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Poltergeist 2 (1986)

Poltergeist 2 (1986)

Country: USA

Director: Brian Gibson

Main Stars: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, Oliver Robins, Zelda Rubinstein, Will Sampson, Julian Beck

Storyline: The Beast is back and still wants Carol Anne, this time in the face of a fake prophet.

MV5BNDYwODU0MTgxNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzkzODM1NA@@__V1_SX214_AL_Review (Spoils): The Freelings are slowly trying to get over their family trauma from the first film. They move into Diane’s (JoBeth Williams) mothers place to find peace. But the evil Beast returns in a ghostly apparition known as Reverend Kane (Julian Beck). All he wants is Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke) and nothing will stop him. Through all this psychic Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein) is back with an American Indian shaman named Taylor (Will Sampson) to help.

Reverend Kane tries the television again to get Carol Anne but the family have removed all items of such communication (makes sense), tries a toy phone and then finally confronts the family. In this Taylor shows Steve (Craig T. Nelson) the power of smoke to battle the Beast. We learn the past of the Beast as it is Reverend Kane who at one time claimed “End of the World” and killed his people underground where the houses were built.

This film is not even close to the original. The film is not horrible but it is cheesy when it comes to the spirit of smoke, the worm, and the spiritual lance, spirit of the grandmother and the return of Tangina. The film is interesting enough but it so sucked into what was bad about the horror films of the 80s it’s hard to get past that.

Rating: Well it was not a great as the first film but it was watchable and sure in a hell better then the next one! They should have just left the series at one, hence not making it a series at all.

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4/10 Beers!

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Poltergeist (1982)

Poltergeist (1982)

Country:  USA

Director:  Tobe Hooper

Main Stars: Jobeth Williams, Heather O’Rouke, Craig T. Nelson, Zelda Rubinstein

Storyline:  Family’s house is haunted by ghosts that kidnap their daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review (Spoils):  This is one of those films that remind me of my childhood when it comes to film. We have your ordinary American family who are being haunted by ghosts that are not so forgiving that their rest is being disturbed. We have some great acting from Jobeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson and the innocence of Heather O’Rouke stolen America’s heart at the time. The movie chased with the idea that ghosts can communicate to the outside world through television (“They’re here”). The movie does not just deal with the haunting themselves but also touch on the emotional impact on a family dealing with a missing child and coping with a not such normal situation.  The whole idea works.

Now what did not work with this great film is the whole idea once again with the psych and the channelling. We have Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein) who plays the strange and over the top psychic that is helping the family get their daughter back from the other side. To me this had funny moments but at the same time it just didn’t work it became too weird.

Rating:  This is a classic film for its era in horror. There are points in this film that will forever stain my mind when I think back such as the closet and that messed up tree. This film when you’re a kid pulls at your nightmares.

 

 

7/10 Beers!

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