I have watched a lot of sequels for this project. That has been a mistake. There is something about sequels that feel comfortable and familiar. Unfortunately, sequels are almost always bad smudgey copies of the original. Poltergeist II is no exception. The performances of Craig T. Nelson and Jobeth Williams are as good as the ones in the original. The haunting scenes don’t have the same sense of danger. In fact, alot it feels silly this time around.
On the plus side, this movie does feature Julian Beck. Man, what a face. He is amazing as the creepy preacher. The scene where he approaches the house and attempts to coerce his way past Craig T. Nelson is a classic. Beck has a really great personal history. Definitely worth a look on wikipedia.