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Poltergeist III (1988)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 10 June 1988 (USA)
Carol Anne is staying with her aunt in a high-rise building, where the supernatural forces haunting her make their return.

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Gary Sherman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Skerritt ... Bruce Gardner
Nancy Allen ... Patricia Wilson-Gardner
Heather O'Rourke ... Carol Anne Freeling
Zelda Rubinstein ... Tangina Barrons
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Donna Gardner
Kipley Wentz ... Scott (as Kip Wentz)
Richard Fire Richard Fire ... Dr. Seaton
Nathan Davis ... Reverend Henry Kane
Roger May Roger May ... Burt
Paul Graham Paul Graham ... Martin Moyer
Meg Weldon Meg Weldon ... Sandy
Stacy Gilchrist Stacy Gilchrist ... Melissa
Joey Garfield ... Jeff
Christian Murphy Christian Murphy ... Dusty (as Chris Murphy)
Roy Hytower Roy Hytower ... Nathan
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Look who's moving to the city... with a 'vengeance'. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Poltergeist III: We're Back See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,344,308, 10 June 1988

Gross USA:

$14,114,488
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Heather O'Rourke's last film. 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

Tangina: Stay back! He's got the girls, and now HE WANTS YOU!
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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

References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

NIGHT RIDER
(uncredited)
Written by MICHAEL FORTE and BRUCE WEEDEN
Vocal by JAMES CARTER
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Horrible Ending to a good Film Series
4 January 2005 | by brianwoltersSee all my reviews

Poltergeist III is a bad, bad movie but it has a sort of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" charm to it.

This time, Carol Anne is living in Chicago with her Aunt and Uncle to attend a "gifted" school and the "ghosts" find her. That is the basic plot and given the fact that Kane and his followers went into the light at the end of the 2nd film, having Kane as the "main ghost" made this film fail.

The movie is filled with bad acting and dialogue. Tom Skerritt is just way over the top in his early scenes and gives the worst performance of his career. Nancy Allen doesn't help much and Laura Flynn Boyle was lucky she survived this mess. Then there is the dialogue, which many quotes have become part of my daily life in just the sheer silliness of it all. From "Give Me The Necklace" to "I've got the knowledge and the power" to the bloated face Tangina saying "Outside-In", the movie makes you laugh unintentionally many times. Oh, then there is "The Puddle!","Funny, funnier","We wont harm you..we love you." While over the top, Zelda Rubinstein is the ONLY saving grace in this film. Her presence brings some of the creepiness that this movie needed. Yes, her final scene is pretty bad but here scenes in the middle of the movie are pretty good.

Poltergeist III fails on all fronts but mainly due to the fact that it needed a fresh, new idea for haunting Carol Anne one more time.


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