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Poltergeist III (1988)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 10 June 1988 (USA)
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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Scott (as Kip Wentz)
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Christian Murphy ...
Dusty (as Chris Murphy)
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Storyline

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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Guess who's back in town. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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10 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poltergeist III: We're Back  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,344,308 (USA) (10 June 1988)

Gross:

$14,114,488 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Bruce is thrown across the room by the fake Carol Anne (when he reaches Carol Anne's bedroom door), Pat yells out, "Tom!" See more »

Quotes

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

Connections

Referenced in DVD-R Hell: Doorways to Danger (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

JUNGLE MUSIC
(uncredited)
Written by Simon Stokes and BILLY CIOFFI
Vocal by Simon Stokes
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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.


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