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Director:
Writers:
Mark Victor (written by) &
Michael Grais (written by)
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Release Date:
23 May 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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Spectacular special effects and excellent ensemble acting. See more »
Plot:
The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces don't seem to be over. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
So-so first sequel See more (114 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Brian Gibson 
 
Writing credits
Mark Victor (written by) &
Michael Grais (written by)

Produced by
Lynn Arost .... associate producer
Freddie Fields .... executive producer
Michael Grais .... producer
Mark Victor .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Andrew Laszlo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thom Noble 
Bud S. Smith (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Joseph D'Agosta 
Monica Swann 
 
Production Design by
Ted Haworth 
 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
 
Costume Design by
April Ferry 
 
Makeup Department
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup artist
Adam Hill .... special makeup effects moldmaker: Boss Films (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Tom Joyner .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William S. Beasley .... first assistant director
Regina Gordon .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
William J. Durrell Jr. .... assistant art director
H.R. Giger .... conceptual artist
George Jenson .... illustrator
Jerry Moss .... property master
John J. Rutchland Jr. .... construction coordinator (as John J. Rutchland)
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Roy Barnes .... set designer (uncredited)
Greg Papalia .... set designer (uncredited)
Mark Siegel .... sculptor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mary Andrews .... adr editor
Michael J. Benavente .... sound effects editor
Carlos Delarios .... re-recording mixer
Susan Dudeck .... sound editor
Scott Hecker .... special sound effects editor
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising adr editor (as Paul Huntsman)
Michael J. Kohut .... re-recording mixer
Howard Neiman .... sound editor
Bob Newlan .... sound effects editor
Al Overton .... sound mixer
Aaron Rochin .... re-recording mixer
Robert R. Rutledge .... supervising sound effects editor
Frank Serafine .... special sound effects designer
Charles Ewing Smith .... sound editor (as Charles Smith)
Mark P. Stoeckinger .... sound editor (as Mark Stoeckinger)
Marty Church .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Craig Harris .... special sound designer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Larz Anderson .... special effects technician: Boss Film Corporation
Randy Cabral .... special effects technician: Boss Film Corporation
Adam Gelbart .... modelmaker
Daniel Hutten .... special effects technician: Boss Film Corporation
Michael Lantieri .... special effects coordinator
Robert Spurlock .... head special effects technician: Boss Film Corporation
Brian Tipton .... special effects: first unit
Charles Schneider .... monster puppeteer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Susan Alpert .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation (as Sue Alpert)
Susan Alpert .... visual effects production assistant: Boss Film Corporation (as Sue Alpert)
Michael Backauskas .... visual effects editor: Boss Film Corporation
Mat Beck .... visual effects camera: Boss Film Corporation (as Matt Beck)
Peter Berman .... first assistant camera: Boss Film Corporation
Brent Boates .... production illustrator: Boss Film Corporation
Dale Brady .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation
John Bruno .... visual effects art director: Boss Film Corporation
Theresa Burkett .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation
Roberto Carlos .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation
Craig Caton .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation
Glenn Chaika .... visual effects animator: Boss Film Corporation
Nancy Cipes .... visual effects production assistant: Boss Film Corporation
Mike Cobos .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation
Randall William Cook .... creatures creator: Boss Film Corporation
Charles Cowles .... optical camera operator: Boss Film Corporation
Margaret Craig-Chang .... visual effects assistant animator: Boss Film Corporation
Ken Dudderar .... visual effects precision cinetechnician: Boss Film Corporation
Richard Edlund .... visual effects supervisor
Leslie Ekker .... model maker: Boss Film Corporation
Robert Eyslee .... chief lighting technician: Boss Film Corporation
Ed Felix .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation
Eric Fiedler .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation
Paulette C. Fine .... visual effects accountant: Boss Film Corporation (as Paulette Fine)
Eddie Garcia .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation
Deborah Gaydos .... visual effects assistant animator: Boss Film Corporation (as Deborah Ann Gaydos)
Screaming Mad George .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation
Ron Gress .... model maker: Boss Film Corporation
Alan Harding .... optical camera operator: Boss Film Corporation
Rebecca Heskes .... visual effects technical animator: Boss Film Corporation (as Petrulli Heskes)
Renee Holt .... visual effects assistant animator: Boss Film Corporation
Jeff Howard .... visual effects animator: Boss Film Corporation
Jerry Jeffres .... visual effects electronic: Boss Film Corporation
Steve Johnson .... creatures creator: Boss Film Corporation
Ed Jones .... optical lineup: Boss Film Corporation
Dave Kelsey .... creature shop coordinator: Boss Film Corporation
Makio Kida .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation
Neil Krepela .... matte department supervisor: Boss Film Corporation
Brad Kuehn .... optical lineup: Boss Film Corporation
Robin Dean Leyden .... visual effects electronic: Boss Film Corporation (as Robin Leyden)
Mauro Maressa .... visual effects animator: Boss Film Corporation
Mary Mason .... optical coordinator: Boss Film Corporation
George E. Mather .... production supervisor: Boss Film Corporation
Dave Matherly .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation
Mark Matthew .... visual effects precision cinetechnician: Boss Film Corporation
Pat McClung .... model maker: Boss Film Corporation
Richard Medina .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation
Dennis Michelson .... visual effects editor: Boss Film Corporation
Henry Minski .... visual effects first assistant camera: Boss Film Corporation
Virgil Mirano .... still photographer: Boss Film Corporation
Michele Moen .... matte artist: Boss Film Corporation
Ronald B. Moore .... visual effects editorial consultant: Boss Film Corporation (as Ronald Moore)
Thaine Morris .... special effects foreman: Boss Film Corporation
Bill Neil .... director of photography: Boss Film Corporation
James Nelson .... production advisor: Boss Film Corporation
Lisa Nielsen .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation
Roberto Olivas .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation (as Bobby Olivas)
Clint Palmer .... first assistant camera: Boss Film Corporation (as Clinton Palmer)
Samuel E. Recinos .... visual effects technical animator: Boss Film Corporation (as Samuel Recinos)
Chris Regan .... optical lineup: Boss Film Corporation
Peggy Regan .... visual effects animator: Boss Film Corporation
Pat Repola .... lab technician: Boss Film Corporation (as Patrick Repola)
Pete Romano .... camera operator: Boss Film Corporation
Richard Ruiz .... effects chief moldmaker: Boss Film Corporation
Jon Schreiber .... visual effects production assistant: Boss Film Corporation
Dennis Schultz .... model maker: Boss Film Corporation
Nick Seldon .... model maker: Boss Film Corporation (as Nicholas Seldon)
David Shwartz .... model maker: Boss Film Corporation
Mark Siegel .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation
Paul Skylar .... model maker: Boss Film Corporation
Richard Snell .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation
Mark Stetson .... model shop supervisor: Boss Film Corporation
Wayne Strong .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation
Annick Therrien .... visual effects technical animation supervisor: Boss Film Corporation
Lynda Thompson .... visual effects production coordinator: Boss Film Corporation (as Lynda Lemon)
Eusebio Torres .... visual effects assistant animator: Boss Film Corporation
Patrick Van Auken .... key grip: Boss Film Corporation
Mark Vargo .... optical supervisor: Boss Film Corporation
Garry Waller .... special project supervisor: Boss Film Corporation
Joni Waller .... visual effects production assistant: Boss Film Corporation (as Joni Harding)
Mary E. Walter .... optical lineup: Boss Film Corporation (as Mary Walter)
Mark West .... visual effects design engineer: Boss Film Corporation
Charles Whiteman .... visual effects chief engineer: Boss Film Corporation
Robert Wilcox .... visual effects electronic: Boss Film Corporation
Bess Wiley .... matte camera assistant: Boss Film Corporation
Steven Willis .... creature crew: Boss Film Corporation (as Steve Willis)
Mark Bryan Wilson .... first technician: Boss Film Corporation (as Mark Wilson)
Terry Windell .... production illustrator: Boss Film Corporation
Stefanie Wiseman .... assistant camera: Boss Film Corporation
Matthew Yuricich .... chief matte artist: Boss Film Corporation (as Matt Yuricich)
Randy Algoe .... visual effects (uncredited)
Dave Chamberlain .... model shop production assistant: Boss Film Corporation (uncredited)
Craig Clark .... assistant special effects animator (uncredited)
Douglas A. Raine .... visual effects liason (uncredited)
Paul Van Camp .... software programmer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bill Couch .... stunt coordinator
Dana Dru Evenson .... stunts
Denise Feir .... stunts
Deirdre Flynn .... stunts
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts
Brooke Hudson .... stunts
Vickie Miller .... stunts
Beth Nufer .... stunts
Deep Roy .... stunts
Desiree Szabo .... stunts
George P. Wilbur .... stunt coordinator
George P. Wilbur .... stunts
Celia Bond .... stunts (uncredited)
Laura Dash .... stunt double (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Barbier .... still photographer
Leonard Lookabaugh .... key grip (as Len Lookabaugh)
Robert Marta .... camera operator
Don Nygren .... chief lighting technician
Cindy Clark .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Larry Hezzelwood .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Judy Courtney .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
April Ferry .... costume supervisor
Mort Schwartz .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Joan E. Chapman .... assistant editor
Patricia A. Galvin .... assistant editor (as Patricia Galvin)
Bob Kaiser .... color timer (as Robert Kaiser)
Chris Lamie .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bruce Botnick .... score mixer
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... music producer (uncredited)
Mark Graham .... music copyist (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
John Rodd .... orchestra scoring recordist (uncredited)
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation (uncredited)
Mirek Stiles .... assistant music engineer (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
James Walker .... musician: flute (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Fred Culbertson .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Terry Barrile .... paranormal researcher
Richard L. Calkins .... animal trainer (as Richard Calkins)
Allen Cappuccilli .... assistant: Ronald Moore, Boss Film Corporation
Jill Cook .... psychiatric advisor
P.K. Fields .... assistant to producer
Marcia 'Mavis' Girard .... script supervisor (as Marcia [Mavis] Girard)
Tom Guido .... assistant: Mr. Fields
Robert Lesser .... production associate
Mindy Rothstein .... production administrator: Boss Film Corporation
Kevin Ryerson .... consultant: paranormal phenomena
Dana Miller Schornstein .... assistant production coordinator: Boss Film Corporation
Bill Sheinberg .... production associate
Claire Wilson .... assistant: Richard Edlund, Boss Film Corporation
Dixie Fusillo .... production accountant (uncredited)
Estelle Sakabinos .... assistant: Mr. Gibson (uncredited)
Patricia A. Shaw .... assistant: Messrs. Victor and Grais (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Poltergeist II" - USA (short title)
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Runtime:
91 min | 130 min (original cut)
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
F. Murray Abraham turned down a role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Taylor:He's still here. He feels she belongs to him.
Diane:But why?
Taylor:I'm not sure, but he's used to getting what he wants.
Steve Freeling:Taylor, who is he? What is he?
Taylor:He's a man filled with the demon, lost in a dimension that surrounds our world. This entity believes that his world and ours are the same.
Diane:But why doesn't he know he's dead?
Taylor:Because he isn't.
Steve Freeling:But how can that be?
Taylor:Nothing really dies, like when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. Death only transforms us into another state of being. This man was evil, and his soul remains evil, because he chooses not to see the light, and pass on to another state of consciousness.
Steve Freeling:How are we gonna beat this thing?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007)See more »

FAQ

What is the "worm" scene about?
What happened to Dana, the older Freeling daughter?
Please recap what happened in the first movie.
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
So-so first sequel, 2 June 2004
Author: ITTMovieFanatic from U.S.A.

"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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