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The Frighteners

Film (Trailer) – 1996

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Peter Jackson’s fifth feature is a playful blend of comedy, thriller and supernatural horror and was an effective Hollywood calling card for Weta FX. Frank Bannister (Michael J Fox) resides in Fairwater, where he runs a supernatural scam. Aided by some spectral consorts, he engineers hauntings and “exorcises” the ghosts for a fee. When a genuine spook starts knocking off the locals, the FBI suspects Frank is the culprit. To clear his name, Frank must deal to the real perpetrator – none other than the Grim Reaper ...

...Jackson, at home with all kinds of excess, keeps everything spinning nicely, not even losing a step when the mood turns increasingly disturbing.
– Kenneth Turan in The Los Angeles Times, 19 July 1996J

Key Cast & Crew

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Peter Jackson

Director, Writer, Producer

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Fran Walsh

Writer, Associate Producer

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Paul Yates

As: Deputy

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Genevieve Westcott

As: Reporter

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Dee Wallace Stone

As: Patricia Bradley

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Jake Busey

As: Johnny Bartlett

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WingNut Films

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WingNut Films

Music

Music composed by Danny Elfman.

Closing credits song Don't Fear the Reaper performed by The Muttonbirds, compsed by Donald Roeser from American band Blue Oyster Cult

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