After a tragic car accident that kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.
After a car accident in which his wife, Debra, was killed and he was injured, Frank Bannister develops psychic abilities allowing him to see, hear, and communicate with ghosts. After losing his wife, he then gave up his job as an architect, letting his unfinished "dream house" sit incomplete for years, and put these skills to use by befriending a few ghosts and getting them to haunt houses in the area to drum up work for his ghostbusting business; Then Frank proceeds to "exorcise" the houses for a fee. But when he discovers that an entity resembling the Grim Reaper is killing people, marking numbers on their forehead beforehand, Frank tries to help the people whom the Reaper is after!Written by
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It was during filming this on-location in New Zealand, that Michael J. Fox made up his mind that he'd had enough of being away from his family making movies, and decided to head back to the small screen and star in a new sitcom (Spin City (1996)). This turned out to be his last leading role in a film. See more »
Bartlett refers to Ukrainian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo as "the Russian cannibal creep." While Ukraine became an independent country after the fall of the Soviet Union, when Bartlett was executed the Ukraine was part of the U.S.S.R., which was collectively referred to by most Americans of the time as "Russia." For him to refer to an Ukrainan as Russian, is period correct. See more »
Dr. Lucy Lynskey:
Boy that Dammers guy, he sure looks pissed.
[the penny suddenly drops and Frank looks back in surprise at Lucy]
Dr. Lucy Lynskey:
Well sometimes Frank, you see when you go through a traumatic experience, it kind of alters your perception.
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USA television version replaces the scene of Dammers' head being blown off with him instead being blown back into the chapel doors. See more »
The Frighteners is an excellent horror-comedy-drama in which Michael J. Fox plays ex-architect and now psychic scamster Frank Bannister. The film revolves around the premise that Frank, after being involved in an accident which resulted in the death of his wife, can now see disembodied spirits and runs a scam in which the ghouls haunt houses under the order of Frank and then he 'exorcises' them for a fee. However, a series of murders begin in Frank's town and it becomes achingly clear that these murders have something to do with his wife's death. The romantic involvement comes in the form of Trini Alvarado (Little Women) who plays a doctor who's husband was killed by the evil forces at work. This film achieves many things, it manages to create a comic atmosphere at times whilst being able to make us feel real sympathy for the character of Frank and his tragic circumstances. This is a truly under-rated film and it is well worth watching.
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