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  • Actors: Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin, Jeffrey Combs
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh
  • Producers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Jamie Selkirk, Robert Zemeckis, Tim Sanders
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • Release Date: Aug. 12 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 078322799X

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Fox/Alvarado ~ Frighteners

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One movie lover's nightmare is another's raucous joyride, and this special effects-laden horror comedy is bound to split both camps right down the middle. (Or, as Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide puts it, "definitely not for all tastes but a wild time for those who get into it.") Michael J. Fox plays a psychic investigator who can actually see ghosts, and lives with a trio of undead spirits who scare people to promote Fox's ghost-busting business. In a town infamous for serial killings, a new series of deaths prompts Fox to induce his own out-of-body experience so he can battle death in a spirit-plagued netherworld where evil reigns supreme--or something like that. So much happens in this chaotic film that you might feel like you're watching several movies at once--a slasher pic, a supernatural thriller, and a black comedy all rolled into a nonstop showcase for grisly makeup and a dozen varieties of special effects. It's an odd but wildly inventive film from New Zealand director Peter Jackson, who earned critical acclaim for his previous film Heavenly Creatures and would later create the ingenious pseudo-documentary Forgotten Silver. --Jeff Shannon

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
That's right! It seems everytime Peter Jackson decides to embark on a project, he thinks to himself "Allright... after I'll be done with this movie, nobody will ever be able to make a better one!"

And he succedes! With Braindead (Dead Alive), he took the zombies movies and took them to a place so extreme, so gory... that I do not think someone will be able to top the blood/gut level of it. With the Lord of the Rings trilogy... do I need to say more? There has been a lot of copycats in recent years but none of these adventure/quest movies even approches the level of perfection reached by Jackson's LOTR! King Kong... I say it's going to be a wile before we see a better remake of it... and a better remake of any movie for that matter...

Now, moving on to The Frighteners. It was made in 1993-94 in New Zealand. It is Peter's diving board to stardom. With Robert Zemeckis having his back, Jackson co-produced, co-wrote and directed one heck of a good ghost movie! Original story, great actors (Michael J. Fox, Jake Busey and Jeffrey Combs to name a few) and beautiful suspence and special effects, ingenious for the time! Frank Bannister (Fox), a fake, down on his luck, ghost hunter must investigate a series of bizarre and related murders believed by others to be executed by himself. But Bannister, with his "ghost seeing" abilities is the only one to know that the murders are being commited by a real spirit on a rampage! The movie even contains a Hitchcock-like cameo by the man himself Peter!

This DVD is FILLED with great features. First: The movie itself is 14 minutes longer and contains storylines never before revealed. Plus, you get a complete 2 hours-long A to Z making-of the movie written and produced by Jackson himself! A lot lot more is offered in this unique DVD that is well-worth the price!

5 stars! Superb movie! Extraordinary DVD! Get this one!
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 20 2007
Format: HD DVD
Just before doing "Lord of the Rings," director Peter Jackson (who can be seen in a cameo as "Man with Piercings") made an off-kilter horror/comedy movie called "The Frighteners," the tale of the undead and the guy who makes a living off of them. Though "Frighteners" was barely in theaters at all, this cult flick is funny, creepy, well-acted and wonderfully directed.

Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox) has seen spirits and apparitions ever since the car crash that killed his wife. Now he operates an amateur "ghostbusting" operation that is supposed to exorcise ghosts from people's houses -- the problem is that the ghosts who haunt those houses are in league with him (Chi McBride as the opinioated afro-ed Cyrus, Jim Fyfe as the nerdy Stuart, and most of John Astin as what is left of The Judge).

Frank's business certainly isn't hurt by the fact that for years after a serial killer's murderous spree, people have died mysteriously of heart attacks. Then Frank starts seeing fiery numbers emblazoned on the foreheads of people who will die, including the husband of doctor Lucy Lynskey (Trini Alvarado). As if trying to stop a specter of death weren't hard enough, crazed FBI agent Milton Dammers (Jeffrey Combs) believes that Frank is the one murdering people. But the evil specter is still killing -- and Lucy is the next victim.

Peter Jackson once said that he has a "moronic" sense of humor, and it shows up in all its glory here -- from bug spray dissolving a ghost's face to a piece of talking oily sludge to a drill sargeant ghost with submachine guns, this is weird and absolutely hilarious. It's the perfect blend of comedy and horror.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 4 2007
Format: DVD
Just before doing "Lord of the Rings," director Peter Jackson (who can be seen in a cameo as "Man with Piercings") made an off-kilter horror/comedy movie called "The Frighteners," the tale of the undead and the guy who makes a living off of them. Though "Frighteners" was barely in theaters at all, this cult flick is funny, creepy, well-acted and wonderfully directed.

Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox) has seen spirits and apparitions ever since the car crash that killed his wife. Now he operates an amateur "ghostbusting" operation that is supposed to exorcise ghosts from people's houses -- the problem is that the ghosts who haunt those houses are in league with him (Chi McBride as the opinioated afro-ed Cyrus, Jim Fyfe as the nerdy Stuart, and most of John Astin as what is left of The Judge).

Frank's business certainly isn't hurt by the fact that for years after a serial killer's murderous spree, people have died mysteriously of heart attacks. Then Frank starts seeing fiery numbers emblazoned on the foreheads of people who will die, including the husband of doctor Lucy Lynskey (Trini Alvarado). As if trying to stop a specter of death weren't hard enough, crazed FBI agent Milton Dammers (Jeffrey Combs) believes that Frank is the one murdering people. But the evil specter is still killing -- and Lucy is the next victim.

Peter Jackson once said that he has a "moronic" sense of humor, and it shows up in all its glory here -- from bug spray dissolving a ghost's face to a piece of talking oily sludge to a drill sargeant ghost with submachine guns, this is weird and absolutely hilarious. It's the perfect blend of comedy and horror.
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