Story was originally conceived as an episode of "Tales From the Crypt," and that is perhaps what it should have remained, as the thinness of the conceit shows throughout, painfully so in the first half. full review
The actors can't keep the film's mood from verging on hysteria as the story roams all over the map. "The Frighteners" has flitted everywhere, even to heaven and hell, before it's over. full review
An object lesson in what to avoid when making the transition from low-budget films to studio productions. full review
Fortunately director Jackson, at home with all kinds of excess, keeps everything spinning nicely, not even losing a step when the mood turns increasingly disturbing. full review
Incredible, the amount of work that went into ``The Frighteners.'' And appalling. full review
A mess with sporadic flashes of creativity.
The Frighteners is ... that rare horror film that actually gets better as it proceeds; this scare machine has a heart and a brain. full review