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Poltergeist III (1988)

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

Director:

Gary Sherman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Skerritt ... Bruce Gardner
Nancy Allen ... Patricia Gardner
Heather O'Rourke ... Carol Anne
Zelda Rubinstein ... Tangina
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Donna Gardner
Kipley Wentz ... Scott (as Kip Wentz)
Richard Fire Richard Fire ... Dr. Seaton
Nathan Davis ... Kane
Roger May Roger May ... Burt
Paul Graham Paul Graham ... Martin
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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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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No matter where Carol Anne goes... she never goes alone. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Following the death of Heather O'Rourke in February of 1988 after she finished her work on the film (April-June 1987), it was the decision of director Gary Sherman to temporarily shelve the project during its post-production phase. However, due to the amount of money that had already been spent, MGM insisted that the film be finished and released as scheduled for June of 1988 or they would find someone else to do it. Apparently, after the film was given a PG rating by the MPAA in November 1987, the studio had already decided to have Sherman re-shoot the ending with more graphic scenes, in order to "up" the rating to PG-13. Planning for this re-shoot began in December 1987 and continued into January 1988, but was temporarily put on hold when O'Rourke died Feb. 1. The re-shoot (which used a stand-in for Heather) eventually took place in March, and the film was then "re-edited" and given a PG-13 by the MPAA in April 1988. Director Sherman would later claim that no such "re-shoot" took place, instead insisting that Heather died before they could film the "original ending" and that the current ending using the body double was what they hastily threw together when forced to "finish" the film by MGM. However, he is contradicted by at least six other people who also worked on the film who confirmed that the original ending was in fact filmed before Heather died and that the re-shoot of the ending took place after her passing. These people include producer Barry Bernardi, actor Kipley Wentz, assistant editor Jeanne Bonansinga, composer Joe Renzetti, special effects makeup artist Doug Drexler and the man who provided the voice for the Rev. Kane, Corey Burton. His claims would ultimately be proven false by the Collector's Edition Blu-ray release by Scream Factory, where the original film elements and the missing footage were discovered in a vault for a 4K restoration, including the original ending which Sherman denied ever existed. This Blu-ray release, as of 2020, has since gone out of print. See more »

Goofs

(at around 26 mins) When Bruce and Patricia are shown in their room from outside the window, Bruce's black suit is laying on the end of the bed. Two shots later when they are shown from inside the room, Bruce goes to sit on the bed and the black suit is now laying in a different position on the bed. See more »

Quotes

Marcie Moyer: Oh, Scott! My knight in shining acne!
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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 »

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Yet another rehash...
24 June 2000 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

The change of setting and the introduction of some new characters breathe some life into this watchable sequel, but the general familiarity and a very messy script weaken the whole. One thing is for sure: after this third entry, the series had run completely out of steam.

If you get bored, try to distract yourself by watching the excellent effects, and by counting how many times the name "Carol Anne" is heard throughout the film. Maybe more than 100 times!


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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, 12 June 1988

Gross USA:

$14,114,488

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,114,488
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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