The Frighteners 1996 ***

A pre-Tolkien Peter Jackson demonstrated that he could bring in a big Hollywood production, and handle lavish effects, in this jolting horror-drama from 1996. Michael J Fox plays Frank Bannister, who develops an affinity with the undead after the automobile accident that killed his wife Debra (Angela Bloomfield). A transitional piece between Jackson’[s horror comedies anf his prestige adaptations, The Frighteners is undeniably frightening, yet failed to find an appreciative audience. With a good lead from Fox, and production values galore from producer Robert Zemekis, The Frighteners deserves better than to be left on the ‘overlooked’ drawer.


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