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Poltergeist II: The Other Side

Now I'm sure some of you will say I'm crazy for not putting the original Poltergeist on this list. While that's a great movie for sure, with scenes such as the pool filled with corpses and the clown in the kid's room, there's one scene from Poltergeist II which beats anything from the first movie if you ask me.


The main attraction of Poltergeist II: The Other Side was the insanely creepy old man named Kane (Julian Beck) who was stalking the Freeling family this time. The guy literally looked like a skeleton. His giant teeth and bony face always creeped the hell out of me, which is why I think he's easily one of the best horror characters ever. "Are you lost, sweetheart? Are you 'fraid, honey? Well then, why don't you come with me?" Hearing him say lines like that were eerie enough, but then he'd sing that damned "God is in His Holy Temple! Earthly thoughts be silent now!" song, and it would be stuck in my head all day long. Sadly, Julian Beck died while filming Poltergeist II - another victim of the infamous "Poltergeist curse" perhaps?

tequila - the drink that's like a meal!

Well anyway, the problems that Kane has been causing for the Freeling family have drove papa Freeling to hit the bottle. And he's hitting the bottle hard. He's so drunk that he drinks an entire bottle of tequila, and even chugs down the worm inside it!

Drinking Rule #1: never swallow the tequila worm. Here's why...


Sorry lady, he didn't like the meatloaf.

After becoming possessed and scaring the crap out of his family, Steve Freeling finally yacks up the problem. But it's no small tequila worm by that point, this thing has grown into a massive, nasty, blobby mess of goo. Seeing Steve puke it up is one of the most simultaneously nauseating and awesome horror movies scenes ever. And then it gets even better...


The tequila worm thing that was puked up, crawls under the bed and starts to squirm around some more and mutate. Then it finally crawls out from under the bed and look who it is! Yep, it's good ol' Kane! Actually, he looks less scary as a worm than he does in real life. By the way, all of the wicked worm effects were a creation of H.R. Giger. So now you can impress all of your art 'n film school friends and say "Screw those 'Alien' movies, Giger's best work was in Poltergeist II man!" since Giger is the only modern artist that any of you uncultured fuckwads have probably ever heard of.

If you have a friend who's having trouble with alcohol abuse, forget about rehab, just show them Poltergeist II and they won't wanna go near a bottle ever again. Hell, I don't drink, and I'm sure that it's somehow related to this scene. As an amusing side note, the guy who played the creature in the movie is even listed as "Vomit Creature" in the credits. If that's not something that he'll be able to brag about to his friends until the day he dies, I don't know what is.

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a horrible night indeed! :o