The Frighteners
The Frighteners (1996)

Charlatan Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox) has genuine psychic powers, but he doesn't use them to help people. Rather, he generates cases for his supernatural private-eye firm by harassing a group of hapless ghosts (including a dearly… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 18, 1998
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64%
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71%



Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Boasting top-notch special effects and exuberant direction from Peter Jackson, The Frighteners is visually striking but tonally uneven.

Todd McCarthy
Variety

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Violent, frenzied, foul-mouthed ghost comedy.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

At times the relentless special effects and tangled plotting veer towards visual and narrative overkill, but the final tonal swerve is shocking and effective.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

Despite being awful in almost every respect, The Frighteners does offer one small pleasure: R. Lee Ermey parodying his Full Metal Jacket drill sergeant character.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

A mess with sporadic flashes of creativity.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It actually works up till its last few minutes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Fun and creepy!!!
Phil Hubbs
Take elements from 'Beetlejuice' and 'Ghostbusters' and you have this quirky, light yet also dark, soft comedy horror from the man who gave… More
Cory Taylor
Before he began the masonry on Middle Earth, Peter Jackson was renowned for his edgy New Zealand B-movies like 'Bad Taste' and 'Dead Alive'.… More
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"<b>The Frighteners</b> is a movie I have always wanted to see, but never had the chance to. It has been on T.V. a lot but I've never been… More
Melvin White
Judge: Give it up, Frank! Death ain't no way to make a living! "Dead Yet?" The Frighteners is a bizarre, messy, but ultimately really fun,… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Death is no way to make a living!"</i> After a tragic accident, Frank Bannister uses his new psychic powers to con people into… More

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