The Frighteners (1996)

R   |    |  Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

The Frighteners (1996) Poster

After a tragic car accident that kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.




  • Jake Busey in The Frighteners (1996)
  • Peter Jackson in The Frighteners (1996)
  • Michael J. Fox and Trini Alvarado in The Frighteners (1996)
  • The Frighteners (1996)
  • Michael J. Fox and Peter Jackson in The Frighteners (1996)
  • Jeffrey Combs in The Frighteners (1996)

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19 August 2002 | MovieAddict2016
| Very entertaining with just the right blend of comedy and horror!
THE FRIGHTENERS has just the right blend of comedy and horror, and will please most audiences. Director Peter Jackson did a great job directing this film, and Michael J. Fox gives one of his most unusual performances as a "ghost buster" who has a rare gift that allows him to see the dead.

All in all, a unique film that is very different from its competition in the horror drama and really only falls apart towards the end, when it resorts to the typical slasher ending with plot twists. Apart from the end, it's sure to keep you entertained throughout!

4/5 stars


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Release Date:

19 July 1996



Country of Origin

New Zealand, USA

Filming Locations

Oklahoma, USA

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,565,495 21 July 1996

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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