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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.


Gary Sherman

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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


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


No matter where Carol Anne goes... she never goes alone. See more »


Horror | Thriller


PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

10 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Poltergeist III: We're Back See more »


Box Office


$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,344,308, 10 June 1988

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the beginning of the film, the characters mistakenly believe that the weather outside is cold. When they descend from the upper floors to the ground level however, they find that it is in fact quite warm. This phenomenon of weather varying from the upper to lower floors actually does occur at the Hancock Center due to the building's height. Residents often call the lobby doormen before leaving their apartments to find out what conditions are like at ground level. See more »


When Bruce Gardner and Patricia Wilson-Gardner are being chased by cars in the underground garage the driver is visible when one of the cars is crashed at the end of the chase. See more »


Kane: The necklace!
[Kane slaps Pat violently. She falls over Donna's desiccated body and falls again over Bruce desiccated body so Pat takes the shovel]
Kane: Give me the necklace.
Pat Gardner: No!
Kane: The necklace!
Pat Gardner: No!
[Pat chops off Kane's head and the body falls over the frozen ground while Pat looks at Kane's head and peels off until revealing a mummified skin and shouting a blood-curdling scream]
Tangina: [Kane comes back to life. He comes for Pat but suddenly Tangina appears through the mirror] Kane!
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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 »


Referenced in Fair Game (1988) See more »


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Pointless following and again Carol Anne pursued by evil beings
21 July 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This third installment deals about Carol(Heather O'Rourke)goes with her uncle(Tom Skerritt), aunt(Nancy Allen) and their teenaged daughter(Lara Flynn Boyle)to stay into a highrise building. Then , appear the otherworld creatures who had haunted her previously and she's still pursued by weird beings. Again the strange reverend Kane( Nathan Davies substituting to Julian Beck). The family find its building and the swimming pool invaded by unfriendly spirits which abduct the 6-years-old girl. Carol Anne with the help her aunts and along with psychic Tangina Burrons(Zelda Rubinstein) confront against the supernatural forces.

Another undisguised follow-up from excellent original(produced by Spielberg), occasionally plodding and pointless sequel; furthermore, rapidly and lousy made. This sensationalistic scary ghosts story packs eerie scenes, tension, thrills, chills and amazing images. The interpretation is uninspired and is badly pulled off in gaps and flaws that cause no coherence and lack common sense. Average musical score , I miss the magnificent soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith proceeded in Poltergeist I(Tobe Hooper) and II: the other side(Brian Gibson). O'Rourke spontaneously deceased months before the movie's release and the film is dedicated Heather. The picture is rated 'Parent guide' for spooky events, creepy intensity and frightening happenings.The whole project collapses under regular direction by Gary Sherman. Here, he's screenwriter, special visual effects designer and mediocre director. In spite of it, he achieved some success in the terror cinema(Dead and buried). This inferior sequel is exclusively for Poltergeist trilogy buffs.

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