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After a car accident in which his wife, Debra, was killed and he was injured, Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox) develops psychic abilities allowing him to see, hear, and communicate with ghosts. He gives up his job as an architect, letting his unfinished "dream house" sit incomplete for years, and puts his new skills to use by befriending a few ghosts and getting them to haunt houses in the area to drum up work for his ghostbusting business; Then Frank proceeds to "exorcise" the houses for a fee. But when he discovers that an entity resembling the Grim Reaper is killing people, marking numbers on their forehead beforehand, Frank tries to help the people whom the Reaper is after...…..

 The Frighteners meanders from pitch black and morbid comedy, to straight horror, and back to normal situational comedy in the space of a few scenes, and features a host of brilliant supporting performances, as well as trading well on Michael J. Fox's easy charm.

Directed by Peter Jackson (Heavenly Creatures, King Kong and the legendary Lord of the Rings Trilogy).