And that wraps it up for Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners.
The Frighteners may be my favorite ghost movie. I hesitate to call it horror, for though it is scary in parts, that’s not really the focus of the film.
Like most ghost stories, it’s a mystery at heart — and it doesn’t cheat: no unused guns on the mantle, no clues that have been kept from the audience even as hints. Misdirection aplenty, of course, but that’s the nature of the beast.
It’s a little Dirk Gently , a little Silent Hill 4 (though of course this predates SH:4 by 8 years), part Ghost Busters, Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas, Beetlejuice, Flatliners…
Overall a fun film, with some special effects that you started to see shortly afterwards all over the place. Fox does a wonderful job of playing a lovable con man who turns out to have more depth and character than anyone could have guessed.
This is Scix in the Back Row, huffing ectoplasm.
The Frighteners (director’s cut) (1996), directed by Peter Jackson, executive produced by Robert Zemeckis, Music by Danny Elfman, starring Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, John Astin, Jeffrey Combs, Dee Wallace, Jake Busey and Chi McBride.
NOTE: I will no longer be making the slide show / video clips. No one seems to be watching them, and I am not sure they add anything, really.