Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)




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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.
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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MGM Home Entertainment

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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
Will Sampson
as Taylor
Geraldine Fitzgerald
as Gramma Jess
John P. Whitecloud
as Old Indian
Craig Noble
as Vomit Creature
Susan Peretz
as Daughter
Ann Louise Bardach
as Kane's Person
Helen Boll
as Mother
Kelly Jean Peters
as Young Jess
Jaclyn Bernstein
as Young Diane
Robert Lesser
as Kane's People
Jamie Abbott
as Kane's People
Nobel Craig
as Vomit Creature
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
Rocky Krakoff
as Kane's People
Haley Taylor-Block
as Kane's Person
Carrie Lorraine
as Kane's People
Kathy Wagner
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 8, 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
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
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

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