The Frighteners [15th Anniversary] [Blu-ray] [1996]

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  • Release Date: 09/13/2011
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (42 out of 42)

Special Features


  • A special introduction to the director's cut
  • The making of the Frighteners
  • Storyboarding of key scenes
  • In-depth director's cut feature commentary

Synopsis


The Frighteners
Charlatan Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox) has genuine psychic powers, but he doesn't use them to help people. Rather, he generates cases for his supernatural private-eye firm by harassing a group of hapless ghosts (including a dearly departed Wild West outlaw and an undead judge played by John Astin) into staging hauntings and poltergeists in the homes of likely marks. Bannister's world turns on its head when he starts noticing real hauntings around town -- ghostly assassinations that seem to be tied to the execution 20 years earlier of a brutal serial killer. Lucy Lunskey (Trini Alvarado), the wife of one unlucky victim, teams up with Bannister to get to the bottom of the killings and find out what shut-in Patricia Bradley (Dee Wallace Stone) and her witchy mother (Julia McCarthy) have to do with the sinister spree. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Michael J. Fox
    Michael J. Fox - Frank Bannister
  • Trini Alvarado
    Trini Alvarado - Lucy Lunskey
  • Peter Dobson
    Peter Dobson - Ray Lynskey
  • John Astin
    John Astin - Judge
  • Jeffrey Combs
    Jeffrey Combs - Milton Dammers



Overall customer rating

4.7
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An underrated treat

    Posted
    ThreeDMan
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    Peter Jackson's first dip into big-budget FX before Lord of the Rings, The Frighteners is a mixed bag of wacky ghost humor and rather grisly violence. Jackson said he always wanted it lighter but the studio pushed for a more violent Halloween picture. Michael J Fox is fantastic, crossing the line from comedy to emotional drama perfectly. As for the disc, boy this thing will give your sound system a workout! Great playful score too. Some of the CGI is dated, but it still works. And the real treat is the 4+ hour documentary on the making-of.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Scary good fun

    Posted
    Tigon

    Michael J. Fox plays a psychic paranormal investigator using real ghosts he "sees" to scare profits from fake haunts. An actual ghost is set to making a killing as death itself, but how can a psychic stop a killer that's already dead? Directed by Peter Jackson before doing 'Lord of the Rings', this non-stop action comedy touts plenty of horror actor veterans with a surprising plot but sadly too many jump cuts. Produced by' Forrest Gump' director Robert Zemeckis and scored by Danny Elfman of film 'Beetlejuice.'

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An Under-rated, Fun Movie

    Posted
    DrAdam
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    I love 'Ghostbusters' and 'Back to the Future', so when this movie was released in theaters it was obviously that I had to see it. I was pleasantly surprised. The overall plot is entertaining and I very much enjoy the ghostly special effects. This movie also has a solid cast outside of Michael J. Fox. I'm glad I've finally snagged it in blu-ray format (I bought the DVD many years ago)...now it will join a few other films in my Halloween season rotation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A forgotten gem

    Posted
    Skoob1
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    A classic film from the late 90's that was overlooked at the theaters. Directed by Peter Jackson this horror tale takes you on a rollercoaster ride as you follow paranormal investigator, Frank Bannister ( Michael J Fox), as he deals with his wifes death and builds his business by handing out business cards at funerals. Oh by the way, Frank also has the ability to see ghosts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Funny, funny movie

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    pain1313
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    Directed by Peter Jackson starring Michael J. Fox and Trini Alvarado, John Astin, Dee Wallace Stone, Jeffrey Combs and Jake Busey. A great movie much overlooked at the time, I watch this movie at leased 3 times a year. Filled with state of the art FX this film was the launching pad for Peter Jackson.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Peter Jackson's overlook film

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    Pain1313
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    If you are a fan of Peter Jackson get this, if you are a fan of Michael J. Fox get this, if you are a fan of horror comedies get this! Film in New Zeland this film is beautiful, funny and has some of the best one liners from horror icon Jeffery Combs!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    We are going to party like the 80s

    Posted
    Kevo1982
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    I saw this after seeing Ted. It also came with movie cash to see the movie Oblivion. Overall, It seemed like the producers put a lot of time into this movies. It was created in the 80s but the special effects were kind of cool.. Things have changed but it's still an entertaining flick.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good movie, good effects

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    jhaves
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    Fairly good movie (no 'Lord Of The Rings', but hey). Acting is very good (mjf is funny and competent as usual), with really good special affects (especially for a pre-2000 movie—Peter Jackson started showing what he could do cinematically even on a mid-sized budget...

    I would recommend this to a friend



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