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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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Netflix Rating: 3.6
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 64%
Critics' score: 64   Audience score: 69   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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

Todd McCarthy, Variety

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

Janet Maslin, New York Times

An object lesson in what to avoid when making the transition from low-budget films to studio productions. full review

Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle

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

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Incredible, the amount of work that went into ``The Frighteners.'' And appalling. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

A mess with sporadic flashes of creativity.

Mike Clark, USA Today

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

Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly
full review by Susan Stark, Detroit News
full review by Globe and Mail, Globe and Mail
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  • Release Year: 1996
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 110 min
  • Available From: Jan 02, 2013
  • Queued by: 2050 people
Directed By
Peter Jackson
Cast
Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin, Jeffrey Combs, Dee Wallace, Jake Busey, Chi McBride, Jim Fyfe, Troy Evans
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