Michael J. Fox stars as Frank Bannister, a paranormal consultant that sees and interacts with ghosts (buddy picture below), a talent he attributes to his own near brushes with death. When an evil spirit is making the rounds offing people, Frank attempts to save those whose days are numbered (they are literally numbered on their foreheads), only in futility as the victims are claimed by the one whom he calls the Soul Collector.
I’ve got precious little patience for horror comedies that don’t find that delicate balance of humor and horror: the best example that comes to mind is Shaun of the Dead, while Peter Jackson’s 1992 splatter-fest Dead Alive missed the mark in my opinion. The Frighteners seemed to shape up rather quickly, abandoning the silliness altogether in its third act for a strong and satisfying finish.