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Poltergeist III (1988)


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Evil spirits follow a young girl from the suburbs to the city in the second follow-up to the blockbuster horror film Poltergeist. Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O'Rourke) is now 12 years old and living with Patricia and Bruce Gardner (Nancy Allen and Tom Skerritt), her aunt and uncle, in a high-rise apartment building in downtown Chicago. Carol Anne attends a school for gifted children, where the staff psychologist Dr. Seaton (Richard Fine) attributes her past troubles with noisy ghosts to mass

Nov 2, 2010

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (14) | DVD (3)

At its worst, well, it's just another soulless, hacky-tacky horror sequel.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: House Next Door
House Next Door

Cheesy sequel has some suspense, supernatural violence.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...falls right in line with its entirely underwhelming predecessor...

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

I recall two emotions from seeing this: sadness at seeing Heather O'Rourke (who died during filming); and intense discomfort from the 12-pack of beer my friend and I chugged in the parking lot before going to see this

October 28, 2005
Film Threat

Horrible. Rotten. Don't waste your time.

May 6, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

unnecessary sequel

July 11, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

it has it's moments but to few of them

January 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

Okay follow-up. The mirror stuff is cool.

July 14, 2003

Sans the suspense of the first two movies, but still a worthy addition the ghoul series

September 17, 2002

One of the worst horror sequels ever made, and I've seen them all.

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Poltergeist III

Son of a fucking bitch. I meant to watch Exorcist 3 not Poltergeist 3. I just sat through this entire piece of suck ass. I didn't realize until it was over that I had mixed up the movie titles. Fuck me. 2 hours of my life WASTED. FUCK YOU POLTERGEIST 3!
October 13, 2011
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Super Reviewer

Yuck. Despite some marginally creepy moments, this flick is poo. It's also unsettling because I know poor Heather O'Rourke died making this turd.
June 18, 2011

Super Reviewer

Although I kind of liked this film, I didn't see it as a Poltergeist film. Firstly, there isn't a poltergeist in it as such and secondly and structure that made the first two so popular was thrown out the window. The story is a bit dire, would Carol Anne's parents really get rid of her after what the family had gone through? No, they wouldn't. Acting is also quite bad, apart from young Heather O'Rourke. Some of the effects are impressive, the girl coming out of a dead body was very impressive for sheer shock factor but alas, the mirror effects are over done and if you watch close enough, badly executed. I can?t help but think there are 3 really good films hiding in here that could have all been done so well but in the end it clashes together like a complicated mess. Watch out for blatant rip offs too, Christine, Shivers, Don't look now....shall I go on? Completist only. Sad about O' Rourke's death, she was a good little actress who would have gone far!
September 30, 2009

Super Reviewer

    1. Observer: Excuse me Dr. Seaton, that little blonde girl keeps staring at the mirror, as if she sees us.
    2. Dr. Seaton: Do you think she can?
    3. Observer: No.
    4. Dr. Seaton: But you think she is staring straight at you.
    5. Observer: Yeah...
    6. Dr. Seaton: That seems to be one of her dubious talents, making people believe things.
    – Submitted by Tony A (2 years ago)
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