Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

Directed by Brian Gibson. Written by Michael Grais and Mark Victor.  Starring JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Zelda Rubenstein, Heather O’Rourke, Julian Beck, Will Sampson, Oliver Robins, Geraldine Fitzgerald and John P. Whitecloud.

Plot: the Freeling family has a new house, but a very old problem.


The Freeling family moves in an effort to forget about the abduction of Carol Anne.  But the Beast is still after her and this time he’s coming in the very real and very ugly looking Reverend Kane.  He kind of looks like a grown up Isaac from Children of the Corn, only much, much more terrifying.  He still wants Carol Anne of course, but Tangina is back to help out again and this time there’s a Native American on their side, too.

I love Tangina and Taylor (Sampson).  This movie is funny in parts and usually it’s because of one of them.  While it isn’t as good as the original, it’s still very, very good.  There’s a great cast of likable characters.  There’s great effects and great direction.  And Kane has scared the shit out of me since I was a little kid.  Sometimes the bad guys really look like bad guys.  Plus, that whole worm thing always gets me.  It may, in fact, be the reason I’m afraid of worms.  I’m just not sure.

While we can’t recommend all sequels all the time, we do recommend this one.

Our score: 73.

“I cahoot with no one.”  -Taylor

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