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Director:
Writers:
Michael Grais (written by)
Mark Victor (written by)
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Release Date:
23 May 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Mixed bag of a sequel See more (110 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Brian Gibson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Grais  written by
Mark Victor  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 .... sound 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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Howard Neiman .... sound editor
Bob Newlan .... sound effects editor
Al Overton .... sound mixer
Aaron Rochin .... sound 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
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
James M. Falkinburg .... production advisor: Boss Film Corporation (as James Nelson)
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
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)
 
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)
 
Music Department
Bruce Botnick .... score mixer
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (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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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Craig T. Nelson didn't enjoy filming the "vomit monster" scene because it had to be re-shot so many times.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the Beast falls from the ceiling, in the previous shot we could see the ceiling and it wasn't there.See more »
Quotes:
Taylor:[sees Steve laughing about something] Funny?
Steve Freeling:Well, I love the health club I'm just wondering when I get the key to my locker.
Taylor:Sense of humor, that's good. You're gonna need it.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tequila Body Shots (1999)See more »

FAQ

How soon after the first movie ends does "Poltergeist II" pick up the story?
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Mixed bag of a sequel, 17 March 2010
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

In this follow-up to Poltergeist, the Freeling family call on the big Native American fella from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to help them once again defeat evil malevolent spirits that seem to not like them very much.

As with virtually all sequels this one is inferior to the original. However, the first film wasn't all that great and this one isn't a complete washout either. The story is modified somewhat from the first episode so that now the source of the poltergeist unrest is attributed to the dead followers of a cult leader, as opposed to the dead disturbed by unscrupulous property developers. The change has really only been made so that they can have a sequel to be perfectly honest, however, it does mean that the series is able to introduce the evil Reverend Kane. Kane is probably the best character in the series and his scene where he confronts the Freeling family on their front porch is the scariest and most well-crafted moment in any of the films. Julien Beck is excellent and unforgettable as the skeletal preacher. The rest of the cast play it strictly by numbers, although once again Heather O'Rourke is fab as the little girl. The other daughter is completely written out of this film with no explanation. Although it's a well documented fact that the actress who played her, Dominique Dunne, was murdered shortly after the first film was released, I still don't think it would have trashed her memory to have explained her absence; quite the opposite in fact.

The Poltergeist series was perhaps most famous at the time for its spectacular visual effects and this film is no exception. The demon Kane is a well rendered creation, and there are a number of cool 80's effects throughout. Unfortunately, though, it all ends in a somewhat underwhelming finale where the family enter some vortex or something. I think it would have been better if they had cut back on the special-effects here and simply re-introduced Reverend Kane, as he was much scarier. But I guess having a big effects-laden ending is one of the in-built rules of the Poltergeist movies sadly.

Overall, there's good stuff in this sequel but it's ultimately squandered on a rubbish ending.

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