Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May Monster Madness: Day 5

Johnny Bartlett and Patricia Bradley in The Frighteners

For Day 5 of May Monster Madness, I have chosen a couple of "monsters" from the movie, The Frighteners (1996). Johnny Bartlett (Jake Busey) and Patricia Bradley (Dee Wallace-Stone) start out as serial killers, or in other words, human monsters, but then the evil becomes supernatural when Johnny finds a way to continue his killing spree after his death by execution. An older Patricia, who as a minor had escaped the death penalty, helps Johnny when he returns from the grave as a Grim Reaper style entity, crushing the hearts of his victims.




34 comments:

  1. We're on the same page when it comes to horror serial killers! I watch the Frighteners every so often, because I think it's brilliantly fun in a horror kinda way. I posted about Johnny Bartlett today as well, he's one of my possible monsters, and he is wonderfully insane, but he and Patricia are so devious as well. A killer couple of monstrous proportions!

    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles

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    1. Hi Sophie,

      'The Frighteners' manages the tricky task of balancing humour and horror beautifully. Looking forward to reading your Johnny Bartlett post! :)

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  2. Oh, something I haven't watched yet!
    Looks like I've got something to do this afternoon ;)

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    1. Hi Laury,

      It's both a comedy and a horror. Michael J. Fox is the star, and as an extra treat, John Astin, from 'The Addams Family', plays a gun-toting ghost from the Old West called The Judge.

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  3. Wow - remember her out of ET? She looks quite different (age does that) :P. Sounds great! May have to see if I can go stream it from somewhere :) Thanks.

    Shah X

    shahwharton.com

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    1. "She looks quite different (age does that) :P."

      Haha, Sadly, indeed it does, Shah! In her defence, this was a very unglamorous role. There wasn't much chance of her coming across as cute. ;)

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  4. it is one of those movies that have all the elements, that make it great. oh yes, and jeffrey combs!

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    1. Hi Jeremy,

      I agree, and yes, Jeffrey Combs is awesome! I love him as the voice of The Question in 'Justice League Unlimited" too!

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  5. Holy crap this sounds so freaktastic!
    So, so wrong! Which of course means I'm going to have to watch it!
    Stopping by with my MMM'S Carmen Jenner Author and Book Me!
    Happy Hopping! =D

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    1. Hi Carmen,

      It's both comedy and horror. I love 'The Frighteners'! It's one of my Halloween favourites.

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  6. I've never seen it... but how freaky looking is Jake Busey! I remember him from "Contact".
    Here's my day V MMM at Design du Jour.

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    1. Hi Ben,

      Ha! Yes, sadly for him, Jake Busey has a natural aptitude for creepy! ;)

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  7. I've never seen nor heard of this before. I will definitely be checking it out!!

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    1. Hi Dani,

      It's an early film by director Peter Jackson, starring Michael J. Fox. I think it's quite underrated. I love it and watch it every Halloween.

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  8. I love The Frighteners; such a great movie with scares and humour and some brilliant characters. I've always had a soft spot for Michael J Fox as well.
    Tasha's Thinkings

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    1. Hi Natasha,

      Yes, it's very creepy in parts, but it's also utterly charming, in my opinion. Visually, it's wonderfully gothic too!

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  9. Monsters working together in the name of the greater evil, what can be more perfect?

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    1. Hi Magaly,

      Haha. Yes, indeedy! Johnny and Patricia are a deliciously sinister couple!

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  10. Peter Jackson wowed me with that movie. I re-watch it when the latest movies prove stale. :-)

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    1. Hi Roland,

      Yeah, I love everything about it, right down to the cover version of 'Don't Fear The Reaper', by New Zealand band, The Mutton Birds, in the closing credits.

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  11. One of the most underrated horror "comedies" of all time. Haven't seen in a long time, but I remember it really blew me away when I first saw it. All hail maestro Peter Jackson!! :)

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    1. I completely agree, Maynard! I feel another possible collaboration post brewing... once we've taken a long holiday to recover from MMM! Hehe.

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    2. Guess who would definitely say YES to such a collabo? of course, after a long, looooong rest :D

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    3. Yay! And yes, after a long, looooooooooooooong rest! ;)

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  12. I haven't seen this, but it sounds perfectly creepy.
    Thank you for sharing : )

    My MMM post for today The Ghoul

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    1. Creepy and funny, Yvonne! I definitely recommend it if you get a chance to see it!

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  13. How have I not seen this? I'm disappointed in myself.

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    1. Hi Underground for Tea,

      I hope you get a chance to see it. It's lots of creepy fun! :D Love your name by the way!

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  14. I love The Frighteners! That's a movie I haven't seen in far too long.

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    1. Hi Emily,

      I watch it every year around Halloween. Hope you get to see it again soon! :)

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  15. I keep meaning to see The Frighteners. Judging from your description of the characters, it would seem I thought this movie was about something totally different! I thought it was a sort of comedic ghost hunting movie. Wonder what I'm thinking of?

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    1. Hi Justine,

      Oh, 'The Frighteners' is part comedy, but it is also very creepy as well. It stars Michael J. Fox as a con man who happens to be able to see ghosts, making him the only one able to fight the "Reaper" killing people in his town. The film has a fabulous gothic look to it as well.

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