Poltergeist III (1988)

PG-13  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  10 June 1988 (USA)
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Carol Anne is staying with her aunt in a highrise building, and the supernatural forces that have haunted her previously follow her there.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nathan Davis ...
Roger May ...
Paul Graham ...
Meg Weldon ...
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Joey Garfield ...
Christian Murphy ...
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Carol Anne has been sent to live with her Aunt and Uncle in an effort to hide her from the clutches of the ghostly Reverend Kane, but he tracks her down and terrorises her in her relatives' appartment in a tall glass building. Will he finally achieve his target and capture Carol Anne again, or will Tangina be able, yet again, to thwart him? Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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10 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poltergeist III: We're Back  »

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$10,500,000 (estimated)


$14,114,488 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Tom Skerritt makes a reference to Brian De Palma's Carrie (1976) to Nancy Allen. This is presumably an in-joke, as Allen had starred in that film, as Chris Hargenson, back in 1976. See more »


When Bruce and Patricia are shown in their room from outside the window, Bruce's black suit is laying on the end of the bed. Two shots later when they are shown from inside the room, Bruce goes to sit on the bed and the black suit is now laying in a different position on the bed. See more »


Bruce Gardner: How would you feel if some quack told you that you had supernatural powers?
Pat Gardner: Do you remember that guy that was on all the talk shows, used to bend keys, fix watches, took Polaroids of himself in the dark? Maybe Carol Anne?
Bruce Gardner: Please not you too, give the kid a break, first your crazy brother in law used her as a scapegoat from the quarter of million homes, he built.
Pat Gardner: Steven didn't!
Bruce Gardner: Steven and your sister have put the poor thing threw hell, with those weirdo psychics and witchdoctors.
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Crazy Credits

A text in the credits reads "The character of Reverend Henry Kane was originally portrayed by Julian Beck" See more »


Referenced in E! True Hollywood Story: Curse of Poltergeist (2002) See more »


Written by Simon Stokes and BILLY CIOFFI
Vocal by Simon Stokes
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Positive thoughts :-)
24 August 2003 | by (Port Charlotte, FL) – See all my reviews

I honestly DO NOT know why this film was criticized for being so bad.....while it's not as good as the 1st "Poltergeist" movie, it's DEFINITELY NOT a bad movie! The film boasts a good cast (Heather O'Rourke, Lara Flynn Boyle, Nancy Allen, Tom Skerritt), GREAT special effects, and has some scary moments to boot. It's certainly better than some of the 80's "slasher" movies, where too many sequels ruined the originals, and I honestly think that it rates up there as being a very underrated horror movie of its time. :-)

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