Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…
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…
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.
Can't believe I haven't rated this before now, this is one of my child hood favs, beloved. Most unique ass horror movie I've ever seen, combines my love of Michael J. Fox and weird ass horror camp. Yes please.
Trini Alvarado’s faith and trust in Michael J. Fox’s character is completely unearned. The audience knows he’s basically a good guy because we’ve seen Back to the Future, but she should have been way more suspicious. On the plus side, though, Trini Alvarado is in this movie.
Seen a few times, but is a barely remembered film
I love this campy cheesefest horror
I was so wak about Michael J Fox as a wee child and it's good to see nothing has changed
But also I feel like the people who wrote over the garden wall probably watched this at some point
Peter Jackson's second film is a wonderfully creative, and macabre film with a suitably creepy ambiance and great special effects and set design. It's a shame that this was Michael J. Fox's last leading role in a film, at least up to now. He's an awesome leading man, although his reasons for deciding to step away from films are understandable.
The themes depicted in the film alongside the Danny Elfman score made me feel like I was watching a Tim Burton film at times. Not a bad thing, mind you. It's rather funny too, in a grim kind of way. It's a blast.
The Frighteners is the movie that proved to Miramax, and then New Line Cinema, that Peter Jackson could take the Lord of the Rings books and make them into movies. But the question is: How did a horror-comedy that flopped because Universal decided to open the movie in the middle of the summer, on the opening weekend of the summer Olympics? The answer is: Special Effects
The Frighteners was a groundbreaking film. No one really talks about as such, but it was. We had never seen things like this before. The ghosts seemed real, the graveyard scenes are gorgeous, and the interaction between the CGI elements and the real life elements are almost seamless. Back then Jackson took a lot…
I hate it. I hate it. The Frighteners somehow manages to be both incredibly shrill and excruciatingly dull. It's like a headache somehow manifested itself into a film.
Good, better than mediocre but it could have been better. I'm a little bit disappointed in it because I expected it to be way better but it was not boring.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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