Poltergeist 2: The Other Side (1986)

Poltergeist 2: The Other Side (1986)

Taglines: The Freeling family’s struggle with spirits begins again…

The Freeling family move in with Diane’s mother in an effort to escape the trauma and aftermath of Carol Anne’s abduction by the Beast. But the Beast is not to be put off so easily and appears in a ghostly apparition as the Reverend Kane, a religeous zealot responsible for the deaths of his many followers. His goal is simple – he wants the angelic Carol Anne; but the love of her family and the power of psychic Tangina once again unite, along with an elderly native American, to fight for her life.

Poltergeist II: The Other Side is a 1986 American supernatural horror film and the second entry in the Poltergeist film series. A sequel to Poltergeist, it features the return of the original family, who are once again confronted by a spirit trying to harm their daughter, Carol Anne.

It received mixed reviews from critics and did not gross as much at the box office as its predecessor, although it was still financially successful. It ended up making over $40 million against a $19 million (estimated) production budget and was nominated for the Academy Award for Visual Effects. The film was also nominated for a Razzie Award for Zelda Rubinstein as Worst Supporting Actress. It was followed in 1988 by Poltergeist III.

Poltergeist 2: The Other Side (1986)

About the Story

One year after the events of Poltergeist, Cuesta Verde, the Freelings’ neighborhood from the first film, is being evacuated and turned into an archaeological paranormal dig centered around the spot where the Freelings’ home stood before it imploded. The excavation leads to the discovery of an underground cave by a ground crew. Its existence is revealed to psychic Tangina Barrons (Zelda Rubinstein), who tells a friend of hers, Taylor (Will Sampson), a Native American shaman. After investigating the cave for himself, Taylor realizes that Rev. Henry Kane (Julian Beck), a deceased, insane preacher, has located Carol Anne and goes to defend her.

The Freeling family—Steven (Craig T. Nelson), Diane (JoBeth Williams), Robbie (Oliver Robins), and Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke)—has relocated to Phoenix, Arizona and now live in a house with Diane’s mother, “Grandma Jess” (Geraldine Fitzgerald). Having lost his real estate license, Steven is reduced to selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door while filing repeated insurance claims to cover the missing home. Grandma Jess is highly clairvoyant, and says that Diane and Carol Anne are clairvoyant as well. Grandma Jess later dies from natural causes, but not before telling Diane one last time that she’ll always “be there” if she needs her.

Taylor shows up as Kane begins his first assault on the home. Unable to get in through the television as the family has removed all television sets from the home, Kane’s minions are forced to find another way in, this time through Carol Anne’s toy telephone. The attack fails, and the family gets out of the house quickly. Taylor introduces himself and convinces them that running would be a waste of time since Kane would only find them again, and they return to the house, which Taylor has made safe for the time being.

Kane himself shows up at the home one day in human form and demands to be let in, but Steven stands up to him and refuses. Taylor congratulates him for resisting Kane, and then takes Steven to the desert and gives him the “Power of Smoke”, a Native spirit that can repel Kane. Tangina shows up at the house and helps Diane to understand Kane’s history and how he became the Beast that is now stalking the family. Reverend Henry Kane led his followers into the cave because he believed the end of the world was coming, then left them to die after the date he predicted came and went. Because he was so evil, Kane became a monster after death. Taylor warns the family that Kane is extremely clever and will try to tear them apart.

Poltergeist 2: The Other Side (1986)

Poltergeist 2: The Other Side (1986)

Directed by: Brian Gibson
Starring: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O’Rourke, Oliver Robins, Zelda Rubinstein, Will Sampson, Julian Beck, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Susan Peretz
Screenplay by: Mark Victor, Michael Grais
Production Design by: Ted Haworth
Cinematography by: Andrew Laszlo
Film Editing by: Thom Noble, Bud S. Smith
Costume Design by: April Ferry
Set Decoration by: George R. Nelson
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Distributed by: Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Release Date: May 23, 1986