I'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link]

Clint: Netflix: 3.2/5 stars. IMDB: 7.2/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7.0/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: Netflix: 3.1/5 stars, IMDB: 5.6/10.

CLINT’S THOUGHTS: No Poltergeist 1, that’s for sure. How the hell had I not seen this? I watched the first one like 50 times. How do I have no recollection of Poltergeist 2?

Well anyway, it takes away most of the mystery, and just collapses the plot into more of a standard horror movie. With less cool special effects, less creepy scenes, and less scary scenes. Still, totally worth seeing, because I had a very incomplete pop-culture experience by only having seen the first movie in this TRILOGY.

Plus, I’ve now identified a Chemlab song sample. I had no idea the sample was from this movie.

CAROLYN’S THOUGHTS: This wasn’t as creepy as the first movie, and it definitely wasn’t as good as the first one. It was worth seeing to continue the franchise and to get some backstory.


Directed by Brian Gibson.
Written by Michael Grais (Poltergeist 1, Cool World) & Mark Victor (Poltergeist 1, Cool World).

Craig T. Nelson (Coach in Coach, Blades Of Glory, Wag The Dog, The Devil’s Advocate, The Incredibles, Where The Buffalo Roam) as Steve Freeling.
JoBeth Williams (TiMER, 1 ep of Batman-TAS, 1 ep of 24) as Diane Freeling.
Dominique Dunne (1 ep of Hart To Hart, 1 ep of CHiPS) as Dana Freeling, the older daughter.
Oliver Robins (Airplane 2, 1 ep of The Twilight Zone) as Robbie Freeling, the son.
Heather O’Rourke (12 eps of Happy Days, 3 eps of Webster, 1 ep of CHiPS, 1 ep of Fantasy Island) as Carol Anne Freeling, the younger daughter.
Zelda Rubinstein (Sixteen Candles, Pickett Fences, 1 ep of Caroline In The City, 1 ep of Tales From The Crypt) as Tangina, the paranormal expert.
Will Sampson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) as Taylor, the indian protector.
Julian Beck as Kane, the evil preacher. This was his final movie – he died of stomach cancer while filming in 1985. So he’s another victim of the “Poltergeist Curse.”
Geraldine Fitzgerald (1 ep of Alfred Hitchcock Presents) as Gramma-Jess.
Noble Craig (Sewer Monster in Big Trouble In Little China, Merging Freddy in A Nightmare On Elm Street 5) as Vomit Creature.Music: The Church – So Love May Find Us