The Frighteners

The Frighteners (1996)

Genres - Comedy, Fantasy, Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy Horror, Ghost Film  |   Release Date - Jul 19, 1996  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - R
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The Frighteners is a 1996 New Zealand-American fantasy horror comedy film directed by Peter Jackson and co-written with his wife, Fran Walsh. The film stars Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin, Dee Wallace Stone, Jeffrey Combs, R. Lee Ermey and Jake Busey. The Frighteners tells the story of Frank Bannister (Fox), an architect who develops psychic abilities allowing him to see, hear, and communicate with ghosts after his wife's murder. He initially uses his new abilities to befriend ghosts, whom he sends to haunt people so that he can charge them handsome fees for "exorcising" the ghosts. However, the spirit of a mass murderer appears able to attack the living and the dead, posing as the Grim Reaper, prompting Frank to investigate the supernatural presence.

Jackson and Walsh conceived the idea for The Frighteners during the script-writing phase of Heavenly Creatures. Executive producer Robert Zemeckis hired the duo to write the script, with the original intention of Zemeckis directing The Frighteners as a spin-off film of the television series, Tales from the Crypt. With Jackson and Walsh's first draft submitted in January 1994, Zemeckis believed the film would be better off directed by Jackson, produced by Zemeckis and funded/distributed by Universal Studios. The visual effects were created by Jackson's Weta Digital, which had only been in existence for three years. This, plus the fact that The Frighteners required more digital effects shots than almost any movie made until that time, resulted in the eighteen-month period for effects work by Weta Digital being largely stressed.

Despite a rushed post-production schedule, Universal was so impressed with Jackson's rough cut on The Frighteners, the studio moved the theatrical release date closer by four months. The film was not a box office success, but received generally positive reviews from critics. Despite its lackluster performance at the box office, the film has gained a cult following in more recent years.

The Frighteners is also Fox's last leading role in a live-action feature film; Fox then went on to a four-year run on the television series Spin City before semi-retiring in 2000 due to the effects of Parkinson's disease.

Movie Info

Budget

$30,000,000

Box Office

$29,359,216

Tags

Architect, Car Accident, Cult, Funeral, Ghost, Graveyard, Grim Reaper, Hell, Judge, Mind-Bending/Experimental, Murder, Poltergeist, Serial Killer, Supernatural, Supernatural/Monsters, Widow, Widower

Attributes

Filming Location: New Zealand
Narrative Location: California
Subject: supernatural

Alternate Titles

Agárrame esos fantasmas
ES
Agarrem-me Esses Fantasmas
PT
Baubai
LT
Chasseurs de fantômes
CA
Fantômes contre fantômes
FR
Hirmutoojad
EE
Horrible Ghosts/Horrible Phantoms
CN
Incredible soul-distracting cases
HK
Ko se boji duha još?
RS
Kummituskopla
FI
Kynigos fantasmaton
GR
Los Espectros
AR, MX
Muertos de miedo
AR, MX, PE
Muertos de Miedo
CO, SV
Os Espíritos
BR
Přízraky
CZ
Prízraky
SK
Przerażacze
PL
Robert Zemeckis Presents: The Frighteners
US
Samayou tamashii-tachi
JP
Sevimli hayaletler
TR
Sospesi nel tempo
IT
The Frighteners
AU, EC, DE, IN, ID, IL, KR, NL, NZ, PH, SG, ZA, SE, TH, GB, US
The Frighteners (Director's Cut)
CA
The Frighteners - Herr der Geister
DE
Törjön ki a frász!
HU
Un om și trei fantome
RO
Zastrašivači
HR
Κυνηγός φαντασμάτων
GR
Страшили
UA
Страшилы
RU
Сянката на смъртта
BG
द फ्राइटनर्स
IN
สามผีสี่เผ่าเขย่าโลก
TH
さまよう魂たち
JP
神通鬼大
CN, TW