Story was originally conceived as an episode of "Tales From the Crypt," and that is perhaps what it should have remained, as the thinness of the conceit shows throughout, painfully so in the first half.
At times the relentless special effects and tangled plotting veer towards visual and narrative overkill, but the final tonal swerve is shocking and effective.
The actors can't keep the film's mood from verging on hysteria as the story roams all over the map. "The Frighteners" has flitted everywhere, even to heaven and hell, before it's over.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
| Original Score: 3/4
Fortunately director Jackson, at home with all kinds of excess, keeps everything spinning nicely, not even losing a step when the mood turns increasingly disturbing.
| Original Score: 4/5
Incredible, the amount of work that went into ``The Frighteners.'' And appalling.
| Original Score: 1/4
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A mess with sporadic flashes of creativity.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
An object lesson in what to avoid when making the transition from low-budget films to studio productions.
| Original Score: 2/4
The Frighteners is ... that rare horror film that actually gets better as it proceeds; this scare machine has a heart and a brain.
| Original Score: B+