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


Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Freeling (as Jobeth Williams)
John P. Whitecloud ...
Old Indian
Noble Craig ...
Helen Boll ...
Robert Lesser ...


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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The Freeling family's struggle with spirits begins again... See more »




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Release Date:

23 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poltergeist II  »

Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)


$40,996,665 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


MGM released Poltergeist II on DVD for the very first time on August 26th, 2003, in a double-feature collection along with Poltergeist III (1988). To date, there has been no standalone DVD release of the film in Region 1. On September 13th, 2011 MGM released the film on Blu-ray. MGM has also released the film on DVD in Regions 2 and 4. It was released in the UK on October 23rd, 2000 and in Australia on September 1st, 2006. A double feature pack containing the Poltergeist sequels were released in Region 4 on November 8th, 2010. See more »


In the scene where Carol-Anne is drying her dolls hair, Carol-Anne has wet hair, later in the scene when Steve tells Diane she never wanted Carol-Anne, Carol-Anne peers round the bathroom door with dry hair, yet earlier in the scene Diane says to Steve that she should dry Carol-Anne's hair, this clearly indicates different times when the scene was filmed. See more »


Taylor: Your car?
Steve Freeling: [sees smoke coming from the engine] Yeah?
Taylor: Very angry.
Steve Freeling: Uh huh.
Taylor: I'll fix it.
Steve Freeling: Make it happy?
Taylor: Yes.
Steve Freeling: OK.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits take nearly five minutes to play out. See more »


References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

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27 May 2014 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

Poltergeist II is one of better ghost/horror sequels I've seen, a story where the Freeling family moves to a new house, but followed by the supernatural, in the form of Reverend Kane.

Being a movie made in the early 1980s, like its prequel, it still holds a great amount of horror, as its elements will grip you and send chills down your spine. This movie doesn't rely on gore and violence to make it entertaining, but rather relies on the ghosts' presence and their frightening powers that they are able to unleash onto the unfortunately family, highlighted also in very polished and keen special effects.

The screenplay and story by Michael Grais and Mark Victor were well-written, giving us a captivating and exciting plot, and the direction by Brian Gibson is solid and thrilling like the original. The cast of characters gave another superb and heartfelt performance.

Overall, it's a good continuation of the original Poltergeist, but also works great as a sequel with its unique storyline superb acting.

Grade B+

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