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 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…
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!
Really didn't anticipate this level of weirdness, but that's why it works as well as it does. Jackson utilises the crazed psyche of Fox's workmanlike performance expertly, benefiting from the wackiness of the character whilst keeping a keen eye on the disturbing personality contained within this soul. There's a stupid amount of creativity here also with Jackson managing to keep the tale simple but never isolated from the madness of his vision throughout, all ramped up by some great character work from the standout Jeffrey Combs and a very welcome R. Lee Ermey in his typical role.
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…
The Frighteners is significant for a number of reasons. Michael J Fox's last big on screen roll, Weta Digital's second film, Peter Jackson's first Hollywood film (the last he would direct before The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and the last based on original material to date.
While The Frighteners could be noteworthy for just being significant, it's also noteworthy for being a damn great film. Peter Jackson combines his horror-comedy roots with an attempt to appeal to a wider audience and the result is a spooky and funny film that is far more accessible than his previous horror-comedy works. The story is incredibly intriguing and to say much of it would be to ruin the experience. Safe to say…
I expected the physical comedy in the The Frighteners to be more clever than it is, considering it comes from the man who gave us Braindead. However, aside from a number of misjudged slapstick moments and a tone that never completely embraces the premise's zany possibilities, Peter Jackson's film manages to be solid horror comedy fare.
Michael J. Fox plays scummy con man Frank Bannister. He can see spirits, but uses them to boost his business as a psychic investigator, sending the ghosts into a house, only to be called in and "exorcise" them for a fee. Frank lives in an unfinished house and he's got the local newspaper on his back, but these are the least of his problems…
Peter Jackson knows how to entertain his audience, Frighteners is fun,rollicking and really doesn't slow down at all. It doesn't really give you any moment to catch your breath with what is happening on screen and that is what makes it so fun to watch. Jackson also gets really great performances from Michael J Fox, Jeffery Combs and especially Dee Wallace Stone. I feel that Stone played her part so well, going from a mousey type character to psychotic on a switch, It's a shame that she isn't/wasn't a bigger actress. I still find the CGI to hold up pretty well, lots of really cool imagery and moments that don't look dated at all, like Busey's face sliding down the…
Pretty fun little horror comedy even though it's not very scary or laugh out loud funny. I take that back, Jake Busey is pretty frightening.
An enjoyable balance of horror and comedy that features some solid special effects. If you like films about ghosts and serial kills and infused with a bit of comedy then this is the movie for you.
Produced by Zemeckis, directed by Peter Jackson, starring Michael J. fox, music by Danny Elfman, special effects by Weta, and a style which is reminiscent of some 80s classics like Beetlejuice and Ghostbusters. How could it possibly go wrong? Not sure but you can definitely say the final product is far less than the sum of it's parts. I think the main problem is the tone. It's never scary, or chilling so it goes for the comedy angle, and that barely worked at all. There were occasional moments but nowhere near enough. The story itself was quite decent, it's just a pity the whole execution was not engaging enough. The direction seemed to have quite a bit of energy to…
Enjoyable yet undercooked. Fun for Jake Busey's insane performance.
Dee Wallace goodness
Braindead (1992) is one of the greatest comedy horrors ever made, only beaten by the Evil Dead series in my opinion. Peter Jackson, really made some weird movies before, somehow, getting the role as director of the LOTR series. This one though isn't as good. The CGI doesn't hold up, and apart from Micheal Fox, the acting isn't the best either. And the comedy part of this movie is such a mixed bag too. Some almost racist humor, some really funny one-liners and some really bad it didn't really hit home with me. And to quote a iMDB review "In the end its sort of like Ghostbusters crossed with Scream. I mean, on one side of the coin you've got…
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
- North by Northwest
- The Birds
This list was inspired by a conversation on the March 2nd/9th editions of Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo's film review, where…