When a fansite dedicated to Poltergeist III announced news of a possible Poltergeist IV, frankly my first question was -- why is there a Poltergeist III website in the first place? As pointed out by webmaster David Furtney on the site's home page "even bad movies have some good things about them." Fair enough. This past Saturday Furtney received some news from MGM senior executive vice-president Charles Cohen. "We are working on a Poltergeist idea, and hope to have some news to announce shortly. Stay tuned."
Frankly, I feel about as revved up for this as I did about the War Games sequel I posted about back in October, which is to say not at all. After all this time, does the Poltergeist franchise name still carry any clout? Granted, the original is a classic, but didn't anyone learn anything from the sequels? The series initiated with 1982's Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hooper, though the film's style seems to owe more to writer and producer Steven Spielberg. In the film, a nice suburban family named Freeling are beset by all manner of supernatural phenomenon in what had to be the flashiest haunted house movie up until that time. A sequel was released in 1986 and another in 1988, with Poltergeist: The Legacy, an in-name only TV spin-off, launching in 1996. This is not the first time sequel sequel talk has circulated, in fact Furtney has a section of his site dedicated specifically to rumors of a Poltergeist IV.