It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we recommend a slice of top movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s The Frighteners.

Michael J. Fox plays Frank Bannister, a dodgy ghostbuster in cahoots with the spooks he’s paid to banish (who cheekily leave his business card at the scene of their hauntings). When the town of Fairwater is rocked by a series of mysterious deaths perpetrated by a terrifying Grim Reaper-like entity, Frank suspects that the killings are somehow connected to a notorious serial killer’s rampage during the 1950s…

Peter Jackson’s first big studio film ranks alongside Beetlejuice as one of the great afterlife comedies, although the tone darkens considerably during the final act. The screwball Kiwi humour of the director’s earlier films is very much in evidence (as is Wellington doubling for small town USA), and there’s plum roles for genre greats Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator) and Dee Wallace (The Howling). Moreover, The Frighteners was a training exercise for the fledgling Weta Digital, whose next project would be Jackson’s epic The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Four reasons why The Frighteners rocks:

1. Jeffrey Combs’ kooky FBI agent, who has spent far too much time undercover in various cults and sects. “I knew Charlie.”

2. The hilarious haunting at the Lynskey residence.

3. The Grim Reaper.

4. Dee Wallace going full psycho.   

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Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.