The Frighteners | Chicago Reader

The Frighteners

In your face, but not too likely to remain in your heart or mind long after the lights come on, this aggressive horror farce from Peter Jackson (Dead Alive, Heavenly Creatures) bubbles over with special effects. Its convoluted plot has something to do with a psychic handyman (Michael J. Fox) whose rapport with a trio of male ghosts allows him to perpetrate "spirit clearance" scams. There's also a standard haunted house sheltering the disturbed former girlfriend of a crazed killer and lots of other attractions. I found it shrill, ugly, and painful, but some people seem to enjoy it. Robert Zemeckis served as executive producer; Fran Walsh collaborated with Jackson on the script. With Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin, Jeffrey Combs, and Dee Wallace Stone.



  • Peter Jackson


  • Michael Fox
  • Trini Alvarado
  • Peter Dobson
  • John Astin
  • Jeffrey Combs
  • Dee Wallace-Stone
  • Jake Busey
  • Chi McBride
  • Jim Fyfe
  • Troy Evans
  • Julianna McCarthy
  • R. Ermey
  • Elizabeth Hawthorne
  • Angela Bloomfield


  • Frances Walsh
  • Peter Jackson


  • Robert Zemeckis
  • Jamie Selkirk
  • Peter Jackson

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