Tim Purtell
December 20, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Frighteners

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Wide Release Date
07/19/96
performer
Trini Alvarado, Michael J. Fox, John Astin, Peter Dobson, Dee Wallace
director
Peter Jackson
distributor
MCA/Universal Home Video
author
Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh
genre
Comedy, Horror

We gave it a B+

Surprisingly, the antic horror flick The Frighteners from director Peter Jackson (Heavenly Creatures) failed to scare up much business last summer. His everything-goes approach mixes a con-artist ghostbuster (Michael J. Fox), his otherworldly pals (including John Astin, as a randy judge who keeps losing his jawbone), a serial killer (Jake Busey), and other oddball characters in a fast-paced F/X blender that’s consistently witty and often lewd and rude. The climax, which blurs living and dead, past and present, not to mention heaven and hell, is especially thrilling. B+

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