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Poltergeist II: the Other Side (1986)


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One of the more effectively spooky and financially successful horror films of the '80s got an inevitable sequel with this effects-heavy installment. The Freeling family is trying to grapple with the devastation wrought by the ghosts and ghouls that destroyed their lives. The insurance company doesn't believe their story about what happened to their house, so Steve (Craig T. Nelson), Diane (JoBeth Williams), and their kids, Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) and Robbie (Oliver Robins), have been


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (11) | DVD (6)

This sequel, sans Spielberg but obedient to his spirit, simply fails to regenerate the original's gut-grinding fears...

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Seems like a string of special effects held together by a far-fetched story line with an unsatisfying sticky-sweet ending.

May 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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They don't come much more ridiculous...

September 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

As needless a sequel as one could envision...

February 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Terribly disjointed and dramatically unfulfilling.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Nothing is as scary as the first flick, but still...this one has some chills.

February 17, 2008

worth it

April 11, 2006 Full Review Source:

Crushing tediousness.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comment (1)
Lessons of Darkness

An outrageously scary sequel.....a true horror classic

March 23, 2005 | Comments (5)

Salutes family solidarity in the face of evil forces.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Slightly entertaining, even though most of it sucks.

June 9, 2004 | Comment (1)
Juicy Cerebellum

If you've seen the first one there's a lingering sense of déja vu about it all.

September 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Poltergeist II: the Other Side

Kane: You're all gonna die in there! All of you! You are gonna die! 

"They're back."

Poltergeist is a great film and one of my favorite horror films of all-time. Like all great horror films before and after it, there must be sequels. They have to capitalize on successful stuff and I don't mind that. I love watching remakes, prequels and sequels, and most of the time, even if their bad I can still some extent enjoy what I'm watching. That is the case here with Poltergeist II: The Other Side. It is such an awful movie, yet at times I had some fun with it. I liked the explanation of the Reverend Kane, and I just liked the Kane character period. He had such a spooky look to his face and the sound of his voice was frightening to a degree. Aside from that though, this is not the sequel I was hoping for.

The same family from the first one moves into another house and yet the same stuff begins to happen again. They still want Carol Anne. The family has to stay together to fight off the evil spirits that want to take Carol Anne. The plot isn't too much different than the first one in those regards, but it does differ, in that the family isn't trying to rescue Carol Anne from another world, but are trying to keep her out.

This isn't anything special and is actually a below average horror sequel. That should tell you everything. Think about some of the terrible sequels out there. If you're a fan of the first one, you should still watch this because there are little plot elements that you will probably be able to enjoy. Just don't expect a genre masterpiece like, Poltergeist. Expect something more along the lines of  Halloween 6 quality and you'll be fine.
December 18, 2011
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Okay there are some scarier part in this movie more than the first one. But I actually laughed at the end. Well it's pretty old movie so nothing advanced was expected at that time. I'm sure there were a lot of people was scared by seeing this.
June 9, 2010
Dead Angel

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Not a fantastic sequel. Julien Back's Kane is one of cinemas most creepy characters though, the fact that he was actually riddled with cancer and weeks from a death he was expecting, gives it an extra eerie feel. Sends shivers down my spine just thinking about it. Shame the film doesn't have the same impact. Will Sampson's good though and Noble Craig's CV is hilarious, imdb him!
September 30, 2009

Super Reviewer

They're baaaaaack!
More paranormal fun with the Freelings!
March 21, 2008
Robert C

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