↑ Return to Motion Pictures

The Frighteners (July 19, 1996)

The FrightenersDVD REVIEW

DIRECTOR’S CUT DVD REVIEW

BRIEF PLOT DESCRIPTION

After a car accident that left his wife dead, Frank Bannister has had the ability to see the deceased. He uses this ability to scam people, making them believe their homes are haunted. Frank begins to see ‘death’ moving around his small town and he’s the only one who can stop it. With the help of local doctor Lucy Lynskey and the hindrance of F.B.I. Agent Dammers, he works to stop the murderous spirit. Read an extremely detailed synopsis here.

——————————————————————————–

GENERAL FILM INFORMATION

ALTERNATE TITLE: Robert Zemeckis Presents The Frighteners
GENRE: Horror-Comedy
TAGLINES:

  • No Rest For the Wicked
  • Dead Yet?
  • Your Number’s Up!
  • Frightening, Isn’t it?
  • When Your Number’s Up, It’s Up!

SETTING: The town of Fairwater
FILMING LOCATIONS:

  • Lyttelton; New Zealand
  • Miramar; New Zealand
  • Wellington, North Island; New Zealand
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma; USA

U.S. RELEASE DATE: July 19, 1996
RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes; 1 hour 50 minutes (Release Cut)
RUNNING TIME: 122 min; 2 hours 2 minutes (Director’s Cut)
RATING: R
BUDGET: #30 million
OPENING WEEKEND GROSS: $5,565,495 on 1669 screens
TOTAL GROSS USA: $16,553,635

CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

WRITER: Frances Walsh, Peter Jackson
DIRECTOR: Peter Jackson
PRODUCER: Peter Jackson, Jamie Selkirk
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Robert Zemeckis
EDITOR: Jamie Selkirk
CINEMATOGRAPHER: John Blick, Alun Bollinger
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Grant Major, Dan Hennah
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Danny Elfman
SPECIAL EFFECTS BY: Weta Digital (New Zealand)
OPTICAL EFFECTS BY: Pacific Title
COSTUME DESIGNER: Barbara Darragh
MAKE-UP BY: Marjory Hamlin (supervisor), Gabrielle Jones (assistant)
MAKE-UP FOR MICHAEL J. FOX: Bron Roylance
SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS BY: Brent Baker, Roger Borelli, Mitch Devane, Jurgen Heimann, Todd Heindel, Denisle Leibee, Jim McLoughlin, Gary Pawlowski, Brian Penikas, Mark Setrakian, Bill Sturgeon
SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS FOR ‘THE JUDGE’ CHARACTER: Rick Baker
HAIR STYLIST: Jane O’Kane, Gail Wilson
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Universal Pictures, Wingnut Films (New Zealand)
DISTRIBUTOR: Universal Pictures
ASPECT RATIO: 2:35:1

——————————————————————————–

CAST :: CHARACTER NAME…ACTOR NAME

Frank Bannister…Michael J. Fox
Lucy Lynskey…Trini Alvarado
Ray Lynskey…Peter Dobson
The Judge…John Astin
Special Agent Milton Dammers…Jeffrey Combs
Patricia Bradley…Dee Wallace Stone
Johnny Bartlett…Jake Busey
Cyrus…Chi McBride
Stuart…Jim Fyfe
Sheriff Walt Perry…Troy Evans
Old Lady Bradley…Juliana McCarthy
Miles…R. Lee Ermey
Magda Rhys-Jones…Elizabeth Hawthorne
Debra Bannister…Angela Bloomfield
Harry Sinclair…Desmond Kelly
Steve Bayliss…Jonathan Blick
Deputies…Todd Rippon, John Summer, Michael Robinson, Jim McLarty, Anthony Ray Parker, Paul Yates, Melanie Lynskey
Bryce Campbell…John Leigh
Young Patricia…Nicola Cliff
Dr. Kamins…Ken Blackburn
Museum Curator…Stuart Devenie
T.V. Presentor…Genevieve Westcott
Doctor…K.C. Kelly
Mrs. Waterhouse…Leslie Wing
Maid…Leslie Klein
Resuscitating Man…Frank Edwards
The Waiter…Alan O’Leary
Barry…Danny Lineham
Reporter…Charlie McClellan
Jacob Platz…William Pomeroy
Orderly…Geroge Port
Baby in Bouncer…Billy Jackson
Nursery Babies…Sophie Watkins, Taea Hartwell, Max Grover, George Grover
Hospital Patients…Tony Hopkins, Lewis Martin
Passersby…Clay Nelson, Robert McNeill, Matthew Chamberlain
Nuns…Vivienne Kaplan, Liz Mullane
Man with Piercings…Peter Jackson (uncredited)
Stunt Co-ordinator…Bruce Brown
Michael J. Fox’s Stunt Double…Charles Croughton
Stunts…Steve Doherty, Jenny Harris, Aaron Lupton, Mark Prowse, Joanne Strong

——————————————————————————–

SOUNDTRACK LISTING :: SONG TITLE…COMPOSER/LYRICIST…PERFORMER

Don’t Fear the Reaper…Donald Roeser…The Mutton Birds
Superstar…Bonnie Bramlett…Sonic Youth

——————————————————————————–

AWARDS AND HONORS

Catalonian Internatinal Film Festival (Stiges, Spain), 1996

NOMINEE: Richard Taylor
CATEGORY: Best Special Effects
RESULT: WonNOMINEE: The Frighteners

CATEGORY: Best Film
RESULT: Nominated

International Horror Guild, 1997

NOMINEE: The Frighteners
CATEGORY: Best Film
RESULT: Nominated

——————————————————————————–

EXTRAS

Quotes

You are such an asshole.

Yes, I’m an asshole…with an Uzi!

–Frank and Agent Dammers

Sheriff, you are violating my territorial bubble!

–Agent Dammers

Different Versions

UK Cinema: Two seconds are cut so that the film could receive a 15 certificate.USA TV: The shot of Dammers’ head exploding from a gunshot is replaced with a shot of him being blown back into the chappel doors.

Director’s Cut: 12 minutes of additional footage is included.

Entertainment References (Link to IMDB)

Picture Gallery