Horror Films: Must See Ghost Movies
Since I was in grade school reading Highlights magazine, I have always enjoyed a good scary story.
Since then, I have read numerous books from the horror genre. My favorite horror novelists are Stephen King and Dean Koontz. The best of their books are rich, engaging, and provide a complete world for the reader to become immersed in. This is the same type of experience I am looking for when I watch a horror film.
Over the years, I have sat through numerous bad horror films to occasionally find those that are capable of offering a well-crafted story, rich characters, and a good scare. These films raise the horror film genre above that of mindless, pointless gore and torture (although even those can be fun).
What follows are a list of such films that also feature ghosts in some form. If you enjoy a good scare, these movies should be on your list of must see, or see again!
Watch My Mashup of Scary Ghost Film Clips
Movies in Chronological Order
Amityville Horror (1979) -- James Brolin, Margot Kidder.
***Evil spirits inhabit a creepy looking house and turn George Lutz (Brolin) into a psycho who attacks his family.
The Shining (1980) -- Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall
***Evil spirits inhabit a creepy looking hotel and turn Jack Torrence (Nicholson) into a psycho who attacks his family.
Ghost Story (1981) -- Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Alice Krige
***Four septuagenarian men are being tormented by a spirit from their past.
Poltergeist (1982) -- Craig Nelson, JoBeth Williams
***The Freeling family is visited by a whole host of spirits who seem harmless at first but soon turn malicious.
The Entity (1982) -- Barbara Hershey, David Labiosa
***A woman (Hershey) is repeatedly attacked by an unseen presence.
The Entity Trailer
House on Haunted Hill (1999) -- Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen.
***A birthday party in an abandoned mental institution becomes a deadly struggle for survival.
The Sixth Sense (1999) -- Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment
***A child Psychologist (Willis) tries to help an introverted young boy (Osment).
Sleepy Hollow (1999) -- Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci
***Ichabod Crane (Depp) is brought into town to investigate multiple beheading deaths that the locals believe were perpetrated by a ghost.
Stir of Echoes (1999) -- Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Erbe, Illeana Douglas
***Tom Witzky (Bacon) begins to have visions after being hypnotized at a party.
What Lies Beneath (2000) -- Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford
***After her daughter goes off to college, Claire (Pfeiffer) receives visits from an otherworldly presence.
The Others (2001) -- Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan
***Ghosts visit a woman and her two photosensitive children who are essentially trapped in their home.
Thir13en Ghosts (2001) -- Tony Shalhoub, Shannon Elizabeth, Matthew Lillard, F. Murray Abraham
***Arthur Kriticos (Shalhoub) inherits an actual glass house from his deceased uncle (Abraham); but the house is haunted due to the uncle's unusual hobby.
Ghost Ship (2002) [Director's Cut] -- Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies
***A salvage crew is attacked on a derelict ship they are attempting to haul home.
Ju-on: the Grudge (2002) -- Megumi Okina, Yuya Ozeki, Takako Fuji
***In Japan, anyone who enters a house inhabited by evil spirits meets a scary end.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) -- Su-jeong Lim, Geun-Young Moon
***Two sisters who are tormented by their Stepmother are also tormented by an evil presence.
Alone (2007) -- Marsha Wattanapanich, Ratchanoo Bunchootwong
***Pim (Wattanapanich) is tormented by the ghost of her deceased twin.
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) -- Virginia Madsen, Kyle Gallner
***Cancer treatments at a far away facility cause Sara Campbell (Madsen) to hastily rent a nearby house which was once a mortuary.
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) -- Brian Boland, Sprague Grayden
***The Rey family's home security video cameras record ghost activity in their home.
Silent House (2010) -- Florencia Colucci, Abel Tripaldi
***Laura (Colucci) and her father (Tripaldi) settle down to spend the night in a house they are cleaning up for sale. Shortly after, strange noises begin tormenting Laura. The terror increases as her father goes upstairs to check on the noises but doesn't return.
The Woman in Black (2012) -- Daniel Radcliffe, Sophie Stuckey
***Lawyer Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) is sent to a small village to review the legal documents of a recently deceased woman who lived in a haunted house.
Sinister (2012) -- Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance
*** True Crime writer Ellison Oswalt (Hawke) moves his family into a house where a whole family was recently murdered. Ellison soon notices strange happenings around the house, especially after he finds a home movie of the family's slaughter.
The Conjuring (2013) -- Lili Taylor, Vera Farmiga
*** Evil spirits inhabit a creepy looking farmhouse and terrorize the Perron family.
Good Hubs on Horror Films
For more on Horror Films, check out the following hubs.
- The Devil - on the Screen
A visual history of the Devil in cinema.
- Horror Movies and Monster Films of 2012
Stevennix2001's film previews of 2012 for horror and monster movies.
- Life Lessons Learned While Watching Horror Movies
Learn all you really need to know about life while watching horror movies. You would be amazed at all the important life lessons you can take away from watching scary movies.
Written by: Jeanette Cline
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