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"Johnny Bartlett? I thought guys like you fried in Hell."

  • Frank Bannister to Johnny Bartlett.

"I got out Frank. I've been carrying on the good work. Got me a score of 40."

  • Johnny Bartlett to Frank Bannister.Johnny Charles Bartlett is one of the two main villains in the 1996 movie The Frighteners. He is a prolific and vicious mass murderer who continues his work in the afterlife, focusing on increasing his body count as a form of competition with other famous murderers. He comes back from Hell, able to attack the living and the dead, as the ghost with powers to transform into a Grim Reaper,

He was portrayed by actor Jake Busey who is the son of another Hollywood actor Gary Busey.


In 1963, he worked as an orderly at a hospital. But he soon lost his mind and killed pretty much all the patients and hospital workers, especially in the hospital's chapel. With the assistance of his girlfriend, Patricia Bradley, they kill and mark numbers on the victim's heads. They're caught. Patricia goes to prison, while Johnny receives the electric chair and died for his crimes.

Years later in 1990, Patricia is finally released and uses Ouijia boards to contact and resurrect Johnny. They continue killing again, starting with Frank's wife. Johnny then disguises himself as the Grim Reaper.

Until Frank destroys his idenity and Johnny returns to his girlfriend. She viciously kills her mom and is about to kill Lucy who was trying to help her. But Frank comes to the rescue and they hide and run in the now vacant hospital where it was abandoned after the murders years ago. Patricia chases them with a shot gun. She succeeds in killing Frank by choking him to death with her gun. Frank's ghost then seizes Patricia's soul and takes her with him through the ethreal portal known as the Corridor of Life. Frank enters Heaven and watches as the portal that then became twisted and horrific, takes both Johnny and Patricia to Hell.



  • Johnny Bartlett is also has a similiar evil personality next to Judge Doom and Biff Tannen.