The Art of Darkness

Underappreciated Movie: The Frighteners

May 29th, 2013 by Cobwebs

Frighteners PosterNetflix coughed up this movie from the depths of my queue the other day, and since it wasn’t particularly successful at the box office it occurred to me that most people probably haven’t even heard of it, let alone seen it. This is a pity, because it’s a lot of fun.

It’s also got some surprisingly high-powered talent. It was written and directed by Peter Jackson, produced by Robert Zemeckis, and scored by Danny Elfman. (Also John Astin plays one of the ghosts.)

The film is a horror-comedy, starring Michael J. Fox as an architect who finds himself able to see ghosts after an accident. He’s befriended three of them, and they haunt houses in the area to drum up clients for his ghost-hunting business; he “exorcises” them for a fee. And then…something a lot darker comes to town.

Here’s the trailer:

It’s a fun, lightweight movie, reasonably family-friendly (for older kids). If you have a chance to rent it, give it a try.

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