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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 »

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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Gary Sherman felt that the movie was too short. This was due to budgetary constraints and therefore seventeen pages from the movie script were never filmed. See more »


When Doctor Seaton is hypnotizing Carol Anne, he puts his hand on her face to calm her down. When she does, her head slants. In the next shot of her, her head is dead centered. See more »


Carol Anne: A woman's entitled to change her mind.
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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 »


References The Evil Dead (1981) See more »


Written by Simon Stokes and BILLY CIOFFI
Vocal by Simon Stokes
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Guess who's back in town?
12 April 2009 | by nick-ccrSee all my reviews

Okay, now its Poltergeist III. The only two returning actresses are Heather O'Rourke and Zelda Rubenstein. Its about Carol Anne who moved to her aunt (played by Nancy Allen) and uncle's (played by Tom Skerrit) high rise apartment building. Her aunt and uncle's daughter (played by Lara Flynn Boyle) lives there too. Carol Anne finds out that Reverend Kane (from the 2nd movie) has returned to make her lead him into the light, and the more she doesn't, the more friends of hers will get killed.

The acting is terrible mostly but Heather O'Rourke does an excellent job in her last performance and Lara Flynn Boyle also does very good. Tom Skerrit didn't do too good in this one and neither did Nancy Allen. Reverend Kane doesn't even look like himself. The special effects were very good and the use of mirrors was also really cool. The part where the kids were sneaking around was the most intense part of the movie because the movie is not intense. Richard Fire was atrocious as Dr. Seaton and him denying everything just goes way too far. The movie is entertaining and fun. The ending was somewhat abrupt because Heather O'Rourke was dead before filming finished. An average sequel and an okay way to end the story.

Overall: 5/10

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