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on September 7, 2000
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...the Native American aspect gave an added (and needed) influence to the story, and it was fascinating to actually "see" the Other Side (often talked about in the first film but never before seen).
In 1988, Poltergeist III was released. On the whole, it was ill-received by critics and moviegoers alike...and I think I know why. Everyone was expecting the flashy post-produced apparitions of the first two films...seamless animation and elaborate lighting effects...but that's not what this film was about. Poltergeist III took a deliberately different approach...everything you see on screen was filmed that way...there are virtually no post-production effects...this one was all optical illusions, mind-tricks, things aren't always what they seem...that sort of thing. And I just don't think people understood it...just because you don't "see" a ghost flying around doesn't mean there isn't one there, this time the poltergeist (the evil Reverend Kane) hid in mirrors and distorted images...played with people's minds and emotions, tricked them into seeing things that weren't really there...I found it clever then, and I find it clever now. This film is totally misunderstood...yes, the dialogue is stale, but only at times...and yes, the movie ended abruptly (only because actress Heather O'Rourke died during production and they had to find a way to wrap the film up as logically as possible). But O'Rourke and Zelda Rubinstein both return for the final film in the trilogy...and they are both wonderful...Heather is more mature and we were starting to see Carol Anne grow into an interesting young woman, and Zelda obviously enjoys the role of Tangina (the best character in the whole series if you ask me)...the part is larger here than the first two films (another plus), and she has some marvelous lines (making up for some of the bad ones) that she delivers with relish making her scenes the best in the film. The Evil Kane is portrayed by a different actor in this one, so they keep him in the background considerably (hoping that we don't notice?) which turns out for the best, the character is less human that way and comes across as an ominous tease floating through reflections in mirrors and water... The writing seems to cover all the bases, making references to characters who aren't present, and incorporating a clever scene where Carol Anne is being hypnotized by her therapist, recalling some of the terrifying events of the first film without actually using a "flashback" sequence...a nice touch. Also welcome is the new setting...a haunted highrise in the middle of Chicago is the farthest thing from suburbia (the locations of Poltergeist I and II), obviously another intentional devise to distance this installment from the other two films and, in a sense, tell it's own story. Poltergeist III plays more like a supernatural thriller of cat and mouse...with a psychological edge, incorporating illusion and mind games. Where the first two films were effectively flashy and loud, this one is effectively restrained and quiet...different but NOT bad. And sadly misunderstood...
Other people have called this a guilty pleasure...there's no guilt here, I truly enjoyed and continue to enjoy this film. I recommend it for only those fans of the first two movies in the series who have an open mind to a different type of ghost story.
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on January 20, 2013
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. The mirror effects are surprisingly effective and the film attempts to bring closure to the story (even though there are only two returning cast members, it is surprisingly faithful to the original two films). The film is just plain fun from beginning to end and what the film lacks in logic it more than makes up for in inventive special effects. Sadly, this is young Heather O'Rourke's (Carol Anne) last film as she would pass away shortly after filming would commence. Sure they may say Carol Ann about a hundred times too many but it really just adds to the fun of the film. Have a few drinks and do a toast to Miss O'Rourke, one of the genre's youngest scream queens that was taken far too soon.
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on August 5, 1999
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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on March 22, 2014
because POLTERGEIST II was a success, MGM thought to do a 3rd film in the series
regardless if the script was really Good or terrible
well the script/the plot is very terrible from a fans point of view
there was no point making a 3rd film at all, MGM just wanted to make more cash that's the only reason
the Actor that plays Reverend Kane in this 3rd film is shocking, terrible performance
Julian Beck was the best actor for the role
that's why this 3rd film is quite bad in the Acting and the plot
some of scenes are ridiculous, some of the Dialogue is terrible aswell

well MGM/20th century fox finally release this 3rd sequel on blu-ray in the U.S.
only because the remake of the original Poltergeist film is being released in Theaters
up until now Poltergeist III was only available on blu-ray as U.K. import since 2010
and guess what no new special features just a Theatrical trailer
a new retrospective featurette could've been made for sure
with writer/Director of Poltergeist III Gary Sherman along with cast members
Lara flynn boyle, Nancy Allen & Tom skeritt
but of course MGM did not bother
infact MGM gave the same treatment for this new Poltergeist III blu-ray as they did for Poltergeist II

so the thing only thing that makes this blu-ray release worth while is the new
High Definition widescreen picture quality which does look excellent, nice sharp & clear picture
and a new 5.1 master audio mix which again does sound much better quality than the old Dolby digital mono
much much better than the DVD release from years 10 years ago.
which was a plain Digital remastered picture

amazon.com have this blu-ray for $10, it's only worth $5 or less mainly cause no new extras
so if your paying more than $5 for this blu-ray your getting ripped off
maybe 3 stars for the film, 1-2 stars for this new blu-ray release
it's only Good for upgrading from the very old dvd release
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on June 8, 2015
Its hard for me to say that there was a worse Poltergiest movie than Poltergiest 2 (Poltergiest 2 was just plain awful) but Poltergiest III somehow managed to be worse. There is nothing scary at all about hearing some creepy old guy's voice call out "Carol Anne" over and over again while the girl runs down a hallway and/or stairway. It just got lame and annoying and I quickly lost patience with this movie. The script was just bad. No story development whatsoever other than Carol Anne being in danger again. This movie actually made me appreciate Poltergiest 2 more (couldn't believe that was possible), but at least Poltergiest 2 tried to stay true to the original creepy spirit of the original. Poltergiest III did not. Again folks, there is nothing scary about foggy hallways with mirror walls and some old guys voice "Carol Anne". (Lame meter = +10) Don't waste your time with this movie.
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on February 7, 2016
I saw the original Poltergeist so thought I'd watch this show.... I feel like 1h 37m of my life was just wasted. Terrible acting and even a worse script! I only regret aside from watching this show is that there's no "Minus Stars" that I could give this movie.
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on September 3, 2015
The Preacher Kane is back after his little angel. This time the film takes place in Chicago, IL. With only 2 veterans of the series returning. Tangina and Carol Anne.
Spoiler Alert : Carol Anne goes to live with her Aunt Trish ,her husband and his teenage daughter. In the windy city and Kane finds Carol Anne. Then all heck breaks loose.
This film is the final of the series. A lot of people don't like this film due to how it ends. Which I didn't care for the ending either. Though the majority of this film is just as good as Poltergeist II. End sucks but, it's still mostly a good film. So pick it up and enjoy. Note: they do have an alternate ending to this film. You have to Google it to check it out.
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on November 2, 2015
It's an okay movie. Definitely not as good as the first, but maybe a little better than the second. The whole mirror thing is an interesting premise. In the future though, I think I'd rather just stick with the first movie.
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on August 5, 2015
Classic. They don't make sequels like they used too. First Poltergeist made you fear the t.v. and underneath your bed, second made you fear creepy old guys and Indians but the third one will have you thoroughly creeped out about mirrors!
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on May 12, 2015
POLTERGEIST 3 THE SPECIAL EDITION NEEDS TO HAPPEN SOON. FIRST OF ALL EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS MOVIE U COULD FIND INFO ON THE POLTERGEIST 3 THE WEBSITE. FIRST OF ALL THERE ARE DELETED SCENES MISSING THAT NEEDS TO BE ON THE EXTRAS LIKE THE ONE WERE CAROLL ANNE AND BRUCE ARE MAKING BREAKFAST TOGETHER NEVER MADE IT ON THE MOVIE SCRIPT BUT FILMED.ANOTHER DELETED SCENE WERE BRUCE AND PAT LOOKING AT THE STAIRWELL BLOCKED BY ICE.AND THERES MORE DELETED SCENES THAT NEVER MADE IT.ALSO THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE IS THEY NEED TO INCLUDE THE ORIGINAL LOST ENDING ALOT OF PEOPLE DIDNT LIKE HOW THE MOVIE ENDED SO IT WOULD BE NICE TO FINALLY HAVE THE VERSION WITH THE ORIGINAL ENDING BEFORE HEATHER O ROURKE DIED BEFORE FILMING.AND NOT BUT NOT LEAST ALSO AS BONUS FEATURES WE NEED THE BEHIND THE SCENES PICTURES OF THE MOVIE AND THERES LOTS OF THEM AGAIN GO TO POLTERGEIST 3 THE WEBSITE TO SEE THEM. SHOUT FACTORY REALEST THIS MOVIE PLEASE ON COLLECTORS EDITION WITH ALL THESE EXTRAS THIS MOVIE DESERVES IT PLEASE
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