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    The Frighteners

    Once 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.
    Duration: 110 min
    Quality: HD
    Release: 1996
    IMDb: 7.1
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  • Actors of "The Frighteners"

  • Characters of "The Frighteners"

  • Directors of "The Frighteners"

    Peter Jackson. Director of The Frighteners

    Peter Jackson

    Birthdate: 31 October 1961, Pukerua Bay, North Island, New Zealand
  • Creators of "The Frighteners"

    Fran Walsh. Director of The Frighteners

    Fran Walsh

    Birthdate: 10 January 1959, Wellington, New Zealand
    Peter Jackson. Director of The Frighteners

    Peter Jackson

    Birthdate: 31 October 1961, Pukerua Bay, North Island, New Zealand
  • Critic Reviews of "The Frighteners"


    March 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 Out

    January 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 Times

    May 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 Times

    February 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 Chronicle

    January 01, 2000

    An object lesson in what to avoid when making the transition from low-budget films to studio productions.

    USA Today

    January 01, 2000

    A mess with sporadic flashes of creativity.

    Common Sense Media

    December 15, 2010

    Violent, frenzied, foul-mouthed ghost comedy.

    Fantastica Daily

    January 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 News

    July 14, 2003

    An incredibly underrated scare-comedy from Peter Jackson that deserves a much wider audience.


    March 18, 2003

    Quirky Peter Jackson film that's half comedy and half horror/gore-fest. Mostly enjoyable results, although Fox a bit miscast.

    New Times

    March 07, 2003

    Woulda been five stars, but the cop-out ending smacks of the test-screening process.

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