Sequel tries to expand on the story of the original and tell how it happened to be such a haunted house and ghost activity there in the first place. The use of the Indian helper feel out-of-place and make the film feel more like a spiritual fantasy. Even Jerry Goldsmith's music is pretty uneventful in this one but the old crazed cult leader scared the living shit out of me when I was young.
"Steven, you were never a hippie. You were always into making money." I appreciated that Craig T. Nelson's hair had receded in sympathetic alignment with his character. The film is kind of the 'Temple of Doom' to the original Poltergeist's 'Raiders' - gross-out special effects interspersed with toothsome sentimentalism w/ an undercurrent of dubious racial politics. Julian Beck's brilliant though and genuinely scary.