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The Frighteners (1996)

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

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror/violence | See all certifications »

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19 July 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Robert Zemeckis Presents: The Frighteners  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,565,000 (USA) (19 July 1996)

Gross:

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

Was originally planned as a Tales from the Crypt (1989) feature, but producer Robert Zemeckis liked the script so much, he decided it should stand on its own and not be part of a series. See more »

Goofs

When Frank is in the freezer just before he "dies" he is shown from above and has on shoes. After Dammers takes Lucy and Frank's spirit leaves his body the same downward shot has him with no shoes visible. See more »

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Dammers: My body is a roadmap of pain. And pain has its valves
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Written by Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell
Performed by Sonic Youth
Courtesy of DCG Records
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Very entertaining with just the right blend of comedy and horror!
19 August 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

THE FRIGHTENERS has just the right blend of comedy and horror, and will please most audiences. Director Peter Jackson did a great job directing this film, and Michael J. Fox gives one of his most unusual performances as a "ghost buster" who has a rare gift that allows him to see the dead.

All in all, a unique film that is very different from its competition in the horror drama and really only falls apart towards the end, when it resorts to the typical slasher ending with plot twists. Apart from the end, it's sure to keep you entertained throughout!

4/5 stars

JOHN ULMER


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