50 Greatest Ghost Movies

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    • Toph80

      Apr 10th 2012, 7:53

      Wheres Blythe Spirit??

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    • deedeedragons

      Apr 10th 2012, 9:32

      House On Haunted Hill is totally worth it for Rush & Janssen's sparing.

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 10th 2012, 10:09

      Blackbeards Ghost was a fun romp. It will probably be remade with Zack Kannotaktforshizzle

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    • Bandit1

      Apr 10th 2012, 10:49

      Nice to see "Stir of Echoes" here...underrated movie. And even more so "Dead End"...great little flick! I would also add "Reeker" here (or "Rise of the Reeker"); not big-budget....but good enough to have some fun. But, good list, TF....even I would put "Ghostbusters" to the top!

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    • thedanieljson

      Apr 10th 2012, 11:54

      So glad to see Lake Mungo on the list, that really was a terrifying, tense and surprisingly moving film, that TF actually got me onto. Good list, went for some unexpected but worthy choices.

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    • CaptainCrazy

      Apr 10th 2012, 12:12

      Bless you TF for including High Spirits. I remember quite enjoying that when I was younger. Liam Neeson was quite touching in that. Ahem, now to grab my nuts and drink some beer.

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    • Bennyj75

      Apr 10th 2012, 13:20

      Decent list all in all TF, but "a craze is born" with Paranormal Activity...?!?!? Only if you don't include every "real" footage movie going back to Mondo and beyond......

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    • FBJHewitt

      Apr 10th 2012, 15:04

      Nicholson plays Jack Torrance in The Shining - not "Johnny" Really awesome list though! A lot I haven't seen or heard of, making plans for a few key flicks :)

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    • FBSJohnson19

      Apr 10th 2012, 15:20

      #26 - The Uninvited (1944) - Shouldn't this be the film starring Ray Milland, not the Spanish film. It has a terrific, creepy ghost at the end. :)

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    • FBSJohnson19

      Apr 10th 2012, 15:24

      p.s. Your text for #26 refers to 'The Univited Guest', a Spanish film from 2004.

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    • jelleebean

      Apr 10th 2012, 17:13

      i was getting nervous, but, then i saw The Changling at #9. BEST. MOVIE. EVER.!! I've seen this movie dozens of times, and, it still creeps me out. :)

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    • adaml23

      Apr 10th 2012, 18:41

      Weird not to see Casper on this list. And 'Whistle and I'll Come to You'. Supremely creepy.

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    • MrScary

      Apr 10th 2012, 18:42

      Not bad, but...Ghost Story, Nightmare on Elm St., and Sixth Sense all need to be higher. How is The Others higher than the Sixth Sense? It is basically a rip off. The twist at the end of Sixth = Bruce Willis is dead; the twist at the end of The Others = they're all dead.

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    • MrScary

      Apr 10th 2012, 18:43

      And isn't The Blair Witch Project a ghost story? Nowhere on the list, and was the prototype for any found-footage movie since then.

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    • DanRose

      Apr 10th 2012, 22:16

      Sorry but no mention of R-Point the Korean war ghost movie makes this list redundant.

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    • DanRose

      Apr 10th 2012, 22:20

      PS Alison Parker is the name of the character in The Sentinel. The actress was called Cristina Raines... Just think you should know.

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    • Hadouken76

      Apr 10th 2012, 23:25

      I thought Ghost would be no .1 which was about...erm..

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    • dex2010

      Apr 12th 2012, 10:33

      The Sixth Sense should be in the top 10! The Others is not a better film I agree with Mr Scary.

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    • FBNWest

      Apr 18th 2012, 19:21

      Yes! I love The Innocents. I'm so glad someone is giving it some praise.

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    • MovieMeunster

      Apr 19th 2012, 18:45

      Sorry but The Orphanage description you have written is pretty much completely misleading... she runs into the masked boy... once? not to hate i love the site... but whoever wrote that did not see the movie... anyone who saw can agree

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    • FBYBrown

      May 4th 2012, 14:48

      Nice to see "The Sentinel" on your list. It creeped me out when I first saw it at the drive-in when I was a kid, and the disfigured people as ghost still freaks me out (No pun intended here. That's how I felt, and STILL feel about it). I close my eyes at that part now. Just can't handle it. And even though I'm not a fan of re-boots, this film really deserves one.

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    • geoffstratton

      Feb 12th 2013, 15:38

      you cant be serious, paranormal activity was absolute garbage, drag me to hell was considerably better, mama the new movie is good, definatly better than some on this list, insidious wasn't bad, still think the shining is the best

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    • andrewgarrett

      Jun 14th 2013, 7:09

      Nice to see Let's Scare Jessica to Death made the list. I cannot believe the Sentinel made it, especially since a more restrained, artfully crafted, and dreadful contemporary did not, that being The Haunting of Julia (aka Full Circle) from 1977. While I do have fond affections for The Sentinel, it is in no way scary, save the thought of Bev's box being munched by her hag-faced l***o companion . In the dread, despair, and overall eeriness departments, Full Circle outclasses many on this list.

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    • Firefishe

      Jan 26th 2014, 7:43

      The Uninvited - 1944. The movie is about a sister and brother who find a charming, seaside old house (kind of a mini-mansion, by British standards; think, moderate-income, well-to-do gentry, moved-to-the-country-from-the-city and you've got it!). The house is owned by a man who's daughter experienced a life-threatening danger when she was a baby. Her adoptive father has kept this information from her for years, fearful of her remembering that her mother tried to kill her (more on that in a minute); her father has never let her near the house, forbidding her to go there. The Brother, who is a music composer and show producer, is talked into buying the house by his sister. Along the way, the Brother falls for the daughter of the house owner; they eventually fall in love, and this leads to conflict with her father, who forbids him from having her at *that* house. Oh yeah, the house is haunted! Haunted by two spirits. One, the ghost, unseen, of the daughter's real mother (birth mother), who's heard crying in the dead of night, waking up the entire house. This ghost is benevolent. The other ghost is another matter. The ghost that is seen, is the spirit of a selfish, overbearing woman (name escapes me), who adopted the homeowner's daughter as an infant, after her mother--a Spanish housekeeper--gave birth to her, but couldn't take care of her (I think.) The overbearing woman promised to give her housekeeper's daughter the best she could give--if and only if she went back to Spain, and didn't return. Unable to bear the separation from her daughter, she came back...I think...(It get's a little fuzzy here, and I'm not looking at synopses right now, but rather doing this from memory), some things happened, there was conflict, and I think the girl's mother died from an illness, or a broken heart, or something like that. Anyway, she died. After that, the overbearing woman thought her daughter was too much of a burden, and tried to throw her to her death off the sea cliff. However, while running with the babe in her arms, something happened, and she dropped the child--or was foiled by someone else--and slipped and fell to her death, instead. Hence she now haunts the mansion. Her physical manifestation is preceded by a cold, "crawling mist" that appears just before she shows her form. It is not good to be around when this happens. Eventually, the Brother confronts the overbearing woman's spirit--during the last scenes of the film--throwing a candleabrum at her after yelling that only laughter and happiness will be present in the house from that point on. Not being able to stand the sound of laughter, the ghost eventually evaporates, never to be heard from again. Brother quips in the last scene, that he just narrowly missed being the ghost's son-in-law. I just thought I'd clear this up a bit. The articlle about this being a "spanish mood piece" about a telephone call and a disappearing man doesn't fit. I thought I'd share this, as The Uninvited remains one of my favorite ghost stories to ever appear on either screen or television. It's very understated, but still scares the pants off me if I have the lights down low. This is old-school scaresville, and I Like It! :-) Cheers, Stephen

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    • Firefishe

      Jan 26th 2014, 7:48

      Oh, one other thing about my comment above: The gir's birth mother's spirit also exudes a particular scent of flowers; this is from a perfume she wore, called in the movie, "Mamosa," from the flower of the same name, I suppose. This is a key plot in the story, and I should have mentioned it. The daughter's mother's ghost uses this scent to lead the protagonists to various clues about the truth of what happened to her daughter during her early years. Cheers, Stephen

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