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The Best Movie You Never Saw: The Frighteners

Aug. 2, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Welcome to The Best Movie You NEVER Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine.

This week we’ll be examining THE FRIGHTENERS from writer/director Peter Jackson.

THE STORY:

After a tragic car accident that killed his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people but when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.

THE PLAYERS:

Writer/Director Peter Jackson (DEAD ALIVE, LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY) directs Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, John Astin, Jeffrey Combs, Dee Wallace, Chi McBride, Peter Dobson, and Jake Busey from a script by Jackson and wife/frequent collaborator Fran Walsh.

THE HISTORY:

Originally envisioned as a Tales From The Crypt feature film (much like DEMON KNIGHT and BORDELLO OF BLOOD), producer Robert Zemeckis liked the idea so much that he pushed to have it stand separate from the series. Zemeckis hired Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh to write the film after they’d conceived of the idea during the script-writing phase of HEAVENLY CREATURES. Zemeckis intended to direct initially, but felt that Jackson was better suited when the script was complete.

Michael J. Fox was the original choice to play paranormal “investigator” Frank Bannister and he was sold on the "macabre" nature of the script.  The film required more digital effect shots than any other film up to that point, a burden that went to Jackson’s Weta digital, which would later do the effects work for Jackson’s LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY and THE HOBBIT TRILOGY. THE FRIGHTENERS was shot, unsurprisingly, in New Zealand, but made to look like the Midwest United States. Filming took place from May to November 1995, one of the longest productions that Universal had ever approved at the time. It was an overwhelming process for the young effects company and eventually Zemeckis brought in help from ILM to assist in getting the massive amount of effects work completed.

When a rough cut was shown to executives, they were so impressed that they decided to shift the film from its original October 31, 1996 to July 19, 1996, smack dab in the middle of the summer tentpole season. It proved to be the film’s undoing, as it failed to ignite the box office and although received generally solid reviews, was mostly forgotten about. Since that time, Jackson has become a household name, particularly with his work on THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY, which has left his American debut largely in the dark.

However, as the years pass, more and more people are discovering this gem from the prolific director’s repertoire and giving it the due it deserves.

"The thing with 'The Frighteners' that ended up being the biggest disappointment for us, is that it was originally conceived as a Halloween movie, that 'The Frighteners' was gonna be released in that Halloween week, which is traditional in the states that, you know, that's when the sort of ghost movies come out. And then the Stallone movie 'Daylight' got delayed, that they had a July slot for 'Daylight' planned and then that, they were falling behind schedule and they weren't gonna make their date. And so 'Daylight' was delayed for six months and so they decided to bring 'The Frighteners' up from Halloween and to plonk it into the middle of summer. So, that was, ultimately, our biggest frustration because it never was and should never have been a summer movie." – Peter Jackson

WHY IT’S GREAT:

THE FRIGHTENERS is the best Tim Burton movie he never made (Danny Elfman score and all), which sounds a little nuts since it was directed by Peter Jackson, just before his name blew up with THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. It’s not as excessively odd or artistically extreme as Burton’s work, but it feels very much like a film he would make.  It has a restraint to it that keeps it from becoming a “signature” film, allowing it to simply be an innovative (for the time period, anyway) supernatural horror flick without pretense.

The film centers on Michael J. Fox, in his second to last feature film role (MARS ATTACKS! being the last), as Frank Bannister, a paranormal “investigator” who is able to see and communicate with spirits of the dead, whom he uses to conduct fraudulent hauntings for money. Essentially, he’s a faux Ghostbuster, but one with a troubled past. After a car accident that took his wife’s life, Bannister was suddenly “gifted” this supernatural ability, which he’s assimilated to with a cynical ease.

"There isn't a long list of actors that can play comedy and drama," he says. "This character is grappling with his demons, and I didn't want to lose the audience's sympathy when he does the dramatic stuff. I wanted someone who was likable, and Michael was one of those actors who had an inherent likability." - Peter Jackson

His spirit employees, played by Chi McBride, Jim Fyfe, and John Astin (as “the Judge” an Old West ghost with an affinity for corpses) are still Earthbound due to “turning away from the light” when their number came up, as are most spirits that Bannister sees, including an enraged drill instructor played by R. Lee Ermey, who is essentially the ghost of his character in FULL METAL JACKET. It’s an odd life, but it’s a living for the quirky, emotionally damaged Bannister.

Across town lives a woman, Patricia Bradley (Dee Wallace), who is cared for by her stern mother (Julianna McCarthy), as she took part in a mass murder at a hospital during her teenage years with an ambitious would-be serial killer named Johnny Bartlett (Jake Busey), who was given the death penalty for his involvement in the killing spree. Bradley suddenly finds herself haunted by a cloaked, very Wraith-looking “grim reaper” who comes out of the walls and stairs to seemingly frighten her, but the truth of its existence in her life is much more sinister.

Things start to get strange(er) when Bannister begins seeing numbers on people’s foreheads, which only he can see. Suddenly, those same people start to die mysteriously, including the husband (Peter Dobson) of a local doctor named Lucy (Trini Alvarado). Bannister befriends Lucy, but not before more and more mysterious deaths begin to stack up. In a chance encounter, Bannister witnesses one such death, seeing the “grim reaper” in full taking out a “number marked” man. This puts Bannister in a tailspin to stop the “reaper” before he can claim another life, including Lucy’s, who suddenly appears to be marked as well. Bannister must unravel the mystery of the reaper, while being trailed by Milton Dammers (played brilliantly by Jeffrey Combs), a psychotic F.B.I. agent assigned to the murders, who suspects Bannister is the killer.

"Yes, I am. I'm an asshole... with an Uzi!" - Jeffrey Combs (F.B.I. Agent Milton Dammers)

What follows is a clever, humorous, and dark affair that is ripe with quirky characters, an intricate plot (but not overly so), and a fun mix of horror and supernatural that never goes to extremes in either way. There’s no gore porn or excessive violence, but more than enough thrills and creepiness to make this a satisfying “ghost story” yarn. Fox is an engaging and energetic presence as Bannister and it makes me sad that it was his final role in features, as he never seemed to lose his edge, just his health, which is an unfortunate plight for such a gifted actor. He carries the lead with ease, however, and is every bit as strong as Marty McFly on his best day.

The visual effects are a mixed bag, but this is due mostly to the revolutionary work we’ve become accustomed to today. Ironically, this is a movie that helped pave the way for current advancements, with Weta now being one of the leaders in the market of VFX. THE FRIGHTENERS served as a kind of proving ground for them, and although you would hardly notice watching the movie today, they were amazing at the time. Still, they hold up perfectly, just without the wow factor to our spoiled modern cinematic eye.

The strength of the film is purely in the attitude and atmosphere, which floats on the vibe of an offbeat supernatural thriller. It’s got twists, turns, mystery, laughs, and some genuine thrills in its ingenuity (Fox “killing” himself to confront the reaper is a clever and fun device). The story unravels not so much as an ultimate whodunit, but as a pleasing reveal. It’s not brilliant, nor is it trying to be, but it captures the story in a way that is fitting within the world it creates.

Seeing Fox shooting two “supernatural” M60 machine guns at the grim reaper is a pretty badass sight and not one you’d ever think you’d see.  The fate of F.B.I. agent Dammers, who “loses his mind” in a very creative way is even more fun, but I won’t spoil that reveal here. There are some nods to Jackson’s style, including the “expressway” to Hell at the end, but ultimately this comes off as a really enjoyable genre flick that populates with characters and situations that are just odd enough to be original, but not so far gone that they’re unbelievable.  This is a great movie to add to your Halloween viewing list and a shoe-in for when you need a flick that delivers a solid, satisfying punch without crumbling under its weight of otherworldly ideas.

"Save your pea brain prattle for the classroom,boy. That was the soul collector and he's been taking people out since time began. He's been going about some dark business here in Fairwater and we ain't nothing but worm bait. When your number's up, that's it." - John Astin (The Judge)

MEMORABLE SCENE:

There are a couple of cool highlights throughout THE FRIGHTENERS, notably the finale where everything comes together and all secrets are revealed. However, for the sake of not spoiling those moments for those who have yet to catch it, the sequence where Bannister first witnesses the "grim reaper" take a life is a great peek into the style and tone of the film.

WATCH IT:

THE FRIGHTENTERS is available on Blu-Ray and DVD (with a director's cut on DVD only) and is currently on Netflix streaming. Get it here!

PARTING SHOT:

"I have such rich, glorious memories of that, I really do. It was such a completely marvelous experience...it's like a pipe organ, just up and down the scale in harmony, man, it was just so great; personally, creatively,  collaboratively, spiritually, travelling, seeing New Zealand, working with the great Peter Jackson; I just cherish it. It was so great" - Jeffrey Combs (F.B.I. Agent Milton Dammers)

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10:12PM on 08/05/2013
I've always loved this movie. Have had it in my DVD collection for years. The mix of pseudo-horror and comedy is why I like it. And MJF is one of the greats IMO anyway.
I've always loved this movie. Have had it in my DVD collection for years. The mix of pseudo-horror and comedy is why I like it. And MJF is one of the greats IMO anyway.
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9:44PM on 08/04/2013

Wrap Party

Wrap party video for the excellent movie;
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Although, the usual music mafia reactions to fair use..
Wrap party video for the excellent movie;
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Although, the usual music mafia reactions to fair use..
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10:08AM on 08/04/2013
I absolutely love this film. Was one of the first 'horror' films I have ever seen and everytime I see it on TV I have to watch it. A different time with better horror.
I absolutely love this film. Was one of the first 'horror' films I have ever seen and everytime I see it on TV I have to watch it. A different time with better horror.
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8:24AM on 08/03/2013

Hurm....

Right on with the Tim Burton description, though Jackson clearly wasn't trying to copy him stylistically. I had even forgotten he directed it. Seemed like there was a large gap between this and LOTR. Anyway, I was young when I saw this, and thought it was the best movie I had ever seen when I left the theater (though I didn't like the crispin glover like cop - he tonally really changed the movie in a bad way). I'm almost 30 now and have seen much better films and classics but I'd still
Right on with the Tim Burton description, though Jackson clearly wasn't trying to copy him stylistically. I had even forgotten he directed it. Seemed like there was a large gap between this and LOTR. Anyway, I was young when I saw this, and thought it was the best movie I had ever seen when I left the theater (though I didn't like the crispin glover like cop - he tonally really changed the movie in a bad way). I'm almost 30 now and have seen much better films and classics but I'd still prolly put this in my favorite 60. However, I do wish this article would list a movie I hadn't seen (and usually really liked as well)
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8:10AM on 08/03/2013

Never saw?!

I keep hoping that one if these days the movie in here, will actually be a movie I never saw.
I keep hoping that one if these days the movie in here, will actually be a movie I never saw.
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10:09PM on 08/02/2013
I have not seen this movie in years... totally forgotten about it...but yes, I remember really enjoying it at the time - brilliant feel to it - very similar feel to say Bettlejuice - for me at least.
I have not seen this movie in years... totally forgotten about it...but yes, I remember really enjoying it at the time - brilliant feel to it - very similar feel to say Bettlejuice - for me at least.
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9:42PM on 08/02/2013

Good movie...

...but it totally lost it's cool points with me when it used the "Don't Fear the Reaper" song at the end. But that's just a small gripe. And next Best Movie You Never Saw article should be Chopper, Cemetary Man or Time and Tide! Make it happen.
...but it totally lost it's cool points with me when it used the "Don't Fear the Reaper" song at the end. But that's just a small gripe. And next Best Movie You Never Saw article should be Chopper, Cemetary Man or Time and Tide! Make it happen.
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8:38PM on 08/02/2013

The Frighteners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i seen this 37 times!!!!!!!!!!!!!
own the DVD AND the special edition blu-ray!!!!!!!
i seen this 37 times!!!!!!!!!!!!!
own the DVD AND the special edition blu-ray!!!!!!!
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10:19PM on 08/02/2013
37?! lol
37?! lol
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7:57PM on 08/02/2013
Classic.
Classic.
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7:08PM on 08/02/2013
Love This film, its one of those films I always say to people, "have you seen this movie" lend it to them and they love it too. Great article
Love This film, its one of those films I always say to people, "have you seen this movie" lend it to them and they love it too. Great article
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5:04PM on 08/02/2013

Love it.

Or leave it. This is an underrated classic.
Or leave it. This is an underrated classic.
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3:24PM on 08/02/2013
Love this movie. Always have. Excellent film for this article series!
Love this movie. Always have. Excellent film for this article series!
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3:12PM on 08/02/2013

hell yes!

i love this movie. seen it a ton. actually own it. was very suprised when i put it on a couple of years ago to find peter jackson directed it. didn't have a clue when it came out. great movie.
i love this movie. seen it a ton. actually own it. was very suprised when i put it on a couple of years ago to find peter jackson directed it. didn't have a clue when it came out. great movie.
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3:10PM on 08/02/2013
And for the next "Best Movie You never Saw", I nominate Back to the Future scribe Bob Gale's INTERSTATE 60 (featuring a cameo by MIchael J. Fox to be appropriate).
And for the next "Best Movie You never Saw", I nominate Back to the Future scribe Bob Gale's INTERSTATE 60 (featuring a cameo by MIchael J. Fox to be appropriate).
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3:08PM on 08/02/2013
I love this flick! Probably, my favourite ghost movie!
I love this flick! Probably, my favourite ghost movie!
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2:33PM on 08/02/2013

Always been one of my favorites....

...Good to see you put it on this list. Perfect mix of creepy and funny.
...Good to see you put it on this list. Perfect mix of creepy and funny.
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2:28PM on 08/02/2013

I loved this flick

Unfortunately, I never saw this in.theaters, but instead caught it on cable. This movie was awesome. Took me completely by surprise.
Unfortunately, I never saw this in.theaters, but instead caught it on cable. This movie was awesome. Took me completely by surprise.
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1:48PM on 08/02/2013
One of the only Peter Jackson films that I enjoy. Big fan of this film, just picked it up on bluray recently.
One of the only Peter Jackson films that I enjoy. Big fan of this film, just picked it up on bluray recently.
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12:59PM on 08/02/2013

I saw this movie so many times on cable growing up. Love it.

I was a huge Michael J. Fox fan as a kid, because I adored Back to the Future (all of em you uncultured swine) so this was right up my alley.
One problem though "Midwest United States"? You mean Coastal United States right? Because Bannister's house on top of the hill has a great view of the ocean front if I am not mistaken.

- Also, the Extended Edition DVD is amazing and has like the precursor to the fantastic Lord of the Rings special feature documentaries on it.
I was a huge Michael J. Fox fan as a kid, because I adored Back to the Future (all of em you uncultured swine) so this was right up my alley.
One problem though "Midwest United States"? You mean Coastal United States right? Because Bannister's house on top of the hill has a great view of the ocean front if I am not mistaken.

- Also, the Extended Edition DVD is amazing and has like the precursor to the fantastic Lord of the Rings special feature documentaries on it.
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12:33PM on 08/02/2013
I keep forgetting this was Peter Jackson. I've only watched it in its entirety once, when it first came out on video. But I remember enjoying it a lot. And I remember the effects, as you say, being pretty groundbreaking, if not on the same level as today (Heavenly Creatures' effects are still pretty amazing in my opinion).
I keep forgetting this was Peter Jackson. I've only watched it in its entirety once, when it first came out on video. But I remember enjoying it a lot. And I remember the effects, as you say, being pretty groundbreaking, if not on the same level as today (Heavenly Creatures' effects are still pretty amazing in my opinion).
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12:22PM on 08/02/2013

Once again... Saw It

Cmon, it is not like it was directed by some nobody, fucking Peter Jackson directed. If you guys need help, here try these, The Ref, Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey, or, Youngblood, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze. Those are films that are awesome, with stars, that people have rarely seen.
Cmon, it is not like it was directed by some nobody, fucking Peter Jackson directed. If you guys need help, here try these, The Ref, Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey, or, Youngblood, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze. Those are films that are awesome, with stars, that people have rarely seen.
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12:29PM on 08/02/2013
The title isn't a fucking challenge! It's not trying to stump you, you mook! And if The Frighteners doesn't count as a underappreciated and underseen movie, then neither does The Ref!
The title isn't a fucking challenge! It's not trying to stump you, you mook! And if The Frighteners doesn't count as a underappreciated and underseen movie, then neither does The Ref!
12:35PM on 08/02/2013
Hey, ImMoe,

Appreciate the enthusiasm. I'm just going to direct you to the description just below the title banner. I think The Frighteners fits well within that description. The column title is a play on words, not a literal translation, which would be impossible anyway. There's no movie out there that nobody has seen. The column is not The Most OBSCURE movie you've never seen. If I plucked from obscurity, this column would get maybe a few comments and would quickly die for lack of
Hey, ImMoe,

Appreciate the enthusiasm. I'm just going to direct you to the description just below the title banner. I think The Frighteners fits well within that description. The column title is a play on words, not a literal translation, which would be impossible anyway. There's no movie out there that nobody has seen. The column is not The Most OBSCURE movie you've never seen. If I plucked from obscurity, this column would get maybe a few comments and would quickly die for lack of interest.

Enjoy the ride, bro. As cerealkiller said, it's not a competition. I guarantee if I did The Ref or Youngblood we'd hear from at least one person, like yourself, that would "call out" the title yet again as many people, myself included, have seen both of those films (and I do love Youngblood for all it's cheesy glory).
12:14PM on 08/02/2013

Good up to the twist

I agree with Blanka's comments on this film. I really enjoyed 3/4 of this film up to the "twist". Much like Sunshine the movie changes into something else that I just couldn't get on board with. The trailer made it out to be the "fake" paranormal investigator vs the reaper and then it turns "meh" in the last act. I like the cast. Fox, Astin, Combs and Emery all give great performances but the twist just derails the entire film. To each his own I guess.
I agree with Blanka's comments on this film. I really enjoyed 3/4 of this film up to the "twist". Much like Sunshine the movie changes into something else that I just couldn't get on board with. The trailer made it out to be the "fake" paranormal investigator vs the reaper and then it turns "meh" in the last act. I like the cast. Fox, Astin, Combs and Emery all give great performances but the twist just derails the entire film. To each his own I guess.
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12:12PM on 08/02/2013
"But what about the guy in the toilet? What did he do? Piss on your Hush Puppies?" Jeffery Combs owned that movie like a psychotic Jim Carrey....
"But what about the guy in the toilet? What did he do? Piss on your Hush Puppies?" Jeffery Combs owned that movie like a psychotic Jim Carrey....
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11:56AM on 08/02/2013
This is my favorite Peter Jackson movie to date. Tons of fun, being scary and funny and dramatic all at once isn't an easy thing to pull off. Everyone pulls it off with great ease and charm here.

For the record, the BR release has both the theatrical and director's cut on it.
This is my favorite Peter Jackson movie to date. Tons of fun, being scary and funny and dramatic all at once isn't an easy thing to pull off. Everyone pulls it off with great ease and charm here.

For the record, the BR release has both the theatrical and director's cut on it.
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11:29AM on 08/02/2013
Will this column ever pick a movie that the majority of strikebackers *haven't* seen? At this rate, I honestly expect the next choice to be fucking 'Star Wars'...
Will this column ever pick a movie that the majority of strikebackers *haven't* seen? At this rate, I honestly expect the next choice to be fucking 'Star Wars'...
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11:26AM on 08/02/2013

"1941"

Please do Steven Spielberg's "1941" next. Here's a film which knew how out of control American patriotism would get over time. Every time some big media event happens, and people chant "USA, USA, USA!" I think of the chaos in "1941".
Please do Steven Spielberg's "1941" next. Here's a film which knew how out of control American patriotism would get over time. Every time some big media event happens, and people chant "USA, USA, USA!" I think of the chaos in "1941".
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2:06PM on 08/02/2013
Agree on 1941 being a decent choice, but saying how "out of control American patriotism would get over time"? America has become less patriotic, not more. Still, interesting choice on next film to write up.
Agree on 1941 being a decent choice, but saying how "out of control American patriotism would get over time"? America has become less patriotic, not more. Still, interesting choice on next film to write up.
11:25AM on 08/02/2013

Awesome flick!

Loved this movie in my younger years, and for what its worth, there* is* a DC available on blu-ray in the form of 15th anniversary edition, which I own.

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Loved this movie in my younger years, and for what its worth, there* is* a DC available on blu-ray in the form of 15th anniversary edition, which I own.

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11:24AM on 08/02/2013
Forget it Bannister...I'M WEARING A LEAD BREAST-PLATE!!
Forget it Bannister...I'M WEARING A LEAD BREAST-PLATE!!
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11:23AM on 08/02/2013

The Frighteners could've been good, but it still comes up short.

I sat down and re-watched this film a couple months, and it's a bit over the top with it's silliness. Which is not a problem when it's funny, except that it's not that funny in The Frighteners. Example, F.B.I. Agent Milton Dammers should've been cut or reduced in the film. It's still a film to watch. I enjoy Michael J. Fox in this film, and enjoy seeing how Peter Jackson progressed as a director of bizarre horror films to director of The Lord of The Rings. The Frighteners carries the spirit of
I sat down and re-watched this film a couple months, and it's a bit over the top with it's silliness. Which is not a problem when it's funny, except that it's not that funny in The Frighteners. Example, F.B.I. Agent Milton Dammers should've been cut or reduced in the film. It's still a film to watch. I enjoy Michael J. Fox in this film, and enjoy seeing how Peter Jackson progressed as a director of bizarre horror films to director of The Lord of The Rings. The Frighteners carries the spirit of not only Peter Jackson, but Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton. Only it's falls flat majority of the time. Still, a film to watch and say, 'The man who brought The Lord of The Rings to big screen directed this?'
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11:22AM on 08/02/2013

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Peter Jackson's best film - by far. LOVED this int he theater and I watch it every few years as well. Would love to see it on blu-ray with some updated special effects.
Peter Jackson's best film - by far. LOVED this int he theater and I watch it every few years as well. Would love to see it on blu-ray with some updated special effects.
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11:20AM on 08/02/2013
this is one of those movies that wasnt all that big, but I still love it.
this is one of those movies that wasnt all that big, but I still love it.
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11:15AM on 08/02/2013
One of the last films to scare me shitless when I was a kid. Still a favorite of mine, and seeing the trailer with all the unused footage was a pleasant surprise. Anybody know if the director's cut includes those scenes?
One of the last films to scare me shitless when I was a kid. Still a favorite of mine, and seeing the trailer with all the unused footage was a pleasant surprise. Anybody know if the director's cut includes those scenes?
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11:06AM on 08/02/2013
I fucking love Jeffrey Combs and his lack of a mainstream career is a genuine utter crime.
I fucking love Jeffrey Combs and his lack of a mainstream career is a genuine utter crime.
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11:00AM on 08/02/2013
"Zemeckis intended to direct initially, but felt that Jackson was better suited when the script was complete."
I.e. Zemeckis didn't like what Jackson and Walsh came up with. Possibly.

I saw this (and loved it) like 8 years ago, time for a 2nd viewing.

"Zemeckis intended to direct initially, but felt that Jackson was better suited when the script was complete."
I.e. Zemeckis didn't like what Jackson and Walsh came up with. Possibly.

I saw this (and loved it) like 8 years ago, time for a 2nd viewing.

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11:59AM on 08/02/2013
It's also just as likely that Zemeckis loved the script, but realized that it wasn't suited to his sensibilities as a director, and thus deferred to Jackson. Why does it immediately be that he just hated it? What sense does that make?
It's also just as likely that Zemeckis loved the script, but realized that it wasn't suited to his sensibilities as a director, and thus deferred to Jackson. Why does it immediately be that he just hated it? What sense does that make?
12:35PM on 08/02/2013
You said it yourself, buddy, it's just as likely as the alternative that you supplied, and which I, too, hinted at by adding "possibly".
I'm not ragging on the man, he's a genius in my eyes, responsible for more than a few classics. It's just that The Frighteners is exactly up Zemeckis' alley and I find it odd that he would pass it up. Of course neither you nor I know the specifics so arguing about it is rather pointless.
You said it yourself, buddy, it's just as likely as the alternative that you supplied, and which I, too, hinted at by adding "possibly".
I'm not ragging on the man, he's a genius in my eyes, responsible for more than a few classics. It's just that The Frighteners is exactly up Zemeckis' alley and I find it odd that he would pass it up. Of course neither you nor I know the specifics so arguing about it is rather pointless.
10:53AM on 08/02/2013
I always enjoyed this movie. Don't know what it is like now, but back then I liked it.
I always enjoyed this movie. Don't know what it is like now, but back then I liked it.
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10:47AM on 08/02/2013
A lot of people weren't a fan of this, but I loved it. Funny, dark and the always great, Michael J. Fox.
A lot of people weren't a fan of this, but I loved it. Funny, dark and the always great, Michael J. Fox.
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10:45AM on 08/02/2013
Everything about this movie was spot on. The dark tone, the comedy, the effects and Danny Elfman's score was great.
Still waiting for an extended blu-ray version. I hope to God they never remake this.
Everything about this movie was spot on. The dark tone, the comedy, the effects and Danny Elfman's score was great.
Still waiting for an extended blu-ray version. I hope to God they never remake this.
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10:45AM on 08/02/2013
People haven't seen this movie? What is wrong with them? Just watched this again a couple weeks back. Still a great movie.
People haven't seen this movie? What is wrong with them? Just watched this again a couple weeks back. Still a great movie.
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10:44AM on 08/02/2013
This is an all-time favorite of mine
This is an all-time favorite of mine
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10:40AM on 08/02/2013

Frightening with a twist

I really enjoyed this movie, until the twist / reveal. It was not that the twist was bad, but the tone of the movie changed. I compare it to Sunshine ... the first 3/4 of the movie were some of the best of it genre, then it changes into a completely different movie. Did not know this was Peter Jackson though, interesting.
I really enjoyed this movie, until the twist / reveal. It was not that the twist was bad, but the tone of the movie changed. I compare it to Sunshine ... the first 3/4 of the movie were some of the best of it genre, then it changes into a completely different movie. Did not know this was Peter Jackson though, interesting.
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10:39AM on 08/02/2013

This Was the First Peter Jackson Film I ever Saw!

I love this film. It's the perfect mix of scary and funny. I never understood why this film was never as big as it should have been. It's just so damn good. Excellent pick!
I love this film. It's the perfect mix of scary and funny. I never understood why this film was never as big as it should have been. It's just so damn good. Excellent pick!
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11:21AM on 08/02/2013
Holy Blue Monkey Shit Batman, me too.....Hold Me!
Holy Blue Monkey Shit Batman, me too.....Hold Me!
10:29AM on 08/02/2013
Don't forget to mention that it featured the best rendition of Don't Fear The Reaper ever by any bands. The Mutton Birds were the best sound I've ever heard from New Zealand, before disappearing again in obscurity.
Don't forget to mention that it featured the best rendition of Don't Fear The Reaper ever by any bands. The Mutton Birds were the best sound I've ever heard from New Zealand, before disappearing again in obscurity.
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10:24AM on 08/02/2013
This is easily my fav Jackson movie. Combs plays a great wierdo as well.
This is easily my fav Jackson movie. Combs plays a great wierdo as well.
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