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The Scariest Movies In The 'Poltergeist' Franchise  

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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 

Poltergeist is a 1982 American supernatural thriller film, directed by Tobe Hooper and co-written and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is the first and most successful entry in the Poltergeist film series. Set in a California suburb, the plot focuses on a family whose home is invaded by malevolent ghosts that take the family's younger daughter. The film was ranked as #80 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments and the Chicago Film Critics Association named it the 20th scariest film ever made. ...more on Wikipedia

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 Other Side 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

Poltergeist II: The Other Side is a 1986 supernatural thriller film and the second entry in the Poltergeist film series. A sequel to Poltergeist, it features the return of the original family, who are once again confronted by a spirit trying to harm their daughter, Carol Anne. It received mixed reviews from critics and did not gross as much at the box office as its predecessor, although it was still financially successful. It ended up making over $40 million against a $19 million production budget and was nominated for the Academy Award for Visual Effects. The film was also nominated for a Razzie Award for Zelda Rubinstein as Worst Supporting Actress. It was followed in 1988 by Poltergeist ...more on Wikipedia

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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Movies In The 'Poltergeist' Franchise
Photo: 20th Century Fox, MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%

Worldwide Gross: $95.4 million

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever. ...more on Wikipedia

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

Released: 2015

Directed by: Sam Raimi, Gil Kenan

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Poltergeist III is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Movies In The 'Poltergeist' Franchise
Photo: MGM

Rotten Tomatoes score: 18%

Worldwide Gross: $14.1 million

Poltergeist III is a 1988 American horror film. It is the third and final entry in the Poltergeist film series. Writers Michael Grais and Mark Victor, who wrote the screenplay for the first two films, did not return for this second sequel; it was co-written, executive produced and directed by Gary Sherman, and was released on June 10, 1988, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. The film was panned by critics, and was a box office disappointment. Heather O'Rourke and Zelda Rubinstein were the only original cast members to return. O'Rourke died four months before the film was released and before post-production could be completed. It was dedicated to her memory. ...more on Wikipedia

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

Released: 1988

Directed by: Gary Sherman

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