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The Frighteners (1996)
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The Frighteners (1996) Frank Bannister is a man who goes around town claiming that he can talk with and see ghosts, though while he can, some believe (though he is, in fact) a common con-man who gets ghosts to make it appear though there is a haunting in whichever house is chosen, wherein he sweeps into action and pretends to remove the ghosts. All this goes on until one day strange deaths start occurring all throughout town and Frank ponders this, while his love interest, Lucy Lynskey, whose husband had only just died of the same cause, goes to the house of a deranged old woman who keeps her grown-up daughter locked up, saying that it is for the good of everyone else. Soon, it is revealed that even the ghosts themselves can see the force that is killing everyone off; a deceased mass murderer come back from Hell itself to continue killing. It is therefore up to Frank, Lucy, as well as two ghosts, to find out how to end the fiendish ghost from killing any more, while all the while trying to shake off a deranged detective from arresting them both.

Movie Tagline:
No Rest for the Wicked.

Also Known As:
Robert Zemeckis Presents: The Frighteners

Title: Frighteners, The
Release Date: July 19, 1996
Runtime: 110 mins
Genre: Comedy
All Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: New Zealand, USA
Colors: Color
Sound: DTS, Dolby Digital
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Buried.com Rating: 8.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With F

MPAA Rating: R

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for terror/violence.

Peter Jackson

Michael J. Fox ...Frank Bannister
Trini Alvarado ...Dr. Lucy Lynskey
Peter Dobson ...Ray Lynskey
John Astin ...The Judge
Jeffrey Combs ...Milton Dammers
Dee Wallace ...Patricia Ann Bradley (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
Jake Busey ...Johnny Charles Bartlett
Chi McBride ...Cyrus
Jim Fyfe ...Stuart, Bannister's Ghostly Assistant
Troy Evans ...Sheriff Walt Perry
Julianna McCarthy ...Old Lady Bradley
R. Lee Ermey ...Sgt. Hiles
Elizabeth Hawthorne ...Magda Rees-Jones
Angela Bloomfield ...Debra Bannister
Desmond Kelly ...Harry Sinclair
Jonathan Blick ...Steve Bayliss
Todd Rippon ...Deputy
John Sumner ...Deputy
Michael Robinson ...Deputy
Jim McLarty ...Deputy
Anthony Ray Parker ...Deputy
Paul yates ...Deputy
Melanie Lynskey ...Deputy
John Leigh ...Bryce Campbell
Nicola Cliff ...young Patricia
Ken Blackburn ...Dr. Kammins
Stuart Devenie ...Museum Curator
Genevieve Westcott ...TV Presenter
K.C. Kelly ...Doctor
Leslie Wing ...Mrs. Waterhouse

» [more cast members]

Peter Jackson
Tim Sanders
Jamie Selkirk
Fran Walsh
Robert Zemeckis

Fran Walsh
Peter Jackson

Danny Elfman

The Frighteners Horror Film Trailer 1
The Frighteners Horror Film Trailer 2

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Don't Fear The Reaper"

More Movie Taglines:
  • No Rest for the Wicked.
  • Dead yet?
  • Your number's up!
  • Frightening, isn't it?
  • When your number's up, its up.
  • Death is no way to make a living!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Judge: When a man's jawbone drops off it's time to reassess the situation.
  • Dammers: My body is a roadmap of pain.
  • Frank Bannister: I gotta have an out-of-body-experience, and I gotta have it RIGHT NOW!
  • Frank Bannister: You are SUCH an asshole. Milton Dammers: I'm an asshole... with an Uzi!
  • Dammers: Sheriff! You are violating my territorial bubble.
Movie Trivia:
  • Michael J. Fox repeatedly blew his lines by calling John Astin's character "Doc" - the name of Christopher Lloyd's character in the Back to the Future (1985) movies.
  • The film was not released to theaters in Tasmania. The Port Arthur Massacre rather spookily mirrored the film's content and it happened not long before the film's release. It was released on video and subsequently broadcast.
  • Director Cameo: [Peter Jackson] The bearded and pierced man who Frank bumps into a minute before the ghost of Ray knocks him down. Jackson had to wear the heavy metal outfit (leather jacket, make up and a vast amount of piercings) the entire day of shooting, which was also the day that the studio had invited the media to the set for publicity.
  • CAMEO: Grant Major production designer as Chuck Hughes obituary photo early in the movie.
  • Was originally planned as a "Tales from the Crypt" (1989) feature, but producer Robert Zemeckis liked the script so much, he decided it should stand on its own and not be part of a series.
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