Poltergeist Ii: The Other Side 1986

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Having escaped unscathed from their previous encounter with a poltergeist, the Freeling family are now recuperating with Grandma Jess. She recognises a fellow clairvoyant in little Carol Anne, but when the old woman dies, the spirits descend once more to claim the girl for their side. Diminutive medium Tangina and an all knowing Red Indian are enlisted to stop her from being sucked in by the TV.

Starring:
Will Samp, Jobeth Williams
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

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Poltergeist Ii: The Other Side

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Genres Horror
Director Brian Gibson
Starring Will Samp, Jobeth Williams
Supporting actors Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Oliver Robins, Zelda Rubinstein, Julian Beck, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Will Sampson, Susan Peretz, Helen Boll
Studio MGM
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By taylzo VINE VOICE on 21 Jun 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I really liked this film. Sequels can often be a real let down, but Poltergeist 2 explains why Carol Anne was chosen by the poltergeist, with a bit more insight into the family.

I found myself asking a few questions throughout the film - where was the older sister, and how did they get a real person so skeletal looking to play Kane. I looked it up and discovered that she was sadly strangled by her boyfriend in real life after the 1st film, quite shocking as I assumed it was just due to a money dispute or something similar that caused her to be absent. As for Kane, he was so skeletal looking because he was dying from stomach cancer and passed away in the middle of filming, hence the appearance of the beast towards the end of the film.

I also discovered that Heather O Rourke (Carol Anne) died after making the 3rd film.

Given the tragedy invovled in Poltergeist 2, they have managed to make an interesting sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben30 on 21 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of the Poltergeist films, the first one is the best of course
the Blu-ray quality of the first Poltergeist looks and sounds amazing better than the DVD version
this review is about the sequel

i've had the U.K. DVD release for over 5 years now with only a Dolby Digital audio track
i've been hopeing for years if Poltergeist would get a special edition release on blu-ray
at least with some new interviews with Director Brian Gibson, Jo beth williams and Craig T Nelson
but i Doubt it that MGM will release a special edition version of this film
a special edition release would have been done by now, so i doubt it's going to happen
i do enjoy the sequel, but of course the first one is the best
it's emotional watching Heather O'rourke playing her part in the film
knowing she passed away back in 1989
only weeks after Poltergeist III was released in Theaters

so i thought to buy it anyway thinking there will never be a special edition of the film ever
this 2013 U.K. blu-ray release is exactly the same as the U.S. blu-ray release
because it's an ALL REGIONS blu-ray is says ABC on the back cover art
so this U.K. screen quality is the same as the U.S. Blu-ray transfer
which looks and sounds amazing, a beautiful blu-ray transfer of the film
with a new brand new 5.1 Master audio mix
Definitely better than the DVD release

it would've been Great to get new interviews with Brian Gibson, Jo beth williams, Craig T nelson
but very very unfortunately there are no special features, no extras at all, nothing
only the Theatrical trailer
I Doubt there will ever be a special edition of this film
but at least the picture quality has been given a new High definition transfer
with a new Master audio track
so scrap the old dvd release and get this new Blu-ray release
i gave it 5 stars for the amazing picture quality and new 5.1 master audio mix
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
"Poltergeist" is probably one of the most perfect horror movies ever made. Everything about the movie simply WORKS, from the still-impressive special effects to the acting.

But of course, they had to make a sequel. They always have to make a sequel. And while it's not terrible, "Poltergeist II: The Other Side" is not the tightly-written scarefest that the first movie is -- when it's good, it's very good... and when it's bad, it's unintentionally funny and tends to meander. It's a passable '80s horror movie with a wandering plot.

A year after their house imploded, the Freelings (minus the eldest daughter, whose absence is never explained) have relocated to Grandma Jess's (Geraldine Fitzgerald) house. They're still pretty paranoid about the paranormal, especially since Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) still has those mysterious clairvoyant abilities, and her grandmother encourages them shortly before her death.

Then strange things start happening. A weird old man starts following them and tries to enter their house, and Carol Anne receives calls on her toy phone. The supernatural attacks are back.

Then a Native American shaman named Taylor (Will Sampson), a friend of Tangina's (Zelda Rubinstein), appears to help them by making Steve (Craig T. Nelson) a "warrior" for his family. And Tangina reveals the horrifying history of the Beast -- aka a preacher known as Kane -- and why he and his followers are so determined to claim Carol-Anne. No matter where the Freelings go, the evil will follow them.

"Poltergeist II" is one of those sequels that has a fairly decent story on its own, but it keeps trying to one-up the original (let's have even MORE people fall into the other dimension!).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar 2001
Format: DVD
Poltergeist 2 is a classic! If you liked the first one you will love this one!Carol Anne is brilliantly portrayed by Heather O'Rourke.The Freelings Have tried to start a new live but to o avail Kane comes back in Anger looking for Carol Anne.I loved this movie for it's wit and special effects and I would recomend it to any one who loves a truly good Horror movie!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deloris VanCartier on 26 Sep 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The Poltergeist films are classics. Heather's performance still gives me the chills. The movies have certainly stood the test of time. I don't know what it is taking so long for the 2nd and 3rd movies to come out on blu ray in the UK.

A tip for fans - both Poltergeist 2 and 3 are available to order on region B blu ray from amazon.de at a very good price!
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