Top 10… Ghost films

March 7, 2007 at 12:29 pm 14 comments

10. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Tim Burton never did scary better than with his glorious imagining of the tale of the headless horseman. Even pre-beheading he was scary, thanks to Christopher Walken

9. Thir13een Ghosts (2001)

Ghosts kept in glass prisons that you could only see with special glasses and a thirteenth ghost that was summoned by some giant machine. Ok, so the plot is a bit over the top, but it was claustrophobic and very scary

8. The Grudge (2004)

Yes, Sarah Michelle Gellar is annoying and the plot isn’t that great, but this is one of the better J-horror Western remakes. And that creepy throaty hair lady still gives me nightmares.

7. The Frighteners (1996)

Full of that wry Peter Jackson humour from his glory days of Braindead and Bad Taste, this is a very unique and enjoyable ghost film. We miss Michael J. Fox.

6. Poltergeist (1982)

“Run to the light, baby. Mommy is in the light.” After this, you’ll never be able to look at TV static or ancient Indian burial grounds the same way.

5. Ringu (1998)

Without a doubt one of the most terrifying things ever to come out of a television screen. Ringu superbly blended mystery, the supernatural and urine-inducing effects in the film that spawned the J-horror fad.

4. Ghost (1990)

Yes, it’s a romantic film, but it is fundamentally about a Ghost, as the title suggests. And it’s so iconic it deserves a place in the top 5. And it deserves extra points for trying to make pottery sexy.

3. The Eye (2002)

The tale of a recovering eye-transplant patient that begins to see dead people is simple, but effectively atmospheric and utterly terrifying. Particularly the bit in the lift (shudder).

2. Ghostbusters (1984)

An undeniable classic and despite its hilarity, is actually quite a bit scary at times. At least it was when I was a kid. Still brilliant to this day. My personal favourite ghost film, but it just seemed wrong to give it the number one spot ahead of…..

1. The Sixth Sense (1999)

It made stars of M. Night Shyamalan and Haley Joel “oh I’m so grown up” Osmond. It also proved that Bruce Willis could be sensitive. It was shocking, it was scary and it had such a blinder of a twist that it spawned the modern “compulsory twist” that horror films feel they must now have. The Sixth Sense was and still is brilliant. And it made ghosts cool again.

And the worst… White Noise (2005)

An intriguing concept isn’t enough to save this utter pile of crud from its disastrous car-crash of a plot that slowly and without shock or event, spirals towards the most dumbfoundedly awful twist. An utter mess. What was Michael Keaton thinking?

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cathy  |  March 18, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    I would put the corpse bride at the worst, awful stuff

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  • 2. Stacie  |  March 22, 2007 at 8:01 am

    Oh god I totally agree with white noise as the worst!!! can anyone actually explain the horrible ending for me?

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  • 3. MJ  |  March 22, 2007 at 11:50 am

    I thought the Grudge & Ring (Japanese version) were draggy. The Eye & 6th Sense are great! I like Sleepy Hollow but it wasn’t scary.

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  • 4. Taks  |  March 22, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    I would have disagreed if you didn’t have ‘The Sixth Sense’ in ur Top-3. But you had it at # 1 – which I completely agree.
    Also, you have got a fantabulous movies blog. I will keep coming back for more.

    Reply
  • 5. aquadog29  |  March 22, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    Thirteen Ghosts? Are you serious? I thought that was one of the worst movies I’d seen…until I saw Ghost ship, which was by the same director. I’ve vowed never to see one of his movies again.

    Reply
  • 6. corkeryd  |  March 23, 2007 at 11:27 am

    I stand by Thirteen Ghosts! Because I…. WAS that director! …… Ok, not really, but… I liked it.

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  • 7. adele  |  March 23, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    My faves:

    Beetlejuice
    Sleepy Hollow
    The Ring (yeah I know, I know)

    Worst:

    Thirteen Ghosts

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  • 8. heinzketchup  |  March 23, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    The concept and make-up artists on thirteen ghosts was its only strong point. The rest of the movie is a blur to me, even if I have seen it twice.

    Reply
  • 9. Mike  |  March 23, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Devil’s Backbone’ is excellent.

    My worst and one of which I own an actual celluloid copy is ‘The Screaming Skull’.

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  • 10. syahid ali  |  March 27, 2007 at 8:48 am

    what about Freddy Krueger?

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  • 11. bebsisms  |  March 28, 2007 at 10:03 am

    “The Others” is one of the best ghost films.

    Reply
  • 12. fancyfeast  |  March 28, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    Would the Shining be considered a ghost story? That get’s my pick

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  • 13. Red guy 55  |  March 29, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    What the fuge that list sucks

    Reply
  • 14. thebrideofthemonster  |  March 30, 2007 at 11:16 am

    I really liked Sleepy Hollow, The Frighteners and Ghost.

    Reply

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