They’re Done

Poltergeist III finally puts this trilogy to rest. Much like Poltergeist II: The Other Side, there was no reason to continue the story. The ghosts and poltergeist were already defeated twice. Simply changing the setting doesn’t make it any different. Sadly, Poltergeist III can’t simply be forgotten as a pointless sequel no one talks about. Out of every cast member affected by the “Poltergeist curse,” the most heartbreaking is Heather O’Rourke. The face of the franchise who very tragically died at the young age of 12, months before the threequels release.

I’m not superstitious, but cruel irony (especially when evil spirits are involved) is a different story. O’Rourke shows so much potential even for a movie like this. When Carol Anne is sent to live with relatives in Chicago, she finds Reverend Kane return to haunt her. Apart from O’Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein is the only other returning actress. Little medium Tangina has much more to do, but she just randomly shows up. The Freelings are replaced by Carol Anne’s Aunt Pat, Uncle Bruce, and teenage cousin Donna.

They’re played by name celebrities like Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen, and Lara Flynn Boyle, but that doesn’t help. All the paranormal action takes place in a high rise building with mirrors & ice doing most of the unscary scares. The more I watched, the more annoyed I got. Carol Anne’s unconvinced psychiatrist won’t shut up, all anyone does is look for Carol Anne when she’s taken again, and Kane’s motivation makes less sense as things go on. The ending had to be reshot and it shows. Poltergeist III isn’t good for anything other than showcasing Heather O’Rourke’s talent.

3. Poltergeist III

Carol Anne sees Kane

Preceded by: Poltergeist II: The Other Side

4 thoughts on “They’re Done

  1. I know it’s a terrible movie, but that whole mirror thing used to really freak me out as a kid. Also, I wonder if anyone has ever done a count of how many times people scream Carol Anne’s name throughout the movie. Gotta be in the hundreds.

    Pitch meeting: “We don’t have a lot of meaningful dialogue this time, so we’ll just have the actors shout for Carol Anne about 50,000 times.”

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  2. I don’t even remember the third movie. I guess I was too old at that point to care. Heather’s death was tragic, for sure, but Dominique Dunne was just a little more than a decade older when she was violently murdered. Gives the whole franchise a creepy, eerie feel having little to do with ghosts.

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