Jump Scares in Poltergeist III (1988)

Poltergeist III (1988) screenshot
Poltergeist III (1988) screenshot
Poltergeist III (1988) screenshot
Poltergeist III (1988) screenshot

See below for the exact times and descriptions of the 9 jump scares in Poltergeist III, which has a jump scare rating of 2.5.

Jump Scare Rating: Poltergeist III is probably the most “adult” film in the trilogy thus far, not quite having the family friendly tone of the first two with more scares and jumps than its predecessors. It’s still campy and not particularly horrifying, but it isn’t quite as accessible as what came before.

Synopsis: Sent to live with her aunt and uncle at a high rise city building, Carol Anne is once again put into danger when Reverend Kane reappears to send his otherworldly forces after her.

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Jump Scares: 9 (1 major, 8 minor)

Reviews: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: PG

Director: Gary Sherman

Runtime: 98 minutes

Netflix (US): No

Tags: Creepy Children, Supernatural

WARNING: The jump scare descriptions listed below may contain minor spoilers

Jump Scare Times

00:24:00 – A zombie hand suddenly bursts out of the table.

00:35:39 – As Carol Anne touches the mirror, a pair of hands phase out from the other side and grab her.

00:37:42 – The phone makes a loud screeching noise, startling Dr. Seaton.

00:47:09 – Zombified hands suddenly appear out of the puddle and drag Carol Anne down.

00:50:55 – There is a sudden burst of light behind Bruce.

01:12:46 – The animal meat hanging near the walls suddenly shriek and begin to move.

01:20:27 – Reverend Kane appears in the elevator mirror behind Bruce and Patricia.

01:22:45 – As Bruce lifts up a corpse, there is a sudden cut to its face as it makes a shrieking noise.

01:30:10 – Patricia’s reflection quickly turns around to reveal it has a zombified face.

(Major jump scares in bold)

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1 thought on “Jump Scares in Poltergeist III (1988)”

  1. I’m actually surprised by how unhinged this was. The first Poltergeist definitely feels like a family movie and the second does for the most part aswell, but this one kinda feels like it missed the memo and just made a horror movie for adults. How the heck is it PG rated?! Not that it’s a bad thing, I actually really like how all three of these movies are unique and special in their own ways, and it was cool to see the series take on a more high-stakes turn. Definitely the weakest of the trilogy but I still had a good time with it.

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