discuss Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?