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Poltergeist III

As the third chapter unfolds, poor little Carol Anne (the late Heather O'Rourke) has had to move again. Her parents have shipped her off to live with her aunt and uncle (Nancy Allen and Tom Skerritt) in a brand-new Chicago high-rise. No sooner does Carol Anne move in than the mirrors start to crack and icebergs begin to form, not to mention the noise in her bedroom and the smoke that follows her down the hallway.

As the third chapter unfolds, poor little Carol Anne (the late Heather O’Rourke) has had to move again. Her parents have shipped her off to live with her aunt and uncle (Nancy Allen and Tom Skerritt) in a brand-new Chicago high-rise. No sooner does Carol Anne move in than the mirrors start to crack and icebergs begin to form, not to mention the noise in her bedroom and the smoke that follows her down the hallway.

The family relationships are somewhat confused, but there’s a teenage daughter (Lara Flynn Boyle) and her boyfriend (Kip Wenz) who get dragged into the basement floor with Carol Anne and a know-it-all school psychiatrist (Richard Fire), who may or may not have been dropped down the elevator shaft. Zelda Rubinstein is back as Tangina, the friendly psychic.

Director/co-writer Gary Sherman demonstrates absolutely no interest in whether this film ever has a modicum of meaning as he rushes from one special effect to another. Even there, Sherman arrives too late.

Poltergeist III

  • Production: M-G-M. Director Gary Sherman; Producer Barry Bernardi; Screenplay Gary Sherman, Brian Taggert; Camera Alex Nepomniaschy; Editor Ross Albert; Music Joe Renzetti; Art Director Paul Eads
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 97 MIN.
  • With: Tom Skerritt Nancy Allen Heather O'Rourke Zelda Rubinstein Lara Flynn Boyle Richard Fire
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