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Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

PG-13 | | Horror | 23 May 1986 (USA)
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The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces don't seem to be over.

Director:

Brian Gibson
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
JoBeth Williams ... Diane Freeling (as Jobeth Williams)
Craig T. Nelson ... Steve Freeling
Heather O'Rourke ... Carol Anne Freeling
Oliver Robins ... Robbie Freeling
Zelda Rubinstein ... Tangina Barrons
Will Sampson ... Taylor
Julian Beck ... Kane
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Gramma Jess
John P. Whitecloud John P. Whitecloud ... Old Indian
Noble Craig ... Vomit Creature
Susan Peretz ... Daughter
Helen Boll Helen Boll ... Mother
Kelly Jean Peters ... Young Jess
Jaclyn Bernstein ... Young Diane
Robert Lesser ... Kane's People
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Storyline

The Freeling family move in with Diane's mother in an effort to escape the trauma and aftermath of Carol Anne's abduction by the Beast. But the Beast is not to be put off so easily and appears in a ghostly apparition as the Reverend Kane, a religeous zealot responsible for the deaths of his many followers. His goal is simple - he wants the angelic Carol Anne; but the love of her family and the power of psychic Tangina once again unite, along with an elderly native American, to fight for her life. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Spectacular special effects and excellent ensemble acting. See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

(at around 34 mins) Steve (Craig T. Nelson) comments on Taylor (Will Sampson) perhaps being an escapee from an asylum. In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Sampson played an asylum inmate who escapes. See more »

Goofs

(at around 25 mins) When Carol Ann's pink phone rings, it's due to a leak in the roof. Then it rings continuously, but when she starts to answer... it's totally dry and the area is totally dry as well. See more »

Quotes

Steve Freeling: [Taylor is standing in the front door] Who the hell are you?
Taylor: Name's Taylor.
Steve Freeling: Great, good name!
[to his family]
Steve Freeling: Come on, let's go!
Taylor: Tangina Barrons sent me.
Steve Freeling: Oh yeah? Well say hello to the magic munchkin for us, will you?
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Crazy Credits

The last shot of the family running after the car forms an initial backdrop for the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

During post production, at least 15 minutes were cut from the film during the final editing stages, and some of the remaining scenes were re-arranged chronologically. Scenes rumored to be cut included: 1. A line mentioning "Dana," (the eldest daughter from the original film) being away at college. 2. A scene involving JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson and a floating toaster oven in their kitchen. 3. A scene in which the "Rev. Kane" appears at the house again and is confronted by "Tangina" right before she is about to leave after visiting "Diane" (Zelda Rubinstein was said to be very upset that this sequence was cut, as she felt it was one of her best scenes). 4. A longer "other side" sequence at the end featuring the family's battle with the Beast. 5. Longer versions of existing scenes featuring additional dialogue. Publicity stills from some of these scenes can be seen at: the fan site: http://www.poltergeistii.poltergeistiii.com/deleted.html See more »

Connections

Referenced in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Fell
(uncredited)
Written by John Lennon (uncredited) and Paul McCartney (uncredited)
[sung by Craig T. Nelson (uncredited) to JoBeth Williams]
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Undistinguised sequel with the likable family pursued by diabolic forces
23 June 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This second installment concerns about the young Freeling family(Jobeth Williams, Craig T Nelson, Robbins, O'Rourke and no Dominick Dunne but was suddenly killed) again, various months later and in a new house. Then appears the otherworld Beast in a ghostly apparition as the evil reverend Kane(Julian Beck.)It seems all of his supernatural powers have just about sent over the edge. The nasty reverend back from the other side and he wishes the good Carol(Heather O'Rourke), but with help her family, united to psychic Tangina, an Indian American(Will Patton) and the Granma(Geraldine Fitzgerald)confront against the weird being.

This inferior sequel from original (produced by Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper) contains spooky scenes, intrigue, suspense and dazzling special effects by Richard Edlund. The performances are uninspired and is badly paced with flaws and gaps which cause lack common sense and no coherence . Spectacular music score by the master Jerry Goldsmith and colorful cinematography by Andrew Lazslo. The complete project collapses under a regular direction by Brian Gibson(1944-2004). He was a director with no much success, and a biographies expert, such as : 'The Josephine Baker story and Tina Turner' ,and also directed 'The Juror, Still crazy and Camarena story'. Followed by a third sequel starred by Heather O'Rourke who surprisingly deceased, Tom Skerrit, Nancy Allen and Zelda Rubinstein, usual in the tree parts. The motion picture is classified PG-13(Parents guide) for violence, tense events and intensity. This pointless sequel and occasionally plodding will like to strange deeds buffs and Poltergeist trilogy fans.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Poltergeist II See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,357,190, 26 May 1986

Gross USA:

$40,996,665

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,996,665
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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