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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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Diane Freeling (as Jobeth Williams)
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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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Spectacular special effects and excellent ensemble acting. See more »

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23 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$40,996,665 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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When Steven is vomiting up the Kane worm, you can see the cables that operate it going down the side of his face and over his shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Taylor: [talking about Robbie] He wants to be a man.
Diane: Well, there are a lot of ways to be a man. I'm not sure wearing claw marks and warpaint is one of them.
Taylor: How would you know?
Diane: What?
Taylor: You're not a man, are you?
Diane: OK, I'm not a man. But you're not a mother. It is my job to do everything I can to make my children part of a normal world. A world of schools and friends and lovers and families of they're own someday.
Taylor: Well, that's good.
Diane: Right, I know. And I hope that they'll learn to forget all of this soon.
Taylor: You...
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The dangers of drinking the worm in tequilla graphically displayed.
2 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

This sequel was okay at the theater when I saw it, but it wasn't great. Kind of an average film that adds plot points that really are a bit weak. We find out in this one that it was not necessarily the fact the little community was sitting on an old cemetery that was the problem in the first one, but rather that the house was over some burial ground of a cult. There is also this really old man that is a bit creepy wandering around looking for Carol Anne and the Freeling clan. I just think they wanted to add a more physical enemy, someone you could focus on. The family is now living with grandma, but strange stuff starts happening again. For some reason they want Carol Anne. An Indian guy comes to their aid and gives them advice and there are a series of happenings, but this one just isn't as good as the first one as it is very slow in places. The ending was just plain lame and only makes this one worse than it is. As not good as this is though, the next Poltergeist makes this one look a lot better. Some good scenes here and there, but ultimately this one disappoints. Though there is that memorable scene with the worm.


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