Re-watching "Poltergeist III" for Scream Factory's Collector's Edition, I'm reminded it's definitely not the best of the three films in the franchise begun by Steven Spielberg. It really doesn't even compare to those special effects-heavy productions. Most of the effects found here are mirror tricks and practical effects, which forces filmmakers to devise effective lo-fi scares and a creepy atmosphere. When all is said and done, "Poltergeist III" is an unnecessary sequel with an impressive cast putting forth a commendable effort. The movie still proves diverting enough to view on occasion.
They are back….again! And they're still looking for Carol Ann (Heather O’Rourke) in “Poltergeist III.” Sent by her parents to live in a Chicago highrise with her aunt (Nancy Allen) and uncle (Tom Skeritt, Alien), Carol Ann discovers she must now face demons more frightening than ever before. Led by the Reverend Kane (Nathan Davis), the spirits have moved from invading homes to taking over an entire skyscraper. They are lurking behind every mirror… waiting. Fortunately, Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein) returns to battle these malevolent forces.
Special features for “Poltergeist III” Collector’s Edition include a new 2K scan of the interpositive, new audio commentary with Director Gary Sherman, new audio commentary with “Poltergeist III” webmaster David Furtney, new “High Spirits – An Interview with Screenwriter Brian Taggert” featurette, new “Reflections – An Interview with Actress Nancy Allen” featurette, new “Mirror Images – An Interview with Special Effects Creator John Caglione, Jr.” featurette, an alternate ending, a theatrical trailer, TV spots, and still galleries (behind-the-scenes photos, stills, posters and script pages).
“Poltergeist III” is rated PG-13 for violence, profanity, adult situations, and frightening and intense scenes. Some crude sexual remarks are made by teenagers. Most of the frightening sequences are rotting corpses and slime. There’s really no blood or gore.
“Poltergeist III” Collector’s Edition is available now on Blu-ray.