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Poltergeist II: The Other Side

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It took four years to come out with a sequel to the original Poltergeist. In those four years, they had plenty of time to come up with some ideas and the end result of Director Brian Gibson's (taking over directorial duties from Tobe Hooper) Poltergeist II: The Other Side is a mashup of rehashed ideas and some truly creepy scenes, thanks in part to Julian Beck's portrayal of Reverend Kane and H.R. Giger's conceptual ideas for the ghosts/demons. It might not be as great as the first flick, but the film is fun enough to check out, and what better way to check it out then with Scream Factory's Collector's Edition Blu-ray release. Should you fork the money over, though? Read on to find out...

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Picking up in movie universe time a year later, the Freeling family (minus their
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On the living side, he is only able to take the form of the Reverend Kane, which in and of itself is creepy as hell, thanks to Julian Beck's riveting performance. On the "other side," though, the demon is witnessed in its full form as something straight out of Giger's head (which it actually was!)

Poltergeist II: The Other Side tries to introduce some new ideas, with the inclusion of the Native American character Taylor (Will Sampson), who is working with returning character Tangina Barrons (Zelda Rubinstein). He has dealt with some of this before and he knows what needs to be done to defeat the demon, which oddly enough, requires a process of two grown men sitting half naked in a sweat lodge.

The sequel also focuses more on the practical effects this time around, with some truly memorable moments. The puking scene involving Craig T. Nelson is fantastic in regards to the effects and the resulting creature that pops out, who will probably stay in your dreams for a few
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