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#26 – Poltergeist/Poltergeist 2

Reason Why – It’s a tie? Because both movies scare really well. Poltergeist II: The Other Side has the creepy reverend going for it and he scared me more than anything in the first movie, though the first is a classic and scares in many ways, Part II just hit home and seemed much more real to me. There’s also the alleged curse but real life deaths connected with these films. Dominique Dunn getting murdered by a jealous ex-boyfriend still creeps me out. Julian Beck who played the creepy Kane (2nd picture) died of stomach cancer, which he knew he had before accepting the part. Will Sampson, the medicine man died of kidney failure and malnutrition problems. Lastly, cute little Heather O’Rourke died of what was thought to be influenza but ended up being ruled as septic shock due to toxins in her bloodstream. All this real-life death related to these two creepy movies about death just adds to the whole viewing experiences. It’s both sad and scary. Does it hold up – Pretty much. The first is creepy from what you don’t see for much of the film as well as the clown and toys in the kids bedroom and the 2nd because Kane just creeped me the heck out!

Stars –

Poltergeist – Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O’Rourke, Dominique Dunn, Oliver Robins, Zelda Rubenstein

Poltergeist II: The Other Side – Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O’Rourke, Oliver Robins, Zelda Rubenstein, Julian Beck, Will Sampson

Director – Poltergeist – Tobe Hooper, Steven Spielberg (uncredited)

Poltergeist II: The Other Side – Brian Gibson

Studio – Poltergeist – MGM/United Artists

Poltergeist II: The Other Side – MGM

Similar Films – The Exorcist, The Haunting, Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project

Followed By – Poltergeist III

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3 responses

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  2. i always look for a good movie review first before watching new movies ~

    November 3, 2010 at 3:56 pm

  3. great share, great article, very usefull for me…thank

    November 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm

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