MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 10,004 this week

The Frightening (2002)

2.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 2.7/10 from 513 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 6 critic

It's Corey Peterson's first day at Hallow End High School when he discovers that there's a rash of murders occuring on campus. It's a battle of jocks versus the geeks and Corey is forced to choose sides.

Director:

Writers:

(adaptation),
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1658 titles
created 11 Jul 2011
 
a list of 3939 titles
created 05 Jan 2012
 
T
a list of 3152 titles
created 28 Nov 2012
 
a list of 3397 titles
created 18 Apr 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The Frightening" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Frightening (2002)

The Frightening (2002) on IMDb 2.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Frightening.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

Victor Reynolds arrives at the notorious House of Usher, whereupon he is greeted by old acquaintances Roderick and Madeline Usher and their servant, Markus. As Victor uncovers more about ... See full summary »

Director: David DeCoteau
Stars: Michael Cardelle, Frank Mentier, Jaimyse Haft
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When three best friends from college reunite for their 25th year reunion, revenge becomes the order of day.

Director: David DeCoteau
Stars: Kristine DeBell, Eric Diedrich, Casey Faddis
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

Seven students answer an advertisement to participate in an experiment to explore how the sensation of pain can be eliminated. Arriving at a secluded institute, they are welcomed by ... See full summary »

Director: David DeCoteau
Stars: Lorielle New, Stephen Hansen, Bart Voitila
Deathbed (Video 2002)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

An evil entity sets its sights on a young woman.

Director: Danny Draven
Stars: Tanya Dempsey, Brave Matthews, Joe Estevez
Ring of Darkness (TV Movie 2004)
Horror | Music | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  

When a boy bands lead singer mysteriously diappears the media says that he ran away because he could not handle the fame, but really the other band members killed him and have hidden their ... See full summary »

Director: David DeCoteau
Stars: Colin Bain, Matt T. Baker, Adrienne Barbeau
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  

A group of devil-may-care teenagers discover they've mistakenly called upon the Prince of Darkness in this flashy horror story. A handful of high school students have been entertaining ... See full summary »

Director: David DeCoteau
Stars: Kristopher Turner, Paul Andrich, Ellen Wieser
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

When several young hunters arrive at a secluded lodge in the Pacific Northwest little do they know that they will become the hunted.

Director: David DeCoteau
Stars: D.J. Aiken, Kyle George, Adam Graff
1313: UFO Invasion (Video 2012)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.2/10 X  

Friend shows up to his friends abandoned party only to wind up getting abducted by an alien.

Director: David DeCoteau
Stars: Aaron Thornton, Max Foumberg, Matthew Gedz
Totem (Video 1999)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Six people find themselves inexplicably transported to a remote cabin that is surrounded by an invisible barrier. In a nearby graveyard, they discover an ancient, carved stone monument that... See full summary »

Director: David DeCoteau
Stars: Jason Faunt, Marissa Tait, Eric W. Edwards
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

John, a new student at an exclusive private school, is having trouble with a group of bullying jocks who are jealous of his friendship with beautiful classmate Mary. He's intrigued, then, ... See full summary »

Director: David DeCoteau
Stars: Forrest Cochran, Sean Faris, Stacey Scowley
Hell Asylum (Video 2002)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

A desperate producer faced with unemployment has the ultimate reality television program ready to roll.

Director: Danny Draven
Stars: Debra Mayer, Tanya Dempsey, Sunny Lombardo
Director: David DeCoteau
Stars: Donna Wilkes, Nikki BreAnne Wells, Rachel Rosenstein
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Twining ...
Corey Peterson (as Matt Twining)
...
Mason (as James Foley)
...
Perry (as Jack Carlisle III)
Mark Ian Miller ...
Niles (as Mark Miller)
Greg Lyczkowski ...
Tom
Derek Phipps ...
Greg
...
Tanya
...
Principal Rizcheck
Scott Clark ...
Hooper
Keary Ann Bixby ...
Shanie
Kyle Lupo ...
Wyatt (as Kyle Patrick)
...
Bridget
Dan Carlson ...
Kelso
Charity Rahmer ...
Beth
Elizabeth Bruderman ...
Miss Birch
Edit

Storyline

The eighteen years old Corey Peterson moves with his mother to a small town due a trauma in the past. On his first day at Hallows End High School, he is approached by the student also new arrival in town Mason that tells him about a death of a friend of him in the school and advises Corey to stay away from the wrestler Perry and his gang. When two other students vanish, Corey decides to talk to Principal Rizcheck, who does not give any attention to him. Together with Mason, they investigate the secret about the school and disclose the dark truth about Hallows End and the missing students. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Slash Course in Terror!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frightening  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Filmed at Hollywood High School in Hollywood, CA and Hamilton High School in West Los Angeles, CA. See more »

Connections

References Disturbing Behavior (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Decent flick
28 May 2002 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

DeCoteau, as usual, has cast a cute guy as the lead for his latest horror movie, The Frightening, and as usual, he has him in his boxer briefs within the first 10 minutes. Oh, it's good to know what you're getting into.

However, the last thing I expected from DeCoteau was a higher caliber film that ended up being pretty entertaining. Yes, the movie rips from everything from The Sixth Sense to Donnie Darko, but if you're going to rip off other films, you might as well pick good ones to take ideas from.

Corey (Matt Twining) has just moved to a new town with his mother to start a new life after a tragic accident left a teammate of Corey's dead. Enrolled into "Halloween High", he begins to notice that things aren't quite right. Be it that all the "social outcasts" start disappearing, or that the school itself has a dark past. He starts to question reality and the motives of all the students and faculty.

The Frightening isn't a bad movie. It moves along pretty good, was entertaining enough to keep my attention, and as with any DeCoteau film, is loaded with cute, buff boys to watch. However, unlike The Brotherhood (good film) or The Brotherhood 2: Young Warlocks (we won't go there), the homoerotic overtones are very much downplayed in The Frightening. Only once did it venture into traditional territory with a scene involving a group of young guys standing around in their boxers. DeCoteau also seems to have spent more time on this film. The majority of the actors are pretty good (especially Matt Twining), and the dialogue flows more smoothly than any of his past films.

The ending is a total rip-off, but in the defense of the filmmakers, I didn't see it coming, and thought it was pretty cool. On the downside, the murders were pretty cheesy. I'm glad that I'm not the only IMDBer to notice that no matter where you're stabbed or slashed, you will always bleed out of your mouth (with some pretty fake looking blood to boot). Although, I did like the one guy who had his face eaten off with acid.

I liked The Frightening. It wasn't a masterpiece, but compared to some of his other films, it's as close to being one as DeCoteau has gotten to so far.

My grade: B


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
should I? OneMintJulep
Worst movie ever? pinkjungle
myspaces? websites? babyboyy
Discuss The Frightening (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?