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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
General good vs evil themes, but there aren't major takaways. Some typical horror movie consequences -- like when teens who steal beer get attacked by a demon.
Positive Role Models
Carol Anne struggles with her past but tries to recover. Her family tries to help her fight the demons.
Violence & Scariness
While not as gory as other horror films, there are suspenseful moments. Characters are grabbed by monster/demon hands, pulled into mirrors, pulled down into holes filled with water that emerge out of parking garages, and thrown around elevators. A character dies by falling into an elevator shaft. A demon hand throws a coffee mug at a mirror, shattering the mirror. Characters emerge from a rotting corpse. Cars and hanging meat in a deli become possessed. There is also a scene early in the film where Carol Anne is verbally bullied by other kids at school, sarcastically asked if she had seen any ghosts lately and characters sarcastically say "Boo!" at her.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teenagers kiss and flirt.
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Occasional profanity includes "hell," "a--hole," "damn," "Goddamn," "pissing," "s--t," "son of a bitch," and "crap." A teen character gives another teen character the middle finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
After two teenagers sneak into a closed store to steal snacks and beer, they emerge with clearly marked cans of Coca-Cola Classic and Coors beer.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink at a cocktail party, but don't act intoxicated. A teenage boy convinces a teenage girl to help him sneak into a grocery store to steal beer. They emerge with the beer, but don't get a chance to drink it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Poltergeist 3 is not as gory as many horror films, but has its fair share of demons, rotting corpses, and screaming. It has little to do with the previous movies, with only the little girl Carol Anne, and the psychic Tangina remaining as from the original and best Poltergeist movie. Overall, with the hilariously tacky dialogue and dated '80s fashion and special effects, Poltergeist 3 isn't so much scary as amusingly awful. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With the right attitude and low expectations, POLTERGEIST 3 can be an enjoyable experience of so-bad-it's-good proportions. The dialogue is hilariously bad (especially between Tom Skeritt and Nancy Allen's characters as they have their trials and tribulations with the demons), the special effects are almost as dated as Lara Flynn Boyle's hairstyle, and the plot is beyond ludicrous, even for a B-movie horror flick. While there are some instances of corpses and demon abduction, Poltergeist 3 tries to mine as much horror out of mirrors as possible.
Poltergeist 3 really should not have been made, but seeing how it was the '80s and all trilogies from successful first films must run their course, alas, it was made. Unintentionally, the laughs outnumber the scares. If you're looking for a cheesy horror movie for Halloween, Poltergeist 3 just might be what you're looking for. Just don't have high hopes, and you'll be fine.
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