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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Critic Gene Siskel hated this movie. He said JoBeth Williams "had no shame", having twice appeared nude at this point, in Teachers (1984) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979). He called Craig T. Nelson a "clothes horse, if there ever was one". He also slammed the movie's production for "putting children in danger" and getting off on that kind of salacious thrill. See more »


When Taylor first arrives at the site of the Freelings' former house, he walks through the entrance to the plot between two brick pillars. In the first movie, each pillar was fitted with an electric lamp on a metal pole, and these lamps survived the complete destruction of the house, and were still illuminated even after the house has disappeared. However when Taylor passes them, the pillars show no sign of the lamps, not even any fixing bolts or holes where the bolts would have been. See more »


Steve Freeling: [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 opening credits take nearly five minutes to play out. See more »


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So-so first sequel
2 June 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

"Poltergeist II: The Other Side" is a mostly average sequel to the superb 1982 horror movie about unfriendly ghosts terrorizing a suburban family. This movie is not real bad like most people say it is (I did like some of it), but it's not real good either.

"Poltergeist II" takes place in Arizona, which is where the Freeling family now resides. But no matter where you go you can't keep a nasty ghost down, and those pesky spirits are back to terrorize the family once again. Where the first film was scary with a great sense of humor, the second film comes off more funny than scary. Not a good sign for a horror film where you're expected to be scared. And there isn't much scares this time around. Plus, the special effects this time around aren't as effective as they were in the first film. Nevertheless, the effects received another Oscar nomination, which to me was surprising.

If there's anything to like about "Poltergeist II", it's the acting. JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Oliver Robins, and Zelda Rubinstein are all back reprising their roles from the first film, with a few new faces add to the cast. The new cast members add some spark here. Will Sampson is very good as the Indian medicine man who also happens to be an exorcist, and comes in to help out the Freelings; Julian Beck makes a strong presence as the evil preacher who happens to be the leader of the ill-mannered ghosts (Beck was reportedly very ill when he made this, and it shows on the screen; he died right after filming completed); and the great veteran actress Geraldine Fitzgerald has a nice small part as Grandma Freeling. So to sum up this film: good acting, bad story, so-so effects, which makes for an average movie.

*** (out of five)

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