History Film / TheFrighteners

28th Mar '16 10:41:28 AM Morgaus
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* Determinator: Both Frank and Dammers.
17th Mar '16 1:10:46 PM Godzillawolf
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* DraggedOffToHell: [[spoiler:Patricia and Bartlett go on the 'express bus to hell' in the end.]]
12th Mar '16 5:09:07 AM Sharlee
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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.]]
12th Mar '16 5:03:48 AM Sharlee
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* BedsheetGhost: Played with; the BigBad possesses and animates pretty much every ''other'' kind of "sheet" - wallpaper, carpet, the canvas of a painting - in the manner of this trope, but never an actual ''bed''sheet.
13th Jan '16 11:12:40 AM kalel32688
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* AbandonedHospital: The finale is set inside one, [[spoiler:the site of Bartlett and Patricia's original rampage]].

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



* AssholeVictim: Magda Rees-Jones, the editor-in-chief of the ''Fairwater Gazette'' who seems to have it out for Frank. If she hadn't been so eager to believe the absolute worst of him (and to get shrill and aggressive about it), she might have survived. Well, at least a little longer. Her desire to be a bitch is such that even as she realizes she's dead and is [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascending to the next plane]], all she wants to do is scream at him.
-->'''Magda''': (''to Frank, as she's pulled into the light'') Is this how you get your kicks? Bannister, did it feel good killing your wife? You're a ''MUUUUURRRRDDDEEEERRRRRR''!!!!

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* AssholeVictim: AssholeVictim:
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Magda Rees-Jones, the editor-in-chief of the ''Fairwater Gazette'' who seems to have it out for Frank. If she hadn't been so eager to believe the absolute worst of him (and to get shrill and aggressive about it), she might have survived. Well, at least a little longer. Her desire to be a bitch is such that even as she realizes she's dead and is [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascending to the next plane]], all she wants to do is scream at him.
-->'''Magda''': --->'''Magda''': (''to Frank, as she's pulled into the light'') Is this how you get your kicks? Bannister, did it feel good killing me? Bannister, did it feel good killing your wife? You're a ''MUUUUURRRRDDDEEEERRRRRR''!!!!



* AxCrazy: Dammers, [[spoiler:Patricia and Bartlett]].

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** And [[spoiler:Dammers, who gets his head blown off by Patricia]].
* AxCrazy: Dammers, [[spoiler:Patricia [[spoiler:Patricia, and Bartlett]].



* CaliforniaDoubling: Inverted. While set in California, it was filmed in the port town of Lyttelton, UsefulNotes/NewZealand, a suburb of Christchurch. Frank, Lucy and Ray (as a ghost) dine at the Sign of the Takehe, a nearby manor house that, in {{real life}}, had been converted into a restaurant.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: Inverted.{{Inverted|Trope}}. While set in California, it was filmed in the port town of Lyttelton, UsefulNotes/NewZealand, a suburb of Christchurch. Frank, Lucy Lucy, and Ray (as a ghost) dine at the Sign of the Takehe, a nearby manor house that, in {{real life}}, had been converted into a restaurant.



** The shotgun in the intro of the film [[spoiler:is used by Patricia to attempt to kill Frank and Lucy]].

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** The shotgun in the intro of the film [[spoiler:is later used by Patricia to attempt to kill Frank and Lucy]].



* DiscoDan: Cyrus, who died during TheSeventies and dresses appropriately.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Frank]], who manages to be brought back in time before his death becomes permanent.

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* DiscoDan: Cyrus, who died during TheSeventies and dresses is dressed appropriately.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Frank]], who manages to be brought back in time before his death becomes permanent. [[spoiler:Both times.]]



* DrivesLikeCrazy: Frank, when he tries to save a newspaper editor from becoming the ghostly reaper's next victim, which only makes him look crazy to the editor who already hated him for his reputation as a fraud.

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* DrivesLikeCrazy: Frank, when he tries to save a newspaper editor Magda Rees-Jones from becoming the ghostly reaper's next victim, which only makes him look crazy to the editor who already hated him for his reputation as a fraud.



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:Johnny Bartlett and Patricia, surprisingly. Johnny even goes to ''save'' her when her soul is pulled out of her body by Frank near the end. Doesn't make either any less twisted or insane, though.]]

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:Johnny Bartlett and Patricia, surprisingly. Johnny even goes to ''save'' her when her soul is pulled out of her body by Frank near the end. Doesn't make either of them any less twisted or insane, though.]]



* ExploitedImmunity: An accidental example near the end. [[spoiler: Frank (as a ghost) pulls Patricia into the afterlife with him, causing Bartlett to chase them. It turns out that it's "not his time" and he's sent back (and would have had a place in heaven anyway), but the two serial killers are immediately dragged off to hell.]]

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* ExploitedImmunity: An accidental example near the end. [[spoiler: Frank [[spoiler:Frank (as a ghost) pulls Patricia into the afterlife with him, causing Bartlett to chase them. It turns out that it's "not his time" and he's sent back (and would have had a place in heaven {{Heaven}} anyway), but the two serial killers are immediately dragged off to hell.{{Hell}}.]]



* GoIntoTheLight: [[spoiler:When Frank meets up with his wife in {{Heaven}}, he intends on staying, but is told it's not his time and is sent back.]]

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* GoIntoTheLight: [[spoiler:When Frank meets up with his wife in {{Heaven}}, he intends on staying, but is told it's not his time and is sent back.]]



** 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.

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** Ray. He might be a vain, chauvinistic and obnoxious boor, but it's shown several times that he does actually care about Lucy Lucy, even if he does likely care about himself more.



* MonsterProtectionRacket: How Frank makes a living as a con artist with the help of his three ghost buddies.

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* MonsterProtectionRacket: How Frank makes a living as a con artist {{con artist}} with the help of his three ghost buddies.



* MundaneUtility: Frank uses his power to make a living as a con man.

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* MundaneUtility: Frank uses his power to make a living as a con man.{{con man}}.



* NearDeathClairvoyance: Frank got his powers from a nearly lethal car accident.

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* NearDeathClairvoyance: Frank got his powers from a nearly lethal nearly-lethal car accident.



* PeekABogeyman: Stuart, Cyrus and The Judge.
* 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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* PeekABogeyman: Stuart, Cyrus Cyrus, and The Judge.
* 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 [[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]].



* 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 he can't fight, he knows Frank is a good man who knows his stuff, often allows Frank to do what he must must, and is highly resistant to Dammers' attempts to pile everything on him.
28th Dec '15 11:59:54 AM Sharlee
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* IncongruouslyDressedZombie: Some of the ghosts' outfits qualify as unusual, even discounting their date of origin.
22nd Oct '15 6:08:48 AM Bisected8
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* DisabilityImmunity: An accidental example near the end. [[spoiler: Frank (as a ghost pulls Patricia into the afterlife with him, causing Bartlett to chase them. It turns out that it's "not his time" and he's sent back (and would have had a place in heaven anyway), but the two serial killers are immediately dragged off to hell.]]


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* ExploitedImmunity: An accidental example near the end. [[spoiler: Frank (as a ghost) pulls Patricia into the afterlife with him, causing Bartlett to chase them. It turns out that it's "not his time" and he's sent back (and would have had a place in heaven anyway), but the two serial killers are immediately dragged off to hell.]]
22nd Oct '15 6:06:49 AM Bisected8
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* DisabilityImmunity: An accidental example near the end. [[spoiler: Frank (as a ghost pulls Patricia into the afterlife with him, causing Bartlett to chase them. It turns out that it's "not his time" and he's sent back (and would have had a place in heaven anyway), but the two serial killers are immediately dragged off to hell.]]
6th Oct '15 4:59:43 PM JB0187
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* InspectorJavert: Dammers

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* InspectorJavert: DammersDammers.



* JerkJock: Ray

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* JerkJock: RayRay.
29th Aug '15 11:53:26 AM bwburke94
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A [[TheNineties 1996]] horror/comedy film from Creator/PeterJackson, director of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' (2001-2003), ''[[Film/KingKong2005 King Kong]]'' (2005), and ''Film/TheHobbitFilmTrilogy'' (2012-2014).

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A [[TheNineties 1996]] horror/comedy film from Creator/PeterJackson, director of who would go on to direct ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' (2001-2003), ''[[Film/KingKong2005 King Kong]]'' (2005), and ''Film/TheHobbitFilmTrilogy'' (2012-2014).
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