• Whitney Hayes

The Frighteners

"Once an architect, Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox) now passes himself off as an exorcist of evil spirits. To bolster his facade, he claims his "special" gift is the result of a car accident that killed his wife. But what he does not count on is more people dying in the small town where he lives. As he tries to piece together the supernatural mystery of these killings, he falls in love with the wife (Trini Alvarado) of one of the victims and deals with a crazy FBI agent (Jeffrey Combs)."


Rated R for terror/violence

I watched The Frighteners this morning with Tay (who had never seen it before) and I knew I had to find time to jot down a quick review for you guys. I've marked it as a classic because... it is one. Genuinely a cult classic, an underrated, not so incredibly well-known one. I personally think it should be more famous than it is, despite it being quite old in the "horror film genre" (with it being made in 1996). It was rated R because of one or two scenes (if memory serves) but generally, I wouldn't say it is scary. It's hilarious is what it is. And emotional, too. Because death is an emotional subject, and you really feel for the characters (especially the protagonist, Frank, illustriously portrayed by amazing actor Michael J. Fox). There's a roller-coaster in this film because it isn't just about one linear plot following a bumbling protagonist. There are back stories and mysteries to be uncovered and more than one kooky character to feel one way or another about. Also, and I love this, there's a happy ending :) That's not a spoiler or anything... it's just that usually horror films (especially, and of course, with franchises) a happy ending is unheard of. Because it's not scary that way. And more often than not they want to set up for a sequel. But this film simply comprises of a nice journey in Fairwater (which was filmed in New Zealand and directed by the talented Peter Jackson - so you know it's gotta be good!) Definitely recommended for when you're looking for something light-hearted to watch but, like us, it's always Halloween in your house, haha.

If I had a loved one (besides Meecho and Tayler, as in a romantic loved one) I would think it'd be nice to watch this with them, because there's a cute love story running through too. Or just have fun with your friends (or yourself) and don't forget the popcorn! Let me know what you think :)

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