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Poltergeist III

2 Ratings: 1.5
1988 film directed by Gary Sherman

Final film of the Poltergeist trilogy.      Heather O'Rourke died during post production.  The film's ending was reshot using a double.

Director: Gary Sherman
Genre: Horror, Drama, Thriller
Release Date: June 10, 1988
MPAA Rating: PG-13
1 review about Poltergeist III

Carol Anne is in the big city but an "old" friend has come back to pay her a visit.

  • Sep 3, 2009
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Poltergeist III  the final chapter to the Poltergeist trilogy. The filmmakers decided to make a second sequel to the franchise (Hey, it was made during the 80's) to try and milk their cash cow for one more film. They made trilogies out of a lot of movies, even if they were marginally successful, you have to strike while the iron is hot. Well, the only returning actors in this one are Zelda Rubenstein and Heather O'Rourke. Sadly, little Carol Ann wasn't able to complete the film and she passed away during post production and wasn't availible for the required reshoots. The producers went ahead with a douible and dedicated this film in her memory.

The movie follows the exploits of little Carol Ann. She has been farmed out to her aunt and uncle who live in Chicago. Her presence has caused much grief to the ever dwindling Freeling family.  She resides in a high tech high rise building. But it seems no matter where she goes, that creepy old man in black seems to follow her. Poor kid, can't she ever get a break? Well Kane (that is his name) doesn't take rejection too well and tries to scare Carol Ann into doing his biding. Because of her unwillingness to co-operate, she brings pain and suffering to her adopted family as well as those around her. Tangenia senses the trouble that she's in and comes flying in to rescue her. Will she be able to save Carol Ann? Can Kane ever rest in peace? Will this be the final chapter? Find out in Poltergeist III.

An enjoyable sequel. I was quite shocked by how disturbing the movie was. This has to be the darkest film of the trilogy. Despite the tacked on ending, I felt the movie itself was dark and it had the aura of death surrounding it the entire time. I don't think the film-makers intended on doing this. The effects were quite gruesome for a P.G. movie and it surprised me a great deal. Recommended for fans of the series.

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