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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
Terrifying concept. Flawed but brilliant visualization of a family haunted by an Apocalyptic Cult that was buried alive against their will in a cave in the middle of the desert in the 1800s. Kane is terrifying to this day. Maybe its my Roman Catholic upbringing, but this movie made me terrified of ghosts
For sure worth watching. Highlights include the ending which is moving and has lots of nice ties off loose ends. The acting from the little girl is intense and often very realistic. Lowlights are the slapdash feeling to the middle of the film (hello random Native American man - goodbye random Native American man) and the lack of truly terrifying suspense. The film is quick, fun and scary though. The worm scene is memorable and haunting! Rev Kane is amazingly portrayed by the actor! His acting added a whole half stat to this review!
Poltergeist 2 the Other Side, seemingly has no thought put into it and slaps no horror on to it.
Not called for and not good.
Entertaining movie, but just made for cash.
The concept here is decent: the family leaves their haunted past to live with grandma, where a terrifying apparition in the form of a truly creepy priest opens up familiar terrors. Sadly, it's sorely missing the deft script and direction touches of Spielberg and Hooper. Too many things don't make sense (Why does the dad suddenly not believe in the supernatural? What happened to the teenage daughter?), keeping the numerous moments of awesome horror somewhat hidden by poor execution & corniness.
Horrible sequel that has nothing to do with the original.
Of course it's not the best movie ever (it's far from being), but it's even good. The first "Poltergeist" was not even a great movie, it did not scare as much as other horror movies (such as "The Shining"), but even had scenes that made us jump out of the chair; This movie has not had so many scares, the story was a bit strange and simple, but it's even good and I recommend it to fans of horror movies and fans of the first movie.
This movie has some GENUINELY terrific moments. Much of the time spent with the family before the horrors start is tremendous. The baddie has some great opening scenes and the idea of fleshing out this world to be a place where good and evil are at war is super fun. BUT the movie has no real story and not long into it, hijinks of horror become the narrative. It's hippy and shaman-style mythos becomes clunky and EMBARRASSING. By the end you ask, what have we gained from this? Sadly, not much.