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Good That These Were Combined
on June 1, 2013
Without Poltergeist II, Poltergeist III, would make little sense. Watching the former first, in order of their production, provides a background without which the second would be much poorer viewing. As a stand-alone picture, III offers only a spooky new building where, for no particular reasons, strange incidents are taking place to the building and to the couple, with a teen-age daughter who are playing host to the niece of the wife. There is no particular reason for the shenanigans, except for a strange figure who talks about the little girl who can lead them to the light. Equally inexplicable is the presence of psychic investigator Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein), from II, who pops in and..............(can't reveal here).
At any rate, if you have seen the original Poltergeist, the second and third will make fairly good sense and be pretty good minor level entertainment. Neither is really big time movie making, II getting more colorful "phenomena" than III, and, of course, having the same featured casting. In III, Tom Skerritt plays Uncle, and handles the situation in relatively low key. All in all, neither is up to the original, and as a package, you have the equivalent of watching a couple of episodes of one of your secondary choices from among TV series.