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YMMV / The Frighteners

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  • Awesome Music:
    • "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult, covered in this film by The Mutton Birds, which plays over the end credits.
    • The score was written by the legendary Danny Elfman.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: R. Lee Ermey playing a ghost has become this following his death in 2018.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A skilled but highly eccentric detective will stop at nothing to catch a killer whom he believes can kill his victims without ever touching them (usually via heart attack). Granted, in this case, the detective is the bad guy and an Inspector Javert, but...additionally, there's also a serial killer fangirl, who kills to express her love for said serial killer.
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  • Jerkass Woobie: Dammers' work as undercover agent among cultists caused him to sustain multiple massive mutilations and drove him to the brink of insanity. In the extended version, it's also revealed he had been a victim of Charles Manson and his "Family" in 1969.
  • Squick:
    Judge: I like it when they lie still like that!
    • It gets even squickier when you realize Peter Jackson would later work with Sean Astin, the son of John Astin (The Judge).note  There may have been some awkward moments there.
  • Tear Jerker: Frank's Heroic BSoD in the middle of the movie. As Dammers trudges up the memory of his wife's death and accuses him of being behind the murders, he's shown trembling and covering his face in grief. Afterwards, he's left catatonic and his powers briefly stop working because he's lost faith in them, poor guy.
    • Frank and Debra's "dream house". It was left uncompleted after the latter's death, acting as a painful representation of how Frank hasn't truly lived his life since his wife's untimely death. They had their lives planned out, and in the present day, that house still stands as a reminder of what might've been.


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