Four years after the
terror at their other house, the
Freeling's have moved into a new home
which is owned by a family member
Gramma Jess (Geraldine Fitzgerald) the
mother of Dianne (Jo Beth Williams). Not
only that, the family is cold broke with
bills up to their eyeballs.
The family doesn't allow a TV as both
Steve and his son Robbie (Oliver Robins)
are both wild about sports so they listen
to the radio.
Gramma Jess suddenly dies in her sleep
and then a strange man in a preacher suit
named Kane (Julian Beck) seems to take an
interest in little Carol Anne as he
happens to be the demon leader of the
dead spirits and will stop at nothing
determined to try and get to her since
they connect her to her toy phone during
a stormy night since they have no
television so they can go to the other
side with her help.
They are protected by a native indian
named Taylor (Will Sampson) who has all
sorts of legendary medicine magic plus
they go back to the aid of Tangina
Barrons (Zelda Rubinstein) as Kane
unleashes his hellish fury to get to
Carol Anne once again.
There's a good scene between Taylor and an old indian by doing an indian chant
with a good picture of a storm cloud
We have a good setting between Taylor talking to Tangina Barrons at the location where the
house was torn apart from the previous
film and going underground to do some
researching as there's lots of good takes
A good conversation between Steve Freeling and his son Robbie listening to a football game on the radio
and a discussion about getting a TV which
was effective proving that this is a
sequel to the first.
We also have a nice conversation between Gramma Jess and Carol Anne as
grandmother and granddaughter while this child is drawing an evil picture.
A good effective discussion between Diane and Steve on showing their frustrations on the bills
they're getting from their former house.
We have another effective discussion
between Diane towards Gramma Jess on trying to understand what happened at
their last house with a
good camera close up shot on Gramma Jess herself looking
intense after thinking about what
There's a good shot on Gramma Jess lying in bed sleeping with Carol Anne coming in and giving her a kiss. Then
there's a nice peaceful moment that's well done with the toy phone ringing and her answering it with a nice gentle voice.
There's a good shot on Diane sobbing and Steve embracing her
then telling the children their
grandmother died in her sleep which
We have a nice dark shot on Kane walking
towards Carol Anne looking ghostly
with her panicking and
running away. Then there's a good creepy
moment with him talking to her and
singing to her.
A nice shot on the house with
thunderclouds rolling in.
Perfect shot on a dreamsequence with Diane being pulled into the ground by some
corpses. This looked horrific and extremely effective as I was saying to myself. Wake up!!!!
There's a good shot on raindrops falling
from the roof and landing on the toy
phone hearing a ringing sound and Carol Anne looking nervous by answering it and
getting spooked. There's a good shot on her saying "They're baaack".
Next, we have great effects with the toys
and other objects coming to life and then
wind blowing everywhere with them O'Rourke and Robbie screaming along
with good bolting moments on Steve and Diane panicking and
trying to save them.
A nice shot on Steve opening the front of the house door with Taylor standing on the front step
which almost makes you jump.
We have a good setting at a diner with
a customer having Gramma Jess' spiritual
voice coming up to Diane at
her table about the poltergeists
following them and to be brave. Then suddenly this customer is back to herself and acts nutty which
shows good timing for a spirit calling to her daughter for a brief second.
A good conversation between Taylor and Steve when a car doesn't start
discussing that the car is angry which
A nice shot with the family staring
at the window in amazement along with Taylor bringing some butterflies to life.
There's a good shot on Kane again walking along the sidewalk singing
and then Carol Anne playing with
her doll on the front lawn staring at
There are great camera shots on both Kane trying to insist towards Steve on letting him in the house and they are
in danger as there's good close up shots
on this family man acting scared and
speechless along with Kane pleading.
A good shot on Robbie looking at his braces in the bathroom
mirror and then the metal of his braces
tangle him up as it looked totally
A good shot on Taylor holding Carol Anne crying and trying to protect her.
We have a perfect moment with Diane greeting Tangina when she
knocks on their door as the situations
looked very pleasant.
There's a great setting between Steven and Taylor at the deserted
rocky area near a bonfire.
We spot a nice scene between Diane and Carol Anne having a bath
together and this little girl crying and
telling her mother on why these ghosts
We have a good shot on Steve swigging back some liquor and a ghostly
worm in the bottle being swallowed up. Also things become quite powerful and over the top when Steven becomes possessed and nasty as this is a different twist compared to the first flick.
We've got some good battle scene's with Steve and Taylor against the creature
and good illusions too surrounding the
There's suspenseful shots on wires
attacking Steve, Taylor and Robbie in a garage trying to get to
their car as well as other shots on a
chainsaw attacking and a chain holding
the fender of the car.
A perfect greeting by Tangina at the
old property towards the family as well as
good shots on them climbing into the
tunnel alley from the underground pool.
Great effects on the family flying in a
strange dimension with Taylor on
the outside world trying to help them by
tossing them a speare and other things
which looked fantastic.
Bottom line is that this sequel was
nowhere effective like in the first one
but again most sequels never really are.
However, it is nice to see what's behind
these poltergeists and the reason for
having little Carol Anne to draw to their
attention too. The picture quality is very 3D like and
not a big budget like the first one.
Still it looks good. However, many fans from the original one
may be disappointed with this one as it's
nowhere as scary. It's nice to see a native indian doing
some magic and to draw the spirits away
as well as the look at where the family's
house used to be and what lies there now.
The acting is
still quite good but not as good as the
first one. Jo Beth Williams (Diane Freeling) really did
well with her emotions and personality
with plenty of energy to her role. She
still pulled her character off like in
the first one. Shows some good emotions when trying to explain to her onscreen mother on what happened at their previous home. She shows a great emotional look and calls
her mother's name at a diner when a spiritual voice of a customer talks to her as she really made her behavior so realistic. Shows off some great
pale looking expression when her onscreen husband pins her down possessed.
Craig T. Nelson (Steve Freeling) showed great
aggressions to his role especially when
he's possessed as he was brilliant by
portraying someone else but his acting
was not as effective like in the first
film. He does a great job shouting to
the spirits to leave them alone. does great choking and coughing after swigging some liquor then
suddnely being possessed and acting like
Kane which was well done especially with
his expressions. He does a good job by being
nasty and forceful towards his onscreen wife while still being possessed. A nice crying emotion on him after discovering that there were corpses
once people crying for help.
Heather O'Rourke (Carol Anne Freeling) does a great job
and is a bit older so she has more to do
and say which I thought was cool. Offers a nice concentrated attitude as well as acting nervous in the situations that were necessary to behave this way. She was
a classy child star. Bless her soul.
Zelda Rubinstein (Tangina Barrons) still got it as the
one chasing away spirits and still has
her terrific attitude on all of this. She did a great job with her
words and perfect stares about the
spirits in their house and then acting
Will Sampson (Taylor) really steals the show
with his performace as the magical indian
and has a great aura for his role and
terrific seriousness too. He shows off a nice wise attitude and comes off strongly with his words whenever the terror starts to strike and his reasons for doing on what he has to do. Also adds a nice witty behavior too without it coming across as comedic.
Julian Beck (Kane) just looked creepy as
the head poltergeist as he had a perfect
skeletal figure to his part. He for sure had a nice strangeness to his speaking coming acorss as someone a bit untrustwirthy and crazy. Made a nice impression when pleading the family to let him into their home which he made this look perfectly natural as some strange jehovas witness.
Geraldine Fitzgerald (Gramma Jess) didn't have a
big part in the film but she did a
wonderful performance as a caring lady in
the family and was totally realistic. Has a great pleasant speaking in her voice and studied this role inside out making her role very believeable. A
gifted actress indeed.
There's good classical
violin playing and marvellous chanting
when the poltergeists start to attack all
compsed by Jerry Goldsmith as he
did the music for the first film too. Of
course we have the theme song from the
original playing during the closing
credits which gives it the perfect touch.
Freeling: Why can't we get a TV, like
Steve: NO! No we can't get a TV.
Robbie Freeling: GREAT! I'll just
have to grow up retarded!
Steve: COME ON ROB! Kids don't
grow up RETARDO! because of lack of
Steven, we are almost broke.
Steve Freeling: Okay, we're, we're
broke, but we're not, we're not starving!
Diane: Okay. But I don't happen to
like having to live off my mother, and I
think that we deserve a house of our own
Steve Freeling: Aw, honey, geez...
see, that's the difference between you
and me, Diane, I am into downward
mobility. I'm not settling for it, I'm
*into* it, I - I like getting out there
in the streets and meetin' those people;
I like selling vacuums, I like carrying
the pipes and the apparatus in my little
[snaps his fingers]
Steve Freeling: Let's get the kids
up and we'll, we'll paint the car
different colors, kind of day-glo, like
we used to do when were kind of *freaky,*
you know - the *Freaky Freelings,* on the
road again! The family whose house
disappeared! Watch them find it, Diane!
I'm not gonna get upset about this but
I'll tell you something, I'm writing them
back, and when I sign that letter I'm
signing *Mr. President!*
Are you lost, sweetheart? Are you 'fraid,
honey? Well then, why don't you come with
Carol Anne Freeling: No!
Kane: Alright then! I'll sing you
a song... until your mom comes back!
Kane: God is in His Holy Temple!
Earthly thoughts be silent now!
Anne: Hi, Grandma. Do you have wings
now? My ballerina costume does. Grandma?
Who are you? No, uh-ah. I don't remember.
Toy robot: Hello, little one. I am
your friend. We want the angel.
Robbie Freeling: Carol Anne, what
is going on? Carol Anne, what are you
doing? Carol Anne, come on. What are you
Ann: They're back.
Jess in another person's body:
Listen, children. You can't run from this
thing. It has made contact and it will
stop at nothing. You've got to fight it
head-on. Stay together. Be loving. Be
Indian: Car's still angry, eh?
Steve Freeling: Angry? That car's
You're gonna die in hell! All of you! You
are gonna die!
Taylor! Taylor, where the hell were you?
We're not safe here anymore. My son
almost died and you just sit here.
Taylor: I was protecting Carol
Anne. It's her he's after, not Robbie,
not you or Diane.
Why the hell won't you LEAVE US ALONE!
Kane: You can't keep her, I AM NOT
Anne: So, after Alice fell down the
hole, why'd she drink from that bottle?
Diane: Because it said, 'Drink me'
Carol Anne: Oh. Were they gonna
capture her... and take her someplace
Diane: Yes, but Alice gets home
Carol Anne: Did she know why they
wanted to hurt her?
Diane: I don't think so, honey.
Carol Anne: 'Cause I know.
Diane: You know what?
Carol Anne: Why they're here.
Diane: Why, baby? Why are they
Carol Anne: (near tears) 'Cause
they don't know where else to go!