"Death ain't no way to make a livin'!"
—The JudgeA brilliant 1996 horror/comedy film from Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003) and King Kong (2005).Michael J. Fox is Frank Bannister, a fraudulent freelance exorcist who's not quite as fraudulent as he appears. Having acquired the ability to 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)—to wreak paranormal havoc at 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 who suddenly acquired numbered tattoos on their foreheads that only Frank can see.Soon after one of these victims, Ray Lynskey (Peter Dobson), becomes a ghost and pleads Frank to help him find his way toward The Light, Frank and his undead buddies discover the cause of the phenomenon: A malicious spirit in the form of The Grim Reaper (scythe 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 even kill ghosts by forcing them to move on to the next world. Frank and Dr. 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 (Jeffrey Combs), a maniacal FBI agent (basically a cross between Mulder and Hitler) who believes that Frank is psychically killing the murder victims, and will go to Hell and back to see him brought to justice.This film can be seen on Netflix.
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