|Poltergeist II/Poltergeist III (2003) PG|
Directors: Brian Gibson, Gary Sherman
Actors: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke
Release Year: 2003
Review by: Heather H. - 5/20/2013 5:23 PM
"I grew up watching the first installment of this series. While not the greatest movie ever made, it had elements that made it worthwhile and downright creepy in places (those ghost hands were just chilling).
That being said, I was eager to watch the second and third in this series. I had the chance to watch the third one a few years back and having finally seen the second, let me tell you that everything makes much more sense.
The premise is similar to the first one. Carol Anne is older and still attracting spirits. This time she gets a creepy preacher who makes an appearance in the third. The preacher and his followers, all long dead, see her as an angel. The plot is a little jumbled but he seems to want to use her to justify his religion which failed epically.
The special effects are what you expect from the mid eighties. Impressive for the time but producing little more than giggles nowadays. As a girl who used to wear braces, that scene did give me shivers. So, not the best movie ever made but it's a far cry better than a lot of films I've seen.
The third movie witnesses the return of both our heroine (Carol Anne) and the creepy preacher. In this movie he wants Carol Anne for himself and wants her to take him to the other side. That being said, he goes through a lot just to pass over. He takes over an entire building. He's kinda stupid like that. He goes through a lot of work just to go to hell (C'mon people, is there even a question of where this jerk is going?).
Again, not awful special effects. Still not fantastic by today's standards but predictable. Heather O'Rourke's performance is good, much better than in the previous two. The plot wanders, focusing more on mirror tricks to get the message across. I did like the mirror tricks though.
All in all, decent movies and about what you'd expect from sequels to an eighties movie."