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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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Diane Freeling (as Jobeth Williams)
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John P. Whitecloud ...
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Young Diane (as Jaclyn Bernstein)
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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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The International Extended Play laserdisc features a new scene from the original cut; after Tangina comes to the house and Diane has just had a vision, Kane makes a second attempt at getting into the house. The scene plays out at five minutes, but edited down to a mere eight seconds in the film (Kane is just seen walking past the house but doesn't go near it ). In the scene, Kane tries to torment Tangina and Diane tells him to leave them alone. Kane says he remembers Diane as the one who took Carol-Anne away from him. He says "You won't win this time. I'm always watching and I will take Carol-Anne from you and there is nothing you can do about it!" Tangina retorts by saying Taylor knows how to stop him, because he's more powerful, and he will find a way to banish Kane and his followers forever, in which Kane looks rather worried. All Kane has to say to that is "I will find a way into this house and when I do...I will kill you all!" And with that, he walks off into the distance. See more »

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When the Beast falls from the ceiling, in the previous shot we could see the ceiling and it wasn't there. See more »

Quotes

Steve Freeling: [to Taylor after discovering his house is haunted] You stay, we're gone!
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Decent sequel overshadowed by poor post-production
25 March 2005 | by (London, England, UK) – See all my reviews

I have seen this sequel to "Poltergeist" many times and have always enjoyed it as much as I did the first movie. You will find that most people who dislike this sequel do so for the simple fact that it's a "SEQUEL" to the original 1982 "Steven Spielberg" produced hit (surprise surprise!) and "Spielberg" was nowhere in sight this time around (so what!), not everybody cares about whether a big director is involved with a movie/sequel or not including myself.

The sequel is written & produced by "Mark Victor" & "Michael Grais" who co-wrote the original with "Steven Spielberg" and follows the doomed Freeling family four years after the original classic left off...

I have always regarded "Poltergeist II" as a worthy follow up with it's flaws (which it is) and can still not understand how this movie made it's way from a running time of "130" minutes down to a mere "91".

Its obviously down to MGM rushing the movie's production and ordering pathetic cuts. Some of this movie's editing is really poor and it's a shame because the movie is actually pretty good and only really falls apart at the end when you can see how bad a hack job this movie really received. They should have dropped "The Other Side" from the title because you only get to see it in the movie for about 2 minutes and what you do get to see is a rushed not-finished mess of a finale.

The Poltergeist franchise should have been sold to UNIVERSAL (The company "Steven Spielberg" first approached about the original). They would have given this movie the justice it deserved. As for the third movie "I really don't care" nothing could have saved the third movie from being bad". Even with it's problems, I still loved the character's from the first movie, the plot was on the right track and introduced us to one of the most memorable villains in horror sequel history, the evil "Reverend Kane" brilliantly portrayed by "Julian Beck", and while not being as productive as the original, the special effects held up too.

Wrapping everything up, this movie is a decent sequel and has the advantage of retaining most of the original cast from the first movie (minus "Dominique Dunne" who was murdered by her boyfriend shortly after filming the first movie) and there are some really good classic moments in this sequel, one being... "The Vomit Creature!"...check your Tequila for strange worms swimming around in it next time!.

7/10


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