Up 566 this week

Poltergeist III (1988)

PG-13  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  10 June 1988 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.5/10 from 12,391 users  
Reviews: 112 user | 63 critic

Carol Anne is staying with her aunt in a highrise building, and the supernatural forces that have haunted her previously follow her there.


0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns a classy 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 02 Oct 2011
a list of 47 titles
created 24 Aug 2012
a list of 23 titles
created 16 Mar 2013
a list of 46 titles
created 28 Sep 2014
a list of 33 titles
created 1 month ago

Related Items

Search for "Poltergeist III" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Poltergeist III (1988)

Poltergeist III (1988) on IMDb 4.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Poltergeist III.

User Polls

2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces don't seem to be over.

Director: Brian Gibson
Stars: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke
Poltergeist (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson
Poltergeist (2015)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive.

Director: Gil Kenan
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clements
Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996–1999)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

"The Legacy" is a secret society that began many centuries ago to accumulate knowledge and artifacts to help fight against the evil in the world. This particular Legacy team is set in San ... See full summary »

Stars: Derek de Lint, Martin Cummins, Robbi Chong
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may know the way to defeat him for good.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Robert Englund, Rodney Eastman, John Beckman
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again. This time, the taunting murderer is striking through ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Hopkins
Stars: Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Kelly Jo Minter
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by Freddy Krueger who is out to possess him to continue his murdering in the real world.

Director: Jack Sholder
Stars: Robert Englund, Mark Patton, Kim Myers
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger - who stalks his victims in their dreams - learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back.

Director: Chuck Russell
Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Craig Wasson
New Nightmare (1994)
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Jeff Davis
Halloween 5 (1989)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

It's one year later after the events of Halloween 4. Michael survives the shootings and on October 31st he returns with a vengeance. Lurking and stalking, Jamie, Rachel, and Rachel's ... See full summary »

Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Freddy Krueger returns once again to haunt both the dreams of his daughter and Springwood's last surviving teenager.

Director: Rachel Talalay
Stars: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson, Peter Barton


Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott (as Kip Wentz)
Richard Fire ...
Nathan Davis ...
Roger May ...
Paul Graham ...
Meg Weldon ...
Stacy Gilchrist ...
Joey Garfield ...
Christian Murphy ...
Dusty (as Chris Murphy)
Roy Hytower ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Guess who's back in town. See more »


Horror | Thriller


PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

10 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poltergeist III: We're Back  »

Box Office


$10,500,000 (estimated)


$14,114,488 (USA)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


End credits explain that the role of Reverend Kane had originally been portrayed by Julian Beck. See more »


When Doctor Seaton is hypnotizing Carol Anne, he puts his hand on her face to calm her down. When she does, her head slants. In the next shot of her, her head is dead centered. See more »


Marcie Moyer: Oh, Scott! My knight in shining acne!
See more »

Crazy Credits

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


References The Exorcist (1973) See more »


Written by Simon Stokes and BILLY CIOFFI
Vocal by Simon Stokes
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Heather O'Rourke is the greatest (her best acting, IMO)
31 July 2005 | by (Louisville, Ky) – See all my reviews

Going in a different direction from the previous two movies in the series, this one took a few chances. The high-rise, mirrors, a new Kane(sad what happened to Julian Beck), etc. I loved this movie for those reasons. Not saying I didn't enjoy the other two because those were excellent, but it seemed like there wasn't anything in there to make them considered a horror movie except for the presence of ghosts with a little bit of suspense. "Poltergeist III" contained murder, suspense, tricky camera angles and most of all, the best acting I have ever seen from Heather O'Rourke. She was so adorable in her red pajamas and I truly believe she carried the movie with up to par performances by Skeritt, Allen, Rubenstein, Fire, Flynn Boyle and Wentz. Her presence on screen while watching this movie is so magnificent and very believable. When I was little, she was my first crush and I loved her, I only found out on 6-4-2005 that she passed away and it crushed me. I say this is the best of the series and I know I am the minority, but hey, to each his own. I realize the first movie is pretty much legendary for her famous line "They're Here", but I feel the acting here is better. The way they made the concept of the mirrors work is amazing and I thought it was a great attempt a something new. I gave this movie a 9/10 because of how much I enjoyed Heather O'Rourke's performance. Check it out.

39 of 53 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
CAROL-ANNE!!! emiller89
My Poltergeist 4 Cast BrentleyJames23
The ultimate drinking game hburly-2
I was watching 'The Faculty', and... supertrick_05
CAROL-ANNE? oh my god - this is plain awful. dancenog
What is the music playing at the party in the art gallery? cmjaustin
Discuss Poltergeist III (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page