Poltergeist II

1986, Horror, 1h 32m

54 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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They're back, but this hollow sequel retains none of the charm or suspense that made the original Poltergeist such a haunting specter. Read critic reviews

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The Freelings have escaped their haunted house, which is now being studied by paranormal investigators, including shaman Taylor (Will Sampson). When Taylor realizes that the Beast, masquerading as the Rev. Kane (Julian Beck), knows where young Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O'Rourke) now lives, he goes to warn the family that their daughter is in danger again. To protect Carol, her father, Steve (Craig T. Nelson), and the rest of the family must plot to take down the Beast.

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  • Oct 27, 2019
    Did Poltergeist require 2 sequels? No. This film lacks all the usual standards set by the first film and is lesser value in every way. The filmmaker and producer team moved on and the only redeeming part of this film is the returning cast. The special effects are dialled up and over run the plot, which is super weird and an odd choice. The mythology starts to expand and it's not great and feels forced. The sequels are far from great, but if I had to say anything, this serves the first film unlike the second sequel. Poor sequel to an incredible first film. There is no reason for this film to exist, it serves no purpose. Hollywood at its finest here, sequel to a great film and it is less than half of that film. Watch for interest only, but for thrills, look elsewhere. 25/10/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2017
    I used to be terrified by the sight of Kane when I was a kid, but it is impossible to overlook how insufferably dull, disjointed and pointless this lame excuse for a sequel is, with a lot of bad dialogue, half-baked horror scenes and even some casual racial stereotypes thrown in.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2015
    "They're back." Lacking the craft of the original, Poltergeist II: The Other Side is a hokey and generic horror sequel. The story picks up with the Freelings settling into a new house and a demonic entity known as Kane coming after them. Unfortunately there's a lot of retconning to make this plot work, and Kane is a rather stereotypical villain. Craig T. Nelson gives a really hammy performance, and the special effects are incredibly cheesy. Convoluted and clichéd, Poltergeist II: The Other Side fails to recapture the thrills and excitement of the first film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2011
    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 W Super Reviewer

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