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.
Peter Jackson's "The Frighteners" is full of so much over-the-top, wam-bam energy that it is hard to be able to latch on to anything with meaning or value. Not that the film is made to be deep or meaningful. It is the kind of full-speed horror-comedy-adventure where everything is played at high volumes for maximum enjoyment. Still, it is nice when a film slows down and lets its audience connect with something. This eventually happens in "The Frighteners," turning it from ghost adventure bore to engaging thrill ride; but it is almost too late to make the experience anything beyond fleeting fun.
Revolving around Michael J. Fox's psychic investigator, the film follows Fox's character as he deals with a malignant…
Review In A Nutshell:
Peter Jackson, a name that has been long rejoiced by many film enthusiasts everywhere because of his great adaptation of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the lesser and over-bloated Hobbit trilogy. Here we have the film that he has made before the Lord of the Rings trilogy, a showcase of abundant and at the time impressive visual effects; which is probably the main reason that he was chosen to helm the trilogy. Jackson has always favoured spectacle over story, even if he retains faithfulness to the source material, it still manages to highlight the film’s scope and effects; tugging the nerves of the heart rather than the mind. The Frighteners is so far the…
Peter Jackson's Hollywood debut,The Frighteners is a really uneven movie.
The biggest problem with this movie is its lack of an identity.It's always a risk when you make a movie that falls on more than one genre,especially if these are horror and comedy.
To put it simply,it's neither scary,nor funny and the blending of the two doesn't lead to anything memorable.
On the other hand,the premise is very solid,Michael J. Fox is very good,the supporting cast is good as well and the CGI even almost 20 years later, holds for the most part pretty well.
All in all,despite its flaws,this is a perfectly watchable and entertaining movie!
Time has mostly been kind to Michael J Fox's last big cinematic role, which was also the film that sent Peter Jackson off into Mordor for over a decade. Chaos reigns in this dark-comedy ghost story, Jackson determined to inject as much frantic energy as possible, compensating for a thin story with multiple sub-plots crawling back from the dead.
MJF no longer looks like the eternally young guy who made a bright career off the back of his boyish looks. Age and his struggle win Parkinsons are no doubt the cause of that and although he gives it his best shot he feels like a misfit for the role. As the straight forward fall guy he does just fine, the…
Peter Jackson's The Frighteners was a comedy/horror film that truly fitted that definition. With equals parts of both, neither too gratuitous, this was a welcome return to form for Michael J Fox after a few years of iffy roles.
Fox plays a former architect, who, following the death of his wife, can see ghosts and apparitions. Passing himself off as a psychic investigator, he uses these friends to drum up business in his local area,and is little more than a conman. Things change however when he witnesses a hooded specter who kills people and carves numbers into their foreheads. Implicated after several people he'd had run-ins with end up dead, the hunt is on to stop this mysterious entity before…
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 will go out of…
"The African American Apparition Coalition."
For its time, a pretty fantastic CGI achievement, and the gags are often ingenious. Add a decent DP and another draft or two on the script and you might really have something here.
The Frighteners should have never worked.
Peter Jackson's anarchic insanity-based chain of horror sensibilities combined with (then) enough state of the art computer effects to blow your face off? The toy shouldn't have even been in the same room together let alone been allowed to dine with Michael J Fox in a comedic restaurant...enough of the analogy.
The Frighteners is packed to the brim with things from different genres. It doesn't know whether it wants to actually scare you or make you laugh or even make you feel a little uneasy. It has characters that are just one-dimensional stereotypes whilst at the same time it decides to throw you buckets of characterisation for other characters. The set design is schizophrenic…
This is and always will be my favourite Peter Jackson movie..
Not quite the exploitation film like Jackson's earlier works and not quite the high level of cinema like his other works, but there's fun to be had here, with Fox, Combs and others putting on great performances.
Peter Jackson first Hollywood style movie before the Rings cycle remains a joy .....
Whether you prefer Peter Jackson, the early New Zealand made film years or the Hollywood years, I think depends how much you love his Middle Earth stuff because that single handedly takes about two thirds of it, it was hard to distinguish then because everything Jackson does gets filmed in NZ. From his early stuff I love Bad Taste, Brain Dead and Heavenly Creatures and I like Meet The Feebles, but his Hollywood career as shown what a magnificent filmmaker he is, even if the results where spotty (notably for me The Lovely Bones which was a huge disappointment) but the Hollywood path started all here with The Frighteners, a film that was box-office disappointment, if the figures I've read…
Genuinely entertaining, but doesn't always strike the right balance between comedy and drama.
It's not that it realy needed to be very dramatic, but at first, the pace goes so fast that many of the side characters are given rushed introductions, but not much development besides that, this was evident with some of the comic relief ghost characters.
For much of the film, there seems to be a lack of focus, until the third act, which might be one of the big saving graces of "The Frighteners". The special effects haven't aged very well, which is a shame, considering the film relies so much on them, that said, the filmmakers still deserve merit for what they were able to achieve…
Still pretty good movie!
It is too much of Tim Burton meets Robert Zemeckis, and I don't even see anything of Peter Jackson in it, but this easily may be the last movie he actually made.
The pathetic Hollywood crap he made after this I erased from my memory long time ago.
Anyway, I just saw some 14 mins longer director's cut or whatever, and it really holds the pace and the story and everything is well conceived, imagined and directed.
Interesting characters and good performances.
The Grim Reaper was very scary to me when I saw this movie for the first time, and I must say - it still is pretty scary.
Which is a strange decision for a…
"I'm in the mood for a little vivisection."
After watching Meet The Feebles, I decided to indulge in some pre-Lord-of-the-Rings Peter Jackson. The Frighteners however is not as hilarious as Meet The Feebles nor as slapstick silly as Bad Taste.
Most of it is boring; the story is diluted by unlikability of the lead actors and the over use of '90's CGI. The last twenty or so minutes however redeem itself for the whole film, which is a muddle genre mess: switching from comedy to horror, however failing at even being funny nor scary. The only really funny standout performances are by Jeffrey Combs, Chi McBride and R. Lee Erney.
The Frighteners was not as funny as a muppet having a Vietnam War flashback nor is it as awesome as a guy sliding down a staircase using a shield.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
If there is any…
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…