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Poltergeist II: The Other Side
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Poltergeist II: The Other Side

1986
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 31m
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Avg Percentile 30.4% from 514 total ratings

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Rated 13 Feb 2015
60
34th
Tough shit Carol Anne you're sleeping outside. The last 5 minutes of this are the missing scenes from Xanadu. Taylor pulls a long con to get the family's station wagon. This is as disjointed as this mess of a "review". Craig T Nelson kills a ghost worm thing by burping magic on it and we buy it.
Rated 11 Dec 2022
53
32nd
More of a straight horror than the original, the attempt to expand the mythology is fine on paper, as the Reverend Kane story held promise, and Beck is chilling as Kane, using his skeletal appearance to foreboding effect. But the narrative gets too sidetracked and bogged down in pseudo-mystical junk that it loses clarity, diffusing tension, and it is too reliant on special effects to deliver scares, which is ironic given that Beck is creepier than any of the actual creatures.
Rated 26 May 2016
48
17th
A reasonably entertaining, if somewhat disappointing, sequel. I really liked Will Sampson as the helpful/crafty shaman-type, and Julian Beck was very effective as the creepy preacher; his visit to the house was memorable. The rest of the cast hold their own. Some of the effects are good, others less so. It felt that there was a lot of exposition towards the end, and the tone of the film was unsteady - it was probably funnier than it should be in the wrong places, and perhaps not scary enough.
Rated 28 Apr 2014
77
71st
it wasn't until after i watched it that i realized it was not meant to be as hilarious as i found it. there's so much clearly intentional humor that i didn't realize some parts weren't being played up for laughs. still, watching it as a comedy instead of as a horror, i found it brilliant and had a blast.
Rated 12 Feb 2010
45
7th
Julian Beck is awesome in this but it's too bad that the film is an enormous hokey pile of crap. Will Sampson is also entertaining if not stereotypical.
Rated 29 May 2024
71
27th
So, were the ghosts in the 1st film (Natives angry about being dumped in an unmarked grave) sharing Carol Ann w/ the ghosts in this film - who were buried underneath the Natives? I have no idea, but the 1st hour of this is dull. The ONLY thing that works is the preacher who's plenty creepy, but family life isn't funny or compelling. Fortunately, at least the last 30 minutes aren't boring w/ explanations of WHY (which the parents would've asked earlier), ghost fighting, Tequila worm & Jesus Gran
Rated 18 May 2008
68
16th
Not nearly what the original was in niether creativity or fear factor. Extremely forgettable.
Rated 14 Jul 2023
53
13th
Flat and inert sequel gives off “EXORCIST II” vibes in its clumsy attempts to expand the mythos – this spends so much time explaining what is happening that it forgets to be scary, while stranding an Oscar worthy portrait of sinister malevolence from Beck with nowhere to go and nothing to play against. Williams and Nelson can do little here but do a lot of screaming and rolling their eyes, to hopelessly little effect.
Rated 09 Jun 2022
45
10th
If Poltergeist II was the first film in the franchise it would probably be held in higher standing. The problem is that we've seen it before, and the recycled material isn't turned up to 11; on the contrary, it's slightly tamer. One thing it does have in its favour is the addition of some predatory Night of the Hunter vibes, courtesy of a creepy demon preacher man. The madness such a fella visits on this family somewhat makes up for the fact that very little makes sense.
Rated 27 Oct 2018
63
47th
Julian Beck is a creepy fucker in this.
Rated 29 May 2013
3
28th
Poltergeist II is to Poltergeist as Jaws 2 is to Jaws.
Rated 11 Jul 2012
74
83rd
Not as good as the first and not scary at all but a fun horror/fantasy with a creepy ass villain and some good acting from Craig T. Nelson.
Rated 22 Jan 2011
38
7th
Lacking any real story cohesion, tone or style, this film pales in comparison to its predecessor in almost every way imaginable. The only thing I liked were some of the creature effects, which were somewhat creative. Definitely not one to rush out and rent.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
69
51st
Hmmm...I didn't think they could improve on the first one, and they didn't. Poltergeist, in and of itself, is a great film; this film, but moreso the third installment, just mock the premise. Given all that, in the context of reviewing this film as a stand alone filmmaking effort, it has some merit worth raising the score considerably.
Rated 26 Jun 2010
43
22nd
Modest, somewhat unnecessary sequel. Hurt by forced humor and a ridiculous ending (in which things best kept off-screen in the original are ludicrously visualized), but sincere acting and a gruesome scene involving the aptly named "Vomit Monster" make it fair fun.
Rated 15 Feb 2017
38
18th
Very good acting (especially Craig T.Nelson) but not much more. Boring, repetitive, without any suspense. Decent watch, but might bore you.
Rated 05 Aug 2013
46
24th
The whole tequila worm sequence was fantastic and always it's nice to see Julian Beck, but otherwise it's as bad as it is unnecessary.
Rated 16 Feb 2009
65
59th
A not-so good second part.
Rated 24 Aug 2009
96
98th
This was actually the first Poltergeist movie that I watched. I seen it when I was young and that creepy minister gave me nightmares. Now, many years later... he's still way creepy.
Rated 23 Sep 2010
49
15th
The effects are much better in this sequel but the story is much much worse.
Rated 07 Oct 2022
69
17th
This movie should have leaned more into the comedy elements. Still has it's moments but a far cry from the awesome first movie.
Rated 26 Feb 2022
35
19th
Rating based on distant memory.
Rated 24 Mar 2022
75
56th
The story is all over the place end the ending makes little sense, but it has some really nice scenes that will stick with you.
Rated 21 Apr 2015
45
24th
A pretty good Poltergeist sequel with a completely horrid third act. Ruins the entire movie. Yet the special effects are superior to the original and the story is decent enough as long as not compared. I wouldn't recommend this on this ending act alone. It's so bad.
Rated 07 Jan 2011
46
12th
45.875
Rated 13 Mar 2009
50
39th
Another pointless sequel made palatable by some jolting state-of-the-art special effects and a still-very-likable family. Be warned that an actor receives billing as The Vomit Creature.
Rated 23 Feb 2009
41
39th
Not so good sequel
Rated 30 Mar 2007
20
19th
Stupid and lame
Rated 28 Dec 2007
53
33rd
Great special effects, not much else. A pale imitation of the original.
Rated 17 Dec 2007
30
17th
The old dude is as creepy as, but that's ALL this film's got going forit
Rated 24 Aug 2007
40
35th
Okay, not great.
Rated 02 Apr 2012
53
33rd
As with the original, it has its moments (Julian Beck is great and by far the best thing about the entire series) but it's just too stupid to take seriously.
Rated 02 Mar 2007
30
9th
Passes the time.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
39
30th
Silly. A guy in black suit was impressive but tunred out to be not that good at all.

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