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The Frighteners [DVD] [Widescreen]

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  • Offbeat horror director Peter Jackson goes Hollywood with this follow-up to his acclaimed 1994 feature, HEAVENLY CREATURES. THE FRIGHTENERS, part horror-comedy, part supernatural thriller, stars Michael J. Fox as psychic investigator Frank Bannister. Bannister is able to see and communicate with spirits as a result of the trauma of witnessing his wife die in a car accident. Now a series of mysterious deaths in Frank's hometown has left authorities at wit's end. The deaths appear to be caused by heart attacks, but eventually it is revealed that they are actually the work of a menacing, Grim Reaper-like phantom. Bannister becomes a suspect after several deaths occur in his presence, and in order to prove his innocence, he and a team of three friendly ghosts attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding the murderous specter. But what emerges is far more than they bargained for, and soon a psychotic killer's lust for revenge from beyond the grave threatens the lives of both Bannister and his new love interest (Trini Alvarado). THE FRIGHTENERS is a fun and fast-paced cinematic romp with plenty of stunning computer-generated special effects.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 20286

  • Credits
    Julianna McCarthy, Michael J. Fox, Michael Andrew Fox, Jeffrey Combs, Jeffery Combs, John Astin, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Dee Wallace Stone, Dee Wallace, Dee Wallace-Stone, Dee Wallace Stone, Jake Busey, Jim Fyfe, Peter Dobson, Trini Alvarado, Chi McBride, Troy Evans
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Flashes of twisted inspiration..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Everything-goes....Consistently witty and often lewd and rude..." -- Rating: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Saucy, scary and pleasantly unsettling....Jackson, at home with all kinds of excess, keeps everything spinning nicely..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[A]s the filmmaker points out, THE FRIGHTENERS represents a major turning point in his career. This was the first time that Mr. Jackson worked for a Hollywood studio, cast a major star and made extensive use of computer-generated imagery..."
    New York Times

    "Jackson's first Hollywood outing is a smash-and-grab horror-comedy....The ectoplasmic effects have aged fairly well..."
    Sight and Sound

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