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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…
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…
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…
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.
Watched a director's cut or extended edition or whatever — all the added scenes weighed down a movie that is excellent in its original version, ruining the timing of many of the jokes and scares. Stick with the theatrical version.
This movie feels a little too dark/bleak for me.
I prefer Peter Jackson's other films. The effects of Brain-Dead feel more tangible because less of it is CGI. That movie is also bleak, but seems like it's having more fun and is less tense. This movie is a thriller though, so the tenseness is the desired effect. I'm just not fond of thrillers and the flash back scene towards the end of the movie is just... chilling given the recent shootings.
Not a movie I think I'll come back to.
A tad overlong but Michael J. Fox is Michael J. Fox and I always like me some Michael J. Fox.
There was one kinda rapey joke from the judge that made me go "Oh hell no they didn't!" though. They were lucky for making the film in the mid 90's, that's for sure.
Jeffrey Combs channeling Ronald Lacey's Toht (the coat hanger burning his hand Nazi) from Raiders was as confusing as it was hilarious though.
That is all.
Some of the more slapsticky moments and most of the effects haven't dated well, though the Grim Reaper is still pretty effective. The film is messy but thanks to some great casting, a screwball pace and Jackson's demented sense of humour, this remains a surprisingly enjoyable watch.
Some movies know exactly what they want to be
and sometimes they get creative, yet make sense
or, if they are senseless, at least they remain unpredictable
This is the opposite of all that
It's nonsense for nonsense's sake
totally making stuff up along the way
yet the plot bolts connecting the narrative goo sit so blunty that it's painfully predictable, and in the end very boring, despite it being so seemingly original
It's actually just very loud
I loved this movie as a kid, and I still think its pretty tight
Fun & terrifying.
a whole lot of silly fun with little horror and more whimsical feeling threats (see cartoonish music and casper-style ghosts).
"My body is a roadmap of pain."
While I am a big fan of Michael J. Fox and Peter Jackson, 'The Frighteners' did not compare closely to Jackson's previous films or Fox's first roles. It was great to see Jefferey Combs going full 100% crazy, and the effects still do hold up quite nicely. The pacing was nice and the film combined Jackson's talent of combining horror and comedy rather well.
All in all, it is a memorable story and has a fun tone throughout, even if the romance wasn't as endearing as in 'Dead Alive'.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…