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 will go out of…
Pure spooky-with-a-smile entertainment made by a former gonzo horror auteur of the '80s now working with a studio and a real budget, like when Sam Raimi did "Drag Me to Hell". I loved this movie when I saw it in theaters in 1996, and I still do. It's a complete package to me, high marks in comedy, horror, atmosphere, decorum, casting, directing, and storytelling. Peter Jackson nails a rarely accomplished balance here by making a lot of it actually pretty scary and horrific but also playful, light-hearted, and wacky. The ghost friends are annoyingly written (and R. Lee Ermey having a part is just gratuitous), the ghost-vs-ghost fx have grown dated, and admittedly the supernatural laws of this universe don't…
This is a perfect film for me so much fun so well put together great cast great atmosphere and peter Jacksons best film a couple of poor effects shots but can let that slide as it was 90s cg and some of it looks awesome I love this film
Peter Jackson's The Frighteners was in part conceived as a way to prove New Zealand and the Weta workshop was up to the job of Jackson's first tentpole blockbuster (at the time planned as King Kong, though this was itself delayed by a little trilogy of films, maybe you've heard of them...).
Produced by Robert Zemeckis, this in a lot of ways feels like an 80s film that fell through time. The tone is very Gremlins/Ghostbusters/Monster Squad (family film that's slightly scarier than the norm with nice comic touches), familiar 80s genre faces (Michael J. Fox, Jeffrey Combs) and a script that just plain motors. In fact in the face of pushing-three-hours blockbusters (thanks in part to Jackson himself), what's…
The Frighteners is one of the most purely enjoyable horror comedies of the last 20 years. It is a little reminiscent of Ghostbusters, while Michael J. Fox is clearly playing with his Marty McFly persona. There are clearly a couple of visual callbacks to Back to the Future, hardly surprising with Robert Zemeckis on producing duties. The film is fun film, it is more of a comedy than a horror, but the CGI ghosts are fairly effective, particularly the heavily-cowled soul collector. It flies by at 105 minutes, never letting up, though the third act is a little unwieldy. I think the real mystery of The Frighteners is what happened to Trini Alvarado's career? She is very good in this film.
Plus, Jeffrey Combs. Jeffrey Combs. With a hairstyle right of out the New Zealand back-line.
Very uneven the pace is cluncky and the 2nd act is boring. The third act does pick and fall into this fun loving film.
Just a whole bunch of fun. The CGI may not have held up that well, and it certainly is more than a tad cheesy, but everyone is having fun, and the energy is palpable. It's a very good time.
I love when a movie from your childhood completely holds up. It's awesome. I was nervous about watching this again but it was sooooo good. The special effects are super dated but the movie as a whole is absolutely awesome. Awesome performances and awesome story. This still somehow doesn't get the love it deserves.
I was so excited when this came out, and I was not disappointed. I love this movie for a lot of reasons. Everyone I have introduced this film to loves it. The Frighteners has it all. I'll admit my bias, but I honestly can't see how someone could not be entertained by this film. It's goofy and silly, a little scary, a little mysterious, and it's paced in such a way that it keeps you engaged throughout the runtime. This movie is infinitely watchable.
If this is a hole in your cinematic viewership, track it down, you won't be disappointed.
I've loved this since release, long before most cinema-goers had heard of Peter Jackson. For a quasi-horror film about serial killers, it's incredibly accessible, with a deft light touch, and often very funny. Think a darker, humbler "Ghostbusters", a less soppy "Ghost", and a wonderful example of how to make Wellington NZ look like "North-West-USAville". MJF's best film role after BTTF, he centres the madness going on around him with humour and heart. Still has a few shocking parts, but this is more thrilling than "frightening", and ingenious most of all.
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