POLTERGEIST III is utter garbage and sadly the only thing it should be remembered for is that actress Heather O’Rourke died during the filming of it. 


For inexplicable reasons, Carol Anne (Heather O’ Rorke) is living with her uncle Bruce (Tom Skerritt) and step-aunt Patricia (Nancy Allen) in New York and attending a special school where they keep her monitored. When Reverend Kane resurfaces, still obsessed with claiming her soul, it once again takes love to conquer all. 


Crap, crap, crap, crap, crap…. 


First off, the fact that this film is such a soulless money grab is painfully obvious with none of the regular cast returning other than O’Rourke and in an extended cameo, Zelda Rubenstein who I can only imagine was eagerly available to return to the role that made her a household name. 


The movie feels nothing like the two previous entries and has such an overly simplistic plot that wears thin almost immediately. It also borrows heavily from other genre classics, most especially DON’T LOOK NOW, and can’t seem to decide what kind of film it is because it certainly isn’t scary. 


What’s even more irksome is that there is a quite clever effect of people appearing in mirrors but not really being there. Unfortunately the movie is a one-trick pony and runs that concept into the ground almost immediately. Once or twice is effective, ten to twenty times is just plain laziness. 


What’s even more tragic is poor Heather O’Rourke passed away during the filming, which becomes truly apparent by the end when you don’t even see her face in the closing scene. 


I know there are films that suffered greatly from losing a main cast member during production that might have succeeded better for not that tragic event (BRAINSTORM comes to mind). But it’s clear from frame one that POLTERGEIST III didn’t have a chance. It’s just a flawed movie and a real waste of your time if you feel inclined to do a mini-POLTERGEIST filmfest.

AUGUST 23, 2014

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POLTERGEIST III (1988)