Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) Movie Review

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Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

1986 | PG-13 | Horror
91 minutes / 1h 31min

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Poltergeist II: The Other Side Plot Synopsis:

The Freeling family move in with Diane's mother in an effort to escape the trauma and aftermath of Carol Anne's abduction by the Beast. But the Beast is not to be put off so easily and appears in a ghostly apparition as the Reverend Kane, a religeous zealot responsible for the deaths of his many followers. His goal is simple - he wants the angelic Carol Anne; but the love of her family and the power of psychic Tangina once again unite, along with an elderly native American, to fight for her life.

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) Review

Director Brian Gibson had big shoes to fill directing Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) after Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg‘s Poltergeist (1982) hit. This sequel received one Oscar nomination for best visual effects and another nomination for best film.

Poltergeist II: The Other Side is about the Freeling family trying to move on with their lives after the destruction of their home in the first film and what they thought was the end of the poltergeist activity. Nope, it was not the end. Carol Ann Freeling is pursued from beyond the grave as the evil takes human form at times and continues to plague the family. We also get treated to a better backstory as to the origins of poltergeist; it was a man formerly who created such evil, he turned into something unredeemable for the good afterlife. That is why he is still pursuing Carol Ann to carry him into the light.

Poltergeist II: The Other Side is a very interesting movie despite the fact that the plot was rather subpar. My favorite movie of all time is the original Poltergeist (1982), and this movie is a respectable sequel. I like it because of the character Kane, for one, who gives the movie another ghostly dimension. Julian Beck was wonderful in the film as Kane. Also, the children remained good actors, especially the late Heather O’Rourke, who played Carol Anne. This is another strong performance by the young actress, and would have gone on to be a wonderful adult actress later in life had she lived. All in all, an enjoyable watch and commendable effort on everyone’s part and a better stab than most sequels.

  • Poltergeist II: The Other Side Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.55
  • IMDB: 5.7
  • MetaCritic: 4.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 3.7

About Poltergeist II: The Other Side 1986

Title: Poltergeist II: The Other Side
Year: 1986
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.77/5 stars from 22,154 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 22,154
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Poltergeist II: The Other Side Cast Starring: James Karen, Robert Lesser, Noble Craig, Corey Burton, Craig T. Nelson, Zelda Rubinstein, Whit Hertford, Heather O'Rourke, JoBeth Williams, Oliver Robins, Hayley Taylor, Kelly Jean Peters, Jaclyn-Rose Lester, Jamie Abbott, Kathy Wagner, Ann Louise Bardach, Syd Beard, David Beaman, Pamela Gordon, Will Sampson, Chelsea Hertford, Julian Beck, Rocky Krakoff, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Carrie Lorraine, John P. Whitecloud, Bill Schroeder, Susan Peretz, Jackie Bernstein, Helen Boll
Poltergeist II: The Other Side Writers: Mark Victor, Michael Grais
Poltergeist II: The Other Side Director: Brian Gibson
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA