The Frighteners, Starring Michael J. Fox, Is Now Streaming

The Frighteners is a supernatural gem now streaming on Peacock TV.

In the realm of cult classics and hidden cinematic gems, “The Frighteners” shines brightly. It is a supernatural thriller that’s both spooky and hilarious. Directed by Peter Jackson and starring Back to the Future‘s Michael J. Fox, this 1996 film has found new life on the streaming platform Peacock TV. It will allow a new generation of viewers to experience its unique blend of horror and humor. Fox just released a new documentary about his life titled STILL.

The film is set in the fictional town of Fairwater. It follows the misadventures of Frank Bannister, played by Fox. He is a once-successful architect turned paranormal investigator after a near-death experience left him with the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Using his spectral companions, Frank runs a fake ghostbusting business. Still, things turn dark when an evil spirit begins a killing spree, leaving cryptic numbers carved into the foreheads of its victims.

One of the film’s standout features is its genre-blurring nature.

“The Frighteners” artfully combines horror, comedy, and even detective noir elements, creating a unique cinematic experience that keeps audiences engaged from start to finish. Michael J. Fox’s impeccable comedic timing adds a layer of charm to the film, balancing the eerie and the absurd with finesse. The visual effects in “The Frighteners” were groundbreaking for their time and still hold up remarkably well today. The film employs a seamless blend of practical effects and CGI to bring its spectral characters to life, showcasing the visionary talent of director Peter Jackson, who would later go on to helm “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

The movie’s quirky supporting cast, including a memorable turn by Jeffrey Combs as a deranged FBI agent obsessed with the paranormal, adds depth to the narrative and keeps the humor flowing. With its mix of chills and chuckles, “The Frighteners” has earned its status as a cult classic over the years. Now available on Peacock TV, it’s the perfect addition to your watchlist for those seeking a supernatural thriller that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Whether you’re a fan of horror, comedy, or simply great storytelling, “The Frighteners” has something for everyone. So, if you’re in the mood for a spine-tingling yet sidesplitting cinematic experience, tune in to Peacock TV and prepare to be entertained by this underrated gem from the late ’90s. Remember, sometimes, the things that bump at night might also make you laugh.

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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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