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The Making of The Frighteners
“From Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson (King Kong, The Lord of the Rings) comes this wicked comedy-thriller.
Michael J. Fox stars as Frank Bannister, a small-town ‘ghostbuster’ in league with the very spirits he’s supposed to be exorcising. The scam works well until a powerful spirit goes on a murderous rampage, forcing Frank to find a way to stop the diabolical ghoul in this special-effects-packed supernatural chiller that’s so fiendishly entertaining, it’s frightening!”
The Frighteners is rated R for terror/violence.
This DVD is the perfect one to get for more recent fans of Peter Jackson. It’s a taste of his early work which many people might not have heard of. It also gives sneak peeks at his style which would be used years later in Lord of the Rings and King Kong. It’s a fun film and one that was probably ahead of its time as far as combining horror, action, and comedy.
But one of the more notable things about this DVD is the extensive bonus material. Peter Jackson was a big laserdisc fan and recorded tons of behind the scenes material for bonus features. He had so much material recorded that he was able to create a 3 hour 43 minute documentary on the making of The Frighteners. There’s so much here that I started having flashbacks to the LOTR Extended Edition DVDs. In the documentary we hear Jackson talk about his own experience seeing a ghost, the writing of the script, the casting of the film, the effects, and more. He even rolls deleted scenes and bloopers into the documentary. The final result is an incredibly extensive look at the making of this otherwise overlooked film. Jackson adds to the bonus features with a 45 minute look at storyboards and his first ever DVD commentary. The film itself is also introduced by the leaner Peter Jackson v2.0 of today and he’s tacked on extra footage for the director’s cut.
In short, if you’re any kind of Peter Jackson fan, then this is a DVD well worth adding to your collection. He gives the movie all the attention that he does Lord of the Rings and you get to see the early days of Weta, Fran Walsh, and everyone else that worked on his classic trilogy.