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Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

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Critic Consensus: They're back, but this hollow sequel retains none of the charm or suspense that made the original Poltergeist such a haunting specter.

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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.

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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

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (22)

The annoying thing is that the movie doesn't make sense. Poltergeist II doesn't stick to its own supernatural rules and leaves lots of loose ends waving in the breeze.

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It's a tacky tale of terror. It creates no plausible atmosphere, but springs its shocks indiscriminately.

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Not much of the first film's tincture of humor is revived, but most of the tiresome mumbo-jumbo routines get another going-over.

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Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke and Oliver Robins are involved again, but this is movie-making by numbers, orchestrated with thunderous but ultimately deadening technical resource.

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There are movies that make you want to mince words, and then there's Poltergeist II: The Other Side, a movie so ineffably bad, you can't even find the words to mince.

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The sequel is, ho-hum, more of the same, with lots more special effects. And when the writers were stuck for an idea, they just dug through their movie-molded memories.

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Audience Reviews for Poltergeist II: The Other Side

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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

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