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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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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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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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Charles Starkweather, the real-life killer referenced in the movie, killed eleven people (and two dogs) during a nearly two month killing spree. His fourteen-year-old girlfriend (Caril 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 seventeen years. 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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Dammers: Sheriff! You are violating my territorial bubble.
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Referenced in Face Off: The Laughing Dead (2013) See more »

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Don't Fear The Reaper
Written by Donald Roeser
Performed by The Mutton Birds
Courtesy of Virgin Records Australasia
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Very entertaining with just the right blend of comedy and horror!
19 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

THE FRIGHTENERS has just the right blend of comedy and horror, and will please most audiences. Director Peter Jackson did a great job directing this film, and Michael J. Fox gives one of his most unusual performances as a "ghost buster" who has a rare gift that allows him to see the dead.

All in all, a unique film that is very different from its competition in the horror drama and really only falls apart towards the end, when it resorts to the typical slasher ending with plot twists. Apart from the end, it's sure to keep you entertained throughout!

4/5 stars

JOHN ULMER


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