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Poltergeist III (1988)

 -  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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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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Trapped in the limbo between life and death, there are only two ways out. See more »

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10 June 1988 (USA)  »

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Poltergeist III: We're Back  »

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$10,500,000 (estimated)

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$14,114,488 (USA)
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Producer David E. Kelley has quite a connection to this film. He cast Tom Skerritt and Zelda Rubinstein in his Emmy-winning TV drama Picket Fences (1992) after seeing them together in this film. The character of Skerrit's daughter was played by Holly Marie Combs on the show. That character is reminiscent in character and physicality to Lara Flynn Boyle's character Donna Gardner in this film. Nancy Allen was originally cast to portray the town's mayor in Season 2 of "Picket Fences" but had to drop out due to her contractual obligations to appear in RoboCop 2 (1990) and RoboCop 3 (1993). That role was then filled by Leigh Taylor-Young. See more »

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In the scene where Pat and Bruce are in the garage being chased by the cars covered in ice and snow, the cars pull out to face them and you can see that the windscreens on the cars have tiny spy holes for the drivers to see through but in the next shot when the cars are still and parked, the spy holes have been covered up. See more »

Quotes

Donna Gardner: [inside the security office] Wanna see panic?
[over the intercom while watching her friends swim in the pool]
Donna Gardner: This is the police! We have you surrounded! Please come out with your hands up and your pants down!
Scott: [on the intercom] Hello, this is your camp director. Jeff, quit pissing in the pool.
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A text in the credits reads "The character of Reverend Henry Kane was originally portrayed by Julian Beck" See more »


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JUNGLE MUSIC
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Written by Simon Stokes and BILLY CIOFFI
Vocal by Simon Stokes
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One of the Worst Movies I have ever seen
2 June 2003 | by (Philadelphia, Pa) – See all my reviews

Poltergeist III is truly one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The plot is illogical in terms of the rest of the series, as the poltergeists have developed different powers and methods than they used in the rest of the series. Furthermore, the main actors, Skerrit and Allen, are given virtually nothing to do except run around and look vaguely spooked. They cannot show the attachment to Carol Anne that was demonstrated by JoBeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson in the first two movies. Lara Flynn Boyle, making her major film debut, is virtually unrecognizable with a fluffy 80s hairstyle. Finally, one supporting character, a doctor, remains skeptical of the poltergeists far too long to be credible.


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