Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) feat. Tyler Jensen & Roman Chimienti
We're joining forces with Tyler Jensen and Roman Chimienti, the directors of the superb queer documentary Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street, in Phoenix Arizona (and later Orange Country, California) to discuss the "Other Side" in the 1986 sequel Poltergeist II: The Other Side!
After spilling the tea on last year's live episode on A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, we dive into Brian Gibson's sequel that at least tries to do something different (as opposed to repeating the most successful parts of the original film). Is it wholly successful? That matter is up for debate, as the film holds a special place in Roman's heart, while it was a first-time viewing for us.
Join us as we discuss Reverend Henry Kane (a bisexual Julian Beck), the villain that terrified a generation of children. Also up for discussion are the diminished roles of Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) and Tangina (Zelda Rubinstein), the laughable effects of the 3-minute-long climax in the titular Other Side and what it means to live a "normal" life.
It's not all bad, though! We admire the chemistry and charisma of the film's co-leads Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams, the superb practical effects (that vomit monster!) and the historical importance of the film's release during the Night Stalker's reign of terror.
> Trace: @tracedthurman
> Joe: @bstolemyremote
> Tyler: @tylerrayjensen
> Roman: @roman_chimienti
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