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…
A psychic investigator traces a series of deaths to the evil spirit of a long-dead mass murderer. Wildly uneven comic-horror film ranges from the ridiculous (Combs as a shell-shocked fed) to the sublime (a final terrifying confrontation in an abandoned sanatorium). Never really gels, but has more than its share of odd, intriguing bits along the way, courtesy of director Jackson. Produced by Robert Zemeckis, who is perhaps best known for the Back to the Future films and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? …but this dark little ditty is decidedly not for the kiddies.
I hope Peter Jackson is remembered one day more as the man who gave us this movie over the man who gave us LOTR. This is his masterpiece. Also, some real solid acting from both Michael J. Fox & Jeffrey Combs.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Keep turning the screws. About halfway through the movie, Frank gets the opportunity to redeem himself from his biggest failure (newspaper editor in the same scenario where Frank lost his wife), only to fail again and implicate himself even further. It left me with no idea where any of this was going, but in the right way (I want to find out).
mucha polarización en letterboxd: reviews muy negativos y otros muy positivos. le eché ojo a algunos y nomás no concuerdo con los negativos (alguien dice, a manera de queja, que "el villano no hace gran cosa más que retrasar a los protagonistas de triunfar". mmmh. no parece alguien que vea mucho cine). tenía años sin verla y pasé a revisarla porque vi ghost town y comparten algo de la premisa (y pues ghost town es horrible y quería quitarme el mal sabor de boca).
en cuanto a lo positivo, pues hay mucho que ver aquí. el arranque está en full hammer, desde la paleta de colores hasta los movimientos de la cámara. padrísimo eso. la película no se decide a…
The looney, hyperbolic direction that worked wonders in DEAD ALIVE reads as sloppy here with all the silly tonal shifts. Whether you consider Jackson's best to be HEAVENLY CREATURES or FELLOWSHIP, let's all agree: it ain't this.
I watched this one with my 5 yo niece. Apparently she's watched it a couple of times before. I don't really think she gets most of what Jeffrey Combs is doing in the movie but I think that's probably for the best.
The CGI is a little quaint two decades later but this is still an overlooked gem + Jeffrey Combs is genius!
I love how insane THE FRIGHTENERS gets in the third act. Jackson did great work on Middle Earth, but damnit, this movie is special. I really love Michael J. Fox in this movie. He's so good. A great final movie for him as a leading man, that's for sure. The flashback scenes in the hospital are so haunting with Fox looking on to them. So much atmosphere. This is genre filmmaking at its best. I really just dig this movie. It's a love letter to horror and Universal's monster movies, while showcasing Fox at his best. There's also some very clear Hitchcock mixed in with it all. You also can't go wrong with having the Re-Animator himself in the film! To me, this film showcases Jackson's talent more than any of his other films. It's his own creation, and it's just enthralling from beginning to end.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…