Poltergeist III (1988)

Directed by Gary Sherman.  Written by Sherman and Brian Taggert.  Starring Heather O’Rourke, Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen, Zelda Rubinstein, Lara Flynn Boyle, Kipley Wentz, Richard Fire and Nathan Davis.

Plot: Carol Anne is staying with her Aunt and Uncle in their high-rise apartment building and the supernatural forces that haunted her past have followed her.

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For some stupid reason, Carol Anne has been sent to live with her Aunt Pat (Allen) and her Uncle Bruce (Skerritt).  Although Pat is the one she’s really related to, it’s Pat that doesn’t like her very much.  She isn’t even aware of the events of the first two films, but she still thinks Carol Anne is a bad child.  Although, she’s not all that nice to Donna (Boyle) either.  Donna is Bruce’s daughter from a previous marriage.  They all live together in a high-rise where Bruce works as the manager.

When Carol Anne is made to talk about her past by this ignorant psychiatrist, Dr. Seaton (Fire), Kane (Davis) is able to find her again.  But both the Doc and Pat are bitches who think Carol Anne is manipulative and making the whole thing up for attention.  Like somehow she’s doing things through the power of suggestion.  Even after Pat herself sees things, she still doesn’t believe.  Luckily for Carol Anne though, Tangina (Rubinstein) realizes that Kane has found her and comes to the rescue.

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It’s pretty horrible, the whole movie.  I mean, you never quite get past her parents giving her to the aunt and uncle.  But I do remember watching this a lot as kids.  I’m not sure why.  I guess as kids we loved it.  As adults, we don’t even really like it.  Tangina was the best part of the movie.  Although, she was the best part of the whole series.  Tom Skerritt was a close second.  The cast was good though and the effects were, too.

But there was so much wrong with it.  Pat is a bitch in an ugly dress the entire movie and then near the end has to tell Carol Anne she loves her and it all feels really forced.  And aren’t there other children in the world that could lead Kane into the light?  Why does he only need Carol Anne?  And why are the mirrors so damned important all the sudden?  That wasn’t always the case.

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The ending itself is very bogus.  The lightening bolt and Kane laughing.  Does that mean that it’s not a good ending?  And what happened to Scott (Wentz)?  Did he die or not?  See, this is why no one likes this movie.  We can’t recommend it.  Watch the first one.  Watch the second one.  Forget this one was ever made.

Our score: 39.

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