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Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

PG-13  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Freeling (as Jobeth Williams)
John P. Whitecloud ...
Old Indian
Noble Craig ...
Helen Boll ...
Jackie Bernstein ...
Young Diane (as Jaclyn Bernstein)
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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23 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Poltergeist II  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)


$40,996,665 (USA)

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Despite prominent billing, Julian Beck only gets eleven minutes of screentime; Beck died of stomach cancer during filming, so the latter scenes with the "vomit monster" had to be added to replace his remaining scenes (the reason it resembles Beck). His telling the Freelings they're going to die has been interpreted as Beck anticipating his oncoming death. Many of Beck's lines were looped in post-production by noted voice actor Corey Burton. See more »


When Taylor takes the lance at the climax, its the same shot of it seen at the beginning of the film, but in reverse. See more »


Tangina Barrons: [the Freelings have defeated Kane] Thank God, thank God!
Taylor: [to Steve] Some battle, huh?
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Crazy Credits

In the credits, the words "Cavern and Mountaintop set materials by Foam-Tec" do not match with the rest of the closing credits. They seem to have been added on later. See more »


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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.

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