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…
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.
this movie delivered what is supposed to deliver, an uncompromised ghost story with some cool characters (Jeffrey Combs leading).
It's the best super imaginative, fantastical '80s horror film ever, but released in the mid '90s. I miss the hell out of these kinds of films.
The Frighteners is the definition of a cult film. Jeffrey Combs gives the best performance, and the CGI has actually aged very well for a 20 year old film. I think it even holds up when you compare it to recent films.
Peter Jackson's first big-budget outing is a wonderful, underrated and sadly, mostly forgotten gem.
The Frighteners is a Comedy horror film starring Michael J. Fox as a con-man ghostbuster, employing the ghosts he's supposedly busting, in an unspecified town in the American northwest(which looks suspiciously like the outskirts of Wellington).
The first act of the film is a little bumpy. It has a bit of trouble finding it's tone, relying a bit way too much on goofy slapstick humor involving the ghosts for the first half-hour or so.
But by the end if the first act it finds it's tone in a delicious blend of darkness, black humor and Jackson's ever sure sense of fun. The film gets steadily darker…
Michael J. Fox stars in Peter Jackson's quirky action/horror/comedy mashup as a con artist "psychic investigator' who gets tangled up in a series of supernatural murders. Takes a while to get going but once it does the gas pedal stays on the floor till the end. Fun stuff!
"I'm an asshole...with an UZI!!"
seems like Peter Jackson would've been the better Tim Burton
The CGI's aged badly (and there's heaps of it), Michael J. Fox is kinda miscast, and the movie's too long, but it's still a reasonably fun watch. Jeffrey Combs shows up halfway through to remind you why you're watching, and there's enough of that old Peter Jackson charm to keep your interest (at least in parts). The comic relief is way overdone, though - there's way too much of the ghost hijinks before anything really happens.
Awful. Not only has the film aged terribly, but trying to view it without that in mind, I don't know what the point of the film was or what exactly Peter Jackson was trying to do. It's too long and it was a chore to sit through.
This film manages to incorporate various different tones and styles of horror. It is very silly and childish at times, and at other times it is surprisingly dark. Both thematically and visually. It is a mix of BEETLEJUICE, GHOST DAD, THE SIXTH SENSE, THE EVIL DEAD, RE-ANIMATOR, and POLTERGEIST. The really strange thing about this film is how well it works.
The story is about a paranormal activities investigator played by Michael J. Fox, who can see and communicate with ghosts. He uses his ability to con people into exorcising their ghosts, who are only there because of the scam.
The secondary plot, which becomes the main plot, is about a woman doctor who crosses paths with a creepy old…
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