October 8, 2009: The Frighteners
Before Peter Jackson was conquering Middle-Earth, he was making some horror movies and one of those horror movies is one of my favorites.
The Frighteners is a movie that blends horror and humor together in a very successful way. It centers around a psychic detective Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox), who uses his psychic ability to communicate with the dead to keep the funds rolling in for his business.
Things go terribly wrong when an evil spirit is unleashed and members of the community start to get killed off. Frank then joins forces with one of the victim’s wife (Trini Alvarado) and together they start to uncover the dark mystery surrounding the supernatural killings.
This is a fun, scary, and just awesome movie. Its light on the gore and it’s really a horror movie that anyone can enjoy. The story towards the end does get darker so I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under thirteen.
I really enjoyed Jackson’s horror films and he really is getting away from it now. Yeah, the Lord of the Rings trilogy was great, but he was really talented when he blended humor and horror and I would love to see him do it again.
If you haven’t seen The Frighteners I strongly recommend it. I think it’s one of Michael J. Fox’s better performances. Yes, the special effects might not be that great, but who cares? The story and performances will keep you entertained until the end.