History Film / TheFrighteners

23rd Jan '18 12:09:49 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Agent Dammers wears his hair in a [[AdolfHitlarious very]] [[ThoseWackyNazis suspicious]] tyle.



* OffWithHisHead: Patricia kills [[spoiler:Dammers]] this way.

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* OffWithHisHead: Patricia kills [[spoiler:Dammers]] this way. With a [[YourHeadAsplode shotgun]], no less.
24th Dec '17 2:01:21 AM gjjones
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* AbandonedHospital: The finale is set inside one, [[spoiler:which is the site of Bartlett and Patricia's original rampage]].

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* AbandonedHospital: The finale is set inside one, a hospital, [[spoiler:which is the site of Bartlett and Patricia's original rampage]].



* EvilMatriarch: Subverted. At first it seems like Old Lady Bradley is an insane woman who abuses Patricia and it's later discovered that [[spoiler: she has Frank's pocket knife in her closet]]. However,[[spoiler: it turns out that she was merely trying to stop her daughter from participating in any more killings but had been unsuccessful in stopping Bartlett.It was also revealed that Patricia had actually stolen Frank's knife and had merely planted it in her mother's closet.]]

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* EvilLaugh: When [[spoiler:Frank reveals Johnny as the Grim Reaper]], the latter gives out a sinister laugh.
* EvilMatriarch: Subverted. At first it seems like Old Lady Bradley is an insane woman who abuses Patricia and it's later discovered that [[spoiler: she has Frank's pocket knife in her closet]]. However,[[spoiler: However, it turns out that she was merely [[spoiler: trying to stop her daughter from participating in any more killings but had been unsuccessful in stopping Bartlett.Bartlett]]. It was also revealed that Patricia [[spoiler:Patricia had actually stolen Frank's knife and had merely planted it in her mother's closet.]]



* HeroicBSOD: Frank goes through a major example of this halfway through the movie, to the point where he momentarily stops believing in his abilities (which makes them stop working). In his {{backstory}}, it's revealed he went through this after his wife died, with the end result of gaining his abilities in the first place.

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* HeroicBSOD: Frank goes through a major example of this halfway through the movie, to the point where he momentarily stops believing in his abilities (which makes them stop working). In his {{backstory}}, it's revealed he went through this after his wife Debra died, with the end result of gaining his abilities in the first place.



* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: At the end of the film, [[spoiler:Debra tells Frank to be happy when he gets back into his body after sending Johnny to Hell]].



** Ray. He might be a vain, chauvinistic and obnoxious boor, but it's shown several times that he does actually care about Lucy, even if he does likely care about himself more.
** Frank himself, given that he's a con man and he bullies the ghosts who help him out with his business. The director's cut makes him out to be more of a jerk, a notable example being that he drives into the middle of a funeral procession so he can get to his next house call quicker. The Judge even [[WhatTheHellHero calls him out on it]].

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** Ray.Ray Lynskey. He might be a vain, chauvinistic and obnoxious boor, but it's shown several times that he does actually care about Lucy, even if he does likely care about himself more.
** Frank Bannister himself, given that he's a con man and he bullies the ghosts who help him out with his business. The director's cut makes him out to be more of a jerk, a notable example being that he drives into the middle of a funeral procession so he can get to his next house call quicker. The Judge even [[WhatTheHellHero calls him out on it]].



* 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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* PunctuatedForEmphasis: After shooting TheGrimReaper, Frank grabs its face and yells "Who. Are."Who... are... You?!" [[spoiler:in order to expose the Reaper as Johnny Bartlett]].
31st Oct '17 7:36:04 AM EverythingisAwful
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We see [[spoiler:Cyrus and Stuart]] in the afterlife, but we never see [[spoiler:The Judge]] after the museum or [[spoiler:Rusty the Dog]] after his intro. [[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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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In what might be one of the most distracting cases of this trope, The Judge [[spoiler:totally vanishes from the film after the museum scene, as if he never existed.]] We see [[spoiler:Cyrus and Stuart]] in the afterlife, but we never see [[spoiler:The Judge]] after Judge or Rusty the museum or [[spoiler:Rusty the Dog]] Dog after his intro. intro.]] [[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.movie. Strangely it is even absent in the director's cut for reasons that make little sense.]]
3rd Oct '17 8:40:32 AM appealus
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* BoomHeadshot: Patricia uses her shotgun to by blowing [[spoiler:Dammers]]' head off.

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* BoomHeadshot: Patricia uses her shotgun to by blowing blow [[spoiler:Dammers]]' head off.
3rd Jul '17 11:01:21 PM gjjones
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-->'''Frank''': You're ''such'' an asshole.
-->'''Dammers''': Yes, I'm an asshole... with an Uzi.

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-->'''Frank''': You're You are ''such'' an asshole.
-->'''Dammers''': Yes, I am. I'm an asshole... ''[pulls out his Uzi]'' with an Uzi.Uzi. ''[shoots Frank]''
3rd Jul '17 10:54:57 PM gjjones
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* 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]].
21st May '17 10:30:16 AM DavidCowie
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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 carved into 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 numbers carved into their foreheads]] that only Frank can see.
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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