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Summer of ‘88: Poltergeist III

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Summer of ‘88: <em>Poltergeist III</em>
Summer of ‘88: <em>Poltergeist III</em>

Never has the “enemy of my enemy is my friend” principle played more prominent a role in my reaction to an obviously mediocre movie than it did and continues to with Poltergeist III. The enemy in this case being the notion that Poltergeist II: The Other Side isn’t a wretched, insulting cash-in that distorted and desecrated everything that entranced every kid who still can’t look at clown dolls without giving them the major side-eye. There are no arguments to be had that the third movie in the series is worth anything other than a late-night cable-TV viewing to either cure insomnia or revel in nostalgia for a highly representative entry from the height of VHS-era horror. But I’m glad it exists if only to bend the curve that much further toward the unimpeachable original.

For reasons too frustrating not to explore, there are some who have some level of affection for that damned first sequel, even though it ruptures the logic of everything that went into the original film, which couldn’t have been more simple in its cause-and-effect depiction of a paranormal event. Exhibit A: Steve Freeling (Craig T. Nelson) and his real estate development firm plowed over sacred ground, moved a giant cemetery a few miles up the hill, and let the bodies mingle with the foundations of a whole neighborhood’s worth of nearly identical suburban California abodes. Exhibit B: The restless spirits turn over in their graves, steal the Freelings’ youngest daughter, Carol Anne (Heather O’Rourke), from the physical world, bringing her over to their side and holding her hostage, her presence only apparent through the audio from an orphan TV channel transmitting static, white noise…and Carol Anne’s cries for help. Exhibit C: Diminutive psychic Tangina (Zelda Rubenstein) helps Diana Freeling (JoBeth Williams, in a heroically enduring performance) rescue her daughter from the spirit world, telepathically directs the spirits toward the light that, so she explains, will absorb their souls, and declares, “This house is clean.”

Memorable Quotes from Slant’s “100 Greatest Dance Songs”

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Memorable Quotes from Slant’s “100 Greatest Dance Songs”
Memorable Quotes from Slant’s “100 Greatest Dance Songs”

Countless emails and messages were circulated throughout the arduous selection process of Slant’s 100 Greatest Dance Songs list. The emails were mostly informative and insightful, sometimes infuriating and self-important, but almost always funny as shit…at least to us. We’ve picked out the best ones for your reading pleasure: