See this film before you die!
The planets aligned when Peter Jackson shot The Frighteners. The film contains more special effects than the average production of its time. Despite the intensive computer-generated imagery, the visuals look amazing. Jackson is aiming for a cartoonish look more than realism. The photography and the editing are impeccable but there are too many flashbacks. Danny Elfman’s handling the score.
The actors are equally astonishing. Michael J. Fox is the ultimate American protagonist. He’s likable and sympathetic. His character has brilliant chemistry with ghosts. Trini Alvarado is his love interest and we instantly appreciate her presence. Jeffrey Combs, known for complex roles in classic horror movies, plays one of the most eccentric characters of his career and that means a lot!
There is an equal dose of drama and comedy. We often go from sadness and sorrow to slapstick humor in a matter of seconds, and it doesn’t feel awkward. There’s virtually nothing wrong with this movie. What’s more, The Frighteners features one of the coolest villains ever depicted in horror movies, a mix between a reaper and a ghost. It looks cool as hell!