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…
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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 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…
Frank is having a hard time. His house is in shambles, he has no real income, and the bank is threatening to put him out on the street.
On top of that, there's an FBI agent suspecting him of several murders.
On top of that, he can see and speak to the dead. Well, this last part is in fact the only thing going for him at the moment, as he is using a couple of spirits to scam people into thinking their houses are haunted, after which they call Frank to cleanse the house for them.
Problem is, there's a new ghost in town, and it seems hell bent on killing off both the living and the dead...
One of the best horror comedies out there...
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Hilarious! An intelligent and witty parody of the horror genre. If Constantine realized how silly its premise was, it probably would've looked something like this.
In his earlier films, Peter Jackson was brilliant at balancing the tricky comedy-horror genre and this film is no different.
It is both spooky and fun, with a good cast and visual-effects that still look decent almost 20 years on.
Peter Jackson's gateway between his earlier grimy horror efforts and mainstream Hollywood. The way Jackson composes gore shots build on some damn impressive layering of practical and computer effects that hold up, but at the same time doesn't distract too much for the main plot. That being said, it seems clear that many things were snipped out of it, giving it a clunky pace at times. Some of the characters are a bit grating, particularly Jeffrey Combs in an annoyingly slimy turn. That being said, most of the cast works well, with Michael J. Fox serving as a relatable lead stricken with tragedy that holds the film together.
The Frighteners is not a remarkable film by any stretch of the imagination, and yet I keep coming back to it every couple of years. I was a huge Peter Jackson fanboy back in '96; the manic explosion of viscera that is Dead Alive knocked me for a loop, and the melancholic, emotionally gripping Heavenly Creatures split my teenage brain wide open (much like that film's unfortunate matriarch). This was the first Jackson film I was lucky enough to see in the theater. The film attempts to find that delicate balance between horror and humor, but ultimately doesn't have enough of either to be wholly satisfying. Ostensibly, the entire film is just a special effects demo reel for Jackson's upcoming…
A psychic investigator traces a series of deaths to the evil spirit of a long-dead mass murderer. Wildly uneven comic-horror film ranges from the ridiculous (Combs as a shell-shocked fed) to the sublime (a final terrifying confrontation in an abandoned sanatorium). Never really gels, but has more than its share of odd, intriguing bits along the way, courtesy of director Jackson. Produced by Robert Zemeckis, who is perhaps best known for the Back to the Future films and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? …but this dark little ditty is decidedly not for the kiddies.
I hope Peter Jackson is remembered one day more as the man who gave us this movie over the man who gave us LOTR. This is his masterpiece. Also, some real solid acting from both Michael J. Fox & Jeffrey Combs.
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…