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The Frighteners (1996)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  19 July 1996 (USA)
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After a tragic car accident that killed his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people but when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.

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Storyline

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. After losing his wife, he then gave up his job as an architect, letting his unfinished "dream house" sit incomplete for years, and put these skills to use by befriending a few ghosts and getting them to haunt houses in the area to drum up work for his ghostbusting business; Then Frank proceeds to "exorcise" the houses for a fee. But when he discovers that an entity resembling the Grim Reaper is killing people, marking numbers on their forehead beforehand, Frank tries to help the people whom the Reaper is after! Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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ghost | judge | fbi | grim reaper | architect | See more »

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Something has put the fear of death in the living and sent the dead running for their lives. See more »

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Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror/violence | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Robert Zemeckis Presents: The Frighteners  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DEM 26,052 (Germany) (2 January 1998)

Gross:

DEM 26,052 (Germany) (2 January 1998)
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Trivia

Peter Jackson:  The bearded and pierced man who Frank bumps into a minute before the ghost of Ray knocks him down. Jackson had to wear the heavy metal outfit (leather jacket, make up and a vast amount of piercings) the entire day of shooting, which was also the day that the studio had invited the media to the set for publicity. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 40 mins) When Frank and Lucy are hidden behind the shelf from Patricia, a wire can be spotted on the back of her dress, as she run past the screen to the left. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Charles Bartlett: [Johnny, violently upset, interrupting his girlfriend, counterpart of this serial-killer couple] Shut up! That Russian cannibal creep is telling everyone he did 50 plus. That reflects badly on both of us, Patty. This record should be held by an American.
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Referenced in American Dad!: All About Steve (2005) See more »

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Superstar
Written by Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell
Performed by Sonic Youth
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Surprisingly Dark
21 January 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

What sets out to be a comedy movie with ghosts, (and anyone could be forgiven for thinking this is what it would be given that Michael J Fox has the lead) rapidly becomes a very dark supernatural thriller.

The special effects still look good even by todays standards, and the story is solidly written, good characters and good direction, there is not much to criticise in this movie.

The film itself is one that you should not miss, and certainly not because you think its something that it isn't.

8/10 A surprising film, that has probably been overlooked by too many movie lovers.


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