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The Frighteners (1996)

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After a tragic car accident 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank Bannister
... Dr. Lucy Lynskey
... Ray Lynskey
... The Judge
... Milton Dammers
... Patricia Ann Bradley (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
... Johnny Bartlett
... Cyrus
... Stuart, Bannister's Ghostly Assistant
... Sheriff Walt Perry
Julianna McCarthy ... Old Lady Bradley
... Sgt. Hiles
... Magda Rees-Jones
... Debra Bannister
Desmond Kelly ... Harry Sinclair
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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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Frightening, isn't it? 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)  »

Also Known As:

Robert Zemeckis Presents: The Frighteners  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,565,000, 21 July 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,759,216

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,600,000
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Michael J. Fox messed up takes by accident, by referring to The Judge as "Doc" from Back to the Future. See more »

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Frank's breakfast cereal changes from multi-colored Lucky Charms to bluish-purple Boo Berry between shots. Both boxes can be seen in the background. See more »

Quotes

Frank Bannister: [to Stuart and Cyrus] Why is it that flies stick to you guys like shit to a blanket?
Cyrus: Ha ha, very funny. You're a funny guy, Frank. You know, all you think about is yourself. I could complain, too, you know. I would like some new clothes. You get to dress nice. Here I am still looking like Linc from The Mod Squad.
Frank Bannister: You died in the 70's. It's a bummer.
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References Casper (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Fear The Reaper
Written by Donald Roeser
Performed by The Mutton Birds
Courtesy of Virgin Records Australasia
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scary, funny and exciting.
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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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