I liked the first poltergeist score a lot, it was scary, religious and even child-like at times but it failed to me to be regarded as a true horror score, the mickey mousing cues (due to spielberg) and the long suspence cues failed to win me over as they were more style than substance.
In poltergeist II you get a true battle between good and bad as all the themes of the good characters (taylor, Carol Anne, grandma) battle against kane's demonic chants. The way jerry applies them in various exciting webs of horror/suspence is dazzling, truly exciting. I did not say that this score is a better one compared to the first, I'm saying it is a better horror score. Cause when I think back at the first time I saw the poltergeist movies, I could only remember carol anne's theme and the religious theme from the first, but I could definitely remember the evil theme of Kane and the taylor's theme of the second; so it's more balanced in part II and more evil, AVE SATANI!!! 8D