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In the sleepy little town of Fairwater, a monstrous evil has awakened...an evil so powerful, its reach extends beyond the grave. Director Peter Jackson and Executive Producer Robert Zemeckis unleash a riveting thriller with the most spectacular special effects this side of the hereafter. For Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox), death is a great way to make a living: ridding haunted houses of their "unwelcome" guests. But he's in cahoots with the very ghosts he promises to evict! It's the perfect scam...until Frank finds himself at the center of a dark mystery. A diabolical spirit is on a murderous rampage, and the whole town believes Frank is behind it. Boasting music by Danny Elfman and co-starring Trini Alvarado, Jeffrey Combs and John Astin, this supernatural chiller is so fiendishly entertaining, it's scary!
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 36
- Fresh: 23
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 6.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The actors can't keep the film's mood from verging on hysteria as the story roams all over the map. "The Frighteners" has flitted everywhere, even to heaven and hell, before it's over.
Fresh: The Frighteners is ... that rare horror film that actually gets better as it proceeds; this scare machine has a heart and a brain.
Fresh: Fortunately director Jackson, at home with all kinds of excess, keeps everything spinning nicely, not even losing a step when the mood turns increasingly disturbing.
Fresh: Full of special effects, but still strangely 'indie', the movie has a unique sensibility ...
Oddball, yet enjoyable story of a con-man using the dead to bilk the living. Director Peter Jackson's weird humor at it's best here. Judging by the artwork this is the Director's Cut, which adds a few funny scenes back in. Not to be missed.
I love this movie!!!!
The movie and effects are phenomenal. The special effects were revolutionary for its time. All though this movie is a year younger than me, It still lives up to its name. Plus I think its misrated. R? More like PG-13 to me.
I just got through watching this movie, i watched this movie so many times growing up and i just absolutely love it. Michael J. Fox delivers a stellar performance, so does Jake Busey as Johnny Bartlett (great name for a killer). This is a great comedy/horror movie, a formula that usually doesnt work. Buy this movie!!!