The Frighteners

I’ve always had a soft spot for Michael J. Fox, I’m an ‘80s child, after all and Back to the Future is a firm favourite of mine. The Frighteners is a very different beast, though. Directed by Peter Jackson, before he embarked on his mission to make Tolkien spin in his grave, The Frighteners centres on dubious psychic investigator Frank Bannister (Fox).

When a charlatan is proven to be genuine...

Do you hear a strange noise?

Since the car crash that killed his wife, Frank’s been able to see ghosts and has used this nifty skill to make money – setting up fake hauntings, with his ghostly pals, which he then exorcises. A bit less Sixth Sense and a bit more Ghostbusters in tone, The Frighteners is great fun, with a nice mix of comedy and horror. The story moves along at a brisk pace and the special effects feel kind of old-fashioned now, but are actually very solid.

The casting is right on the button, too, with Dee Wallace (The Howling), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator) and John Astin, the original Gomez Addams all appearing. Then there’s the totally bonkers Jake Busey (son of the equally bonkers Gary), doing what he does best…being bonkers.

Score: 7/10


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