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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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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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Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although much of the film is set in Chicago's John Hancock Center, the shopping area and parking garage as seen in the film do not exist in the Hancock Center. The shopping area (especially the escalators seen immediately before the art gallery sequence) is across the street, in the Water Tower Place shopping mall. The parking garage is definitely not the Hancock Center's, it was filmed in a high rise dual tower complex called "Oakbrook Terrace" in a suburb west of Chicago. See more »


When Carol Anne is pulled into the puddle in the parking garage, the platform she is standing on is visible. 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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A text in the credits reads "The character of Reverend Henry Kane was originally portrayed by Julian Beck" See more »


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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