Poltergeist II: The Other Side

1986

Poltergeist II: The Other Side

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This lesser sequel to Poltergeist provides more special effects-oriented horror as the besieged Freeling family moves to Arizona for peace and safety. Even in their new home, however, they cannot escape the angry ghosts, who return with yet another attempt to kidnap their daughter.

Cast

JoBeth Williams
as Diane Freeling
Craig T. Nelson
as Steve Freeling
Heather O'Rourke
as Carol Anne Freeling
Oliver Robins
as Robbie Freeling
Zelda Rubinstein
as Tangina Barrons
Craig Noble
as Vomit Creature
Susan Peretz
as Daughter
Ann Louise Bardach
as Kane's Person
Helen Boll
as Mother
Jaclyn Bernstein
as Young Diane
Robert Lesser
as Kane's People
Jamie Abbott
as Kane's People
Ann Louise Baradach
as Kane's People
Syd Beard
as Kane's People
David Beaman
as Kane's People
Hayley Taylor-Block
as Kane's People
Pamela Gordon
as Kane's People
Chelsea Hertford
as Kane's People
Whitby Hertford
as Kane's People
Haley Taylor-Block
as Kane's Person
Rocky Krakoff
as Kane's People
Carrie Lorraine
as Kane's People
Kathy Wagner
as Kane's People
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Critic Reviews for Poltergeist II: The Other Side

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Audience Reviews for Poltergeist II: The Other Side

  • 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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