Poltergeist II: The Other Side

MGM Released 1986


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Brian Gibson
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

Metacritic Score

  • 63

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    The original was good enough so that a residue of curiosity about the Freelings remains; we want to know what happened next. But a sequel is a sequel is a sequel, and this amiable ...

  • 50

    Time Out

    This sequel, sans Spielberg but obedient to his spirit, simply fails to regenerate the original's gut-grinding fears that make you dread ever scratching a spot again. And the contr...

  • 25

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    Poltergeist II offers no fresh hooting interest. To put it simply, there is nothing to like about Poltergeist II.

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Drama, Horror, Suspense