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The Scariest Movies In The 'Poltergeist' Franchise 

Ranker Film
Updated July 12, 2019 54 votes 23 voters 4 items

These are the best Poltergeist movies the franchise has to offer. The spirits in the Poltergeist movies have been terrifying audiences since the '80s. All the Poltergeist movies are considered classics or memorable at the very least. That being said, one of them has to be the best of the Poltergeist franchise. Will it be the original Poltergeist movie that first came out in 1982 or maybe the Poltergeist reboot from 2014 will make it to the top of the list? You can help decide with your votes.

If you've ever asked yourself, how many Poltergeist movies are there? Look below to see all the films featuring your favorite ghosts listed in order of popularity so new fans will know what to watch first. They are also listed with the years they were released so you can choose to watch them in chronological order as well.

Your votes will help determine the best movies in the Poltergeist franchise. Vote up the movies you loved and vote down the ones you didn't like to ensure the right film makes it to the top of the list.

Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Movies In The 'Poltergeist' Franchise
Photo: MGM, United Artists

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Worldwide Gross: $121.7 million 

Actors: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein, Beatrice Straight, + more

Released: 1982

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

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Poltergeist II: The Othe... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Movies In The 'Poltergeist' Franchise
Photo: MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 37%

Worldwide Gross: $40.9 million

Actors: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein, Geraldine Fitzgerald, + more

Released: 1986

Directed by: Brian Gibson

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Poltergeist III is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Movies In The 'Poltergeist' Franchise
Photo: MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 18%

Worldwide Gross: $14.1 million

Actors: Lara Flynn Boyle, Heather O'Rourke, Nancy Allen, Tom Skerritt, Zelda Rubinstein, + more

Released: 1988

Directed by: Gary Sherman

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Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Movies In The 'Poltergeist' Franchise
Photo: 20th Century Fox, MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%

Worldwide Gross: $95.4 million

Actors: Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jane Adams, Saxon Sharbino, + more

Released: 2015

Directed by: Sam Raimi, Gil Kenan

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