History Film / TheFrighteners

18th Jan '17 3:38:49 PM starkitty93
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* GoodIsNotNice: Frank, at first. He's not particularly friendly towards the ghosts he works with and isn't above driving into the middle of a funeral procession just to get to his next call. He gets better towards the end.
17th Jan '17 8:12:11 PM Crimson_Ghost
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Creator/MichaelJFox is Frank Bannister, a fraudulent "[[WhoYouGonnaCall freelance exorcist]]" who's not ''[[NotSoPhonyPsychic quite]]'' as fraudulent as he appears. Having acquired the ability to [[ISeeDeadPeople see and communicate with the dead]] after a tragic car accident that killed his wife years ago, Frank sends his three ghostly accomplices--white n' nerdy Stuart (Jim Fyfe), black swinger Cyrus (Chi [=McBride=]), and cowboy corpse The Judge (John Astin[[note]]Astin is the adoptive father of Sean Astin, who would go on to play Sam Gamgee in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. According to Sean, it was John who persuaded him to take the role because he (John) had enjoyed working with Jackson so much.[[/note]])--to wreak paranormal havoc in the homes of wealthy clients-to-be. These people call Frank, he shows up to perform a phony exorcism, then leaves with the cash. He's the world's greatest con man...until dozens of perfectly healthy people in his hometown of Fairwater, California start dropping dead from cardiac arrest--the very ''same'' people [[MarkedForDeath who suddenly acquired numbered tattoos on their foreheads]] that only Frank can see.

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Creator/MichaelJFox is Frank Bannister, a fraudulent "[[WhoYouGonnaCall freelance exorcist]]" who's not ''[[NotSoPhonyPsychic quite]]'' as fraudulent as he appears. Having acquired the ability to [[ISeeDeadPeople see and communicate with the dead]] after a tragic car accident that killed his wife years ago, Frank sends his three ghostly accomplices--white n' nerdy Stuart (Jim Fyfe), black swinger Cyrus (Chi [=McBride=]), and cowboy corpse The Judge (John Astin[[note]]Astin is the adoptive father of Sean Astin, who would go on to play Sam Gamgee in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. According to Sean, it was John who persuaded him to take the role because he (John) had enjoyed working with Jackson so much.[[/note]])--to wreak paranormal havoc in the homes of wealthy clients-to-be. These people call Frank, he shows up to perform a phony exorcism, then leaves with the cash. He's the world's greatest con man...until dozens of perfectly healthy people in his hometown of Fairwater, California start dropping dead from cardiac arrest--the very ''same'' people [[MarkedForDeath who suddenly acquired numbered tattoos on carved into their foreheads]] that only Frank can see.
12th Jan '17 8:19:17 AM Mdumas43073
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2nd Dec '16 12:44:46 PM gjjones
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* YourHeadAsplode: When [[spoiler:Dammers]] gets shot, his head is blown off instantly.
2nd Dec '16 12:43:36 PM gjjones
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* BoomHeadshot: Patricia uses her shotgun to by blowing [[spoiler:Dammers]]' head off.



* [[spoiler: EscapedFromHell: The Grim Reaper is revealed to be that of serial killer, Johnny Bartlett who managed to escape Hell so he could set his record of having the highest body count.]]

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* [[spoiler: EscapedFromHell: The [[spoiler:The Grim Reaper is revealed to be that of serial killer, Johnny Bartlett who managed to escape Hell so he could set his record of having the highest body count.]]



* HeyYouHaymaker: Frank says "Hey, asshole!" [[spoiler:just before he shoots the ghostly reaper]].

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* HeyYouHaymaker: Frank says "Hey, asshole!" "Hey. Asshole." [[spoiler:just before he shoots the ghostly reaper]].


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* OffWithHisHead: Patricia kills [[spoiler:Dammers]] this way.
1st Dec '16 8:14:14 PM Sharlee
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* OrificeInvasion: [[spoiler: The gullet-tendrils of the "express bus to Hell" worm their way in and out of Johnny's eyes and mouth.]]
1st Dec '16 8:11:22 PM Sharlee
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%%* {{Wormsign}}* {{Wormsign}}: The walls and floor of Patricia's house buckle and distort as the BigBad ghost chases her along the hallways. [[spoiler: Presumably it's a lover's spat.]]
* YourSoulIsMine: [[spoiler: In a rare ''heroic'' example, [[FlatlinePlotline temporarily-ghostly]] Frank yanks Patricia's spirit out of her body to stop her from killing Lucy. Patricia's body dies instantly, and Frank uses her struggling spirit to bait Johnny into the afterlife-gateway that opens up to receive her.]]
22nd Nov '16 5:49:21 AM Kalaong
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Soon after one of these victims, Ray Lynskey (Peter Dobson), becomes a ghost and pleads Frank to help him find his way toward [[GoIntoTheLight The Light]], Frank and his undead buddies discover the cause of the phenomenon: A malicious spirit in the form of TheGrimReaper ({{s|inisterScythe}}cythe and all) has gone on a mad killing spree, literally squeezing the life from his victims' hearts. And not only that, it appears he has the ability to [[DeaderThanDead even kill ghosts]] by forcing them to move on to the next world. Frank and Dr. [[LoveInterests Lucy Lynskey]] (Trini Alvarado), Ray's widow, hatch a radical plan to put an end to the murders, but along the way, they must deal with Milton Dammers (Creator/JeffreyCombs), a maniacal FBI agent (basically a cross between [[Series/TheXFiles Mulder]] and [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]]) who believes that Frank is psychically killing the murder victims, and will go to {{Hell}} and back to see him brought to justice.

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Soon after one of these victims, Ray Lynskey (Peter Dobson), becomes a ghost and pleads Frank to help him find his way toward [[GoIntoTheLight The Light]], Frank and his undead buddies discover the cause of the phenomenon: A malicious spirit in the form of TheGrimReaper ({{s|inisterScythe}}cythe and all) (SinisterScythe included) has gone on a mad killing spree, literally squeezing the life from his victims' hearts. And not only that, it appears he has the ability to [[DeaderThanDead even kill ghosts]] by forcing them to move on to the next world. Frank and Dr. [[LoveInterests Lucy Lynskey]] (Trini Alvarado), Ray's widow, hatch a radical plan to put an end to the murders, but along the way, they must deal with Milton Dammers (Creator/JeffreyCombs), a maniacal FBI agent (basically a cross between [[Series/TheXFiles Mulder]] and [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]]) who believes that Frank is psychically killing the murder victims, and will go to {{Hell}} and back to see him brought to justice.



** [[spoiler:Dammers, who had been hounding Frank throughout the film,]] gets [[BoomHeadshot his head]] [[YourHeadAsplode blown off]] by [[spoiler:Patricia]]. The best part of it is his ghost instantly appears, head sticking out of the stump of the corpse's neck with a ''very'' surprised expression on his face.

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** [[spoiler:Dammers, who had been hounding Frank throughout the film,]] film]], gets [[BoomHeadshot his head]] [[YourHeadAsplode blown off]] by [[spoiler:Patricia]]. The best part of it is his ghost instantly appears, head sticking out of the stump of the corpse's neck with a ''very'' surprised expression on his face.


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* WrongGenreSavvy: Agent Milton Dammers. He ''thinks'' he's an OccultDetective who's tracked down a serial killing psychic, not realizing that he's actually [[HeroOfAnotherStory stumbled into a battle]] between a NotSoPhonyPsychic and a serial killing ''ghost.'' His inability to stretch his mind that one extra inch results in him [[spoiler:getting [[BoomHeadshot his head]] [[YourHeadAsplode blown off]] by Patricia]].
22nd Nov '16 5:38:55 AM Kalaong
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Creator/MichaelJFox is Frank Bannister, a fraudulent [[WhoYouGonnaCall freelance exorcist]] who's not ''quite'' as fraudulent as he appears. Having acquired the ability to [[ISeeDeadPeople see and communicate with the dead]] after a tragic car accident that killed his wife years ago, Frank sends his three ghostly accomplices--white n' nerdy Stuart (Jim Fyfe), black swinger Cyrus (Chi [=McBride=]), and cowboy corpse The Judge (John Astin[[note]]Astin is the adoptive father of Sean Astin, who would go on to play Sam Gamgee in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. According to Sean, it was John who persuaded him to take the role because he (John) had enjoyed working with Jackson so much.[[/note]])--to wreak paranormal havoc in the homes of wealthy clients-to-be. These people call Frank, he shows up to perform a phony exorcism, then leaves with the cash. He's the world's greatest con man...until dozens of perfectly healthy people in his hometown of Fairwater, California start dropping dead from cardiac arrest--the very ''same'' people [[MarkedForDeath who suddenly acquired numbered tattoos on their foreheads]] that only Frank can see.

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Creator/MichaelJFox is Frank Bannister, a fraudulent [[WhoYouGonnaCall "[[WhoYouGonnaCall freelance exorcist]] exorcist]]" who's not ''quite'' ''[[NotSoPhonyPsychic quite]]'' as fraudulent as he appears. Having acquired the ability to [[ISeeDeadPeople see and communicate with the dead]] after a tragic car accident that killed his wife years ago, Frank sends his three ghostly accomplices--white n' nerdy Stuart (Jim Fyfe), black swinger Cyrus (Chi [=McBride=]), and cowboy corpse The Judge (John Astin[[note]]Astin is the adoptive father of Sean Astin, who would go on to play Sam Gamgee in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. According to Sean, it was John who persuaded him to take the role because he (John) had enjoyed working with Jackson so much.[[/note]])--to wreak paranormal havoc in the homes of wealthy clients-to-be. These people call Frank, he shows up to perform a phony exorcism, then leaves with the cash. He's the world's greatest con man...until dozens of perfectly healthy people in his hometown of Fairwater, California start dropping dead from cardiac arrest--the very ''same'' people [[MarkedForDeath who suddenly acquired numbered tattoos on their foreheads]] that only Frank can see.
31st Oct '16 8:51:25 AM kalel32688
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* LampreyMouth: [[spoiler: The "express bus to hell" that engulfs Bartlett and Patricia manifests as a gigantic worm with hundreds of Lamprey-Mouthed tendrils in its gullet.]]

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* LampreyMouth: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The "express bus to hell" Hell" that engulfs Bartlett and Patricia manifests as a gigantic worm with hundreds of Lamprey-Mouthed tendrils in its gullet.]]



* MarkedForDeath: The glowing numbers that appear on the foreheads of TheGrimReaper's victims. Only Frank can see them.



%%* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning



* PlotHole: The first scene of the film where Patricia is being harmed by a ghost clashes a little with what we see later on regarding her relationship with them: [[spoiler:She and the ghost work with, and love, each other]]. The Director's Cut of the film explains this by revealing that [[spoiler:Bartlett and Patricia would play role-play games like this shortly before making love]].

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* PlotHole: The first scene of the film where Patricia is being harmed by a ghost clashes a little with what we see later on regarding her relationship with them: [[spoiler:She and the ghost work with, and love, each other]]. The Director's Cut DirectorsCut of the film explains this by revealing that [[spoiler:Bartlett and Patricia would play role-play games like this shortly before making love]].



* PsychoForHire: Dammers once worked as a undercover agent. The director's cut delves a little more into this.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: After shooting TheGrimReaper, Frank grabs its face and yells, "Who. Are. You?!" [[spoiler:in order to expose the reaper as Johnny Bartlett]].

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* PsychoForHire: Dammers once worked as a undercover agent. The director's cut DirectorsCut delves a little more into this.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: After shooting TheGrimReaper, Frank grabs its face and yells, yells "Who. Are. You?!" [[spoiler:in order to expose the reaper Reaper as Johnny Bartlett]].



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Sheriff Perry. Though obviously befuddled by dealing with a serial killer he can't fight, he knows Frank is a good man who knows his stuff, often allows Frank to do what he must, and is highly resistant to Dammers' attempts to pile everything on him.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Sheriff Perry. Though obviously befuddled by dealing with a serial killer {{serial killer}} he can't fight, he knows Frank is a good man who knows his stuff, often allows Frank to do what he must, and is highly resistant to Dammers' Dammers's attempts to pile everything on him.



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%%* ScareChord* ScareChord: This is heard often in Music/DannyElfman's score.



* ShoutOut: Twisted InUniverse example: [[spoiler:Bartlett compares his own body-count to those of a few RealLife serial killers and mass murderers]].

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* ShoutOut: Twisted InUniverse example: [[spoiler:Bartlett compares his own body-count body count to those of a few RealLife serial killers and mass murderers]].



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We see Cyrus and Stuart in the afterlife, but we never see the Judge after the museum or Rusty the Dog after his intro. They had scenes later in the cemetery, and the end originally featured the Judge's upper-body riding Rusty and heading west into the sunset, but they were deleted from the movie.
* WhatTheHellHero: In the director's cut, The Judge gives Frank one of these after Frank cuts into a funeral procession.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We see Cyrus [[spoiler:Cyrus and Stuart Stuart]] in the afterlife, but we never see the Judge [[spoiler:The Judge]] after the museum or Rusty [[spoiler:Rusty the Dog Dog]] after his intro. They [[spoiler:They had scenes later in the cemetery, and the end originally featured the Judge's upper-body riding Rusty and heading west into the sunset, but they were deleted from the movie.
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* WhatTheHellHero: In the director's cut, DirectorsCut, The Judge gives Frank one of these after Frank cuts into a funeral procession.
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