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Festivale Summer 1996-7
The Frighteners movie review, Jan., 1996)
Movie Still, The Frighteners, Festivale film reviews section I laughed, I cried, I screamed, I embarrassed myself. A good time was had by all?

This is the film I nearly didn't attend. A horror film with Michael J. Fox. Hmmm. But with John Astin, which was promising.

Frankly, during the film, I was constantly judging it, I wasn't really caught up in it the way I should have been. The computer-generated makeups were amazing.

John Astin's character, the Judge, enters the room jawbone first.

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John Astin in his amazing computer-generated makeup.

Enter jawbone, pursued by dog. Enter Judge in hot pursuit. Kind of Shakespearean, really.

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It seemed as if the story was just not as strong as some of the performances, or the special effects. And even as I was thinking that I wasn't involved, that I couldn't forget that I was in a theatre, a character suddenly appeared and I screamed. It was a darkened theatre, but with only a dozen or so reviewers, there was no way to escape.

I should have seen the ending, but I didn't. Maybe I should say it's a B film, but I won't. I want to see it again. Check it out. Enjoy the performances and the effects.

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It's worth sitting through the film just to watch the incredible Jeffrey Combs as the FBI agent from hell (his own, particular, hell). Agent Dammers is weird enough to be a science fiction fan. He makes X Files look ordinary.

Go see it.

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Just the facts:

The Frighteners
Written by:
Fran Walsh & Peter Jackson
(see also Lord of the Rings)
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Produced by: Jamie Selkirk & Peter Jackson
Edited: Stu Linder
Executive Producer: Robert Zemeckis
Director of Photography: Alun Bollinger & John Blick

The Players: Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin, Jeffrey Combs, Dee Wallace Stone, Jake Busey, Chi McBride, Jim Fyfe

Rating: MPAA, rated R

Note: there is killing, and axe murderers, but it's far from gratuitous.
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