Film / Poltergeist II: The Other Side

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) is the first of two sequels to the horror film Poltergeist.

It attempted to explain in greater detail why Carol Anne was targeted, and introduces the sinister Reverend Kane.

This film provides examples of:

  • Action Insurance Gag: The father is trying to explain to the insurance company how his house (which vanished in the first film) has completely disappeared without a trace.
  • Adult Fear: Carol Anne gets separated from her mom at the store, at which point Reverend Kane approaches her...
  • And I Must Scream: Kane and his cult sealed themselves into a cave because he was predicting the end of the world. The date for the supposed apocalypse came and went, but Kane didn't let them leave. Judging by the placement of all the skeletons in the cave, they were trapped down there until they starved to death.
  • Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: Well, they were fine until the wires tried to eat him.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Dana is not in the second film because the actress playing her was dead and no explanation is given for where she is. The original script had a line mentioning that she was away at college but the scene never made it to the final film.
  • Cool Old Lady: Diane's mother.
  • Daylight Horror: Kane's first appearance. And his second, if you don't count the rain.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Steven again.
  • Empathic Environment: Instant rain, just add Kane!
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The power of the Freelings was their love, and Kane hated them for it. He is expelled from Steven immediately when Diane says "I love you." It's probably not an emotion he felt in life.
  • Expy: Kane is basically an evil version of Joseph Smith, complete with cave, crossed with William Miller.
  • Ironic Echo: "We want the angel"
  • Magical Native American: Taylor.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Julian Beck was one of the most loving people on Earth. One of the saddest things about Poltergeist II was that Beck was literally dying of cancer during the filming, and it shows.
  • Names To Run Away From Very Fast: Kane.
  • Must Be Invited: Reverend Kane repeatedly tries to convince the family to let him in because of this.
  • Nightmare Face: Julian Beck was in late stage terminal cancer when he played Julian Beck. His appearance probably would've been terrifying even without Beck throwing himself into the role.
  • Novelization: By James Kahn.
  • Orifice Invasion: The second movie shows why you never swallow the tequila worm.
  • Retcon: The second movie reveals that the angry ghosts weren't from the desecrated cemetery under the Freelings' house, but rather from a cavern, containing the remains of an ancient religious cult, located UNDER the desecrated cemetery under the Freelings' house.
    • Additionally, Reverend Kane is portrayed as causing the trouble from Poltergeist, while Tangina's dialog from the first movie suggests something far less mundane.
    • However, it does explain the ghosts seen in the first film, who are European and not Native American.
  • Sinister Minister: Reverend Kane. He is the Beast