Ghost Stories


“I will see the life run out of you”

My choices for the ten best Ghost Story films

  • The Uninvited
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Poltergeist
  • The Ring
  • A Christmas Carol ’51
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • The Fog
  • Ju-On 1 & 2
  • The Forgotten One
  • Candyman

I intended this list for ghost stories—not just films with ghosts in them, but horror films about hauntings.  However, for now, I’ve included all tales with ghosts, even comedies and romances (though my choices for the “ten best” don’t include those lighter films).  One of my favorite sub-genres, many of these films are not only enjoyable, but of high quality.

Like most sub-genres, there is a standard storyline that most of the films touch on.  In it, several heroes, who appear to have nothing to do with the cause of the haunting, find themselves in a haunted house or with a person who is haunted.  They decide they must find what tragic event happened to cause the haunting.  When they do, they confront the ghost, at which point it vanishes (sometimes happily, sometimes not), or our heroes realize that the secret means the ghost will always be there and attempt to leave themselves.

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