Oh, Peter Jackson! I have such complicated feelings about his work. I used to call myself a fan, but now I have a hard time saying that. I love everything Peter Jackson made before Lord of the Rings won a bunch of Oscars (the stuff he made after is another story), and The Frighteners is no exception.
It’s a fun horror comedy starring Michael J. Fox as a man who can see and communicate with ghosts. He and some of his ghost friends, including Chi McBride, run a con where the ghosts haunt people, and Michael J. Fox’s character gets hired to exorcise them from houses. It’s going smoothly until a mysterious ghost shows up in town and starts to actually cause trouble. The movie strikes the right balance of humor and horror, and it’s not nearly as gross and gory as Peter Jackson’s other horror comedies. The Frighteners is a nice, light movie to watch while knitting in October.