Poltergeist (2015)

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Cast & crew, brian gibson, jobeth williams, craig t. nelson, heather o'rourke, zelda rubinstein, oliver robins, technical specs.

After having their home devastated by malevolent spirits, the Freeling family was unable to convince the insurance company of what happened to the property, so unable to afford a new place of their own, Steve, Diane, and their two children move in with Diane's mother. But they soon learn that this house was also built over haunted ground. One hundred years earlier, a deranged cult leader killed his followers in the area and now his spirit has returned, intent on kidnapping their youngest child, Carol Anne. Once again, the Freelings call upon psychic medium Tangina Barrons to help them, and also enlist a Native American spiritualist named Taylor.

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David beaman, robert lesser.

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Geraldine Fitzgerald

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Geraldine Fitzgerald (1913-2005)

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer May 23, 1986

Released in USA on video.

Began shooting May 13, 1985.

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Poltergeist II: The Other Side

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Poltergeist ii: the other side.

1986 Directed by Brian Gibson

They're back.

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.

Craig T. Nelson JoBeth Williams Heather O'Rourke Oliver Robins Zelda Rubinstein Will Sampson Julian Beck Geraldine Fitzgerald John P. Whitecloud Noble Craig Susan Peretz Helen Boll Syd Beard David Beaman Jaclyn Bernstein Hayley Taylor Ann Louise Bardach Pamela Gordon Chelsea Hertford Carrie Lorraine Kathy Wagner Whit Hertford Bill Schroeder Rocky Krakoff

Director Director

Brian Gibson

Producers Producers

Michael Grais Mark Victor

Executive Producer Exec. Producer

Freddie Fields

Writers Writers

Casting casting.

Joseph D'Agosta Monica Swann

Editors Editors

Thom Noble Bud S. Smith

Cinematography Cinematography

Andrew Laszlo

Production Design Production Design

Ted Haworth

Art Direction Art Direction

H. R. Giger

Visual Effects Visual Effects

John Bruno Screaming Mad George

Stunts Stunts

Dana Dru Evenson

Composer Composer

Jerry Goldsmith

Costume Design Costume Design

April Ferry

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Releases by Date

23 may 1986, 19 jul 1986, 27 jul 1986, 07 aug 1986, 18 sep 1986, 19 sep 1986, 23 jan 1987, releases by country.

  • Theatrical M
  • Theatrical 18
  • Theatrical 14A
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  • Theatrical 16
  • Theatrical 15
  • Theatrical PG-13

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The_Shape_

Review by The_Shape_ 2

"We want the angel"

Julian Beck as Reverend Kane is honestly one of the scariest characters I have seen in a movie. When I was younger he was the only character that truly terrified me and that would haunt my thoughts. Even after all these years he still makes me very uneasy.

I love the character Taylor - portrayed by Will Sampson - and how he is able to read energies, and how helpful and caring he is to the Freeling's.

I enjoy that Gramma Jess, Diane, and Carol Anne were gifted as well. I thought all of them were good representations of just pure light and love and the opposite of the dark and evil Kane.

I love the…

Slig001

Review by Slig001 ★★½ 3

This Poltergeist sequel represents a significant drop in quality from the first. We start out with some lore building that doesn't make a great deal of sense honestly, before reestablishing the family from the first film. It's obvious that this film wanted to hit the same beats as the original and it does....kind of, except here it feels tired from the outset. The inclusion of flashbacks from the original really don't help either, serving only as a reminder of how much better the original film was. The pacing was one of the best things about the original - going from wholesome family drama to full horror so quickly, but here's it's more of a slow burn with significant dips in…

haley

Review by haley ★★½

on its own, this isn't bad. as a sequel of such an iconic film, this is a complete disappointment. heather o'rourke and craig nelson both gave great performances, but i can't say the same for everyone else. everything just felt so forced this time around. it does have some pretty impressive special effects for the time period and a few fun moments. unfortunately, those few fun moments are overshadowed by an extremely silly finale. i'd say it's definitely still worth the watch though, especially if you're a fan of the first film.

Naughty aka Juli Norwood

Review by Naughty aka Juli Norwood ★★★ 2

Franchise took a nosedive once Spielberg and Hooper were no longer at the helm!

Kaijuman

Review by Kaijuman ★★★ 4

Daily Horror Scavenger Hunt 3 - September 2018

13/30: Today we are watching a horror movie that was on the cover of Fangoria. 

“Children have fought wars, have built nations. They are strong and have courage, don't treat them any less than that because they're young.”

I want you to think back to the first time to saw Poltergeist . How the movie was effortlessly charming and showed something that was frightening, but not too frightening. For a lot of people it was their first foray into horror. Think back to that perfect ending, wrapping everything up and putting a nice bow on it. I’m sure your first thought once the credits started rolling was “ Boy I sure hope this gets…

belial_carboni

Review by belial_carboni ★★★ 10

I love the Poltergeist sequels. They make for some prime Sunday afternoon viewing. Especially while being hungover and melting into the couch...

Poltergeist 2 continues with many of the same themes from the first one. This sequel is more slow and takes a little while to get going. When it picks up there are some awesome SFX and wacky shennanigans. The killer braces and slimey worm creature are amazing! That creature looks like something out of a Hellraiser film! This film is a little more cheesy than the first film and can feel pretty dry at times. The supernatural elements come off a little hokey at times but like most of the film there's an endearing charm to the story.

A noticeable decline in quality from the first film but still lots of fun nonetheless.

Ben Hibburd ☘🏀

Review by Ben Hibburd ☘🏀 ★★★½ 8

You know what? This wasn't half as bad as I was led to believe. I was under the impression that this film was an unmitigated disaster. Turns out it was a fairly typical eighties sequel to a classic film. Everything gets turned up to eleven, logical consistency is thrown away and things become more schlocky than before.

After surviving their ordeal in the first film the Freeling family are once again stalked by the otherworldly beast from the first film. This time it takes the form of an incredibly unsettling preacher named Kane (Julian Beck). As he tries to fracture the family and take Carol Anne they're aided by a Native American, Taylor (Will Sampson) in a battle between good…

Mr. DuLac

Review by Mr. DuLac ★★★½ 9

Car's still angry, eh? -Taylor

Well my step daughter decided she wanted to watch this before we even finished the first film so here we are. Maybe it was watching it through her that changed my perspective on the film, but I enjoyed this a great deal more then I ever remembered enjoying it before.

All the charm from the original is gone along with Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg while it seems to take most of it's inspiration from films like A Nightmare on Elm Street instead of the original Poltergeist . It loses points as a sequel to an 80s classic, but as a product of it's time, mid 80s horror, the film is actually pretty good.

Justin Peterson

Review by Justin Peterson ★★★

The Freeling's house is gone, but their haunting is not over yet resulting in the family needing the help of a native American spirit warrior to break their curse.

"They're back."

For a sequel that I had never heard of to one of the great horror films of the 80s, Poltergeist 2 was not too bad. It features plenty of your typical dated but fun 80s horror special effects, with a few twists along the way. But it does succeed as a sequel by taking the same family that we know and love from the original, and continuing the story with it not feeling too much like the same plot all over again.

In the story the family is trying…

robyn

Review by robyn ★★★½

as soon as that worm opened its eye i knew this was gonna take some incredible turn

Elric Kane

Review by Elric Kane ★★★ 1

More Insidious 2 then Poltergeist but Kane is super creepy and when Craig T Nelson channels him it's extraordinary. It's not Part 3, but what is.

Ali

Review by Ali ★★★

Hooptober Se7en : 31/31 2nd film of franchise

At first, I had this firmly planted in the "sequels we didn't need" category.

But then there's a possession scene with a worm, followed by a haunted garage, and suddenly I was way on board with it. Just a mad dash to a bonkers finale.

Did we need it? Maybe not. Did I like it? Oh yes.

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Poltergeist II Reviews

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…Poltergeist II sticks closely to the first film’s structure, doing most of the same spooky things but not as well….

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5 | Oct 8, 2023

poltergeist 2 imdb parents guide

Pretty lousy.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4 | Mar 21, 2023

poltergeist 2 imdb parents guide

The annoying thing is that the movie doesn't make sense. Poltergeist II doesn't stick to its own supernatural rules and leaves lots of loose ends waving in the breeze.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5 | Nov 3, 2021

The original Steven Spielberg-Tobe Hooper Poltergeist was an effective shocker. Gibson's sequel is a maudlin, religiose affair.

Full Review | Nov 3, 2021

It's a tacky tale of terror. It creates no plausible atmosphere, but springs its shocks indiscriminately.

Not much of the first film's tincture of humor is revived, but most of the tiresome mumbo-jumbo routines get another going-over.

Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke and Oliver Robins are involved again, but this is movie-making by numbers, orchestrated with thunderous but ultimately deadening technical resource.

There are movies that make you want to mince words, and then there's Poltergeist II: The Other Side, a movie so ineffably bad, you can't even find the words to mince.

Poltergeist II's effects immediately build the movie to a frightening plane. Then palpable emotion propels the story through un: fathomable, often ridiculous, yet wholly enjoyable events.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Nov 3, 2021

The sequel is, ho-hum, more of the same, with lots more special effects. And when the writers were stuck for an idea, they just dug through their movie-molded memories.

A spooky, gross, pointless movie that is all tease and no payoff.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4 | Nov 3, 2021

poltergeist 2 imdb parents guide

Director Brian Gibson has done nothing to justify a sequel to Tobe Hooper's honor classic. He gives us an experience or two that might have fit into the previous film, but killer braces are not enough to fill an entire sequel.

The cast should be given credit for playing gamely along with Poltergeist II. Nelson and Williams in particular seem to do their best to have some fun with these roles. Unfortunately, they have too much working against them

A movie lodged somewhere between life and death, between rip-off and invention, between exploitation and mordant wit.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4 | Nov 3, 2021

Poltergeist II is very much like its scary original. Except for the lack of ingenuity and clarity. Plus, the acting never draws us in. But the special effects are great.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4 | Nov 3, 2021

Poltergeist II yields nothing to its predecessor in razzle-dazzle -- courtesy of Richard Edlund's effects -- but it lacks the modest wit and flipness of the original.

The special effects for Kane and his followers are a chilling combination of ghostly wisps and liquefying flesh. But the director, Brian Gibson, relies too much on the crude shock value of these effects and too little on suggestion.

Full Review | Nov 2, 2021

A lot of people who ordinarily avoid horror pictures will rush to check it out. But what they will see for their trouble is barely distinguishable from a dumb drive-in cheapie.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4 | Nov 2, 2021

The plain truth is that director Brian Gibson fails to deliver the goods. His movie just doesn't stand a ghost of a chance without Spielberg's technical wizardry and professional polish.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4 | Nov 2, 2021

The original, in brief, was more original, but then horror fans have never been what you'd call an overly demanding lot.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4 | Nov 2, 2021

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Thematically, "poltergeist" might actually be considered a family film. but remember that the bonding moments are often overshadowed by angry ghosts and electrical static..

This remake of the 1982 film Poltergeist re-envisions a family's fight against evil ghost that attack their home and take their daughter hostage.

Release date May 22, 2015

Run Time: 93 minutes

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The guide to our grades, parent movie review by kerry bennett.

Over 30 years ago Director Tobe Hooper did to television sets what Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho did to showers . He made them one of the scariest things in the house. Poltergeist (1982) was frightening enough to inspire two more sequels starring a little blonde actress who held her hands up to the static-filled screen and talked to dead people. Sadly, 12-year-old Heather O’Rourke died shortly after filming for the third Poltergeist wrapped up.

Three decades later the new Poltergeist has lost some of the spine-chilling punch of the original, thanks in part to the plethora of horror movies that have ripped off the film’s scariest moments. But now a dark-haired, freckle-faced Kennedi Clements takes over the lead role, playing a little girl innocent enough not to know she’s communicating with the imprisoned souls of those who can’t find their way to the light.

From the moment this family, made up of an unemployed father (Sam Rockwell), stay-at-home mom (Rosemarie DeWitt) and three kids (Clements, Catlett and Saxon Sharbino) moves into a new neighborhood littered with foreclosure signs, strange things begin happening. Closet doors open and close themselves. The post of the banister at the bottom of the stairs gives off an electrical shock, an ancient tree in the yard scratches repeatedly against the windowpanes and Kennedi’s character, Madison, begins talking to “imaginary” friends.

For audience members who love the goose-bump inducing thrill of a horror movie, Poltergeist has a few good jump scenes, along with the obligatory flickering of lights and the foreboding sense you’re being watched. Yet it also has some odd side stories. Dad has been out of work for an undisclosed amount of time. That leaves one “ghostbuster” wondering if the explanation for the unexplained occurrences might not just be a hoax in order to get a reality show. (Yes the script has been updated to include things like tablets, cell phones and reality TV.) There’s also a love story between secondary characters (Jared Harris and Jane Adams) that feels forced and a little out of place in a plot about disembodied specters.

From a content perspective, Poltergeist is full of the expected grotesque images, character peril, non-graphic violence and things that go bump in the night. There’s also some brief strong language and a dozen or so profanities. Dad turns to alcohol on a few occasions to help deal with his stress and frustration. And, other than a moment of married canoodling in the bedroom, the film is free of sexual depictions.

Thematically, Poltergeist might actually be considered a family film. It’s a story of parents and children pulling together to reclaim their little girl while going through tough financial times. Still, before you haul your own kids off to see this reboot of the franchise, remember those bonding moments are often overshadowed by angry ghosts and electrical static, which likely won’t be appropriate fare for your offspring.

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Why is Poltergeist rated PG-13? Poltergeist is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language.

Violence: Frequent scenes depict physical and emotional distress of characters (often children) that are subjected to trauma from spirits in the afterlife. Characters are pulled into a dark and scary realm where obscured images of skeletons and partially decomposed humans are seen. Some characters display injuries that appear to be deep scars. A family engages in verbal confrontation.

Sexual Content: A married couple plans to engage in sexual activity but is quickly interrupted by a child.

Language: A character says “eff-ing”. A scatological term and other mild profanities are infrequently heard.

Drugs/Alcohol: A father frequently turns to alcohol to alleviate stress.

From the Studio: Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever. © Fox

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Poltergeist Parents' Guide

Talk about the movie with your family…

Suburban settings, as opposed to old haunted houses, are becoming more common in horror films. Why do you think this change has happened? Do you think a movie is more frightening if it takes place in an environment we can relate to? Can you recall a movie that was scary even though it took place in a fantastical location, like outer space?

The interior of the home in this movie does not match the exterior views we see of it. What interior elements have been “stretched” to match the typical elements we are used to seeing in a horror movie?

Eric Bowen is, among other things, frustrated that his only son is a bit of a scaredy-cat. Can a parent’s perception of a child influence how he or she interacts with the child? How does Eric respond to Griffen in comparison to how his wife does? What motivates Griffen to push aside his fears?

The most recent home video release of Poltergeist movie is September 29, 2015. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Poltergeist Release Date: 29 September 2015 The 2015 movie Poltergeist releases to home video (Blu-ray or 3D Blu-ray) with the following special features: - Theatrical Cut - Extended Cut - Alternate Ending - Gallery - Theatrical Trailers

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This movie is a remake of the 1982 film Poltergeist , which was written by Steven Spielberg. That same year, he also directed E.T.—The Extra-Terrestrial about a group of young children that find and befriend an alien creature.

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poltergeist 2 imdb parents guide

The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces don’t seem to be over.

Picking up right where the last one left off, the Freeling family have moved in with grandma seeing that their house was sucked into the earth and seems to be missing now (it could happen…). This may be an issue for the family who have learned to lived without TV, however they are content just being out of the chaos (or are they??). The original cast is back which is always a plus for fans of the first release. Brian Gibson has taken over directing seeing that Spielberg has moved on to other projects.

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I’ve always considered this the 2nd best of the franchise, which is right in line with the 3rd film being the 3rd best for that matter. The feel of the first film is incorporated rather well brining in a new villain by the name of Reverend Henry Kane. Now Kane was played by (Julian Beck) who is portrayed to be the former deceased leader of an Utopian cult that lead his people into a death tribe convincing them to stay with him in a cave until their fateful deaths. This cave, if you haven’t guessed, is located under the Freelings former house lot. It is discovered by eerie medium Tangina Barrons (Zelda Rubinstein) who brings in some reinforcement help for the Freeling family in the form of a spiritual Indian shaman named Taylor (Will Sampson). Taylor provides some subtle humor in his talk of spiritual matters.

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Kane is in fact the “beast” inhabiting the reverend’s former image as he crosses over planes to taunt and destroy the Freelings. He also is drawn to Carol Anne who he aims to possess. His trademark dialog includes the repeated singing of “God is in his holy Temple” which comes across less than Holy and more as the sinister beast he was spawned from. As the film progresses, this beast is seen in his true CGI form taking on more of a “Thing-style” incarnation.

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The Freelings who are just trying to get their lives back together, discover that the spirits that haunted them are intent on following them wherever they reside at. This becomes a focal point issue creating a need for the extreme as they prepare to battle evil itself. Now most fans of the movie will agree that by the time the film is over, you’ve probably heard the name “Carol Anne” shouted out more times than you “ever” need to hear again. I actually laughed a few times as the characters were forced to repeat her name again and again.

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The film keeps things entertaining with plenty of wispy spirits, some humor and a few of the trademark special effect sequences that were inspired from the first film. Now “ Poltergeist II: The Other Side ” does have its slow parts which are usually picked up when the action starts up again. Actor Craig T. Nelson who reprised his role as “Steven” provides a unique and memorable performance jumping from hilarious to damn creepy in a way that feels natural rather than forced. Topping off the lineup we have his wife Diane (JoBeth Williams), their 2 children Robbie (Oliver Robins) and the doey-eyed Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke).

Heather O’Rourke would die from Crohn’s disease 2 years later (in 1987) leaving behind her legacy role. “Poltergeist III” would be released in 1988, and the last of the franchise.

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Actor Julian Beck who at the time was suffering from stomach cancer can be seen in his natural ill looking state which in many ways brought a extra level of creepiness to this character. In a scene where he confronts the Freelings at their doorstep, it is apparent that his illness is in full form with an extremely thin profile and shallow cheek bones. Whether it was intended or not, the character of Henry Kane is thought to be among one of the top creepiest villains of all time.

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) was a great addition to the Poltergeist films (now available on DVD bundled with part 3). I highly suggest sitting thru the entire series for maximum effect

Bonus Features

  • NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Producer Michael Grais
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Poltergeist II Webmaster David Furtney
  • NEW Robbie’s Return – An Interview With Oliver Robins
  • NEW The Spirit World – An Interview With Special Effects Designers Richard Edlund, Steve Johnson And Screaming Mad George
  • NEW Ghosts Of Giger – A Look At The Contributions Of Artist H.R. Giger Featuring Rare Photos And Illustrations And An Interview With Giger’s Friend And Agent Les Barany And Special Effects Designer Steve Johnson, Richard Edlund And Screaming Mad George
  • Vintage Featurettes: They’re Back: The Making Of Poltergeist II, Monster Shop And Ghostmakers: The Magic Of Poltergeist II
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Galleries (Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Stills, Posters And Script Pages)

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) is now available on bluray per Shout Factory

Tags 1986 Brian Gibson Craig T. Nelson Geraldine Fitzgerald Heather O'Rourke JoBeth Williams John P. Whitecloud Julian Beck Mark Victor Michael Grais Oliver Robins Poltergeist Poltergeist II Poltergeist II: The Other Side Will Sampson Zelda Rubinstein

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SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman walks out of the bathroom wearing a snug tank top and panties, revealing the outlines of nipples; she says that her underwear is sad and her husband (he's clothed) says his underwear is happy and they kiss. A wife lies on her back on a bed and her husband lies on top of her, kissing her a few timers briefly until she says, "Take off your pants" and he does so (we see his bare thighs briefly) but a little boy runs into the room and the husband pulls his trousers back up. ►  A husband hugs his wife and kisses her briefly. A man puts an arm around his ex-wife for a few seconds. A man kisses a woman on the cheek briefly. ►  In a double entendre and instance of flirting, a male ghost hunter says, "I have special powers" and his ex-wife says, "They're not that special"; in another instance, when static electricity makes the hair stand up on the heads of a little boy and a little girl, she says, "I saw you move your ding-a-ling!"

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A husband and his wife move their three children to an old house in a suburb and within a day, scary sounds begin to emanate from the walls and appliances of the house; lightning flashes seem to appear in rooms as lights go on and off and a stair banister shocks several people with static while doors open and close, a child's keyboard plays by itself and a softball rolls itself across a floor; we hear running feet, echoing voices in several rooms and folding doors on a closet stick shut, open themselves then slam shut several times. ►  A man attempts to use an electric drill to open a closet wall but something drags the drill and his arm through the wall, pulling his arm several more times to hit the man's face on the wall and we hear the drill start up on the other side of the wall as we see the long bit burrow through from the other side, making holes in a line across to the man' face; he screams and finally pulls his arm out of the wall (claw marks cover his forearm, but disappear). About 50 slimy skeletons come out of a closet to grab a little girl's feet as her mother and other adults hold on to her hands and arms while all the furniture and appliances in the house begin to break apart and fly into a portal that is behind the skeletons. In a small closet, a boy finds a large number of clown dolls as they fall from above his head to the floor; they have maniacal expressions, blackened teeth and wide, crazy eyes, and one clown rolls to a corner of the room, laughs demonically, and then jumps at the young boy twice, trying to strangle him; the boy kicks it and stomps on its head to break it apart (the face breaks off and the eyes bulge loosely). ►  We see a young girl flown up a staircase by something holding her ankle until a man rushes in and the family retrieves the girl as the house breaks apart, the front yard turns to gaping holes of mud and human bones, and the house explodes in fireballs and smoke. A man sees a little girl in a closet that turns out to be a roaring demon without eyes, teeth or tongue, just black holes; the man picks up a length of pipe and pounds on the wall until it breaks open to show blinding light, and he throws part of a table in and it falls through the ceiling of a room downstairs as his wife moves their young son out of the way. A deep male garble emanates from a big screen TV and we hear that evil spirits haunt the house; a little girl stands close to the static-filled screen and when she places her hands on it a dozen adult hands touch it from inside the flat screen. A little girl's hand touches the screen form inside as her mom touches it from the outside, then adult palms and fingers from inside the screen surround the girl's hand. During a storm two balls of light enter a little girl's closet, a stuffed toy rolls in by itself and she follows it to see the closet become a universe of stars against a black sky and adult hands grab her wrists and ankles, dragging her away as she screams (in several subsequent scenes, the closet wall fills with flames and sparks). A violent thunderstorm includes heavy rain and several flashes of lightning that scare a little boy who screams several times in his room while a claw-like limb from a backyard tree animates and pounds in windows, breaking glass loudly; reaching in a window, it grabs the boy, drags him through the house and outside as he screams and his parents drive up and see him struggle and fall to the ground (he is uninjured). People throw a thick rope through a portal as a guideline and argue about who is going as a young boy dives in the entrance; inside we see darkness, muck and skeletons with long claws and he and his sister fall unconscious and through a ceiling to land on a mattress; they are covered with black slime and their parents wash them, clothed, in a tub of water until they gasp awake. ►  An cell phone crackles with static as a teen girl carries it around her house; the cracking changes to garbled voices; the concrete floor in a room breaks up and oily mud rushes up and the girl slips and falls in it as she sees an unknown figure crouching in a corner and screams, ending the scene. A man hires a ghost hunter/medium and a paranormal expert to rid his house of evil spirits and to draw his young daughter back out of a TV set in which a spirit is keeping her captive; as they record auras around a house a chair throws itself into a wall and breaks. The entrance portal to an afterlife is in the back wall of a little girl's bedroom closet and the exit is in the living room ceiling. A family of five climb into their SUV and begin to back out of the driveway, but unseen entities block their way, tip the vehicle to its side, then to its roof, and then throw it through the wall of a living room where the people hang upside down inside the SUV, uninjured. As a family drives away from a house, we see thick columns of blue and white light filled with arms and hands of spirits rising into the sky. ►  Large towers with power lines that spark occasionally stand near a group of bones partially buried in a yard; a little boy digs up a vertebra and looking into the hole, we can see a human spinal column vertically in the loosened dirt. The ground in front of a house cracks open and oily mud rushes up, dislodging skeletons, some of which roar into the camera; bones and rib cages lie in the muck as well. A man hallucinates that black slime, blood, worms and maggots are coming out of his eyes, nose, and mouth after he drinks whiskey at his kitchen sink (please see the Substance Use category for more details). A man pulls up his trouser leg to show his calf healed but gouged out with red scars from a close encounter with demons. ►  Entities control a closet and communicate with a family's young daughter in muffled growls and garbled human voices; as she and her brother touch a closet door handle, their hair stands on end with static electricity. ►  A ceiling lamp twirls as wind knocks down a boy in a living room and a girl's spoon suddenly appears bent at breakfast. A woman falls against a milk crate filled with comics and curses; her young son takes them away and hears muffled voices and turning around he sees the comics stacked in a matrix in a doorway and then blow away down a hallway forcefully. A teenage girl stomps on a flat screen TV, breaking it. ►  A squirrel snarls and tries to escape a metal cage trap. Inside a house, a frightened squirrel runs fast across the screen and the dad pretends it is a monster, slamming doors and shouting until he starts laughing. A zombie video game shows male and female zombies chewing on human bones and grunting as a man fires a rifle at one and misses. ►  A teen girl says that she is going to go vomit; she leaves the room (we see or hear no vomit). A boy plays a video game and his little sister accuses him of flatulating and that it smells bad. An eight-year-old boy is fidgety, nervous and tells his father that he as scared of everything; his mother becomes frustrated and calls him a baby. ►  A husband and his wife are irritated with each other because of their unemployment and financial problems and argue throughout the film. A boy and his teen sister screech violently and jabber about a little sister being missing. An eight-year-old boy screams loudly for many seconds in several scenes, when he is frightened and when he wants adults to listen to him. A family arrives at their new house and the father yells at movers as they back into a mailbox with their truck. We hear that realtors in the neighborhood tell clients that city officials relocated a cemetery under a house, but hear later that the city moved only the headstones. A man says some discoloration on one hand is from a fight with an angry spirit. A little girl says to a woman realtor, "My last closet ate me." We hear that the ghost buster survived uninjured.

LANGUAGE 4 - 1 not-fully enunciated F-word, 8 scatological terms, 1 mild anatomical term, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, jerks, crazy, craziest, ridiculous, dork, baby, weird, fat), stereotypical references to men, women, children, the unemployed, the rich, ghosts, demons, ghost hunters, paranormal experts, Scots, Native Americans, exclamations (shut-up in a text), 1 religious profanity (GD), 6 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My).

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman tells her young son to take Dramamine for car rides (he does not do so). A man pours bourbon into coffee cups and drinks with a woman, a man pours whiskey into a coffee cup and drinks but spits it out when he suffers hallucinations (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details) and then pours the bottle down the drain, and men and women drink wine from large glasses and a man drinks whiskey from a short glass at a large party.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Haunted houses, ghosts and demons, superstitions, faith, exorcism, kidnapping, suffering, fear, courage, responsibility, unemployment, problem solving, working together, effective action, remakes.

MESSAGE - Investigate a house and land thoroughly before you purchase it.

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Drawn-out docudrama has eerie moments, cursing.

The Enfield Poltergeist TV show poster: Close up of Janet's face with eyes as house windows.

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Highlights the emotional impact everything associa

The spirits from the beyond primarily focused on t

The cast is White. Law enforcement and researchers

Screaming and things moving and banging are audibl

Conversations about a teenager and menstruation fr

Words like "bitch" and "f--k" are sometimes audibl

British tabloids like The Guardian and The Mirror

Parents need to know that The Enfield Poltergeist focuses on alleged real-life hauntings and related supernatural activities. There are conversations about dying and death and being possessed, as well as archive audio recordings and photographs of alleged ghostly occurrences. There's also cursing, and popular…

Positive Messages

Highlights the emotional impact everything associated with the events had on the family.

Positive Role Models

The spirits from the beyond primarily focused on the Hodgsons sisters, especially Janet. Some folks believe(ed) them, while others felt they were making everything up.

Diverse Representations

The cast is White. Law enforcement and researchers are male and female. Peggy Hodgsons was a single mother.

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Violence & Scariness

Screaming and things moving and banging are audible on tapes. People describe seeing things fly across the room and hit the wall with force; others claim that a child is thrown from her bed by a supernatural force.

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Sex, Romance & Nudity

Conversations about a teenager and menstruation from the beyond that seems suggestive.

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Words like "bitch" and "f--k" are sometimes audible.

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British tabloids like The Guardian and The Mirror sometimes visible, but not in a commercial sense.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Enfield Poltergeist focuses on alleged real-life hauntings and related supernatural activities. There are conversations about dying and death and being possessed, as well as archive audio recordings and photographs of alleged ghostly occurrences. There's also cursing , and popular British papers like The Guardian are visible, but not in a commercial context . There are references in one episode to menstruation that seems suggestive. Some of moments may be too scary for sensitive viewers of all ages.

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What's the Story?

THE ENFIELD POLTERGEIST is a four-part docudrama about the world's most famous poltergeist haunting. In 1977, Maurice Grosse (Christopher Ettridge), a member of the Society for Psychical Research, went to 284 Green Street in Enfield, London to investigate alleged supernatural occurrences. Using a reel-to-reel audio recorder, he interviewed working-class single mother Peggy Hodgsons (Paula Benson) and her children, 13-year-old Margaret (Charlotte Miller), 11-year-old Janet (Olivia Booth-Ford), and 8-year-old Billy (Daniel Lee). With the help of actor portrayals and field recordings of interviews with the Hodgsons, witnesses, as well as some of the supernatural phenomena happening in the home, the miniseries offers an extended look at what the family endured until 1979. Archive media footage also highlights the international interest in the case, as well as speculation among experts that what they were witnessing was a hoax.

Is It Any Good?

The strange and occasionally creepy series attempts to recreate what happened at the Enfield house by featuring actors lip-synching to the original recordings made during the investigation of the alleged poltergeist haunting. What's heard, described, and reenacted (this story inspired the film The Conjuring 2 ) is often presented with shadowy lighting and other elements to heighten the fear factor. Some of the interviews with surviving witnesses, including now adult Margaret and Janet Hodgsons, and family members of those who are deceased, reveal the emotional turmoil that the family went through during that time. But some conversations highlight the doubts others had (and continue to have) about the validity of the Hodgsons' claims.

The Enfield Poltergeist is methodical in its storytelling, making the overall narrative feel long and drawn out. As a result, the sense of eeriness in the first and second episodes almost disappears by the final installment. Nonetheless, if you're in the mood to learn more about one of the most publicized hauntings of the late 20th century, this series is worth the watch.

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    Parents need to know that the classic '80s horror movie Poltergeist touches on many things that are frightening to kids (and some adults), including scary shadows in the dark, monsters in the closet, and separation from family. A character rips the flesh from his face (though eventually we see he's… Videos and Photos Poltergeist Official trailer

  13. Poltergeist Movie Review for Parents

    Release date May 22, 2015 Violence C- Sexual Content B Profanity C Substance Use C Why is Poltergeist rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Poltergeist PG-13 for intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language. Run Time: 93 minutes Official Movie Site Get Content Details The Guide to our Grades Parent Movie Review by

  14. Poltergeist (franchise)

    Poltergeist is the original film in the trilogy, directed by Tobe Hooper, co-written by Steven Spielberg and released on June 4, 1982. The story focuses on the Freeling family, which consists of parents Steve (Craig T. Nelson) and Diane (JoBeth Williams); teenage daughter Dana (Dominique Dunne); eight-year-old Robbie (Oliver Robins); and five-year-old Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke), who live in ...

  15. Film Review: Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

    Now " Poltergeist II: The Other Side " does have its slow parts which are usually picked up when the action starts up again. Actor Craig T. Nelson who reprised his role as "Steven" provides a unique and memorable performance jumping from hilarious to damn creepy in a way that feels natural rather than forced. Topping off the lineup we ...

  16. Parent reviews for Poltergeist

    age 12+ Based on 55 parent reviews Add your rating Sort by: Most Helpful Sarah T. Parent of 3 and 8-year-old August 15, 2020 age 10+ Great Introduction To The Horror World, Dependent On Your Child Tonight I watched this movie with my daughters.

  17. Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

    508 Share 74K views 2 years ago #MGM The Freelings have escaped their haunted house, which is now being studied by paranormal investigators, including shaman Taylor (Will Sampson). When Taylor...

  18. Poltergeist 3 Movie Review

    Parents' Guide to Poltergeist 3 By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer age 15+ Cheesy sequel has some suspense, supernatural violence. Movie PG-13 2003 98 minutes Add your rating Parents Say: age 12+ 2 reviews Any Iffy Content? Read more Talk with Your Kids About… Read more A Lot or a Little? What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

  19. Parent reviews for Poltergeist (2015)

    Read Poltergeist (2015) reviews from parents on Common Sense Media. Become a member to write your own review. Read Poltergeist (2015) reviews from parents on Common Sense Media. ... Parents' Ultimate Guide to YouTube Kids Marketing Campaign. YouTube Kids Channels for Gamers Parent Tips and FAQs. By Age. Preschoolers (2-4) ...

  20. Poltergeist [2015] [PG-13]

    Remake of the eponymous 1982 film: A family realizes it is haunted when their youngest child begins to speak to invisible entities inside a closet and their television set. When evil forces capture the little girl, her parents (Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt) hire a professor and a TV ghost hunter to exorcise the demons. Also with Jared Harris and Jane Adams. Directed by Gil Kenan. [1:33]

  21. Us Movie Review

    Parents demand into known that Our-- a shocking, inventive, often funny horror movie about doppelgangers starring Lupita Nyong'o-- is writer/director Jordan Peele's follow-up to his enormously popular Get Out.Time this watch isn't likely to have the same cultural impact, it's still quite good. It's also very scary and vigor. On are jump terrifies, plus large attacks and murderers with blood ...

  22. Poltergeist [2015] [PG-13]

    Remake of the titular 1982 film: A family realizes it is haunted as theirs youngest children begins until speak to invisible entities internal ampere closet and to audiovisuelle resolute. Whenever evil forces capture the little girl, their parents (Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt) hire a professor and ampere TV ghost hunter to excommunication the demons. Also from Jared Harris and Jane Adams ...

  23. The Enfield Poltergeist TV Review

    Parents need to know that The Enfield Poltergeist focuses on alleged real-life hauntings and related supernatural activities. There are conversations about dying and death and being possessed, as well as archive audio recordings and photographs of alleged ghostly occurrences. There's also cursing, and popular….