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…
I usually don't care for horror films but this was fun to watch.
I thought this was going to be a different version of "Ghostbusters." Fortunately it wasn't. In some ways it is better than Ghostbusters. I was pleasantly surprised that this be came a dark horror thriller, which has a few really good scares. The comical parts certainly lighten the mood, but in the end, a certain thriller.
I've just never really liked this movie that much. The back story was a bit too icky for me and I honestly don't understand why as I've seen much worse things (and in fact, Heavenly Creatures, which has a much worse back story that is a. true and b. much more graphically depicted is one of my all-time favorites).
I just don't get it.
An extremely underrated horror comedy with a great story, premise, directing and acting.
I am an underground film maker specialising in horror so obviously like many others Peter Jacksons early films "Brainddead" and " Bad taste" are big influences for me, but my favourite film of all of his work is The Frighteners.
It's a perfect film funny great story great effects great cast great score.
If i had the opportunity to make a big budget film i would make something like this and it shows that Jackson is just like myself and other film makers and can tap into that classic Fun Big time horror Adventure spirit we all have.
It's a tad tonally uneven, and at times overly silly, but it's still a lot of fun. The climax in this is up there with the best of Jackson's work. Pretty cool effects as well.
Peter Jackson tones down his zanier instincts for a bigger budget, CGI and lighter faire such as mass-murder, cult sex-slavery, and emotional scarring death leaves us.
This horror-comedy is criminally uneven in it's tone and spends far too much time with the wrong characters.
I'm going to call this one a rewatch, even though I barely recall the whole film, if I've ever really seen it. I'm sure I've seen most of it on television when I was far younger, and I recall finding it terrifying. Decided, as it was Halloween, it was high-time I revisited it. Great film, but not quite as scary as I recall in my youth. Only thing which hinders it slightly is somewhat dated CGI, but that's hardly enough to ruin it.
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