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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…
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…
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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 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…
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 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.
Light-hearted fun and the special effects were actually pretty good. A little hammy in parts *cough*Jeffrey Combs*cough* but not enough to ruin the movie in any way.
Super fun film. You can see Peter Jackson slowly slip away from the more zany horror films that his career began with.
THE FRIGHTENERS is such a fun film, perhaps the last film of the "fun Peter Jackson" era. Don't get me wrong, you could certainly argue the films he's made since are objectively better (aside from THE HOBBIT, WTF was going on there?), but in those 3-hour epics I miss that sense of charm and madness. And though THE FRIGHTENERS was his first foray into Hollywood studio movies and is therefore a bit of a transitional work, that old charm (and a little of that madness) is very much in abundance.
Michael J Fox plays a washed-up former architect who, after a near death experience which claimed the life of his wife, has been left with the ability to see and…
A super fun movie which is up there with Gremlins in beautifully combining awesome special effects that still hold up well, genuinely hilarious moments and great horror moments that definitely catch the viewer off guard. It also seems appropriate this is one of the first times Peter Jackson got major studio backing for one of his movies as he really uses the big budget to his advantage. Such a shame it bombed back in summer 96 but at least it eventually became vindicated through home video.
Not one of Jackson's best movies, but nevertheless one of the more original horror comedies to come out in the 90s. It's sad that Michal J. Fox wasn't able to do much more acting after this. I really like the guy.
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After a car accident, Frank Bannister can communicate with ghosts. He uses his new gift to scam people. Sending ghosts to their houses and Frank will ‘solve the problem’ for money. But when an actual evil entity arrives in Fairwater and starts killing people, Frank really has to go to work.
“The Frighteners” is one of the most fun horror/ comedy films of the ‘90s. The story was originally meant to be on “Tales From the Crypt”, but producer Robert Zemeckis wanted it to be a movie. Director Peter Jackson got the chance to film his first big budget…
Maybe Peter Jackson 's best. Never a dull moment, funny and unpredictable. Michael J. Fox nails it.
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