Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
No Rest for the Wicked.
After a car accident in which his wife, Debra, was killed and he was injured, Frank Bannister develops psychic abilities allowing him to see, hear, and communicate with ghosts.
Give it up, Frank! Death ain't no way to make a living!
Peter Jackson's first Hollywood film and last to be based on original material going on 16 years now, is often overlooked and under-appreciated. Jackson went on to make some sort of fantasy films based on some books or something... it seems their mild success overshadows much of everything Jackson did previously.
It would also end up being Michael J. Fox's last onscreen leading role in a feature film. It ends up being a great seldom seen role for Fox as his character, Frank Bannister, is hardly a good samaritan but also not a complete undesirable. While he doesn't want to hurt anyone, he…
Peter Jackson's 1996 horror/comedy has aged very well. It's like Ghostbusters filtered through Jackson's idiosyncratic sensibility, its story of a paranormal investigator (Michael J. Fox) who uses his real psychic abilities and friendship with three ghosts (Chi McBride, Jim Fyfe and John Astin) to hustle unsuspecting clients grounded by Jackson's gift for finding humor in his and our anxieties about the gross realities of death. The movie is likeably over-the-top and features some of the most inventive, playful use of CGI to this day. Fox is very likeable in his last leading role, and Jeffrey Combs knocks it out of the ballpark as a very strange FBI agent. It's a very entertaining ride that, honestly, makes me wish Jackson's next movie was a Drag Me To Hell-style return to his roots rather than three bloated adaptations of one children's book.
I actually enjoy this movie , the effects I remember when I first saw it blew me away....
although they dont hold up 100% now for 1996 not to shabby!
It's certainly no Lord of the Rings but Peter Jackson's The Frighteners is a great little film. Michael J. Fox is Frank Bannister - after a car accident that killed his wife he developed psychic abilities allowing him to see and speak with ghosts. He befriends two ghosts and they work with him to haunt houses where Frank pretends to exorcise them. His cons are working well but suddenly the death toll of the town begins to rise and it becomes apparent that an unknown ghostly force is on a killing spree. Frank and his ghostly friends are the only ones who can help. It's a great horror/comedy; Michael J. Fox manages to cast aside his "Marty" image with ease…
Peter Jacksons Horror comedy is great, with Michael J. Fox is on good form as a man who can see the dead, with a fab score from Danny Elfman...Frightners is a great nights viewing for theses cold nights in.
How is it possible that long exposition dump monologues are some of the best things about this movie? Jeffrey Combs is how! He is amazing in this. The whole cast is really good, for the most part.
The effects are a little hokey here and there, but this movie's almost 20 years old now and they were pretty amazing at the time. And even the ones that look bad now are still fun and inventive. I kinda wish the ghosts weren't monochrome blue because I bet John Astin's make up would be top notch in full color. Also, why didn't he show back up at the end? Oh well.
This movie's as funny as it is creepy and action-packed and inventive. A (early) Halloween staple.
Thanks to Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, The Frighteners gets it right with a rare mix of fun and fear! It is not a super heavy story, but the film is not without important questions and really walks the viewer along the line of charming/funny and disturbing/thrilling. I liked most of the characters by the end of this one. As a bonus, there is an interesting and different take on the concept of the psychic medium - portrayed by Michael J. Fox [with his usual great timing and like-ability]. I would watch this multiple times.
How it entered my Flickchart:
The Frighteners > Forrest Gump
The Frighteners > Patriot Games
The Frighteners < The Killing
The Frighteners < Vicky Cristina Barcelona
The Frighteners < Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Frighteners < The Lost Weekend
The Frighteners < An American in Paris
The Frighteners < The Bad and the Beautiful
The Frighteners < The Paleface
The Frighteners > The Hudsucker Proxy
The Frighteners >The Mark of Zorro
The Frighteners > Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Final #840 out of 3383
I don't think this movie makes any sense at all if you think about it, but you shouldn't think about it because it's super fun. And because barring a breakthrough in stem cell research, you're never going to see Michael J. Fox run around like this ever again...
I used to love this film when I was younger.
I think my head was turned by the fun last half hour. It just takes soooo long to get there.
This seems to mark the point where Jackson started making bloated stuff, in desperate need of an editor.
I still love his imagination and this often hits it's mark, but it's just to damn long. At 85 - 90 minutes this could be a cracker, at 105, it sags in the middle.
Jeffrey Combs is flipping awesome in this though , awesome I tell you.
I didn't get it. Made in 1996? More like 1986.
Una comedia de terror excelente, despues de ver a Michael J. Fox desempeñarse muy bien en volver al futuro, este actor destaca a su personaje, un joven que tras un accidente logra desarrollar una habilidad de ver y comunicarse con los muertos.
Taking a trip back in time to Pre-Middle Earth Peter Jackson reaps just as much reward as destroying the One Ring. What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is one true gem of a horror comedy. Wonderfully directed with an equally colorful cast, The Frighteners knows how to mix the right amount of comedic campiness with an overall sense of adventure. With the exception of a few dated shots, the special effects are pretty amazing, blending cool concepts with emotional weight.
Overall, very funny and successfully campy, all in a great story to create a fun movie that we are not treated to often.
Deliciously un-campy fun from Pre-Money Peter Jackson. The comedy/horror tight rope is ridden to absolute perfection and I can only pray to work with Jeffrey Combs someday.
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