#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – After a car accident in which his wife, Debra, was killed and he was injured, Frank Bannister develops psychic abilities allowing him to see, hear, and communicate with ghosts. After losing his wife, he then gave up his job as an architect, letting his unfinished “dream house” sit incomplete for years, and put these skills to use by befriending a few ghosts and getting them to haunt houses in the area to drum up work for his ghostbusting business; Then Frank proceeds to “exorcise” the houses for a fee. But when he discovers that an entity resembling the Grim Reaper is killing people, marking numbers on their forehead beforehand, Frank tries to help the people whom the Reaper is after!
Plot: Once an architect, Frank Bannister now passes himself off as an exorcist of evil spirits. To bolster his facade, he claims his “special” gift is the result of a car accident that killed his wife. But what he does not count on is more people dying in the small town where he lives. As he tries to piece together the supernatural mystery of these killings, he falls in love with the wife of one of the victims and deals with a crazy FBI agent.
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When a man’s jawbone drops off it’s time to reassess the situation.
Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners is an odd blend of outright comedy and supernatural thriller, if able to get onside with that then there’s a whole lot to enjoy. Plot essential has Michael J. Fox as a psychic who really can see dead people, so much so in fact that he has befriended three ghosts and makes a living out of setting up hauntings and charging people to exorcise the spirits. However, things turn decidedly deadly when he encounters a grim reaper like spirit that is killing people and putting a number on their foreheads. It seems there is a serial killing spirit on the loose.
Frank Bannister (Fox) is grieving from the death of his wife and he has become a conman, this is an interesting characterisation for Fox to play and he does so with relish. Initially the pic is all about the comedy, with Bannister’s interactions with the three ghosts devilishly funny. Ok, the effects work now look a bit crude, but there’s a vibrancy on offer both visually and orally.
Come the second third the pic shifts into a serial killer investigation and the narrative gets dark. Oh there’s still fun in the mix, but Jackson and his team are toying with the very real facet of a celebrity serial killer (ebulliently played by Jake Busey). Trini Alvarado (what happened to her?) is playing what ends up as Bannister’s side-kick and love interest and the pair of them are thrust into a frantic final third of a life and death battle with Busey’s psychotic spirit Johnny Bartlett. Bartlett in turn is aided by mentally ill Patricia Bradley (horror icon Dee Wallace Stone), while an outrageously over the top Jeffrey Combs is in the mix as a damaged FBI agent intent on destroying bannister and all he stands for.
When you strip it down it’s a live action horror comedy cartoon, which when you look in context to Jackson’s early work is not surprising. It’s also not surprising that The Frighteners has become a cult movie of some standing. The bonkers plot, the close to the knuckle humour and choice narrative threads make it a fascinating viewing experience. 7.5/10
Has maybe not aged flawlessly, but it’s very silly and very involved in a good kind of way. Kind of feels like a spoof but I’m honestly not sure what of, so I think that it’s maybe just a light toned take on some pretty dark subject matter. It’s been about 20 years since I last watched The Frighteners and I think I could probably go about that long before I watch it again, but I still do think it’s worthwhile.
_Final rating:★★★ – I liked it. Would personally recommend you give it a go._
One of the most underrated movies of 1996
I saw this movie not knowing really what to expect. I couldn’t gather from the trailer what type of movie Peter Jackson was going for. Fortunately, it turned out to be one of the best movies of the year. It is one of those films that combines everything: comedy, suspense, drama, and romance. Not too many movies are able to pull this off. Michael J. Fox was fabulous, in what would be his last real role. The supporting cast is great as well, with an outstanding performance from John Astin. The Frighteners is not a movie that got much recognition, but do not let that fool you. Every person that I know who saw it, loved it. It appears to be a typical story about ghosts, but in reality, it is about a man who, although has a special gift, has lost everything. RENT IT.
The best Horror Comedy movie ever
I remember my older brother showing me this movie when it first came out. I was younger and had a very vivid imagination so it scared the hell out of me. Today I went back and re-watched this movie I have not seen since then and while my imagination is still vivid, I respect the movie now because of it.
The movie starts off I would say 80/20 Comedy/Horror. You get to see the shenanigans that MJF and his two ghost cohorts pull off. Watching the transformation of his character as he slowly realizes that he’s up against more then he thought.
The story develops unbelievably well. The characters (living and dead)are well thought out and brought to life, with such great enthusiasm it’s amazing. The story evolves slowly and dramatically, each minute bringing more and more to the story.
The acting is amazing. MJF, awesome. Playing both the con artist, and then the hero. Jake Busey pulls of crazy well, but then again he is his fathers son.
The CGI I think is pretty awesome for the time. The grim reaper shots, still give me the creeps.
Over all I have a love for this movie that makes me want to keep watching it again and again.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 50 min (110 min), 2 hr 3 min (123 min) (director’s cut) (USA)
Genre Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Director Peter Jackson
Writer Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson
Actors Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin
Country New Zealand, USA
Awards 3 wins & 16 nominations.
Production Company Universal Pictures
Sound Mix DTS, DTS-Stereo
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Film Unit, Avalon, New Zealand (color)
Film Length 3,018 m (Sweden), 3,071 m
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman)
Cinematographic Process Super 35 (common-top)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)