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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Final Installment Does Not Let Down the Franchise At All
More or less Poltergeist III has been bombarded with negative comment and criticism through the years. And having viewed this, the first time since my childhood, I must disagree.

Of course this the third and final installment, isn't as good as the originals, but at least we are in a new location. That location is a high rise building- where seemingly our...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tired film
Sorry this one Not a patch on the first two films,quite bored after the first 10 minutes ,won't watch it again.
Published 20 months ago by Bryn


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Final Installment Does Not Let Down the Franchise At All, 4 Jun 2013
This review is from: Poltergeist 3 [DVD] (DVD)
More or less Poltergeist III has been bombarded with negative comment and criticism through the years. And having viewed this, the first time since my childhood, I must disagree.

Of course this the third and final installment, isn't as good as the originals, but at least we are in a new location. That location is a high rise building- where seemingly our characters live, work and play.

Young Carol Anne is now with her mothers family as a sort of vacation, to get away from her haunting past. But alas that past is going to catch up with her. She is aided by decent enough performances by Tom Skerrit and Nancy Allen.

What you will notice is the time that this film was made in 1987- everything is so wonderfully 80s, especially Allen with her hairdo and shoulder pads, but the interior of the building to Skeritts moustache, all 80s genu wine!

Part 3 isn't scary, but it is effective, and you can tell that the movie takes some risks, not going down the normal generic horror route. Indeed very little is wrong with the first half of the film- though unfortunetly the level does dip there on in.

Tragically Heather O'Rourke passed away before fiming could be completed, and the very final scene is not her. It seems that it was very right to finish the franchise at Part 3- O'Rourke was everything to this film and coupled with her passing and poor box office returns the films rightly ended here.

Here's a piece of trivia for you- how many times is the name Carol Anne mentioned in this film?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Save Scott, 24 Mar 2014
Carol Anne has been sent to live with her Aunt and Uncle in an effort to hide her from the clutches of the ghostly Reverend Kane He tracks her down and terrorises her in her relatives' apartment in a tall glass building.

Will he finally achieve his target and capture Carol Anne again, or will Tangina be able, yet again, to thwart him?....

We all know what the film is most famous for, so i won't really dwell on that, but the studio really cocked this up, being scared of offending viewers by changing what could have been a redeeming ending for an average movie.

Plotwise, it's as if Kane thinks the only way he can get back into the light is to seek Carol Anne, and the fact that her name is mentioned over a hundred times, proves that the writers were on autopilot.

But this is the epitome of eighties horror, all shoulder pads and style over substance.

For the most part, the acting isn't too bad, and the use of mirrors and other such stuff is used to good effect, it's just the gaping plot holes and that awful ending really ruin the film.

Where exactly did Scott go? It's a question that will haunt us until the original ending is finally released, and the guys from MGM will get off their behinds and dig it up from the vaults.

The effects are good, and there are some quite uneasy moments, but one cannot watch this film for what it is, a horror, without thinking of the fate of it's main star.

All in all, an average sequel, which could have been great if the studio had never interfered with the proper ending.

RIP Heather
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worst of the 3, 13 Mar 2014
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they should have stopped at 2 nancy allen s ok but apart from that its rubbish which is a pity
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tired film, 20 Dec 2012
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Sorry this one Not a patch on the first two films,quite bored after the first 10 minutes ,won't watch it again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful, but with some mitigation., 22 July 2009
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First of all, I will say that Poltergeist III is a pretty awful movie. There are reasons why it's so bad, but most of these were true well before production started. Jobeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson declined the movie, so their characters were quickly, and very superficially, reworked as Carol Ann's aunt and uncle. Lara Flynn Boyle was to replace the long-dead Dominique Dunne who played 'Dana', the eldest daughter, and is simply renamed 'Donna'. Okay. Then there is the problem of two of Poltergeist II's best actors, Will Sampson (Taylor) and Julien Beck (Kane) also dying before production began. These things alone should have been enough to put this picture to rest. But no, they had to wring a few more bucks out of poor little Heather O'Rourke being chased by confused spirits.

So, what do we end up with? A film with a totally impotent villain, for one thing. Nate Davis is not nearly as effective as Julien Beck was, nor could anyone have been that they could afford. We also end up with lots of interesting but ultimately cheesy mirror FX. Gone, probably through budgetary constraints, are all the wonderful animated spirits and demons of the first two films, and instead we have half a dozen mirror tricks and far too many unconvincing frozen building effects. Although I seem to remember the director Gary Sherman actually saying the effects of the first two movies were cheesy and he wanted to avoid them!

As for the ending, which a lot of people seem to be confused by, it's probably best to remember that this film had to be finished without Heather O'Rourke, who died before the reshoots of the final scenes were complete. Many of the scenes had to be completed with doubles, which accounts for a large amount of the incoherence in the film. The ending, unfortunately, was the hardest hit. Heather isn't actually seen for most of the last 30 minutes of the film, and when the concluding battle with Kane is resolved, Tom Skerrit emerges carrying a double. We never see Heather's face again after the point where she disappears in the film. Nowadays, of course, CGI would allow them to achieve a greater recovery, as they did to a certain extent with The Crow in 1994, but, alas, Poltergeist III is what it is.

Despite all this, the film still suffers from a lousy script, some terrible performances (most notably Kip Wentz and Richard Fire's dreadful shrink) and completely uninspired directing from Sherman. And as much as it misses the participation of so many cast and crew from the first two movies, it also lacks Jerry Goldsmith's wonderful score. Without that to keep the tone of the soundtrack consistent, this film never had a chance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 3 July 2014
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Okay but not as good as the first two outings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dvd, 30 May 2014
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One of my fav films of all time love this film will recomend to others at they use this sight to buy dvds thanks fot quick responce
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3.0 out of 5 stars THE 3RD POLTERGEIST GETS A NEW HD TRANSFER, BUT NO EXTRAS AS USUAL, 23 Mar 2014
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The 3rd sequel is alight, i couldn't see the point of it
it was only made cause POLTERGEIST II was so successful
that MGM wanted to make more money on the franchise and make a 3rd sequel
regardless if the script was Good or bad
Heather O 'rourke was suffering terribly during filming her scenes
she died just after the film was released in Theaters 1989, very tragic

by this 3rd sequel the plot is very very average with some very Good acting in it
it's only Good for entertainment really that's it.

this new HD transfer that MGM has given the film does look and sound much much better than
the DVD release from over 10 years ago now
very clean clearer picture quality and the audio has been boosted for sure to a 5.1 master audio mix
but no, no extras at all, just the film,
maybe MGM thought no point wasting their time
to get interviews or a audio commentary done for this new blu-ray
it's anybody;s guess what the reason was why there's no extras again
cause there were none for the dvd release
the blu-ray is ABC regions, so it's for American,U.K. and AUS markets

so if your a fan of the Poltergeist series or just curious and havn't seen Poltergeist III yet
than get this new blu-ray release of the film
much better quality than the DVD release from many years ago
so you'll get better viewing experience from this new HD transfer of the film.

There's no extras at all, not even a audio commentary and the plot is very average
so i just gave this new blu-ray of the film just 3 stars cause of the picture quality
which is very Good better than the DVD release as i said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Review, 17 Feb 2014
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Shawn M. Espinoza "critic" (sunnyside, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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this is a simple review of the blu-ray NOT the movie.
Special features are nonexistent. just the trailer is present. this blu-ray IS in fact all region, which means it is Region A/B/C. Not sure when amazon will update this, but it is in fact all three regions for blu-ray. this is an official release, not a bootleg or fake. there are multiple audio languages on this blu-ray...check the youtube link to see the video where you can see each language and each subtitle language listed as well as what the menu looks like. if your a poltergeist fan from the US, here is your chance to own the last movie on blu-ray as it seems the US will not be getting this final movie stateside. which sucks, but after tax and shipping I got it from here for just around $16. thats not a bad price at all!

youtube link : youtu.be/-_2I7JH3xu8
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3, 6 Feb 2014
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Film was watchable but not really as good as the first film. Some people might like it not really impressed
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