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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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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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23 May 1986 (USA)  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$40,996,665 (USA)
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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 »

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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 »

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Taylor: Children have fought wars, have built nations. They are strong and have courage, don't treat them any less THAN that because they're young.
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Great sequel...
1 August 2014 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

While the sequel, "Poltergeist II: The Other Side", was never fully up to par with the original "Poltergeist" movie, then it has always been one of my favorites. And the reason for this was because of Julian Beck in the role of reverend Henry Kane. Man, that guy was spooky in that role, and he really carried most of the movie.

Right, well the movie essentially picks up where "Poltergeist" left off, with the Freeling family, minus Dana, staying at the grandmother's house. Back at the original Cuesta Verde site, the foundation of the house has been uprooted, revealing a horrible tomb underneath, where people were lead to their deaths by a reverend who preached the end of days, and end that never came, but the reverend refused to release his congregation. Reverend Henry Kane is out to get the angelic Carol Anne and nothing can stop him.

Story-wise, then "Poltergeist II: The Other Side" isn't as fully thought through as the first movie. But it was still entertaining and it does have its moments. My personal favorites are all the scenes with Julian Beck.

The effects were adequate enough for a movie back from 1986, but for some reason they were outdone by the effects in the first movie. Which was a bit odd.

The acting in part 2 was good, and it really carried the movie quite a long way, with most of the original cast making a return trip to the screen.

Like the first "Poltergeist", I have seen "Poltergeist II: The Other Side" so many times that I have long lost count. And it will probably always be one of those movies that I keep making a return trip to, no matter how many years pass by.

"Poltergeist II: The Other Side" is an entertaining movie, considering it is from 1986. And it is a must watch alongside with the first "Poltergeist" movie, especially if you enjoyed the first movie. This sequel is a well worthy addition to the collection of any horror aficionado.


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