Poltergeist 3 (1998) Movie Review


Poltergeist 3 (1998)

1998 | Horror, Thriller
98 minutes /

User Score: 50/100

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Poltergeist 3 Review


Carol Anne is staying with her aunt in a highrise building, and the supernatural forces that have haunted her previously follow her there.

Poltergeist III (1988) is an American thriller horror film and is the third and final installment in the original Poltergeist film series. Director and co-writer Gary Sherman (Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987), Raw Meat (1972), Lisa (1989)) did a magnificent job executing this phenomenal movie that I have watched over a dozen times since my childhood. The movie is rated PG-13 and contains sexual remarks/language, extreme violence, bad language and frightening scenes that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat.

Poltergeist III starts by showing us Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O’Rourke - Poltergeist (1982), Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986), Surviving (1985)) being sent to live with her Aunt Pat in Chicago. Aunt Pat and her husband Bruce (Tom Skerritt - Alien (1979), Top Gun (1986), Picket Fences (1992-1996), Ted (2012)) has a teenage daughter named, Donna. Donna (Lara Flynn Boyle - Men in Black II (2002), The Practice (1997-2003), Wayne’s World (1992), Dead Poets Society (1989)) is actually Bruce’s daughter and Pat (Nancy’s sister), and Bruce has been married for about a year. Pat is resentful toward Carol Anne and her bizarre ghost stories whereas Bruce cares for Carol Anne, bonds with her resulting in him saving the family in the end with his love and trust for Carol Anne.

Carol Anne attends a special school that is for children with emotional problems and who has a gift. Carol Anne’s doctor, Dr. Seaton thinks that she made up everything about ghosts but will change his mind all too soon after Reverend Henry Kane found a way through the mirrors of Carol Anne apartment building to get to her. Henry Kane (Nathan Davis - Risky Business (1983), Chain Reaction (1996), Holes (2003), Dunston Checks In (1996)) needs Carol Anne to lead him into the light, but we do not see him much in the movie. I still cannot get over the fact that young Heather O’Rourke, who plays Carol Anne had died about four months before this film, was released. Almost everyone who has something to do with the Poltergeist franchise died from different reasons leading to the Poltergeist Curse theory.

Back to the movie: Dr. Seaton (Richard Fire - The Quickie (2001)) thinks that Carol Anne has the power to do mass hypnosis and can control people’s mind to make them see whatever she imagines or wants them to see. Seaton once saw a hand coming out of his desk while looking at the mirror and threw his coffee cup at the mirror which breaks and then blames it on Carol Anne, saying that she made him see that. Richard Fire was one of the worst actors in the movie, and his lines did not sound believable although they were good lines, he was not convincing enough for the role.

Poltergeist 3 is not what I expected it to be and not that all thrilling but I still love the movie, and I think it is because of my love for the first film. Poltergeist 3 was a pretty good movie overall, and there is not much that I do not like about this film. Poltergeist 3 is quite fast-paced where it takes place over the course of one day and night. I applaud the special effects team for giving us elaborate effects and convincing realistic images resulting in spectacular visual appeals. I was anxiously waiting on pins and needles to see what was coming next as my tension grew with the film. It was super funny when Bruce and Pat encountered possessed frozen cars in the parking garage along with frozen chickens and pigs. I was cringing when I saw Donna’s evil mirror-self clawing itself out of Tangina’s dead body. A few of the actors gave top notch convincing performances.

About Poltergeist 3 (1998)

Title: Poltergeist 3
Original Title: Poltergeist III: We're Back
AKA: Poltergeist III
Year: 1998
Runtime: 98 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 8 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 8
Starring: Corey Burton, Tom Skerritt, Zelda Rubinstein, Heather O'Rourke, Paul Graham, Mindy Bell, Alan Wilder, Robert Minkoff, John Rusk, Maureen Mueller, Meg Weldon, Sam Sanders, Laurie V. Logan, Stacy Gilchrist, Jerry Birn, Joey Garfield, Jane Alderman, Christian Murphy, Mary Hogan, Roy Hytower, Lynn Koppel, Lara Flynn Boyle, Meg Thalken, Laura Koppel, Nancy Allen, Dean Tokuno, Mark Zweigler, Catherine Gatz, Chris Montana, Paty Lombard
Writers: Gary Sherman, Brian Taggert, Steve Feke
Director: Gary Sherman

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