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The Frighteners (1996)

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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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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 »

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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  »

Box Office

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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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Charles Starkweather, the real life killer referenced in the movie, killed 11 people (and 2 dogs) during a nearly two month killing spree. His 14-year-old girlfriend (Carillon Ann Fugate) accompanied him for, and participated in most of the killings. He was caught, tried, convicted, and executed (by electric chair), in a seventeen month span. Caril Ann Fugate was not executed, but sentenced to a "Life" term in prison. She was paroled after serving 17 years in prison. See more »

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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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Sergeant Hiles: I am not one of your shitty little emanations, Bannister!
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Superstar
Written by Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell
Performed by Sonic Youth
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* * * out of 4.
11 September 2002 | by (Click on my name for over 500 horror movie reviews!) – See all my reviews

Con man (Michael J. Fox) uses the ghosts he sees and maintains friendships with in order to rip off people in order to make a living after losing his wife. However, there is a dead serial killer lurking about killing everyone and Fox has to stop this ghost before it can claim another victim. This film moves along at such fast pace you never have time to question what is going on on-screen. The film itself, is filled with many wonderful visual effects and proves to be a perfect vehicle for Fox's many talents. It is also brimming with many original thoughts and idea's. It is highly under rated and I highly recommanded this film. Just check your brain in at the door however.

Rated R; Violence and Profanity.


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