Friday, October 19, 2012

HMM '12 Day 19: The Frighteners

It's October! That means two very important things: Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts are here, and Halloween is near! My favorite thing to do in October to prepare myself for Halloween is to, of course, watch movies that I feel best exemplify the season. Now, this doesn't just mean extreme gore fests (of course, I do love me some gore), but I like to include movies that have that Halloween feel. Anyway, let's get to Day 19 of Halloween Movie Madness 2012!

The Frighteners
(Universal Pictures, 1996)

Last night felt like a good night for a ghost story, and this particular ghost story was actually the first Peter Jackson movie I laid eyes upon, and it in turn caused me to lay eyes on some of his other works, like the completely awesome Dead Alive.

For those who haven't seen this movie, Fox plays Frank Bannister, a man who has the ability to see ghosts.  He uses this ability, along with three ghosts that he pals around with, to scam people into hiring him to clear their homes of unruly spirits.  One day, he starts seeing numbers on people's foreheads, and what appears to be the Grim Reaper.  This spirit is killing the people with the face numbers, and Frank tries to stop it.  He is unable to, and the results attracts the attention of FBA Agent Dammers (A.K.A. Jeffrey Combs... the guy from Re-Animator), a freaky man who has spent years working occult cases.  I'll stop there, because there are some good moments in the flick that I can't give away for those of you who still need to watch this film.

This movie has some great visual effects, like the ghosts themselves.  Have you ever seen a ghost bang a mummy?  How about a ghost vomiting through his ears?  And the whole idea of the killer spirit moving along the walls, making the walls look like they are moving.  It's pretty cool.

Honestly, if those things don't make you want to watch the movie, there is something wrong with you.  Now go watch it.

To make up for this post being so short, here is some more from Dethalbum III: The Galaxy