Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)




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This taut sequel to Steven Spielburg's Poltergeist is set less than a year after the Freeling family was nearly destroyed by the angry residents of the cemetery on which their home was built. After all of that trauma, the family moves to Arizona to live under the psychic protection of Gramma Jess. Unfortunately it isn't very long before they are once again suffering from the wrath of vengeful ghosts who try to kidnap the youngest daughter. The special effects provide the highlights, most notably … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Victor, Michael Grais
In Theaters:
MGM Home Entertainment


as Diane Freeling

as Steve Freeling

as Carol Anne Freeling

as Robbie Freeling

as Tangina Barrons

as Taylor

as Gramma Jess

as Vomit Creature

as Daughter

as Kane's Person

as Mother

as Young Diane

as Kane's People

as Vomit Creature

as Kane's People

as Kane's People

as Kane's People

as Kane's People

as Kane's People

as Kane's People

as Kane's People

as Kane's People

as Kane's People

as Kane's Person

as Kane's People

as Kane's People
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Critic Reviews for Poltergeist II: The Other Side

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Seems like a string of special effects held together by a far-fetched story line with an unsatisfying sticky-sweet ending.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Here is a film that offers a few shining moments of inspiration and then does exactly what the audience expects it to: throws it all away in a mad dash of conventional exchanges between characters that undercut the purpose of their struggles.

Full Review… | May 27, 2015

They don't come much more ridiculous...

Full Review… | September 27, 2011
Groucho Reviews

As needless a sequel as one could envision...

Full Review… | February 18, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

Terribly disjointed and dramatically unfulfilling.

Full Review… | August 21, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Poltergeist II: The Other Side

Unnecessary and tired, "Poltergeist II: The Other Side" represented yet another rehash sequel, pretty much copying every beat from the first film, all the way down to "they're back." Yes, that line is actually in the film. The saving grace of this picture is definitely the fact that the entire cast came back and seems to care once again, but the script was a bit too "Hollywood-Sequel" for me to care. The fact that they needed to flat-out show us what is on the other side when they go, was a bit forced and almost like they had nowhere else to take the story. From the characters knowing too much about what is going on, to this sequel not really having any stakes, it was almost too easy of a watch for me. In the end, this is a fine sequel that I will definitely forget about, but I can say they didn't to a terrible job. If you want more of the first film, that is exactly what you will get, and I thought the first was great!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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.

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.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

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