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The Scariest Movies In The 'Poltergeist' Franchise

Updated July 12, 2019 77 votes 27 voters4 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.

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  • Poltergeist
    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
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: Tobe Hooper
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  • Poltergeist III
    Photo: MGM

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 18%

    Worldwide Gross: $14.1 million

    • Actors: Lara Flynn Boyle, Heather O'Rourke, Nancy Allen, Tom Skerritt, Zelda Rubinstein
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: Gary Sherman
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  • Poltergeist II: The Other Side
    Photo: MGM

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 37%

    Worldwide Gross: $40.9 million

    • Actors: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein, Geraldine Fitzgerald
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: Brian Gibson
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  • Poltergeist
    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
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Sam Raimi, Gil Kenan
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