The Frighteners

Universal / Wingnut Films Released 1996



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Peter Jackson

The Frighteners is a movie about an architect named Frank Bannister, who loses his wife in a car accident. He abandons his career and falls into alcoholism. In what he first mistakes for a hallucination, Frank befriends three ghosts and begins spending time with them. Slowly, he realizes that the ghosts are real. He abandons the booze and starts up a ghost-hunting business. The three ghosts haunt a specific house, Frank offers the home owners his help and bravely gets rid of the ghosts. He continues this scam until one of the houses becomes the scene of a grizzly murder. Frank is the only one who sees a ghost that looks like the Grim Reaper, present at the scene. Since he's the first to find the body and there are no other suspects, the crime immediately gets pinned on him. In an attempt to prove his innocence, Frank begins an investigation, armed with only a single clue: a mysterious number drawn on the victim's forehead.



    Michael J. Fox

    Michael J. Fox

    Frank Bannister

    Trini Alvarado

    Trini Alvarado

    Dr. Lucy Lynskey

    Chi McBride

    Chi McBride


    Troy Evans

    Troy Evans

    Sheriff Walt Perry

    Jake Busey

    Jake Busey

    Johnny Charles Bartlett

    Jeffrey Combs

    Jeffrey Combs

    Milton Dammers

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Cyrus: You've been promising a box of cigars for I don't know how long.
        Frank: Cyrus, I hate to break this to you but you're dead, you know. You can't smoke.
        Cyrus: Well, you can light them up and blow the smoke in my face.
        Frank: If I light up a cigar, I'll blow my lunch in your face.

      • Cyrus: See, Stuart, that's you're problem. You're too soft with him. You gotta just walk up to Frank. Just look him in the eye and just say, Frank, give me what I want or I'm gonna bust your ass!

      • Old Lady Bradley: They said she was an accessory after the fact. I knew the truth. It was cold-blooded murder.

    • NOTES (4)

      • Production Budget - $30,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $16,759,216 (96th)
        Worldwide Gross - $29,359,216 (47th)

        Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $30,940,091
        Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $54,201,630

      • Filming locations:
        Camperdown Studios, Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand
        Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
        Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand
        Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand
        Tulsa, Oklahoma
        Wellington, New Zealand

      • Taglines:
        1. Dead yet?
        2. Your number's up!
        3. Frightening, isn't it?
        4. No Rest for the Wicked.
        5. When your number's up, its up.
        6. Death is no way to make a living!

      • Music:
        Don't Fear The Reaper
        Written by Donald Roeser
        Performed by The Mutton Birds
        Written by Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell
        Performed by Sonic Youth

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    Dark Comedy, Paranormal, Supernatural