Sunday, March 20, 2005

Movie of the Week: The Frighteners

Michael J. Fox stars in this strange mix of ghost story, comedy and serial killer pic. Directed by none other than LOTR's Peter Jackson, the movie moves at a nice pace and has more than it's share of visual treats. As a matter of fact, it was the last movie Jackson worked on before taking on Tolkien's trilogy. Fox stars as Frank Bannister, a psychic investigator who enlists the help of a few ghosts to help scam money out of people for ridding them of his ghosts. The film turns spooky when Death actually comes calling and starts killing people and leaving a numerical calling card on the heads of it's victims. It's up to Frank to find out what is doing the killing and find a way to stop it. Along for the ride are great performances from John Astin, Dee Wallace Stone, Jake Busey and a show stopping Jeffrey Combs. If any actor other than Combs was cast for his role, the film would never have been that same, or as good. This is a movie I can watch again and again, it's just that fun. I give it ****1/2 out of *****.

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