Poltergeist II: The Other Side

MGM Released 1986


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Poltergeist II: The Other Side is the 1986 sequel to the popular Steven Spielberg-produced original, and also written by original co-writers Michael Grais and Mark Victor (Marked for Death, Cool World, Death Hunt). The film begins with a conversation between Indian shaman named Taylor (Will Sampson) and the diminuitive spiritualist Tangina (Zelda Rubenstein) stating that they believe the evil is still after the Freeling family. Steve (Craig T. Nelson) his wife Diane (JoBeth Williams) and their two young children Robbie (Oliver Robins) and Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) are broke after losing their house and are living with Diane's Mother Jessica (Geraldine Fitzgerald) who suddenly dies one night in her sleep. Soon after Carol Anne receives a phone call on her toy plastic phone from her Gran, she starts to draw disturbing pictures and a ghostly figure dressed in black begins to haunt her. The Indian shaman Taylor contacts the Freelings to warn them and offer his help to protect Carol Anne whom is the target of evil spirits belonging to a long dead preacher named Rev. Henry Kane (Julian Beck) and his followers. As the usual assortment of ghostly goings on begin to happen, Taylor convinces Steve that he and his family must face Kane on the other side and put an end to his evil once and for all...moreless
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    Poltergeist II is just as good as its predecessor.

    This time a preacher named Henry Kane starts to harass the Freelings and they must once again try to save themselves. Returning is Craig T. Nelson as Steve, JoBeth Williams as Diane, Heather O'Rourke as Carol Anne, Oliver Robins as Robbie, and Zelda Rubinstein as Tangina. New characters are Julian Beck as Kane, the evil preacher and Will Sampson as Taylor, who comes to help the Freelings. As the movie progresses, the Freelings soon discover the terrible link between Kane and the Beast.

    The acting is great. Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams give flawless performances, just like the last time. Julian Beck flawlessly gives Kane an air of creepiness. Heather O'Rourke gives another flawless performance of her own. Will Sampson does very good as Taylor.

    The special effects are perfect. They look just as amazing as what we saw in the original movie, albeit in a different way.

    The script is perfect. Mark Victor and Michael Grais expand on Poltergeist (1982) very well, providing a lot of insight into the original movie.

    Poltergeist II is just as good as its predecessor because it still manages to capture the magic of the original.moreless

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Drama, Horror, Suspense