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
The partially grown "Vomit Creature" was performed by stuntman Noble Craig, a triple-amputee who lost both legs, an arm, and an eye while serving in the Vietnam War. See more »
At the end of the movie when Steve gives Taylor the station wagon, Tangina hugs the family and then disappears. Taylor gets in the car and drives off and Tangina is nowhere to be seen. See more »
[sees Carol-Anne hiding in the car]
Carol... open the door sweet pea. Come on honey, open the door. Lift up the knob, sweetheart. Come on honey, open the... oh sweetheart, that wasn't Daddy upstairs in the bathroom, you know that.
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The last shot of the family running after the car forms an initial backdrop for the end credits. See more »
A seriously underrated horror sequel, better than most
Despite the fact that 'E.T.' was released the same year, the first 'Poltergeist' was still quite a hit at the box office and with critics and viewers. The studio wanted a sequel, something that I don't think anyone expected to happen. I mean the end of the first one didn't really leave the door open and there weren't many questions left to be answered. But 4 years later we got one anyway, but like most sequels it was met with a mixed reaction. I've never understood why, and like many others, I feel 'Poltergeist II' is a vastly underrated and under-appreciated film.
Pros: Excellent performances from the returning cast members and the newcomers. Another great score by Jerry Goldsmith, which has classic themes and some memorable new ones. Has a darker and more sinister atmosphere than the original. Plenty frightening moments and images. There's also a few nice, sweet moments. Awesome creature and visual effects. Provides a pretty interesting back-story on the spirits. A terrifying villain in Reverend Kane. Well-paced. Some more cool set pieces, especially the one set in the garage.
Cons: The finale isn't bad per se, but the villain is done away with too fast and easily.
Final thoughts: A sequel this good doesn't come often. Unlike some other part 2s, like 'Amityville II: The Possession' for example, this one has heart in it. It isn't just another poor attempt to cash in on the name of the original. That's a sequel to be proud of.
My rating: 5/5
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