The Frighteners


1h 46m 1996

Brief Synopsis

Frank Bannister is a psychic swindler with the perfect business partners. They work cheap... they're dedicated... and they're dead. Possessed with a genuine ability to communicate with the dearly departed, Bannister earns a stiff living by setting up "spirit clearance" scams with his trio of ghostly

Film Details

Also Known As
Agárrame esos fantasmas, Frighteners
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Wellington, New Zealand

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Synopsis

Frank Bannister is a psychic swindler with the perfect business partners. They work cheap... they're dedicated... and they're dead. Possessed with a genuine ability to communicate with the dearly departed, Bannister earns a stiff living by setting up "spirit clearance" scams with his trio of ghostly cronies. But Frank may not be the only one in the small town of Fairwater working the paranormal side of the street. A series of inexplicable deaths and bizarre occurrences suggests the presence of a malevolent poltergeist. With the suspicious finger of a zealous FBI agent pointing directly at him, and the woman he cares for in danger, Bannister attempts to unravel the supernatural crime spree by venturing into a realm where all fears are realized... and true evil does not die.

Crew

Karen Alexander

Continuity

Robin Allen

Other

Simon Allen

Visual Effects

Rick Allender

Steadicam Operator

Rachel Anderson

Camera Assistant

Dan Andeson

Miniatures

Karen Ansel

Technical Director

Charles Anton

Carpenter

Mel Anton

Caterer

Mike Asquith

Other

David Backler

Other

Peter Bailey

Animator

Brent Baker

Makeup

Rick Baker

Other

Kyle Balda

Animator

Steve Bartek

Music Arranger

David Bartram

Stand-In

John Baster

Miniatures

Alan Bauchop

Rotoscope Animator

Stephen Bayliss

Accounting Assistant

Andrew Beattie

Other

Michael B Beaudin

Accounting Assistant

Ben Bell

Grip

James Bell

Visual Effects

Fernando Benitez

Technical Director

James Benson

Miniatures

Phil Benson

Sound Editor

Neil Blannin

Carpenter

Brett Blenkin

Carpenter

Jan Blenkin

Production Assistant

John Blick

Director Of Photography

Richard Bluck

Steadicam Operator

Richard Bluck

Camera Operator

Steve Boeddeker

Sound Effects Editor

Alun Bollinger

Director Of Photography

Alun Bollinger

Camera Operator

Nick Booth

Production Assistant

Roger Borelli

Makeup

John Boswell

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

David Boulton

Adr Mixer

Bridget Bourke

Production Manager

Kevin Bourke

Other

Mark Bowen

Rotoscope Animator

Cindy Bowles

Editor

Brigitte Boys

Other

Lee Bramwell

Visual Effects

Astrid Breach

Stand-In

Simon Bright

Art Assistant

Rachael Broad

Costumes

Shane Broadbent

Stand-In

Bruce Brown

Stunt Coordinator

Brent Burge

Sound Effects Editor

Victoria Burrows

Casting

Chris Burt

Adr Mixer

Dean Buttar

Security

Anton Buys

Carpenter

Zachary Cahn

Music Editor

Brian Campbell

Art Department

Bryce Campbell

Location Manager

Grant Campbell

Liaison

Malcolm Campbell

Security

Tim Capper

Video

Alice Capper-starr

Other

Carey Carter

Assistant Director

Lynne Cartwright

Animator

Ross Chambers

Dialogue Editor

Tanea Chapman

Art Assistant

Bruno Chauffard

Technical Director

Amelia Chenoweth

Technical Director

Karyn Childs

Production Coordinator

Chris Clapp

Stand-In

Adam Clark

Other

Kirsty Clayton

Props Buyer

Dave Cleary

Art Department

Alex Collins

Grip

Buckley Collum

Technical Director

Aaron Conran

Electrician

Stephen Coren

Technical Director

Peter Corkery

Security

Jill Cormack

On-Set Dresser

Gethin Creagh

Rerecording

Charlie Croughwell

Stunt Man

Yvonne Cuthbert

Effects Coordinator

Barbara Darragh

Costume Designer

Augie Davis

Technical Advisor

Eric De Beus

Assistant Editor

Mitch Devane

Makeup

Steve Doherty

Stunts

Richard N Dolan

Other

Kerry Dunn

Other

Roland Ebbing

Electrician

Allen Edwards

Technical Director

Jean-paul Eeckhoudt

Art Assistant

Danny Elfman

Music

Corrin Ellingford

Boom Operator

Antony Farrell

Electrician

Rob Fisher

Other

Paul Fleming

Animal Wrangler

Peter Fletcher

Video

Erina Fon

Assistant

Blair Foord

Special Effects Assistant

Sean Foot

Other

Mike Fuller

Camera Operator

Jean Marc Furio

Technical Director

Kim Garland

Caterer

Jeremy P Geor

Sound

Aaron Gibson

Assistant

Eleanor Gibson

Production Assistant

Reg Gibson

Assistant

John Gilbert

Associate Editor

James Goodman

Technical Director

Joanna Gould

Caterer

Scott Guitteau

Sound

Craig Guthrie

Caterer

Tim Haigh

Production Assistant

Tim Haigh

Office Runner

Marjory Hamlin

Makeup Supervisor

Andrew Hampton

Unit Manager

Mike Hansen

Miniatures

Scott Harens

Other

Emma Harre

Wardrobe

Jenn Harris

Stunts

Lee Harris

Other

Harry Harrison

Key Grip

Vance Hartwell

Other

Emma Haughton

Assistant Editor

Mark Hawthorne

Art Assistant

Michael Hedges

Rerecording

Mike Heffernan

Carpenter

Jurgen Heimann

Makeup

Todd Heindel

Makeup

Chris Hennah

Art Department Coordinator

Dan Hennah

Art Director

Mark Herman

Editor

Arnaud Hervas

Technical Director

Grant Hickman

Stand-In

Simon Higgins

Best Boy

Chrissy Hill

Stand-In

Mark Hill

Scenic Artist

Mark Hill

Other

Colin Hodgson

Electrician

Jane Holland

Assistant

Matt Holmes

Effects Coordinator

Sarah Hope

Wardrobe Assistant

Mike Hopkins

Sound Editor

Sandy Houston

Rotoscope Animator

Laurent Hugueniot

Technical Director

Paul Hunt

Animator

Roy Hurndell

Security

Peter Hutchinson

Miniatures

Richard Hymns

Adr Supervisor

Michael Hyndman

Rotoscope Animator

Clint Ingram

Special Effects Assistant

Steve Ingram

Special Effects Coordinator

Peter Jackson

Screenplay

Peter Jackson

Producer

Trish Jacobson

Stand-In

Melany James

Visual Effects

Brett Jarman

Gaffer

Gabrielle Jones

Makeup Assistant

Janice Jones

Visual Effects

Mike Jones

Sound Effects Editor

Simon Jones

Miniatures

Terry Joosten

Grip

Artie Kane

Music Conductor

Vivienne Kaplan

Assistant

Steve Keig

Stand-In

Rob Kerr

Electrician

Scott Kilburn

Technical Director

Leon Kirkbeck

Electrician

Russell Klein

Driver

Linda Klein-nixon

Production Accountant

Jon Labrie

Other

Ross Lane

Stand-In

Adam Larkin

Rotoscope Animator

Grant Lawry

Sound

Josie Leckie

Production Assistant

Denise Leibee

Makeup

Aaron Lupton

Stunts

Helen Lutrell

Foley Recordist

Valentine Maher

Art Department

Grant Major

Production Designer

Marc Mann

Original Music

Seru Mar

Caterer

Matthew Martin

Office Runner

Brian Massey

Other

Marc Mateo

Electrician

Christopher Matthews

Electrician

Deannah Mayhew

Stand-In

Dale Mcbeath

Animator

Ian Mccarroll

Camera Assistant

Charlie Mcclellan

Visual Effects

Josie Mcclutchie

Assistant Editor

Elizabeth Mcgregor

Other

Paul Mcinnes

Technical Director

Paul Mcinnes

Other

Cameron Mckechnie

Rotoscope Animator

Joolz Mckenzie

Production Assistant

Mark Mckenzie

Original Music

Mary Mclachan

Miniatures

Film Details

Also Known As
Agárrame esos fantasmas, Frighteners
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Wellington, New Zealand

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States 1997

Released in United States August 1997

Released in United States on Video December 17, 1996

Released in United States Summer July 19, 1996

Shown at Fantasy Film Festival in Germany August 1997.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival January 29 - February 9, 1997.

Shown at Venice Film Festival (Venetian Nights) August 29 - September 9, 1996.

The 1997 Fantasy Film Festival tours Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Hamburg, and Berlin during the month of August.

Principal photography wrapped on November 16, 1995, but additional photography and effects photography will continue until December 21, 1995.

Began shooting May 14, 1995.

Completed shooting November 16, 1995.

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at Venice Film Festival (Venetian Nights) August 29 - September 9, 1996.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival January 29 - February 9, 1997.)

Released in United States Summer July 19, 1996

Released in United States August 1997 (Shown at Fantasy Film Festival in Germany August 1997.)

Released in United States August 1997 (The 1997 Fantasy Film Festival tours Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Hamburg, and Berlin during the month of August.)

Released in United States on Video December 17, 1996