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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>

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the March 1989 Fairfield Research, Inc.'s Video Trade Advertising Study, the commercial for the videocassette release of this film, featuring Bobo (Robert Weil) from Moonstruck (1987), was the number one most recalled TV spot by video retailers in its release period. See more »

Goofs

In the elevator sequence, when Bruce is trying to reach the buttons for second time, in a shot, a wooden plank can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Carol Anne: [after missing her ride] Great! I don't have to go to that creepy school today!
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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 »


Soundtracks

NIGHT RIDER
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Written by MICHAEL FORTE and BRUCE WEEDEN
Vocal by JAMES CARTER
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Dr. Seaton, You Rock.
6 February 2005 | by drhackenstineSee all my reviews

Strange little sequel filled with annoying characters and some horrible dialog. Poltergeist 3 is not really all that bad, it just suffers greatly from those two flaws. Story does wisely by switching the setting from the suburbs to the big city. The character Carol Anne now resides with her aunt and uncle and snobby cousin in Chicago, where they live in a high rise. Soon, ghosts start popping up again. This movie has some of the stupidest lines in it, it's often hard not to grin. O'Rourke did a good acting job in the first two films. Here, not so good. I think that may be the fault of whoever wrote the go-nowhere script. A lot of the characters lines in this seem forced or overacted. Especially the character of Dr. Seaton. The special effects are impressive though. The makers used a lot of mirror tricks that really pull the movie through it's stupider moments. However, the chopped off head of Kane scene was atrocious. I guess this movie suffered because of severe budget cuts.A lot of scenes in this movie feel a bit lame(the kid who busts up through the ice and runs into the window, the "break the mirror" scene,the kid who flips off the security camera, etc., etc.). Nancy Allen, who plays the aunt, does not look happy to be involved in this. Weaker entry in the series, but it is watchable. Seems a bit rushed. Features annoying teenagers you would find in a Friday The 13th movie. A guy rips off Lara Flynn Boyle's cheek. And whats with that growling window pane in the end? Ya gotta see it if you saw the first two. Two stars.


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