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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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Peter Jackson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael J. Fox ... Frank Bannister
Trini Alvarado ... Dr. Lucy Lynskey
Peter Dobson ... Ray Lynskey
John Astin ... The Judge
Jeffrey Combs ... Milton Dammers
Dee Wallace ... Patricia Ann Bradley (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
Jake Busey ... Johnny Bartlett
Chi McBride ... Cyrus
Jim Fyfe ... Stuart, Bannister's Ghostly Assistant
Troy Evans ... Sheriff Walt Perry
Julianna McCarthy Julianna McCarthy ... Old Lady Bradley
R. Lee Ermey ... Sgt. Hiles
Elizabeth Hawthorne ... Magda Rees-Jones
Angela Bloomfield ... Debra Bannister
Desmond Kelly 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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Your number's up! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1997 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Muertos de miedo See more »

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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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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally planned as a Tales from the Crypt (1989) feature, but Executive Producer Robert Zemeckis liked the script so much, he decided it should stand on its own, and not be part of a series. See more »

Goofs

When Frank is in the freezer just before he "dies" he is shown from above and has on shoes. After Dammers takes Lucy and Frank's spirit leaves his body the same downward shot has him with no shoes visible. See more »

Quotes

Dammers: We have a body count of... twenty eight. You're a very dangerous man, Mr. Bannister.
Sheriff Walt Perry: For Christ's sake, you're not seriously suggesting that Frank is responsible for...
Dammers: You're way out of your depth here, Sheriff Perry. Please leave.
Sheriff Walt Perry: Frank Bannister is my prisoner.
Dammers: By the power invested in me by the president of the United States, I am telling you to get the hell out of this room.
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Alternate Versions

USA television version replaces the scene of Dammers' head being blown off with him instead being blown back into the chapel doors. See more »

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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Fear The Reaper
Written by Donald Roeser
Performed by The Mutton Birds
Courtesy of Virgin Records Australasia
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Surprisingly Dark
21 January 2005 | by mjw2305See all my reviews

What sets out to be a comedy movie with ghosts, (and anyone could be forgiven for thinking this is what it would be given that Michael J Fox has the lead) rapidly becomes a very dark supernatural thriller.

The special effects still look good even by todays standards, and the story is solidly written, good characters and good direction, there is not much to criticise in this movie.

The film itself is one that you should not miss, and certainly not because you think its something that it isn't.

8/10 A surprising film, that has probably been overlooked by too many movie lovers.


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