The Frighteners (1996)

1996 | R | Horror, Comedy

User Score: 67/100


After a tragic car accident that killed his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people but when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.

Peter Jackson is one of my favorite directors and The Frighteners (1996) is not a fantastic movie but none-the-less a must see. Michael J. Fox plays Frank Bannister who is a "psychic investigator". Frank can see ghosts and has a trio of comic relief ghosts who help him along the movie.

The Frighteners starts off as a horror comedy but about midway into the horror movie it deepens into a rich film. The special effects are terrific for its time and still hold up today. I laughed, I sat at the edge of my seat and I felt like some points were over done, not on the actors behalf. The acting was terrific from every star.

This movie remains one of my favorites even though it is wacky and not a complete winner. Replay value, definitely, I still watch it from time to time today.

The script was written by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh; they also teamed up for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

About The Frighteners (1996)

Title: The Frighteners
Year: 1996
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Dee Wallace, Peter Jackson, R. Lee Ermey, Billy Jackson, Jake Busey, Troy Evans, John Sumner, Melanie Lynskey, John Astin, Chi McBride, Matthew Chamberlain, Michael J. Fox, Stuart Devenie, John Leigh, Michael Elsworth, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Jim McLarty, Todd Rippon, Paul Yates, Julianna McCarthy, Ken Blackburn, Frank Edwards, Michael Robinson, Leslie Wing, Taea Hartwell, Tony Hopkins, George Port, Jim Fyfe, Anthony Ray Parker
Director: Peter Jackson
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 9 users. Votes: 9.
Genre: Horror, Comedy
MPAA Rating: R

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