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Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

PG-13 | | Horror | 23 May 1986 (USA)
The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces don't seem to be over.

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Cast

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Diane Freeling (as Jobeth Williams)
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John P. Whitecloud ...
Noble Craig ...
Vomit Creature
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Daughter
Helen Boll ...
Mother
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Young Jess
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Young Diane
Robert Lesser ...
Kane's People
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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>

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"They're back". All the members of the wonderful Freeling family who won your hearts before. "They're back". All the strange forces that terrified the Freelings - and enthralled you. "They're back". The thrills, the chills, the laughs, the gasps, the excitement and the wonder of one of the greatest movie stories of our time. See more »

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Horror

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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23 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Poltergeist II  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,700,000, 26 May 1986

Gross USA:

$40,996,665
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

H.R. Giger provided the special effects designs. Giger created several designs but only two made it into the film, albeit briefly. Some books on his art report that Giger was "very unhappy" with how his designs were translated to the film. See more »

Goofs

JoBeth Williams' character's mother in the film is played by Geraldine Fitzgerald, who is of Irish descent. This is shown in early scenes of the film when she speaks with young Heather O'Rourke, as her accent can be heard. However when Diane (Williams) has a flashback to her youth the mother in the scene, not Fitzgerald, clearly does not have an accent. See more »

Quotes

Steve Freeling: [Taylor is standing in the front door] Who the hell are you?
Taylor: Name's Taylor.
Steve Freeling: Great, good name!
[to his family]
Steve Freeling: Come on, let's go!
Taylor: Tangina Barrons sent me.
Steve Freeling: Oh yeah? Well say hello to the magic munchkin for us, will you?
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The opening credits take nearly five minutes to play out. See more »

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Undistinguised sequel with the likable family pursued by diabolic forces
23 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

This second installment concerns about the young Freeling family(Jobeth Williams, Craig T Nelson, Robbins, O'Rourke and no Dominick Dunne but was suddenly killed) again, various months later and in a new house. Then appears the otherworld Beast in a ghostly apparition as the evil reverend Kane(Julian Beck.)It seems all of his supernatural powers have just about sent over the edge. The nasty reverend back from the other side and he wishes the good Carol(Heather O'Rourke), but with help her family, united to psychic Tangina, an Indian American(Will Patton) and the Granma(Geraldine Fitzgerald)confront against the weird being.

This inferior sequel from original (produced by Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper) contains spooky scenes, intrigue, suspense and dazzling special effects by Richard Edlund. The performances are uninspired and is badly paced with flaws and gaps which cause lack common sense and no coherence . Spectacular music score by the master Jerry Goldsmith and colorful cinematography by Andrew Lazslo. The complete project collapses under a regular direction by Brian Gibson(1944-2004). He was a director with no much success, and a biographies expert, such as : 'The Josephine Baker story and Tina Turner' ,and also directed 'The Juror, Still crazy and Camarena story'. Followed by a third sequel starred by Heather O'Rourke who surprisingly deceased, Tom Skerrit, Nancy Allen and Zelda Rubinstein, usual in the tree parts. The motion picture is classified PG-13(Parents guide) for violence, tense events and intensity. This pointless sequel and occasionally plodding will like to strange deeds buffs and Poltergeist trilogy fans.


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