Poltergeist 3 (1988)

Carol Anne Freeling has been sent to live with her aunt and uncle in their upscale high-rise apartment, but the ghosts of the past refuse to release their grasp of her in the third and final installment of the POLTERGEIST series. Unlike the two previous films, which relied heavily on digital effects, POLTERGEIST 3 keeps everything in camera as Gary Sherman employs a number of effective optical illusions to shape his scares. The mirror motif that is used to create the two parallel dimensions is just as creepy as intended, and allows the evil doppelgangers the element of surprise. Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen, and Lara Flynn Boyle join the cast as Carol Anne's adopted family, presenting a new dynamic to the family structure that is key in each of these films. There is a division and a disconnect between family members, which weakens their resolve when faced with their evil adversaries. Although no one will say it, Carol Anne is a burden, and there is almost a sense of relief when she disappears once more. It is the psychology behind the scares that strikes the hardest, a theme which reflects the dissolve of the nuclear family in America at the time. As for the plot, itself, we quickly fall back into a repetitive cycle, only many of the events seem odd or out of place since the spirits have no clearly-defined powers. Sadly, Heather O'Rourke died of a misdiagnosed disease months prior to release, which further complicated the marketing and editing of the final project. The film has been dedicated in her honor.

Rating: 7/10.



  1. This one is certainly a mixed bag.

    It has good moments, but it also weird shit like the mirror demon coming out, killing Tangina (24 year old SPOILER) and causing...the teenage daughter to crawl out of her shell/corpse. The hell?

    It goes without saying- by me, anyways- how awkwardly the Ending bit is handled. They can't be blamed for the dead kid though, obviously.

    On the plus side, there's some guy on the Internet who's promising to give Bill Gates' whole fortune to find a way to bring her back. Good lucky, buddy.

  2. jervaise brooke hamsterDecember 3, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Tim, That geezer is me my old mate, and yes, i would indeed be prepared to give $100 billion to anyone who could bring Heather O`Rourke back to life, for me February 1st 1988 simply never occured, i`ll never be able to accept that Heather is gone, NEVER. Heather was so special and magical, the world will never be the same without her.