Posted on 5/28/10 01:06 AM
One of the worst sequels ever produced.
Saw this when it premiered in May 1986. I had such high hopes because I loved the 1982 original so much. Shock and disbelief soon took hold as wretched scene after wretched scene unfolded.
Everything that was so good in the original was all shot to hell. The charming Freeling family are now stupid, witless dullards. The novelty of the suburban domestic based scares are not to be found. And the fx just plain suck.
Movie looks like last minute cutting was involved as abrupt shifts in tone and narrative left me bewildered.
The lame and borderline offensive story is about a crazy preacher / pedophile, and his followers coming back from the grave cuz they have the hots for Carole Ann.
It's up to the Freelings and their " weapons " of love, and Craig Nelson's smoke spirit, aided by Indian Will Sampson, to battle the phantom horde in the title's "Other Side" . Can you say massively underwhelming finale ?
The original didn't show the Other Side. This one shows us. They should've left it a mystery. It looks embarrassing.
And those responsible to visualize the Other Side : none other than Oscar winners Richard Edlund ( The Empire Strikes Back ) and HR Geiger ( Alien )
This " dream team " managed to come up with some of the phoniest, most awful looking special visual fx and makeup fx ever seen in such a big budget picture.
I'm done, Enough of this rant. Just thinking about this atrocity pisses me off till this day.