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The Frighteners ()


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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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Frank Bannister
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Lucy Lynskey
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Ray Lynskey
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The Judge
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Milton Dammers
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Patricia Bradley (as Dee Wallace Stone)
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Johnny Bartlett
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Cyrus
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Stuart
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Sheriff Perry
Julianna McCarthy ...
Old Lady Bradley
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Hiles
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Magda Rees-Jones
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Debra Bannister
Desmond Kelly ...
Harry Sinclair
Jonathan Blick ...
Steve Bayliss
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Deputy
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Michael Robinson ...
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Deputy
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Deputy
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Deputy
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Deputy
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Bryce Campbell
Nicola Cliff ...
Young Patricia
Ken Blackburn ...
Dr. Kamins
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Museum Curator
Genevieve Westcott ...
TV Presenter
K.C. Kelly ...
Doctor
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Mrs. Waterhouse
Leslie Klein ...
Maid
Frank Edwards ...
Resuscitating Man
Alan O'Leary ...
The Waiter
Danny Lineham ...
Barry
Charlie McClellan ...
Reporter
William Pomeroy ...
Jacob Platz
George Port ...
Orderly
Billy Jackson ...
Baby in Bouncer
Sophie Watkins ...
Nursery Baby
Taea Hartwell ...
Nursery Baby
Max Grover ...
Nursery Baby
George Grover ...
Nursery Baby
Tony Hopkins ...
Hospital Patient
Lewis Martin ...
Hospital Patient
Clay Nelson ...
Passerby
Matthew Chamberlain ...
Passerby
Vivienne Kaplan ...
Nun
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Nun
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grant Aldridge ...
Funeral Photographer (uncredited)
Michael Elsworth ...
Undertaker (uncredited)
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Man with Piercings (uncredited)
Rhys Jordan ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Isaac Lucas ...
Museum Guest (uncredited)
Grant Major ...
Chuck Hughes (uncredited)
Bryce McCawe ...
Man at Diner (uncredited)
Nicolas Pegg ...
Guard (uncredited)
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Paramedic (uncredited)
Jeff Slaven ...
Police Mechanic (uncredited)

Directed by

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Peter Jackson

Written by

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Fran Walsh ... (written by) &
Peter Jackson ... (written by)

Produced by

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Peter Jackson ... producer
Tim Sanders ... co-producer
Jamie Selkirk ... producer
Fran Walsh ... associate producer
Robert Zemeckis ... executive producer

Music by

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Danny Elfman

Cinematography by

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John Blick
Alun Bollinger

Film Editing by

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Jamie Selkirk

Editorial Department

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Cindy Bowles ... re-sync editor
Eric De Beus ... assistant editor
John Gilbert ... associate editor
Emma Haughton ... first assistant editor
Mark Herman ... re-sync editor
Josie McClutchie ... assistant editor (as Josie McClutcher)
Jo Priest ... assistant editor
Lynne Reed ... color timer (as Lynne Seaman)
Hamiora Williams ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Victoria Burrows
Vivienne Kaplan
Liz Mullane

Production Design by

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Grant Major

Art Direction by

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Dan Hennah

Costume Design by

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Barbara Darragh

Makeup Department

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Brent Baker ... special makeup effects
Rick Baker ... special makeup artist: The Judge
Roger Borelli ... special makeup effects
Mitch Devane ... special makeup effects
Marjory Hamlin ... makeup supervisor
Vance Hartwell ... special makeup effects artist
Jurgen Heimann ... special makeup effects
Todd Heindel ... special makeup effects
Gabrielle Jones ... makeup assistant
Denise Leibee ... special makeup effects
James McLoughlin ... special makeup effects (as Jim McLoughlin)
Cheryl Newton ... wig maker: principals
Jane O'Kane ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Gary Pawlowski ... special makeup effects
Brian Penikas ... special makeup effects
Bron Roylance ... makeup artist: Mr. Fox
Mark Setrakian ... special makeup effects
Joseph Yuss Simon ... makeup effects
Bill Sturgeon ... special makeup effects
Gail Wilson ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Bridget Bourke ... production manager
Andrew Hampton ... unit manager
Rick Porras ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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John Blick ... second unit director
Carey Carter ... first assistant director: second unit
Michele Priest ... second assistant director
Chris Short ... first assistant director
Martin Walsh ... third assistant director
Annie Weston ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Karl Anton ... carpenter
Jean-Paul Beckhoudt ... art department assistant
Neil Blannin ... carpenter
Brett Blenkin ... carpenter
Simon Bright ... art department assistant
Anton Buys ... carpenter
Brian Campbell ... assistant set finisher
Tanea Chapman ... art department assistant
Kirsty Clayton ... property buyer
Dave Cleary ... assistant set finisher (as David Cleary)
Trevor Cooper ... greensman
Jill Cormack ... set dresser
Richard Dolan ... artist and sculptor / technician
Kerry Dunn ... set finisher
Scott Harens ... property maker
Mark Hawthorne ... art department assistant
Mike Heffernan ... carpenter
Chris Hennah ... art department coordinator
Mark Hill ... scenic artist
Valentine Maher ... assistant set finisher
Brian Massey ... greensman
Matthew Mellor ... property maker
Brad Mill ... stand-by props
Chris Morrison ... carpenter
Johno Morton ... carpenter
Ed Mulholand ... construction manager
Roger Murray ... mechanical prop builder
William Pomeroy ... art department advisor: USA
Chris Ramsay ... assistant set finisher
Dave Richards ... carpenter
Christian Rivers ... storyboard artist
Stephen Ruscoe ... miniatures
Graeme Sang ... carpenter
Clayton Sheridan ... assistant set finisher
Troy Stephens ... scenic artist
David Turner ... property assistant
Ken Turner ... greensman
Bryan Wakelin ... carpenter
Norman Willerton ... construction foreman
Trevor Cooper ... greens (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Phil Benson ... supervising sound editor
Steve Boeddeker ... sound effects editor
John Boswell ... assistant sound re-recording mixer
David Boulton ... adr mixer
Brent Burge ... sound effects editor
Chris Burt ... adr mixer
Ross A. Chambers ... dialogue editor
Gethin Creagh ... re-recording mixer
Corrin Ellingford ... boom operator
Jeremy P. Geor ... sound assistant
Scott Guitteau ... assistant sound designer
Michael Hedges ... re-recording mixer
Mike Hopkins ... supervising sound editor
Richard Hymns ... adr supervisor
Mike Jones ... sound effects editor
Helen Luttrell ... foley recordist
Peter Mills ... sound assistant
Sam Negri ... sound technical advisor
John Neill ... re-recording mixer / sound manager
Hammond Peek ... sound recordist
Tim Prebble ... sound effects editor
Charleen Richards ... adr mixer
Janet Roddick ... sound coordinator
Susan Sanford ... assistant sound designer
Kim Shaw-Williams ... boom operator
Brian Shennan ... sound mixer
Sam Spicer ... boom operator: second unit
Nigel Stone ... adr mixer
Randy Thom ... re-recording mixer / sound designer
Craig Tomlinson ... sound effects editor
Beth Tredray ... foley artist
Chris Ward ... foley editor
Katy Wood ... sound assistant
Steve Boeddeker ... assistant sound designer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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David Backler ... special effects
Mike Elizalde ... mechanical designer
Blair Foord ... special effects assistant
Clint Ingram ... special effects assistant
Steve Ingram ... special effects supervisor
Carol Koch ... cosmetic finisher
Darryl Richards ... special effects assistant
Trish Van't Hul ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Andrew Adamson ... digital effects supervisor
Matt Aitken ... CG supervisor
Simon Allen ... digital compositor
Karen Ansel ... lead technical director: Weta Digital
Peter Bailey ... digital effects artist
James Bell ... visual effects artist: Weta Digital
Nick Booth ... runner
Lee Bramwell ... digital compositor
Tim Capper ... video compositor
Lynne Cartwright ... character animator
Buckley Collum ... technical director
Stephen Coren ... concept/previs artist
Jeanmarc Furio ... technical director: Weta FX
Matt Holmes ... visual effects coordinator
Gray Horsfield ... visual effects
Sandy Houston ... digital paint artist
Laurent Hugueniot ... technical director: Weta Digital
Mel James ... digital artist: Weta Digital
Janice Jones ... digital compositor
Scott Kilburn ... digital artist
Dale McBeath ... character animator
Charlie McClellan ... digital effects producer
Paul McGhee ... scanning and recording supervisor
George Port ... on set visual effects supervisor
Stephen Regelous ... digital artist
Wendy Rogers ... digital artist
Brian Scadden ... opticals
John Sheils ... CG supervisor
Paul Story ... rotoscope artist
Mark Tait ... technical director
Wes Takahashi ... visual effects supervisor
Richard Taylor ... creature and miniature effects
Tim Trumble ... film recording technician
Kara Vandeleur ... rotoscope artist
Robert Weaver ... digital artist
Frank Wegerhoff ... digital effects artist
Joyce Young ... rotoscope artist
Matthew Paulson ... modeler (uncredited)

Stunts

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Bruce Brown ... stunt coordinator
Charles Croughwell ... stunt double: Michael J. Fox (as Charlie Croughwell)
Steve Doherty ... stunts
Jenny Harris ... stunts
Aaron Lupton ... stunts
Mark Prowse ... stunts
Joanne Strong ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Rick Allender ... Steadicam operator
Ben Bell ... assistant grip
Richard Bluck ... Steadicam operator / camera operator
Alun Bollinger ... camera operator
Neil Cervin ... camera operator (additional camera operator)
Adam Clark ... clapper loader
Aaron Cowan ... electrician
Roland Ebbing ... electrician
Ants Farrell ... electrician
Harry Harrison ... key grip
Simon Higgins ... best boy electric / best boy
Brett Jarman ... gaffer
Terry Joosten ... assistant grip
Rob Kerr ... electrician
Ian McCarroll ... assistant camera
Helen McNamara ... assistant grip
Mark Newnham ... electrician
Ian Nicholls ... electrician
Andy Reid ... dolly grip
Richard Scott ... camera operator
Andrew Stroud ... assistant camera / clapper loader
Bryce Swainson ... video split operator
Gerry Vasbenter ... focus puller
Hansel Verkerk ... electrician
Pierre Vinet ... still photographer
Keith Watkins ... assistant grip
Roydon Johnson ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Adam Fyfe ... animator
Paul Hunt ... animator
Dale McBeath ... animator

Casting Department

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Liz Mullane ... casting: New Zealand

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Rachael Broad ... costume assistant
Emma Harre ... stand-by wardrobe
Jane Holland ... assistant costume designer
Sarah Hope ... wardrobe assistant
Marion Olsen ... costume cutter
Peter Rigby ... costume cutter

Location Management

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Bryce Campbell ... location manager
Graham Thompson ... location manager

Music Department

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Steve Bartek ... orchestrator
Zachary Cahn ... assistant music editor
Artie Kane ... conductor
Mark McKenzie ... additional orchestrator
Shawn Murphy ... score mixer
Ellen Segal ... music editor
Edgardo Simone ... additional orchestrator
Patti Zimmitti ... music contractor
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe (uncredited)
Frank Macchia ... music preparation (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Merrin Ruck ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Robin Allen ... vehicle wrangler
Spencer Faulkner ... unit driver
Paul Fleming ... assistant vehicle wrangler

Other crew

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Mark Ashworth ... set manager
David Backler ... stand-in
Stephen Bayliss ... assistant accountant
Michael Beaudin ... assistant accountant (as Mike Beaudin)
David Bertram ... stand-in
Jan Blenkin ... production assistant
Brigitte Boys ... machinist
Astrid Breach ... stand-in
Shane Broadbent ... stand-in
Tom Burstall ... risk manager
Dean Buttar ... security: Mr. Fox
Grant Campbell ... laboratory liaison
Alice Capper-Starr ... stand-in
Karyn Childs ... production coordinator
Chris Clapp ... stand-in
Robb Conner ... stand-in: Michael J Fox
Augie Davis ... safety officer
Erina Fox ... unit assistant
Aaron Gibson ... unit assistant
Eleanor Gibson ... cast runner
Reg Gibson ... unit assistant
Tim Haigh ... production runner
Lee Harris ... extras coordinator
Phil Harris ... stand-in
Vance Hartwell ... puppeteer
Grant Hickman ... stand-in
Chrissy Hill ... stand-in
Trish Jacobson ... stand-in
Vivienne Kaplan ... assistant: Mr. Jackson
Steve Keig ... stand-in
Linda Klein-Nixon ... production accountant
Ross Lane ... stand-in
Josie Leckie ... cast runner
Matthew Martin ... production runner
Deannah Mayhew ... stand-in
Liz McGregor ... machinist
Danny Milne ... set runner
Liz Mullane ... assistant: Mr. Fox
Ben Northrop ... stand-in
Denise O'Connell ... stand-in
Jamie Oliver ... stand-in
Shelley Parker ... production assistant
Jon Paske ... stand-in
Tim Pearson ... stand-in
Jeremy Peet ... assistant unit publicist
Leslie Pomeroy ... dialogue coach
Christian Rivers ... conceptual illustrator
Sue Rogers ... unit publicist
Nina Saxon ... title designer
Damon Selkirk ... unit assistant
Matthew Spicer ... stand-in
Jolyon Stewart ... stand-in
Jeanne Stuart ... production assistant
Alex Sutherland ... unit assistant
Colin Tyler ... laboratory liaison
John Van Der Ryden ... rushes transfer
Andy Wickens ... laboratory technician
Jacqui Wood ... production coordinator
Daniel Wheatcroft ... studio executive (uncredited)

Thanks

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Steve Starkey ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Something has put the fear of death in the living and sent the dead running for their lives. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Robert Zemeckis Presents: The Frighteners (United States)
  • Fantômes contre fantômes (France)
  • Agárrame esos fantasmas (Spain)
  • Horrible Ghosts/Horrible Phantoms (China, Mandarin title)
  • Os Espíritos (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 110 min
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Box Office

Budget $30,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $12,600,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia Michael J. Fox repeatedly blew his lines by calling The Judge (John Astin) "Doc", the name of Christopher Lloyd's character in the Back to the Future trilogy. See more »
Goofs When Frank goes to the Lynskey house he said it was 'spontaneous recurrent psychokinesis', but when he goes to another case he calls it 'recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis'. The fact that he can't keep his con man story straight makes the scene even funnier. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Multiplicity/The Frighteners/Kazaam/Fled/Celestial Clockwork (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Don't Fear The Reaper See more »
Quotes Judge: [after having sex with a mummy] I like it when they lie still like that.
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