Poltergeist III PG-13 CC

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In the climactic finale to the Poltergeist trilogy, those elusive demons are more frightening than ever as they follow Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) to Chicago and inhabit an entire skyscraper.

Starring:
Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen
Runtime:
1 hour 38 minutes

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Poltergeist III

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Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Gary Sherman
Starring Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen
Supporting actors Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein, Lara Flynn Boyle, Kipley Wentz, Richard Fire, Nathan Davis, Roger May, Paul Graham, Meg Weldon, Stacy Gilchrist, Joey Garfield, Christian Murphy, Roy Hytower, Meg Thalken, Dean Tokuno, Catherine Gatz, Paty Lombard, E.J. Murray
Studio MGM
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Let me tell you something - i was not scared one bit...nada.
LILyte Review
First of all, I will say that Poltergeist III is a pretty awful movie.
Mr Ghostface
The dialogues are so stupid and the special effects are so bad !
Guiglou

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris H. on September 7, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The original Poltergeist is a legendary horror film. Directed by Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), written and produced by Steven Spielberg (E.T., Jaws), a 1982 box office hit that brought horror to a "family" audience with skilled writing, sensitive acting and dazzling special effects...it was touching, flashy, terrifying and sometimes gruesome (i.e., the researcher who ripped his face off in a bloody mess, Carol Ann and her mom covered in after-birth when they return from the other side...etc.), pushing the limits of it's PG rating. The 1986 sequel, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, seemed less ambitious...nearly a half-hour shorter in length than the original, it felt a little rushed, as if it didn't want to take it's time to savor each scene, and relied on a few "flashback sequences" (which I always find distracting, not helpful). Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper did not return for the sequel, but the original's co-writers and co-producers did, as well as the entire ensemble cast (with the exception of Dominique Dunne, who died after the first film's release; as a result, the character of oldest daughter Dana is not present here and there is no explanation offered...another frustration). With all of that aside, Poltergeist II was a good film...the filmmakers obviously tried to recapture that "family" feeling once again (sometimes a little forced)...yet it seemed a little darker as well...issues of spirituality were more indepth, there was a near-rape of the JoBeth Williams character, and a hideous monster named the Vomit Creature which (be forewarned) will cause a serious gag reflex in the viewer upon it's entrance into the story. The acting again was very good across the board...Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Sommerfield on January 20, 2013
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Every horror franchise has its dark sheep of the family. For "Nightmare on Elm Street" it is "Freddy's Revenge". For "Friday the 13th" it is "A New Beginning". For "Scream" it is "Scream 3″. For "Poltergeist" it is "Poltergeist III". The amount of hate for this film could fill up ten novels. The film was both a critical and commercial failure upon release and even the cast and the crew seem ashamed to be a part of it. But, the real question is, does the film deserve the hate. Is "Poltergeist III" really the abomination the cinematic world would like us to believe it is? Maybe not...

"Poltergeist III" begins with young Carol Anne being sent to live with her Aunt and Uncle in an effort to hide her from the clutches of the villainous Reverend Kane. In typical horror movie logic, he tracks her down and terrorizes her in her relatives' apartment in Chicago's John Hancock Building. Filled with windows and mirrors and evil behind reflections, can Carol Anne save the day and finally be able to rid her life of Kane? Or will he finally achieve his target and capture Carol Anne again? It's up to Carol Anne and her psychic pal Tangina to save the day.

"Poltergeist III" is, by all means, a film that I should hate. It's a sequel with only two returning characters (Carol Ann and the ever reliable Tangina), it's PG-13, and it's supernatural. By all means, this should be on my worst list of horror sequels. Hell, that's where most other horror fans would put it. But it's a good film and it's a film that I will defend until the day I die. To be honest, I just don't understand the hate for this film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
The third installment of the Poltergeist films did not live up to initial expectations. Following up on the success of the Oscar nominated 1982 Steven SPeilberg original, Poltergeist III does not use Speilberg or Poltergeist I and II stars JoBeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson.
Instead, Carol Anne (still portryed by Heather O' Rorke) is sent to Chicago to live with her Aunt Trish (deftly played by the multi-talented Nancy Allen of the "RoboCop" trilogy and "Dressed to Kill" fame) and her new husband and step-daughter (Tom Skerritt and Lara Flynn Boyle).
The premise is cool and effects superb. Sure, it's no the original but an enjoyable ride nonetheless.
Scences involving mirrors, reflections, ice, and heights lend an eerie feel to the film. Additionally, the return of Carol Anne's main nemasis Rev. Kane was nicely used. Furthermore, Nancy Allen is great and Skerritt and Flynn Boyle (who both went on to garner Emmy nods for they're work on the David E. Kelly series "Picket Fences"and "The Practice" do good too. CHeck it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Ghostface on January 8, 2003
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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 ba, but most of these were true well before production started. Jobeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson had no intention of returning, 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 as '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 and tormented spirits.
So, what do we end up with? A film with a replica villain. 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.
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 halfway through production. Many of the scenes were incomplete, being shot our of sequence, so had to be completed with doubles, which accounts for a large amount of the incohesion in the film. The ending, unfortunately, was the hardest hit.
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