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.
this and twister were probably the most important films to me when I was young, what's up with that??
Una gran película de Peter Jackson que se perdió en el limbo de las mañanas enTV de paga.
Ten year anniversary bluray came with a Director's Cut with additional footage! Still awesome after all this time!
Fantastically weird, funny, and creepy horror/comedy from Peter Jackson with an excellent performance from Michael J. Fox and a wonderful, twisty script.
"Let's give the potentially biggest franchise in movie history to the guy who made The Frighteners!" -executives who took an insane risk and won the lottery
Or... maybe this just shows that I should not be a movie producer or exec. If Peter Jackson came to me, after this movie, suggesting that he would be a reasonable choice to bring LOTR to the screen, I would have politely referred him to his previous great work (Heavenly Creatures) and suggested he continue to make movies more like that. Other than demonstrating that he can stage an action sequence, the only thing this would have signaled for me in his development as director is an inability to balance emotional weight with big budget effects... the very thing he then suddenly mastered and used to make the LOTR trilogy stand out as not only absurdly good entertainment but thematically deeply resonant and meaningful.
I had hoped for some of that here...
Despite The Frighteners not being my first choice for a movie to wack on in downtime, I have seen this a lot during my lifetime and every time I have an excellent time. So really, isn't that enough to mark this as a good film?
It's just a ridiculously entertaining film. It looks great, it makes you laugh, it thrills you, it's so imaginative and I... just love this film and if you haven't seen this one, you should go correct that...right now!
A disappointment, coming from Peter Jackson; I'd heard so many good things about his earlier work. Horror comedy is a hard genre to get right, and The Frighteners isn't really scary or funny. Just kind of dumb. There are good aspects, though. The effects are pretty cool, and Michael J. Fox is good in one of his last starring roles. This is just too much of a mess to ultimately recommend.
Peter Jackson's transition movie. Before he made Lord of the Rings this was his swan song in the horror arena. I hope someday he returns to his roots and makes some more horror films, just because he's so good. Dead Alive has to be one of my all time favorites.
The Frighteners has a lot going for it, the effects hold up even today, and you get stand-out performances by Jeffrey Combs and Jake Busey.
One of the things I like most about this movie is that is plays at different levels. It's not only a horror movie, but it has humor and fantasy. It reminds me of a family, kids movie but made for adults. It's very easy to…
A fine example of throwing everything at the wall, and only 60% of it sticking.