The Frighteners

The Frighteners

Peter Jackson (1996)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A dark farcical comedy spins out of control in this deliciously brash tale from director Peter Jackson that explores the shockingly unhealthy paranormal bond between two lovers with record-breaking murder in mind. The director of Braindead and Heavenly Creatures hits exactly the right balance between black comedy and jet-black chills in this cross between Casper and The Silence of the Lambs. The result is a ghoulish masterpiece that showcases a dazzling array of computer-generated ghosts and blood-freezing poltergeist activity, with Michael J Fox ingeniously cast against type as a pseudo psychic up to his neck in all the nasty hereafter horror.


A psychic conman uses his mental powers and three ghostly sidekicks to create hauntings, which he then accepts payment to exorcise. However, he soon has to contend with a supernatural serial killer, who has returned from the grave to continue his murder spree. Peter Jackson's comedy horror, starring Michael J Fox, Dee Wallace Stone, Julianna McCarthy and John Astin.

Cast & Crew

Frank Bannister Michael J Fox
Patricia Bradley Dee Wallace Stone
Old Lady Bradley Julianna McCarthy
The Judge John Astin
Johnny Bartlett Jake Busey
Lucy Lynskey Trini Alvarado
Ray Lynskey Peter Dobson
Milton Dammers Jeffrey Combs
Cyrus Chi McBride
Director Peter Jackson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama