History Film / TheFrighteners

16th May '18 5:04:33 PM bt8257
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A [[TheNineties 1996]] horror/comedy film from Creator/PeterJackson, who would go on to direct ''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, who would go on to direct ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' (2001-2003), (200103), ''[[Film/KingKong2005 King Kong]]'' (2005), and ''Film/TheHobbitFilmTrilogy'' (2012-2014).
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16th May '18 4:55:02 PM bt8257
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** Can't forget Patricia Bradley and Johnny Bartlett themselves. That trip to Hell looks rather horrifying but it's certainly well earned.

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** Can't forget Patricia Bradley and Johnny Bartlett themselves. That trip to Hell looks rather horrifying horrifying, but it's certainly well earned.''certainly'' well-earned.



* OffWithHisHead: Patricia kills [[spoiler:Dammers]] this way. With a [[YourHeadAsplode shotgun]], no less.

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* OffWithHisHead: Patricia kills [[spoiler:Dammers]] this way. With a [[YourHeadAsplode [[YourHeadASplode shotgun]], no less.



* 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]].

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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 [[YourHeadASplode blown off]] by Patricia]].



* YourHeadAsplode: When [[spoiler:Dammers]] gets shot, his head is blown off instantly.

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* YourHeadAsplode: YourHeadASplode: When [[spoiler:Dammers]] gets shot, his head is blown off instantly.
23rd Apr '18 9:59:14 PM Premonition45
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* AdamWesting: Creator/RLeeErmey as himself.

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* AdamWesting: Creator/RLeeErmey as himself.Sgt. Hiles.
22nd Apr '18 6:36:13 PM kalel32688
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* CaliforniaDoubling: {{Inverted|Trope}}. 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|Trope}}. While set in California, it Maine, the movie 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.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Agent Dammers wears his hair in a [[AdolfHitlarious very]] [[ThoseWackyNazis suspicious]] tyle.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Agent Dammers wears his hair in a [[AdolfHitlarious very]] [[ThoseWackyNazis suspicious]] tyle.style.



* EscapedFromHell: [[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.]]

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



* 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, 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]]. It was also revealed that [[spoiler:Patricia had actually stolen Frank's knife and had merely planted it in her mother's closet.]]

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* EvilMatriarch: Subverted.{{Subverted|Trope}}. 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, 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]]. It was also revealed that [[spoiler:Patricia had actually stolen Frank's knife and had merely planted it in her mother's closet.]]



* ForTheEvulz: While real-life serial killers of the kind mentioned in the film (Bundy, Chikatilo, Starkweather) are driven by unnatural needs to exert power over people through death (and worse), [[spoiler: Johnny Bartlett]] primarily...just wants to break the body count record of other serial killers.

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* ForTheEvulz: While real-life serial killers of the kind mentioned in the film (Bundy, Chikatilo, Starkweather) are driven by unnatural needs to exert power over people through death (and worse), [[spoiler: Johnny [[spoiler:Johnny Bartlett]] primarily...just wants to break the body count record of other serial killers.



** 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]].

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** Ray Lynskey. He might be a vain, chauvinistic 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 DirectorsCut 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]].



* OrificeInvasion: [[spoiler: The gullet-tendrils of the "express bus to Hell" worm their way in and out of Johnny's eyes and mouth.]]

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* OrificeInvasion: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The gullet-tendrils of the "express bus to Hell" worm their way in and out of Johnny's eyes and mouth.]]



* {{Poltergeist}}: All ghosts can, to some extent, affect their surroundings if they put some effort into it. [[spoiler:Johnny Bartlett as TheGrimReaper is powerful enough to stop the hearts of his victims, though after a good thrashing by Frank loses this power and has to rely on Patricia.]]

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* {{Poltergeist}}: All ghosts can, to some extent, affect their surroundings if they put some effort into it. [[spoiler:Johnny Bartlett as TheGrimReaper is powerful enough to stop the hearts of his victims, though after a good thrashing by Frank Frank, he loses this power and has to rely on Patricia.]]



* 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... You?!" are...you?!" [[spoiler:in order to expose the Reaper as Johnny Bartlett]].



-->'''Frank''': God, you're such an asshole.//
-->'''Milton''': Yes, I'm an asshole... with an Uzi!

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-->'''Frank''': God, you're such You are ''such'' an asshole.//
-->'''Milton''': Yes, I am. I'm an asshole... asshole...with an Uzi!



* SealedEvilInACan: Happens temporarily to the BigBad.

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* SealedEvilInACan: Happens temporarily to the BigBad.BigBad, then [[spoiler:it gets undone by Dammers]].



* 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 or 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. Strangely it is even absent in the director's cut for reasons that make little sense.]]

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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 or 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. Strangely it is even absent in the director's cut DirectorsCut for reasons that make little sense.]]



* 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]].
* {{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.]]

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* WrongGenreSavvy: Agent Milton Dammers. He ''thinks'' he's an OccultDetective who's tracked down a serial killing serial-killing psychic, not realizing that he's actually [[HeroOfAnotherStory stumbled into a battle]] between a NotSoPhonyPsychic and a serial killing ''ghost.'' 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]].
* {{Wormsign}}: The walls and floor of Patricia's house buckle and distort as the BigBad ghost chases her along the hallways. [[spoiler: Presumably [[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.]]

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* YourSoulIsMine: [[spoiler: In [[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 Apr '18 12:22:52 PM Malady
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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 numbers 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 [[MarkedToDie who suddenly acquired numbers carved into their foreheads]] that only Frank can see.
21st Mar '18 7:09:43 PM marcoasalazarm
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* GunsAkimbo: [[spoiler:Frank, in his ghostly form, wields two assault rifles to fight the Grim Reaper with (which had previously belonged to a ghostly Creator/RLeeErmey).]]

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* GunsAkimbo: [[spoiler:Frank, in his ghostly form, wields two assault rifles ''[[{{BFG}} M-60s]]'' to fight the Grim Reaper with (which had previously belonged to a ghostly Creator/RLeeErmey).]]
21st Mar '18 7:06:04 PM marcoasalazarm
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%%* ByTheEyesOfTheBlind

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%%* ByTheEyesOfTheBlind* ByTheEyesOfTheBlind: People who suffer a tremendous psychological shock can see things that other people can't. Frank starts to see ghosts after getting in a car crash with his wife [[spoiler:and seeing her getting her forehead carved up by Patricia]], while Lucy starts to see ghosts after seeing [[spoiler:Frank getting killed by Patricia]] at the climax.


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* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: Milton Dammers is a a deconstruction of the AgentMulder, in that his decision to pursue any and all "odd" cases the FBI tossed at him ended with him being driven pretty much insane and scarred and unable to determine what is actually useful when it comes to analyzing the details of a supernatural case (notice that when he tells Lucy about what happened to Frank's wife he gets caught up on numerology after telling how many blades Frank bought, for example), hence his assumption that Frank is a killer psychic. The real Mulder would at least pretend to believe Frank's story of a killer ghost if that would lead to BluffingTheMurderer or arresting him harmlessly, but Milton actually keeps trying to piss Frank off.


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* RabidCop: Milton starts to rile Frank's goat from the very first second he starts to interrogate him for no damn good reason, tries to shoot him when he's escaping the police station, and chases after him with a machine gun at the climax.
-->'''Frank''': God, you're such an asshole.//
-->'''Milton''': Yes, I'm an asshole... with an Uzi!
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.]]
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