After recently discovering the original Poltergeist, I had to check out the sequels. But unfortunately, this one can not compare to the original, nor come even halfway to be as good as the first one.
The story to this one goes is that Carol Anne from the first movie is now living with her Aunt and her family. They think she is able to suggest and manipulate what people see, due to her shrink being a whack job himself. He is convinced that Carol Anne can make people think they see something, and suggest to another to break a mirror or something to give the impression there is a poltergeist doing it.
However, it turns out the shrink does not know best, there really is one and Carol Anne is kidnapped into the between world again, along with her cousin and her boyfriend as her Aunt and Uncle desperately search for her.
Some of the scenes in this movie are simple FX shots with split screens, but have a pretty cool look to them, but it’s the whole lack of action and suspense that leave this movie feeling like it’s not as good as could have been if a better script had been written for it.
I dunno about anyone else, but I really felt the ending was not what it should have been, it should have been like the original, like just when you think it’s safe, all hell breaks lose again. And, I guess they did try for something like that, but it was too predictable that it was not over yet, because you kind of want it to start up again AFTER they get out of the reflection dimension. I felt disappointed when that happened and then the credits roll.
*spoiler* (don’t read on from here if you havent seen this, but intend to)
I thought they should have kept the movie going, and done the next part around the two poltergeists that come into there world via the bodies of the daughter and the friend. It kind of seemed like it was done, and forgotten about, leaving me think, "well, what happened to those 2?"
However, it might be a lead way for Poltergeist 4.
Also, the thing that I think let’s this movie down in ways, is it does not really seem like a poltergeist, it’s more like just a ghost movie where one Ghost is trying to abduct everyone in the family. I have the feeling this might have been written as an interesting idea for a spooky movie, but then someone had the idea to customize it to make it a 3rd installment.
I say that with the reason of it not seeming all that poltergeist-y (is that a word?) and that the rest of the sub characters seem like they did not play much point in the movie, and had no real meaning to be there, almost like it was put into the script at the last minute without any real detail to any of the characters.
Overall, it’s watchable, it’s far from the worst movie of all time, I just think it leaves too many gaps, and a lot of things that where not explored that would help make the movie a lot better then it is.
About Poltergeist 3 (1998)
Starring: Martin Cummins, Helen Shaver, Kristin Lehman, Derek de Lint, Robbi Chong, Maurice Godin, Stephanie Dicker, Sheila Larken, Jerry Schram, Deryl Hayes
Director: Michael Robison