Poltergeist III (1988)

Poltergeist III
Director: Gary Sherman
Writer: Gary Sherman, Brian Taggert, Steve Feke
Sequel to: Poltergeist, Poltergeist II: The Other Side
Cast: Heather O’Rourke, Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen, Zelda Rubinstein, Lara Flynn Boyle, Kipley Wentz, Richard Fire, Nathan Davis
Seen on: 2.6.2015

Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O’Rourke) is sent to stay with her aunt Pat (Nancy Allen), her husband Bruce (Tom Skerritt) and their daughter Donna (Lara Flynn Boyle) in the city, in a new skyscraper Bruce is currently overseeing the finishing touches on. But Reverend Kane (Nathan Davis) has followed Carol Anne even there. The strange phenomena surrouding Carol Anne are chalked up to psychosis by her school psychologist (Richard Fire) – and in the meantime, Kane grows ever nearer.

The second Poltergeist film already couldn’t hold a candle to the first, but the third is a big step down from even that. Nothing about it worked for me.

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Re-Watch: Carrie (1976)

Director: Brian De Palma
Writer: Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on: Stephen King‘s novel
Cast: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt, John Travolta, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley
[Here’s my review of the 2013 remake.]

Growing up with her ultra-religious, mentally ill mother (Piper Laurie), Carrie (Sissy Spacek) is an outcast at her school who lacks vital information. Like what a period is. So when she gets it, she’s understandably distressed, a fact her classmates use to bring the bullying to the next level. But what they don’t know is that Carrie also has strange powers that she’s slowly getting the hang of.

Carrie is just a fantastic film that has it all – great cast, great director, great camerawork, great writing. I loved it. Again.

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RoboCop (1987)

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Writer: Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner
Cast: Peter WellerNancy AllenDan O’HerlihyRonny CoxKurtwood SmithMiguel FerrerRobert DoQuiRay WiseFelton PerryPaul McCrane

Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) just started in Detroit’s police force – an extremely dangerous job, considering the state Detroit is in. But he gets along well with his partner Anne Lewis (Nancy Allen) and they are quickly right in the middle of things. But as they confront a street gang though, everything goes wrong and Murphy is shot dead. Which makes him the perfect subject for a new project by OmniCorp, a huge robotics corporation. They take Murphy’s body and rebuild it with robotic parts, creating the RoboCop who takes on crime in Detroit, firmly under OmniCorp’s thumb.

RoboCop is probably one of those 80s action flicks you have to grow up with to appreciate them fully (like Die Hard or Terminator). I didn’t and watching RoboCop now certainly didn’t make me see its greatness.


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