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Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

 -  Horror  -  23 May 1986 (USA)
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The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces don't seem to be over.

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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>

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$40,996,665 (USA)
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Apart from Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein was the only castmember to appear in all three films of the Poltergeist trilogy. See more »

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During the shopping mall scene, where Carol Anne is running to find her mom and brother, you can see where there is plexiglass or glass between Kane and Carol Anne twice. See more »

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Steve Freeling: Are you in cahoots with the lady in there?
Taylor: I cahoot with no one.
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The opening credits take nearly five minutes to play out. See more »

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References Twilight Zone: Long Distance Call (1961) See more »

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A seriously underrated horror sequel, better than most
19 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite the fact that 'E.T.' was released the same year, the first 'Poltergeist' was still quite a hit at the box office and with critics and viewers. The studio wanted a sequel, something that I don't think anyone expected to happen. I mean the end of the first one didn't really leave the door open and there weren't many questions left to be answered. But 4 years later we got one anyway, but like most sequels it was met with a mixed reaction. I've never understood why, and like many others, I feel 'Poltergeist II' is a vastly underrated and under-appreciated film.

Pros: Excellent performances from the returning cast members and the newcomers. Another great score by Jerry Goldsmith, which has classic themes and some memorable new ones. Has a darker and more sinister atmosphere than the original. Plenty frightening moments and images. There's also a few nice, sweet moments. Awesome creature and visual effects. Provides a pretty interesting back-story on the spirits. A terrifying villain in Reverend Kane. Well-paced. Some more cool set pieces, especially the one set in the garage.

Cons: The finale isn't bad per se, but the villain is done away with too fast and easily.

Final thoughts: A sequel this good doesn't come often. Unlike some other part 2s, like 'Amityville II: The Possession' for example, this one has heart in it. It isn't just another poor attempt to cash in on the name of the original. That's a sequel to be proud of.

My rating: 5/5


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