The Frighteners

The Frighteners (1996)

No Rest for the Wicked.

  • Genre: Horror, Comedy
  • Release Date: 1996-07-18
  • User Rating: 6.8/10 from 1370 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 50min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: WingNut Films
  • Production Country: New Zealand, United States of America
  • Director: Peter Jackson
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Once an architect, Frank Bannister now passes himself off as an exorcist of evil spirits. To bolster his facade, he claims his "special" gift is the result of a car accident that killed his wife. But what he does not count on is more people dying in the small town where he lives. As he tries to piece together the supernatural mystery of these killings, he falls in love with the wife of one of the victims and deals with a crazy FBI agent.

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  • Michael J. Fox

    as Frank Bannister
  • Trini Alvarado

    as Lucy Lynskey
  • Peter Dobson

    as Ray Lynskey
  • John Astin

    as The Judge
  • Jeffrey Combs

    as Milton Dammers
  • Dee Wallace

    as Patricia Bradley
  • Jake Busey

    as Johnny Bartlett
  • Chi McBride

    as Cyrus
  • Jim Fyfe

    as Stuart
  • Troy Evans

    as Sheriff Perry
  • Julianna McCarthy

    as Old Lady Bradley
  • R. Lee Ermey

    as Hiles
  • Elizabeth Hawthorne

    as Magda Rees-Jones
  • Angela Bloomfield

    as Debra Bannister
  • Desmond Kelly

    as Harry Sinclair
  • Jonathan Blick

    as Steve Bayliss
  • Todd Rippon

    as Deputy
  • John Sumner

    as Deputy
  • Michael Robinson

    as Deputy
  • Jim McLarty

    as Deputy
  • Anthony Ray Parker

    as Deputy
  • Paul Yates

    as Deputy
  • Melanie Lynskey

    as Deputy
  • John Leigh

    as Bryce Campbell
  • Nicola Cliff

    as Young Patricia
  • Ken Blackburn

    as Dr. Kamins
  • Stuart Devenie

    as Museum Curator
  • Genevieve Westcott

    as TV Presenter
  • K.C. Kelly

    as Doctor
  • Leslie Wing

    as Mrs. Waterhouse
  • Leslie Klein

    as Maid
  • Frank Edwards

    as Resuscitating Man
  • Alan O'Leary

    as The Waiter
  • Danny Lineham

    as Barry
  • Charlie McClellan

    as Reporter
  • William Pomeroy

    as Jacob Platz
  • George Port

    as Orderly
  • Billy Jackson

    as Baby in Bouncer
  • Sophie Watkins

    as Nursery Baby
  • Taea Hartwell

    as Nursery Baby
  • Max Grover

    as Nursery Baby
  • George Grover

    as Nursery Baby
  • Tony Hopkins

    as Hospital Patient
  • Lewis Martin

    as Hospital Patient
  • Clay Nelson

    as Passerby
  • Matthew Chamberlain

    as Passerby
  • Vivienne Kaplan

    as Nun
  • Liz Mullane

    as Nun
  • Matt Aitken

    as Cowboy Ghost (uncredited)
  • Grae Burton

    as Guest (uncredited)
  • Michael Elsworth

    as Undertaker (uncredited)
  • Nic Farra

    as Ray's Friend (uncredited)
  • Peter Jackson

    as Man with Piercings (uncredited)
  • Fran Walsh

    as Passerby (uncredited)
Production Robert Zemeckis Executive Producer
Sound Danny Elfman Original Music Composer
Writing Peter Jackson Screenplay
Directing Peter Jackson Director
Production Peter Jackson Producer
Writing Fran Walsh Screenplay
Production Fran Walsh Associate Producer
Art Grant Major Production Design
Production Victoria Burrows Casting
Production Liz Mullane Casting Associate
Art Dan Hennah Art Direction
Editing Jamie Selkirk Editor
Production Jamie Selkirk Producer
Sound Brent Burge Sound Effects Editor
Sound David Boulton ADR Mixer
Sound Steve Boeddeker Sound Effects Editor
Sound Richard Hymns ADR Supervisor
Crew Charles Croughwell Stunt Double
Art Ed Mulholand Construction Manager
Costume & Make-Up Rick Baker Makeup Artist
Sound Ellen Segal Music Editor
Camera Alun Bollinger Director of Photography
Costume & Make-Up Barbara Darragh Costume Design
Sound Randy Thom Sound Designer
Camera Richard Bluck Camera Operator
Costume & Make-Up Jane Holland Assistant Costume Designer
Sound Steve Bartek Orchestrator
Sound Charleen Richards ADR Mixer
Camera John Blick Director of Photography
Sound Gethin Creagh Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Crew Bruce brown Stunt Coordinator
Crew Steve Doherty Stunts
Sound Chris Burt ADR Mixer
Sound Phil Benson Supervising Sound Editor
Costume & Make-Up Bron Roylance Makeup Artist
Production Bridget Bourke Production Manager
Lighting Simon Higgins Best Boy Electric
Sound Tim Prebble Sound Effects Editor
Crew Vance Hartwell Makeup Effects
Costume & Make-Up Marjory Hamlin Makeup Department Head
Editing Eric De Beus Assistant Editor
Crew Steve Ingram Special Effects Coordinator
Visual Effects Steve Ingram Special Effects Supervisor
Sound Mike Hopkins Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Michael Hedges Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Crew Matt Aitken CG Supervisor
Sound Scott Guitteau Assistant Sound Designer
Visual Effects Wes Takahashi Visual Effects Supervisor
Editing Emma Haughton First Assistant Editor
Sound Chris Ward Foley Editor
Directing Merrin Ruck Script Supervisor
Crew Rick Porras Post Production Supervisor
Production Vivienne Kaplan Casting
Art Chris Hennah Art Department Coordinator
Crew John Sheils CG Supervisor
Visual Effects Matt Holmes Visual Effects Coordinator
Costume & Make-Up Jane O'Kane Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Gail Wilson Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Cheryl Newton Wigmaker
Camera Pierre Vinet Still Photographer
Sound Corrin Ellingford Boom Operator
Art Nina Saxon Title Designer
Camera Ian McCarroll Assistant Camera
Editing Jo Priest Assistant Editor
Sound Craig Tomlinson Sound Effects Editor
Sound Hammond Peek Sound Recordist
Lighting Brett Jarman Gaffer
Sound Beth Tredray Foley Artist
Lighting Aaron Cowan Electrician
Sound Ross A. Chambers Dialogue Editor
Art Norman Willerton Construction Foreman
Lighting Hansel Verkerk Electrician
Lighting Mark Newnham Electrician
Camera Rick Allender Steadicam Operator
Crew Jurgen Heimann Makeup Effects
Directing Carey Carter First Assistant Director
Directing Michele Priest Second Assistant Director
Crew Troy Stephens Scenic Artist
Sound Kim Shaw-Williams Boom Operator
Crew Aaron Lupton Stunts
Crew Mark Prowse Stunts
Crew Joanne Strong Stunts
Lighting Ants Farrell Electrician
Camera Harry Harrison Key Grip
Lighting Ian Nicholls Electrician
Camera Andy Reid Dolly Grip
Editing Josie McClutchie Assistant Editor
Editing Hamiora Williams Assistant Editor
Production Karyn Childs Production Coordinator
Production Jacqui Wood Production Coordinator