The Frighteners: Synopsis

Buy this video from

Books from
Buy The Book.

Music from
Buy The Soundtrack.

Frank Bannister is a psychic swindler with the perfect business partners. They work cheap.. they're dedicated.. and they're dead.

Possessed with a genuine ability to communicate with the dearly departed, Bannister earns a stiff living by setting up "spirit clearance" scams with his trio of ghostly cronies.

But Frank may not be the only one in the small town of Fairwater working the paranormal side of the street. A series of inexplicable deaths and bizarre occurrences suggests the presence of a malevolent poltergeist.

With the suspicious finger of a zealous FBI agent pointing directly at him, and the woman he cares for in danger, Bannister attempts to unravel the supernatural crime spree by venturing into a realm where all fears are realized... and true evil does not die.

A wickedly funny suspense thriller, "The Frighteners" is executive produced by Academy Award-winner Robert Zemeckis and directed by Peter Jackson from a script he co-wrote with Fran Walsh. The duo received an Oscar nomination for their "Heavenly Creatures" screenplay, which Jackson directed. The Universal Pictures presentation, produced and edited by Jamie Selkirk, stars Michael J. Fox as Frank Bannister and co-stars Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin, Jeffrey Combs, Dee Wallace Stone, Jake Busey, Chi McBride, and Jim Fyfe. The film's groundbreaking special effects were supervised by Wes Takahashi ("The Mask", "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", "Back To The Future").

"The Frighteners" doesn't fall into a particular genre - it's a mixture of mystery, horror, comedy, and suspense. The movie explores the folklore and mythology about psychics, ghosts and the afferlife, and is quite unlike anything ever seen before," comments Robert Zemeckis.

Says Robert Zemeckis, who directed Fox in the "Back To The Future" trilogy, "Bannister is a con artist who's in league with the very ghosts he's being paid to exterminate. He pursues bereaved potential clients at funerals, and his behavior is viewed by the community as completely strange. As the last person seen at the site of several murders, Frank becomes the top suspect."

Back to "The Frighteners"

Look for Search Tips

Copyright 1994-2008 Film Scouts LLC
Created, produced, and published by Film Scouts LLC
Film Scouts® is a registered trademark of Film Scouts LLC
All rights reserved.

Suggestions? Comments? Fill out our Feedback Form.