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The FrightenersOnce an architect, Frank Bannister now passes himself off as an exorcist of evil spirits. And when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.
Actors of "The Frighteners"
Characters of "The Frighteners"
Directors of "The Frighteners"Peter JacksonBirthdate: 31 October 1961, Pukerua Bay, North Island, New Zealand
Creators of "The Frighteners"Fran WalshBirthdate: 10 January 1959, Wellington, New ZealandPeter JacksonBirthdate: 31 October 1961, Pukerua Bay, North Island, New Zealand
Critic Reviews of "The Frighteners"VarietyMarch 26, 2009
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.Time OutJanuary 26, 2006
At times the relentless special effects and tangled plotting veer towards visual and narrative overkill, but the final tonal swerve is shocking and effective.New York TimesMay 20, 2003
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.Los Angeles TimesFebruary 14, 2001
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.San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 01, 2000
An object lesson in what to avoid when making the transition from low-budget films to studio productions.USA TodayJanuary 01, 2000
A mess with sporadic flashes of creativity.Common Sense MediaDecember 15, 2010
Violent, frenzied, foul-mouthed ghost comedy.Fantastica DailyJanuary 23, 2006
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.Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)December 04, 2003
It actually works up till its last few minutes.KFOR Channel 4 NewsJuly 14, 2003
An incredibly underrated scare-comedy from Peter Jackson that deserves a much wider audience.eFilmCritic.comMarch 18, 2003
Quirky Peter Jackson film that's half comedy and half horror/gore-fest. Mostly enjoyable results, although Fox a bit miscast.New TimesMarch 07, 2003
Woulda been five stars, but the cop-out ending smacks of the test-screening process.
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