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Frighteners [Blu-ray] [1996] [US Import]

Peter Dobson , Michael J. Fox    Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Dobson, Michael J. Fox, Jeffrey Combs, John Astin
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004I1K2NW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,579 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



One movie-lover's nightmare is another's raucous joyride, and this special effects-laden horror comedy is bound to split both camps right down the middle. Michael J Fox plays a psychic investigator who can actually see ghosts, and lives with a trio of spirits who scare people to promote Fox's ghost-busting business. In a town infamous for serial killings, a new series of deaths prompts Fox to induce his own out-of-body experience so he can battle death in a spirit-plagued netherworld where evil reigns supreme--or something like that. So much happens in this chaotic film that you might feel like you're watching several movies at once--a slasher pic, a supernatural thriller, and a black comedy all rolled into one non-stop showcase for grisly makeup and a dozen varieties of special effects. It's an odd but wildly inventive film from New Zealand director Peter Jackson, who earned critical acclaim for his previous film Heavenly Creatures and would later create the ingenious pseudo-documentary Forgotten Silver. --Jeff Shannon,

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frighten me! 1 Jan 2006
Just before doing "Lord of the Rings," director Peter Jackson (who can be seen in a cameo as "Man with Piercings") made an off-kilter horror/comedy movie called "The Frighteners," the tale of the undead and the guy who makes a living off of them. Though "Frighteners" was barely in theaters at all, this cult flick is funny, creepy, well-acted and wonderfully directed.

Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox) has seen spirits and apparitions ever since the car crash that killed his wife. Now he operates an amateur "ghostbusting" operation that is supposed to exorcise ghosts from people's houses -- the problem is that the ghosts who haunt those houses are in league with him (Chi McBride as the opinioated afro-ed Cyrus, Jim Fyfe as the nerdy Stuart, and most of John Astin as what is left of The Judge).

Frank's business certainly isn't hurt by the fact that for years after a serial killer's murderous spree, people have died mysteriously of heart attacks. Then Frank starts seeing fiery numbers emblazoned on the foreheads of people who will die, including the husband of doctor Lucy Lynskey (Trini Alvarado). As if trying to stop a specter of death weren't hard enough, crazed FBI agent Milton Dammers (Jeffrey Combs) believes that Frank is the one murdering people. But the evil specter is still killing -- and Lucy is the next victim.

Peter Jackson once said that he has a "moronic" sense of humor, and it shows up in all its glory here -- from bug spray dissolving a ghost's face to a piece of talking oily sludge to a drill sargeant ghost with submachine guns, this is weird and absolutely hilarious. It's the perfect blend of comedy and horror.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This deserved to do so much better 22 Dec 2002
By Gryph
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You would never guess by watching this film that it was a bit of a flop at the box office. It has a big star name, bundles of laughs, state of the art special effects, and Peter Jackson at the realm as director, a name who is currently synonymous with raking in megabucks at the big screen. More than that though, this is essentially a great film. Original in its humour, and with a great storyline, this is a film that works as a feelgood movie and a horror flick at the same time, similar in vein therefore to Jacksons previous movies such as Braindead, or Sam Raimis Evil Dead trilogy.
This is one title that it is difficult not to commend highly to anyone from any background. It has something in it for everyone and really deserves much more recognition and praise than it has so far received.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant underated film 4 Feb 2002
By A Customer
i have to agree with all the other reviews, this simply is one of the best films i have ever seen, michael j fox is on top form and really makes this film, the story is a real gem and has a great ending. jake busey is particularly good as the nasty villian back from hell to wreck havoc, as are the rest of the cast. looking at the film you would never guess it was made in new zealand the production quality is so good! peter jackson has made a fine job at the helm as well as writing the very witty script. one of the best parts about watching the film is spotting all the shortland street characters who play cameo parts in the film as well as fox's dead wife! bravo, top film although no one is likely to see it! please buy it you will not be dissapointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best horror-comedy out there... 15 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Peter Jackson, the non-appologetic purveyor of bad taste and graphic violence (see "Braindead" and "Bad Taste" for proof) comes to America in fine style with this spooky visual treat. Michael J Fox (in his best role yet) plays Frank Bannister, a psychic ghostbuster who is in cahoots with the ghoulies he is supposedly exorcising. When the mysterious ethreal "Soul Collector" begins a killing spree in Frank's hometown, there begins a race against time to stop the killings and get the girl. "The Frighteners" has some of the best special effects around, a fact which is of particular note in this pristine DVD release. Every drop of blood and ectoplasm is immaculately rendered for the gore conisseurs out there. The movie manages one of the most difficult filmic tricks, to be both frightening and funny. The cowled Soul Collector is a fearsome sight as it flies through the night squeezing peoples' hearts until they explode. But as the revelations pile up, and Jackson's gleefully anarchic sense of humour comes to the fore, it is impossible not to be carried away by this joyful, occasionally gruesome, blcak comedy classic. As an added bonus for fans of the genre, there is an appearance by everyone's favourite "Re-Animator", Jeffery Combs, as a woman hating FBI investigator. Too weird to describe successfully, this is a must see, and a must own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, impressive Blu Ray. 28 Oct 2011
By Cb1306
I remember seeing this at the cinema as consolation for the fact that the film we wanted to see had sold out. Turned out to be one of my favourite films.
Directed by Peter Jackson between his low budget slasher pics (Bad Taste & Braindead) and his big budget adventures with Frodo & co what starts out as a kooky comedy turns into a horror without missing a beat.
A great cast, beautiful locations & some good (but dated) CGI make this one of the most enjoyable & under-rated films ever.
The Blu Ray picture and sound is an improvement on the DVD and also includes the theatrical (109mins) & directors cut (122mins), an introduction by Peter Jackson (which I believe was made for the 10th Anniversary dvd edition), The Making of (an immense 3hrs 45mins in total), which includes everything you'll ever need to know about this film and its production.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frighteningly fantastic.
Fantastic. I've had this on VHS,DVD & even laserdisc. This blows all out of the water. Great audio/visual quality. Tons of extras,directors cut is even better. Read more
Published 3 days ago by carl sutton
3.0 out of 5 stars Unsusual Comedy Horror.
Well, bought this because I remember seeing it when I was much younger. Think I had remembered it through rose tinted glasses and wasn't quite up to how I remembered it. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jimi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awsome classic thankyou good price and quick arrival thankyou
Published 19 days ago by darryll minton
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray-what it doesn't say
This is an excellent upgrade of a fantastic early Peter(Lord of the Rings, King Kong)Jackson film.
You have comedy and horror blending nicely to give an thoroughly enjoyable... Read more
Published 22 days ago by The Wolf
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
fast delivery and came in good quality condition despite some damage to the casing. good movie experience
Published 1 month ago by adam miller
5.0 out of 5 stars watch the film!
i have watched this film before - makes great for a movie night! great delivery, cheap price
Published 1 month ago by leela
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't fear the reaper...
This movie is pure genious it has everything you want in a film, A bit of comedy a bit of drama and of course horror. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dr.Kool aid
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I love this movie! It's so out of character for M. J. Fox to do this kind of film! It's super black humour, funny, exciting, weird, and scary!
Published 2 months ago by Kat
4.0 out of 5 stars one of Peter Jackson's earlier films
A good early film the Frighteners has a lot of comedy with some moments of genuine horror. The special effects are still nicely done and worth watching. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christine Howarth
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
I have always enjoyed this film and was thrilled to find it on blu-ray. It's nice to have a good copy that I can subject my friends to and educate them in fine cinema.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. S. R. Chapman
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