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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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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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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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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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Melanie Lynskey: Star of Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures (1994) is the Deputy taking Lucy Lynskey's statement at the police station. Also, Lucy's last name is a reference to the actress as well. See more »

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When the bed starts shaking with Lucy on it the lifting and shaking equipment under the bed is clearly visible. See more »

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[about to have sex with a mummy]
Judge: There's a reason they call me the "hanging judge".
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Performed by Sonic Youth
Courtesy of DCG Records
By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets and Products
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27 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

The Frighteners is an excellent horror-comedy-drama in which Michael J. Fox plays ex-architect and now psychic scamster Frank Bannister. The film revolves around the premise that Frank, after being involved in an accident which resulted in the death of his wife, can now see disembodied spirits and runs a scam in which the ghouls haunt houses under the order of Frank and then he 'exorcises' them for a fee. However, a series of murders begin in Frank's town and it becomes achingly clear that these murders have something to do with his wife's death. The romantic involvement comes in the form of Trini Alvarado (Little Women) who plays a doctor who's husband was killed by the evil forces at work. This film achieves many things, it manages to create a comic atmosphere at times whilst being able to make us feel real sympathy for the character of Frank and his tragic circumstances. This is a truly under-rated film and it is well worth watching.


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