10 Most Terrifying Ghosts of Film
People like to say "less is more" when it comes to ghost movies, like if you don't show the ghost it's scarier. But in some cases the opposite is true...real true. Below are my picks for the 10 scariest ghosts in film in no particular order...well that's not true, they're in alphabetical order by movie title.
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!
Name: Ryan Kuhn
Movie: THIR13EN GHOSTS - 2001
Who: The ghost of a raper/murderer/terriblerer who was committed to an asylum and bound in a straitjacket and to keep him from biting through his restraints a metal cage was placed over his head. The asylum caught on fire and he was consumed in the flames.
Why so scary: His horrifying face, eyes and teeth; his caged head; his broken straitjacket; his tendency to attack and scratch with, not his fingernails, but the exposed bone of his fingertips; and his winning personality.
Movie: El Espinazo del Diablo (The Devil's Backbone) - 2001
Who: Santi is the spirit of a boy in a rundown orphanage in Spain during the Spanish Civil War in the 30's. He was accidentally killed by one of the men who work there and dumped into an underground vat of water in the cellar.
Why so scary: Well while he doesn't really seem malevolent, his appearance is enough to send the bravest of kids running. He looks like a boy whose skin is just transparent enough to see his bones through and his skull is smashed like a porcelain doll. He appears to be under water as he wanders about as blood flows out of his head like smoke. And then there are his eyes...those are creepy...
Movie: Gin Gwai (The Eye) - 2002
Who: Not much is known about this fellow but it's safe to assume he died in the elevator, perhaps from a previous elevator crash or perhaps he was just bludgeoned to death
Why so scary: Did you see the picture?! He looks like an old man whose eye and forehead have been smashed in. He appears behind the protagonist as she's riding the elevator up to her apartment on the 14th floor. He floats a few inches off the ground and slowly drifts toward her...*shivers*
Name: Kayako Saeki
Movie: The Grudge - 2004
Who: The vengeful ghost of a Japanese woman who was killed along with her son by her husband in a jealousy fueled breach of sanity.
Why so scary: Well where do I start...she's a really creepy ghost of a woman with long black hair, bluish grey sometimes bloody skin an a permanent look of terror on her face. She crawls as if all of her bones have been broken, and she can only make a croaking death rattle sound that gurgles from her throat. Plus she'll come find you no matter where you hide, even in place ghosts aren't allowed, like under the blankets...
Name: Dr. Richard Vannacutt
Movie: House on Haunted Hill - 1999
Who: The ghost of a mad doctor who ran an institution for the criminally insane where he preformed grotesque experiments and medical procedures on his patients. When the inmates escaped a fire broke out and he locked down the facility. He and everyone else inside were killed in the fire.
Why so scary: While he appears in many different forms, the creepiest is pictured above how one of the characters sees him as he is being driven mad. He has a few other manifestations as well such as appearing as a creepy doctor who shudders, convulses and walks like a stop-motion doll; as well as appearing as what looks like a living painting.
Name: The Beast
Movie: Poltergeist - 1982
Who: The Beast is a malevolent spirit in the protagonist's house that abducts their young child daughter and uses her to keep other spirits away from "the light" and trapped in the house.
Why so scary: The Beast manifests itself in a variety of different ways, scariest being a skeleton-like, demon-like, horse-like, spider-like, ectcetera-like barrier keeping the mom from getting to her kids [pictured above]. The second scariest manifestation is a giant smoking demonic skull...the weirdest is as a giant esophagus that used to be the closet...the randomest is a boy-eating tree...
Name: Samara Morgan
Movie: The Ring - 2002
Who: Samara is the ghost of a girl who had some sort of supernatural electromagnetic power. She was killed by her adoptive mother and sealed up in a well.
Why so scary: She effing crawled out of the tv!!!
The Woman in Room 217
Name: Lorraine Massey
Movie: Stephen King'sThe Shining - 1997 TV Miniseries
Who: The ghost of a woman who slit her wrists in the bathtub of a hotel, who now is one of the many malevolent spirits that try to prey on the the child protagonist's psychic energy.
Why so scary: Because she looks like what happens to your fingertips if you stay in the bath too long but a much more extreme case. She is way creepier than the woman in the original The Shining, plus when she gets out of the tub and follows the boy the skin begins to peel from her legs! And when you thought it couldn't get creepier, she sings a disturbing rendition of Old Mac Donald Had a Farm [with a little boy here, and a little boy there]
The Grey Children
Movie: Silent Hill - 2006
Who: They are the tortured souls of the children who teased the wrong girl in elementary school, now they are forced to burn over and over again.
Why so scary: Well since they don't look like any children I care to see, they are for real real disturbing. They look like bald naked children with rotted skin and twisted, contorted bodies that smolder and burn, their faces twisted around their skulls. They run at and try to grab onto anyone that they see whilst emitting the most painfully shrill screams... I know, right?
Movie: The Sixth Sense - 1999
Who: The angry spirit of a woman who slit her wrists to escape her abusive husband [apparently]
Why so scary: I cant really explain in words...If you've seen the movie you know. Probably one of the scariest things I'd seen up until then. The worst part is when the boy runs from her into his room and hides in his fort, right as he pulls the blanket "door" closed you can see her walking down the hall towards his room. It still gives me chills...
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