The Frighteners


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Movie: The Frighteners

Year: 1996

Director: Peter Jackson

Genre: Comedy Horror

Rating: R


After a traumatic experience in a car accident, Frank Bannister gains the ability to see ghosts, and uses them to haunt people’s houses only to “exercise” them later. Frank is eventually discovers a ghost who looks like the Grim Reaper killing people in his town which places numbers on the victims’ heads, forewarning Frank of who’s next. Unfortunately, this places suspicion on him and an insane FBI agent leads the charge against Frank.

The Review:

Starting off with some extremely campy horror, The Frighteners feels like it’ll be a movie so bad, it’ll have to be good. In actuality, it turned out to be good just because it was good. After the intro, the movie kicks off into some very funny scenes with Michael J. Fox, who absolutely makes this film wonderful with a hilarious performance.

The music in the movie is instantly recognizable as Danny Elfman (of any Tim Burton movie) which makes the movie even more enjoyable and adds to the style of humor that is certainly reminiscent of Tim Burton as well. While the movie is Burton-esque, it seems a little less cartoony and more grown up than, say, Beetlejuice or Edward Scissorhands yet still has some very over the top and highly unlikely situations (okay, the police nowadays might get into a shootout in that scenario, but not back in ’96!)

While you’ll see the romantic angle coming from a mile away, the mystery behind the killings keeps you guessing the entire time. Almost nothing in the entire movie went even remotely how I thought it would. And while it is a bit bloody and has some crude language with some mild horror elements at times, the movie is definitely not a hard R or anything.

If you are looking for a good comedy-horror flick with great acting and an awesome plot, this is definitely the movie for you.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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