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:
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 <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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Although there was an internet rumor that Jerry Goldsmith was originally contracted to score this film but quit due to budget cuts (and then supposedly used his "unused" P3 score later in The Haunting (1999)), this rumor is untrue. Goldsmith was unhappy with the results of Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) and did not have an interest in doing the third film. Also, it's clear that MGM did not want to spend the extra money they knew it would cost to hire Goldsmith, considering that "Poltergeist III" was being made on a lower budget than the last film. Ultimately, "Poltergeist III" was scored by Joe Renzetti, who director Gary Sherman recommended, having worked with Renzetti previously on his other low-budget movies. 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 »


Tangina: Stay back! He's got the girls, and now HE WANTS YOU!
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A text in the credits reads "The character of Reverend Henry Kane was originally portrayed by Julian Beck" See more »


References Star Trek (1966) See more »


Written by Simon Stokes and BILLY CIOFFI
Vocal by Simon Stokes
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No classic but it absolutely terrifies me
27 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was shocked when I came to this site to see how low the rating is for this movie. I loved horror movies as a kid and still do, but of everything I remember watching when I was younger, Poltergeist III scared me the most. I would go literally weeks before I could look at myself in the mirror again... I'd always have to run by them. I used to watch this movie with my friends and it made them equally afraid of mirrors. I'm not going all out to say that the acting was high quality or that it goes down in my books as a classic horror movie but I think it's highly underrated. It's an incredibly dark, terrifying movie in my opinion. I think it's by far the scariest of the three Poltergeist movies, although the original Poltergeist is my favorite.

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