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Poltergeist: The Legacy

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Don’t rent this horror show expecting another chapter in Spielberg’s saga. Behind the shamelessly misleading title, Poltergeist: The Legacy, there’s only a schlocky Showtime series pilot about a secret society that dourly fights the forces of hell. Some surprisingly good F/X serve as window dressing for cliches from other, better movies: the Pandora’s box of evil spirits, the demonic possession in the shaking bed, the spawn-of-Satan birth sequence. This last bit, though, is an eyeful. Once you’ve seen Helen Shaver deliver a little devil, then get dragged around the room by her umbilical cord, you’ll have seen it all — or at least all you want to. D

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