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The Frighteners [HD DVD] [1997] [US Import]

4.4 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O179EA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,939 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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This special effects-laden horror comedy from Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson faired badly at the box office upon release, which is rather surprising given that it has so much to offer. 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. The Frighteners is an odd but wildly inventive film, one that doesn't set the world alight but is nonetheless worth a look. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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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 rid of hauntings (for which he charges a considerable fee), his clients blissfully unaware Frank put his ghostly friends in their houses in the first place. When seemingly healthy people start dying of heartattacks after Frank sees a number appearing on their foreheads, he is left wondering what's causing this but knows it's linked to his tragic past (which you will discover all about as the movie progresses). Things take a dark turn for Frank when the woman he has fallen in love with (Trini Alvarado) also has a number appearing on her forehead and Frank is left in a race against time to save her life.

I went to see this movie in the theater when I was about sixteen years old, and I had a really good time watching this back then and it's still lots of fun to watch now! It's dark, scary, funny and weird at the same time (not being a bad combination!) and keeps a good pace throughout the entire movie. The actors do a really good job at drawing you into the story. Also, the special effects are very nice and don't come over as being completely out-dated at all. If you like Peter Jackson's quirky style of movie-making, you will certainly appreciate this movie!
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Always thought this was one of Michael J Fox's better movies and like more than the more famous roles he played. A bit of comedy and a bit of spooky adventure all rolled into one. Update 2017. Just bought another copy for my daughter who wanted it after seeing my copy.
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I don't do scary films. But I love this one.

This was an early Peter Jackson film, made in New Zealand, and on a budget. But it works. It comes together in such a way that the main characters are flawed, but likeable.

If you want a scary film that has some humour, and some black humour weaved in, you should love this film.
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Absolutely crazy about this film. I have watched it a lot since it came out when I was a teenager, Michael J Fox is brilliant. The storyline is really good, its got a good cast and is really visually pleasing. I like how dark and scary it can be, but still have the comedy factor. Top marks from me!
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oh my god this is so underrated. It is funny and the acting is brilliant. The story is wonderful and the writing is excellent. I have nothing but praise for this film.
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This movie just proves that Micheal J FOx can still act.
In this typically werid Peter Jackson (braindead, LOTR) directed movie gem, MJF's character is a hung up guy who can see ghosts. He has set up a business as a ghost remover and uses a trio of ghouls to do his work.
but when a series of brutual killing starts up in the already killer-happy town, MJF soon finds that he's services must be used to hunt down and destroy the serial killer.
A great movie for anyone who wants a horror laugh.
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great item
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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
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