The Frighteners

Blending humor and horror, director Peter Jackson's outlandish tale centers on shady psychic detective Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox), who uses his ability to communicate with the dead to boost his business. But when a sinister spirit is unleashed and members of the community are mysteriously killed, the P.I. -- with the help of a comely widow (Trini Alvarado) -- must use his powers to get to the bottom of the supernatural slayings.
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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.
Todd McCarthy, Variety  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.
Janet Maslin, New York Times  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.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times  full review
Incredible, the amount of work that went into ``The Frighteners.'' And appalling.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
A mess with sporadic flashes of creativity.
Mike Clark, USA Today
An object lesson in what to avoid when making the transition from low-budget films to studio productions.
Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
The Frighteners is ... that rare horror film that actually gets better as it proceeds; this scare machine has a heart and a brain.
Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly  full review
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  • Release Year: 1996
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 110 min
  • Available From: Jan 02, 2013
  • Queued by: 2201 people
Directed By
Peter Jackson
Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin, Jeffrey Combs, Dee Wallace, Jake Busey, Chi McBride, Jim Fyfe, Troy Evans