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The Frighteners (1996)

After a tragic car accident that kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people. However, 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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Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.

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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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No Rest for the Wicked. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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Rated R for terror/violence | See all certifications »

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19 July 1996 (USA)  »

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Robert Zemeckis Presents: The Frighteners  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$16,524,115 (USA) (30 August 1996)
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Weta Digital Ltd, Peter Jackson's special effects company, had to expand their capacity from 1 to 35 computers in order to meet the visual effects demands for this movie. However, they had good use for them afterwards, as their next project was the very special effects-heavy trilogy The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). See more »

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When Frank is recognized by the wealthy woman in the big house, the newspaper she holds, misspells "Psychic" as "Psycic." See more »

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Dammers: My body is a roadmap of pain. And pain has its valves
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Superstar
Written by Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell
Performed by Sonic Youth
Courtesy of DCG Records
By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets and Products
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scary, funny and exciting.
20 July 2012 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

During the 90's i rented about 7 movies per week. There is no other film that has made an impact on me as this one did.

I've seen it all. David Lynch movies, Scorsese, mr. O. Stone, James cameron. Small independent movies from all over the world. Big Hollywood productions. Japanese films (without subs i might add). The best of the best, with great casts and even better directors. This little gem is unbelievable. It blew me away at every turn. I totally wasn't prepared for this movie and since i only saw one Peter jackson movie before this one, my expectations weren't that high. But after this film i immediately went looking for more of Peter's stuff.

This movie has it all. It's enormously entertaining, scary at times but also very funny. It's not predictable at all. Mr. Fox is absolutely brilliant. Even now, 16 years later i still remember this film because it made a huge impact on me. I saw it's rating here on IMDb. 7 points is really not enough compared to the joy this film has given me.


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