Your browser does not support or blocks cookies. The site will not function properly. Do not ask for support.

Stream it now

Poltergeist II: The Other Side 1986

The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces don't seem to be over...

Your rating: 0

Solar rating: 7.6


Imdb rating: 5.6



My first venture into the Poltergeist sequels, after watching the unnecessary remake and I found this to be quite solid.

It has some seriously creepy scenes... but like the remake, this movie probably didn't need to happen.

Julian Beck was seriously good as the preacher.
Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1982): 6/10

The plot was a little weak, but overall tolerable. There were few scenes that didn't exactly fit the story. Both dream and bathroom sequences were heedless and a bit unintentionally risible. The creepy-looking-singing old man got me on this movie. His facial expression was unforgettably unsettling. He was not only haunting Carol Anne, but also the viewers.
Memorable Quote: "You can't keep her, I AM NOT DEAD!"
(* 1/2):

To me, the first film is a classic and one of my favorite films. This, on the other hand, is a absolute mess. Laughable throughout and ultra-cheesy. The only memorable and truly great scene in this is when Nelson's character vomits up a demon (it was pretty cool!). Other than that, I say avoid if possible.
Poltergeist 2:The Other Side

Of course it isn't as good as the first, but the cast does a good job. The special effects are surprisingly not very good. It does provide some good chills at least, but it is just so far fetched.
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne, Oliver Robins, Heather O'Rourke, James Karen, and Zelda Rubinstein.
Directed by Tobe Hooper.
Written by Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais, and Mark Victor.
Rated PG (for intense frightening sequences, some violence, language and drug content).
Running time approximately 1 hour 54 minutes.

Kool and the

The eighties were pretty much the Time of the Disappointing Sequels. Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise boasts not only a totally lame title, but also failure after failure at physical comedy and a whole mess of witless banter I don't care to hear again. It's watchable, but not any good. *1/2 (out of ****) D+
Dark Ride is one of the After Dark Horrorfest movies from 2006. And, I gotta tell you, it's just not that scary. A group of college kids who never utter a word of realistic dialogue, take a detour from their spring break vacation to visit a carnival ride in the middle of the night. Great idea. The kills are sort of good . There are a couple of creepy moments, but this was pretty much one ridiculous thing after another.

Penny Dreadful is another of the After Dark movies, but this one is actually really good. A girl who has an intense fear of cars takes a trip with her doctor to try and over come her terror. They pick up a hitchhiker and things go very, very wrong. This movie is creepy and extremely tense. The acting was pretty good. Rachel Miner ("Tooth & Nail") really sold the anxiety and the fear. Loved it.

Night of the Iguana is based on a Tennessee Williams ("The Yellow Bird") play. So, of course, it's quite a bit messed up. A minister, Richard Burton ("Nineteen Eighty-four"), freaks out on his congregation and ends up leading tours of Mexico for church groups. A young girl in the group keeps coming onto him, and , despite his efforts to rebuff her, her crazy, harpy guardian is sure he's taken advantage of her. Burton hijacks the tour and they end up at a remote villa where things come to a head. The acting is top notch. The dialogue is great, and the emotions are out of control. Very interesting, but not always easy to sit through. People freak out a lot.

Poltergeist II: The Other Side is actually pretty good for a sequel. The original players are back and the story picks up right where the first film left off. The ghosts have gotten a taste of Carol Anne, and they want some more. Creepy, creepy man (Julian Beck, "9 1/2 Weeks") who is enough to give me nightmares, comes after the family and Will Sampson ("Firewalker") who always plays the sage Indian, tries to protect them. The effects at the end of the movie are pretty dated, but everything up to there is quite good.

No End in Sight tries to tell the story of how the U.S. got into the Iraq war, and, once there, how we botched the operation. There's a lot of information to examine. The filmmakers did a good job of presenting it and of trying to be fair. Many of the top people involved in the Iraq decision making declined to be interviewed for the film, and I think that would have made it a more enlightening experience. As it was, the film made me think. And that's always good.
It gotten scarier.
Report a problem