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The Frighteners [Blu-ray] (Get Three Selected Blu-ray Titles for £17*)

Michael J. Fox , Peter Jackson    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael J. Fox
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,918 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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Comedy horror from New Zealand director Peter Jackson. Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox) is a psychic investigator in the town of Fairwater, aided by three friendly ghosts who create supernatural disturbances for him to 'solve'. However, when Frank begins to see numbers carved into the foreheads of people who subsequently die as a result of a bizarre heart failure, he realizes that an evil spirit is causing the deaths. As the last person to be seen near the victims Frank is suspected by eccentric Federal agent Milton Dammers (Jeffrey Combs) of being in some way responsible - especially when it is revealed that Frank's own wife died some years previously in mysterious circumstances.

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19 of 19 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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Director's Cut on DVD at long last! 11 Jan 2006
By Neal Vincent VINE VOICE
I'd just about given up on this ever getting released on DVD! When the first Lord of the Rings film cleaned up at the box-office and director Peter Jackson became a household name I was convinced that the Director's Cut of The Frighteners was a dead cert for a DVD release. 5 more years later, and the entire LOTR trilogy out on DVD twice over, there was still no sign ... and I'd lost faith. But here it is, finally! Better late than never, Universal!
Let's get to the good stuff... Most important of all as far as I was concerned, the UK release is NOT CUT this time around! When I saw The Frighteners in the cinema, one bit in particular made everybody in the place sit up and go "Whoa!" So imagine my disgust when the UK home release of the theatrical version turned out to have emasculated this very sequence by inserting a spurious shot of M J Fox falling, right in the middle of the shot, splitting it into two and virtually completely removing the exploding head. If the idea was to "lessen the intensity" of the sequence, then it worked. Sadly I thought I'd bought the same intense film I'd seen at the cinema! Needless to say, I got shot of my UK version and got the uncut US version instead. Happily, the UK DVD release of the Director's Cut contains the sequence uncut and is identical to the US version.
In fact this UK release - in a rare reversal of the norm - is actually superior to the US release for a couple of reasons. The UK version offers DD5.1 and DTS5.1 soundtracks in addition to the director commentary, whereas the US version doesn't have DTS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A change of pace for Michael J Fox films
Brilliant effects considering the year in which it was msde . A mild horror type comedy a bit different from the usual Michael J Fox films but non the less very god my son and I... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Alan Lewington
5.0 out of 5 stars frighteners
Can watch this film over and over again it is so good. It is more funny than scary and so worth a watch.
Published 1 month ago by popsey
5.0 out of 5 stars well done
must say this steelbook is very nice the back is brill, the film its self is top pitcher and sound with dc running 10 mins longer recommend for any collection, m j fox is brill in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by nukemiow
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael J Fox
Great movie starring the brilliant Michael J Fox. One or two scenes make it a higher rating but its great fun.
Published 1 month ago by deecee
5.0 out of 5 stars frightening
a classic comedy film that appealed the first time i saw it and still does today. has everything that makes a good chill out film
Published 2 months ago by ian forsyth
5.0 out of 5 stars Still brilliant
A clever horror film with a dark sense of humour. Brilliantly directed by Peter Jackson, this movie benefits from characters you care about and a solid - albeit fantastical... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew D. Pullen
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
a great film from peter jackson with the legendary micheal j fox it's a classic film you must see it
Published 4 months ago by jarw84
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Set
Although I was slightly annoyed with the packaging (though I'm a neat freak with DVDS and any risk of scratches is on my radar) the set is incredibly impressive, the behind the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by George Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary and funny at the same time
Without giving too much away of the story: Frank Bannister (Michael J.Fox), a man with a tragedy in his past, is able to see ghosts and uses his "gift" to help people get... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cleo
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally go this
Happy to have found this film as I have been looking for this a few years..It is a little dated but still hold its own..Came quickly and in good packaging.
Published 7 months ago by christel
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