Are you lost in the wide world of horror movies with ghosts ? Are you looking for movies with these white creatures that haunt us since childhood? Do you want to surprise your friends with a hot movie they have never seen? 👻
Then welcome to skull world. Clocks, skulls, zombies and of course… ghosts are our specialty! And in this article, we’re going to list you (you’ll have noticed by now) the top 50 best ghost movies of all time.
So, having already given you a wonderful top list of zombie movies and then Halloween movies, here are 50 movies – whether romance, comedy or sci-fi – that have one (or more) ghosts at the center :
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Film #50: Casper (1995)
Casper is a bit strange to watch today compared to, for example, a film like Jurassic Park… Because the special effects are starting to get seriously dated. This makes some of his ghost figures look a little less effective. 🤔
Nonetheless, it’s a memorable film for a child audience, being surprisingly bleak and at times mature in its depictions of death and grief. It’s the absolutely perfect movie for a weekend afternoon on the sofa with the kids!
Movie #49: The Lady in Black (2012)
One could say of this film that just the fact that such a traditional ghost story is being produced in 2012 offers something new. Daniel Radcliffe, who has just completed his final appearance in Harry Potter, plays a Victorian-era lawyer who travels to the country to negotiate the sale of a house that turns out to be haunted by the ghost of the lady in black. ⚫️
The film features some amusing twists and is reminiscent of classic British haunted house films of the past as Radcliffe dashes through dark, cobweb-infested rooms, a flaming candelabra lighting his path.
Movie #48: The Grip (1982)
The Entity is an early ’80s supernatural thriller film produced with the assistance of Martin Scorsese . The great director has drawn attention to The Entity on numerous occasions, calling it one of the scariest horror movies of all time, and given the subject matter, it’s not too hard to see why…
The idea of being attacked by an invisible force, especially sexually, is the height of helplessness. Based on the true case of a woman named Doris Bither, who claims to have been attacked multiple times by the vengeful spirits of three men, this is a psychosexual knot of energy that feels like an entry into 70’s horror with a touch of sci-fi 80s looks. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but its catchphrase is particularly bewildering: « Based on a true story… yet to be told. »
Movie #47: Hypnosis (1999)
Unlike « Sixth Sense, » which relies heavily on atmosphere and suspense, Hypnosis is a true popcorn thriller , a supernatural crime thriller in which Kevin Bacon slips into a seething state of hyperactivity after the doors of his perception swing wide during a failed hypnosis session have opened. 😵
Today, the film seems to be regaining its status as an underrated horror classic. For us, Hypnosis is an effective classic, packed with themes that have been common in ghost films for as long as ghost films have existed.
Film #46 : Ju-On : The Grudge (2002)
The Grudge, along with Ringu, are the two most prominent examples of Japanese horror films. There’s nothing particularly revolutionary about this series of stories about people threatened by the ghosts of a murdered family , but what if his depiction of the childlike spirit of « Toshio » in particular doesn’t become symbolic of that entire genre has become. 😈
His caning stories may be conventional, but the artistic direction that made it possible to create this creepy child has had an undeniable influence on almost every ghost film that has come out since.
Movie #45: Amityville: The Devil’s House (1979)
His story is almost fundamental: A family moves into a new house, but as night falls, events take a turn for the worse. Secret rooms, invisible hands, disembodied voices and spiritual spirits. 👽
Famous for its blood-soaked walls, you’re bound to get scared when you see this classic. Amityville The Devil’s House was followed by five other films in the next three years alone, which took up the name of the city « Amityville » – that is, it burned into people’s minds!
Movie #44: Mom (2013)
Although Mama’s story is not particularly original, the scenes follow one another with many « ghost effects ». For example, the first shot shows a car with the door open, empty but moving, with the radio broadcasting the news. 🧐
There are many classic horror films that explore the whimsicality of children, but Andrés Muschietti manages to make children appear otherworldly and dangerous… The director also gets solid performances from his actors, particularly Jessica Chastain. It’s hard not to sympathize with her character, Annabel.
Movie #43: The Adventures of Bill and Ted (1991)
There’s no denying the charm, wit, visual panache, and postmodern joy of this sci-fi/comedy hybrid sequel, starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as the savior of humanity from a brain-dead state. 🧠
Framing the story with evil robots Bill and Ted trying to block our heroes’ path to glory is pretty stupid. The fun only comes when the Schmoes are killed and must find a way to rise again. That takes them to paradise, accompanied by death, played surprisingly gently by William Sadler.
Movie #42: The House of the Damned (1973)
Each generation gets a haunted house movie that reflects the movie mentality of that era, and for the 1970s this might be The Legend of Hell House (original version).
A doctor assembles a team of psychics to deal with the evil of a haunted house, and the house doesn’t disappoint. It declares war on the characters practically from the start, but the plot is complicated by having all the explorers plotting against each other at the same time. The House of Hell boasts a canonical screenplay, lush cinematography and, for the time, pleasant colors.
Movie #41: Room 1408 (2007)
Room 1408 is an adaptation of the Stephen King novel. It’s a ghost story of devious and high quality, and presents one of the few must-see portrayals of John Cusack in the last 15 years. Here Cusack plays a kind of cynical charlatan, a paranormal investigator and a writer who doesn’t believe a word of what he writes. Until he sets foot in room 1408… 🗝
It is a descent into hell for the main character. The Bad Hotel Room It is important to most people that they come to terms with the ghosts of previous generations. Sacrifices the room and taunts him with the demons of his own past. It all leads to a surprisingly poignant ending that offers some hope for peace in the afterlife. Entertaining and a little spooky, Room 1408 is a film that we rate well above the average horror of major productions.
Film #40: Session 9 (2001)
Alongside films like Lake Mungo, it’s often referred to as a psychological/supernatural independent film that achieves a lot on a very small budget.
Its plot revolves around an asbestos clean-up team clearing out an abandoned mental asylum. It’s not your typical haunted house, filled to the brim with apparitions and scares. Rather, it’s a psychological, often bewildering, thriller that constantly requires the audience to reconsider the nature of reality and a character with a perhaps unreliable point of view. Does everyone go crazy? Which characters are really alive or dead?
Movie #39: Ouija: The Origins (2016)
While the first Ouija was a film devoid of a shred of originality, its sequel, directed by Mike Flanagan, a horror fanatic and prolific genre filmmaker, carries with it the aesthetic of 1960s horror.
The director delivers a horror film for adults 13 and up that skillfully blends the modern sensibilities of the genre with time-tested stylistic approaches from its origins. Ghosts, fear and much more – a film that you should definitely see!
Movie #38: 2 Sisters (2003)
2 Sisters is a complex and somewhat confusing Korean horror film. An intricate mix of relationships and family drama that encounters a possible supernatural threat. This Korean horror film is one of the most popular films of all time. It combines a tale of psychological/mental torture with a classic ghost almost reminiscent of the great Hollywood classics. 🔦
It follows a pair of sisters – as the title suggests – as the older sister is released from a psychiatric facility and returns to the dysfunctional family dynamic that placed her there. From here, the film raises many questions: What are the true motivations of the sisters’ cruel stepmother? What is tormenting the youngest of the sisters? Is the father an accomplice in a murder ? What really happened to the sisters’ birth mother as she lay sick in her now-haunted house? This is undoubtedly a film that you almost have to see several times. Because the development of his plot is rather difficult to grasp right away .
Movie #37: The Adventures of Mrs. Muir (1947)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a 1940s classic, following a young widower who moves his daughter into a house by the sea, where she encounters the grumpy ghost of her former owner, a ship’s captain. An unlikely romance slowly develops between the two, with our protagonist using the captain’s life experiences to write a bestseller. ✍️ It’s
all pretty basic, full of « misunderstandings » and false starts, as you’d expect in most romances of the era, but Harrison is quite dashing in the role of Captain Gregg. It’s an excellent « ghost movie » for a date, provided you like historical cinema.
Movie #36: Ghosts vs. Ghosts (1996)
The Frighteners (Original Version), is a bizarre mix of fantasy, horror and comedy that should arouse admiration from people who are fans of this mix. It’s a supernatural revenge story that benefits from frenetic characters like Jake Busey and an extremely edgy Jeffrey Combs in the role of an FBI agent driven to the limit. ☠️
Film #35 : Candyman (1992)
Candyman functions as both a gothic romance splendour , and a scathing condemnation of government neglect and urban decay in Chicago’s poorest slums. Sometimes Candyman is black, sometimes sexy, and sometimes he’s just plain gross. 🤮
Tony Todd as the main character has a certain hypnotic quality that delicately walks the line between the whimsical and the terrifying , while Virginia Madsen as the main character actually let her director hypnotize her on set to properly convey the feeling of falling under the Candyman charm convey.
Movie #34: Tooth (1980)
If you’re a horror fan, it’s hard not to like the core premise of the mist, with its clouds of white vapor bringing a quick death. A slightly larger budget was made available for the sequel to John Carpenter’s « Halloween », which is why the special effects turned out much better. The Fog (Original Version) is a cast superior film that stars Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis , albeit in a lesser role.
It’s about a California coastal town that celebrates its 100th anniversary while dark secrets from the 1800’s are unearthed. It turns out that the « City Fathers » have committed some pretty serious crimes against humanity, and a band of restless revenants are now seeking their well-deserved revenge. Adrienne Barbeau, the carpenter’s wife at the time, is drawn into this madness.
Film #33 : Ghost (1990)
Patrick Swayze’s 1990 Ghost also has elements of romance, comedy, mystery and some pretty stunning special effects for a film that is now 30 years old. The film exudes a certain spiritual lightness. A kind of « not-upside-down » that feels good.
Grab your best drink by your side and watch this now-classic film. You will find a rather unlikely and completely inscrutable ghost there. The film’s main character goes in circles only to find that… check out the ending for yourself! 🙃
Movie #32 : The Haunted House (1959)
Every William Castle film has its own rural charm, but House on Haunted Hill (Original Version) is a true masterpiece. He has absolutely everything: a big spooky house, a secret, and a deeply comical walking skeleton. 🦴
For us, it’s the quintessential 1950s horror movie, even if it didn’t come until the end of the decade. It’s totally detached from today’s standards, but it has funny and excessive performances, a bit of spiritual dialogue and a good dose of horror. It’s the kind of movie you can watch over and over again without getting bored.
Film #31 : The Innkeepers (2011)
The Innkeepers shares some of the same DNA as The House of the Devil (from the same director). It’s rawer and more « real, » though, owing to the largely mundane exploits of two friends (Sara Paxton and Pat Healy) who work in an old, seedy hotel and conduct late-night paranormal investigations at their workplace. 🤫
Eventually, things fall into place during the night, and the film evolves into a fairly classic ghost story . Some will accuse him of being slow or spending too much time dwelling on unimportant things, while others love these suspenseful scenes.
Film #30 : Under the Shadow (2016)
Under the Shadow is a different kind of horror film that tangibly conveys Iran’s claustrophobia during its tumultuous post-revolutionary period. Anvari, himself from a family that eventually fled the Ayatollah’s regime, made Under the Shadow as a statement of rebellion and tribute to his own mother. 👿
The main character faces her own demons while protecting her child from an equally demonic spirit.
Film #29 : House (1977)
How to describe House? Anyone who has seen this crazy Japanese mix of horror, comedy and fantasy knows that it’s no easy task. House was often described as « like Jaws, only with a house ». But the comparison isn’t entirely accurate – where Spielberg’s film is a classic adventure, Obayashi’s is like a bad scare trip. 🤯
Animated cats, disembodied flying heads and slow motion monsters are welcome. If there is another movie where a woman is devoured by an evil living piano, please let us know in the comments.
Film #28 : Conjuring (2013)
James Wan is undoubtedly at least a better than average horror film director. The creator of big-budget series like Saw has a knack for creating populist films that retain a vestige of his own artistic identity. The Conjuring is the scariest of all his feature films . 🔪
His story about a haunted house is nothing new, but few films of this style in recent years have the charm of this old, creaky Rhode Island farmhouse. The film throws you in for some great non-traditional horrors while also reminiscent of classic ghost stories from the Golden Age. Its intensity, work on the effects, and unrelenting nature put it several notches above standard horror.
Film #27 : Oculus (2013)
When you hear that the focal point of Oculus is a haunted mirror , you’d expect a fairly classic ghost story, but this latest release turns out to be a surprisingly ambitious concept from up-and-coming horror director Mike Flanagan.
The film begins by blending two stories, interwoven to the point of confusion, in an attempt to blur the lines of reality. It’s an elegant and spooky horror film that deviates from the norm. Look no further if you want to have a good time.
Movie #26 : Ringu (1998)
The film begins with the deadly haunting of a teenager and then follows Asakawa, a local television journalist, who organizes stories about urban legends. The problem is that the story on the VHS tape about the campfire that curses you with death in seven days isn’t just a legend. 🔥
Packed with striking visuals, a chilling sound design, and cinematography that conveys the fear and paranoia of its doomed and desperate protagonists, it’s easy to see why this forefather of the J-horror genre has taken the West by storm.
Film #25 : Grave Encounters (2011)
It’s hard to understand why Grave Encounters doesn’t have a better reputation among horror geeks . This movie is set up as a perfect parody of inept ghost hunting TV shows. So imagine what could happen if one of these charlatan-filled teams gets dumped in a truly evil place. 🔮
Grave Encounters goes far beyond what is expected of it: you hear this premise and expect a frantic disabled person running and screaming in the dark, but it offers much more…
Movie #24 : The Carnival of Souls (1962)
Carnival of Souls (Original Version) is an artistically challenging film. It’s a small, spooky, effective and impressive tale of ghouls, guilt and restless spirits. The story follows a woman on the run from her past who is haunted by the visions of a pale-faced man, beautifully filmed (and played) by director Herk Harvey. 🗿
As she seems to disappear into existence, the very nature of her reality is being questioned. Carnival of Souls is a seminal, low-budget psychological horror film and has been credited as an influence on fever dream visions ever since.
Film #23 : The Canal (2014)
This independent Irish horror film presents Ivan Kavanagh as a serious and remarkably capable director. It’s a psychologically intense minefield, the kind of film Polanski would have made if ghosts really existed in Repulsion. It is perfectly assembled and beautiful to look at. 👀
The story sadly gets a bit too literal and ends a little cleanly in the last 15 minutes, but the film creates an extremely effective web of terror and genuine fear throughout its course .
Film #22 : Crimson Peak (2015)
Here, the director brought together the likeable trio of Mia, Tom, and Jessica to play out his film’s deadly conflicts, which makes sense: in del Toro’s world, the dead are bound to be just as amazing as the living.
Much like The Devil’s Backbone, used here as Del Toro’s reference point, Crimson Peak embraces the « possessed » part of the viewer. Featuring demonic spirits in a Victorian romance that would make our ancestors beam with pride, this film is a must-see masterpiece.
Movie #21: A Christmas Carol (1984)
The question wasn’t so much whether « A Christmas Carol » belonged in a list of « ghost films » – because the ghosts drive the whole story! But which version to choose, because it is a story that has been filmed many times. There are tons of good options to choose from: from the 1951 classic, to the Muppet’s version, to the surprisingly good 1999 TV version… ✍️
We went for George C. Scott’s version, though, because what other actor seems so perfectly born to play old Ebenezer Scrooge? This Christmas carol is a happy compromise between more approachable (and spooky) versions like Alastair Sim’s and more serious ones like Muppets’, while always having a good time.
Movie #20 : The Mysterious Cliff (1944)
The film encyclopedia is not short of ghost stories from before 1944, but The Uninvited (original version) threw a big punch at the norm with its (then) somewhat risky decision. Before that date, ghosts in movies were usually exposed as the work of charlatans, much like Scooby Doo. However, The Uninvited has opted for a family mystery/drama that inevitably touches us emotionally. 😰
The action takes place in a seaside mansion that has been the scene of violence in the past and now threatens to become violent again as the descendants of the first victims (and perpetrators) return to be visited by the sins of their ancestors.
Movie #19 : The Others (2001)
The Others (Original Version) is a majestic ghost thriller, classic in structure, gorgeous in appearance and somewhat familiar in its plot. Borrowing a pattern from Gothic horror fiction, it’s hard not to see Nicole Kidman as a great actress.
The Other takes the basics of this type of story and adds some more modern layers to it: an absent husband who mysteriously returns, a pair of servants who seem to know more than they’re letting on, some really creepy scenes getting into the kids are involved. And many more elements that will surely make you tremble.
Film #18 : Mungo Lake (2008)
In Lake Mungo there are no ghosts or demons chasing screaming people down a hallway, but above all a story about family, emotions and our desire to put an end to it after death … The focus of the story is a family who is about to drown of a daughter, the family’s involvement in what may or may not be haunted, and the mother’s desire to find out what kind of life her daughter had lived. ❓
Packed with strong actors and subtle camera angles, this is a family drama with a touch of the supernatural, which pushes along the ragged edges of mental health. If there is a « horror drama » then this documentary style film deserves the title.
Movie #17: Until the End of Dreams (1989)
There is a bit of imagination in most sports dramas, which are often about overcoming impossible obstacles and reaching the top. But Field of Dreams (Original Version), based on Kinsella’s novel Shoeless Joe, is not a story about athletic achievements or victories. It’s a story about believing in the magic of sport.
The story is about fathers and sons, about the hard work of the game, about switching off from the worries of the real world to play a game. In other words, it’s the story of baseball, the only sport that can turn an Iowa cornfield into a little piece of paradise. Of course, the trip will not be a bed of roses…
Movie #16 : A Ghost Story (2017)
With an outrageous title like A Ghost Story, it’s not surprising that David Lowery’s film isn’t a typical story about paranormal activity . It might even be one of the most epic under 90 minute movies ever made. Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara play the role of a married couple in the film. They live in an old house. He is attached to it, she wants to move out. This conflict gives us a feeling of friction, but we are also shown genuine affection, especially when the two embrace after being woken up in the middle of the night by an amazing piano hit on the C… 🎹
Then the man dies unexpectedly in a car accident. In the aftermath, the film takes its time to reveal its bold intentions. The dialogues in A Ghost Story are quiet and difficult to understand at times, the camera takes are long and the cinematography is silent. Therefore, the film is not suitable for everyone. But if you’re looking for something non-traditional, this is for you!
Film #15 : We Are Still Here (2015)
We Are Still Here might be the scariest movie of 2015, even after David Robert Mitchell’s famous and disturbing It Follows. But Geoghegan deals wonderfully with fear. We Are Still Here starts off with a bloodbath to set things straight straight away. 🩸
The director plays with danger and questioning throughout the story. Plus, there’s this New England Winter to add another layer of desperation. The weather outside the haunted house is appalling.
Movie #14: Coco (2017)
Doesn’t this animated film from Pixar studios deserve adjectives like « vibrant » and « beautiful » and maybe even « juicy »? Without any doubt. Thanks to its story and above all its image quality, Coco is one of the great successes among horror films for children. 🙀
This is the story of Miguel struggling to make his dreams come true. But he has to deal with little ghosts who want to complicate his task!
Film #13 : The Beyond (1981)
The Beyond (Original Version) is perhaps Lucio Fulci ‘s best non-zombie film . That’s not to say it doesn’t have zombies in it, but it’s not a zombie-centric movie, it’s more like… ghosts! 👻
The Beyond is set in and around an old, derelict hotel that just so happens to have one of those Gates of Hell in its basement. Of course, when it opens, all hell starts raging inside the building. It’s a film that combines the aesthetics of a haunted house with demonic possession: undead and ghostly apparitions.
Film #12 : Personal Shopper (2017)
What makes the enigmatic story appealing is an unseen presence that seems to be in contact with the main character’s deceased twin brother. Being pursued by an unseen assailant makes the film one of our top ghost films. Nothing in this film follows directly from what came before, so a sudden appearance of suggestive and potentially dangerous text messages could be interpreted as a threat… 😐
Personal Shopper transforms from a ghost story into a suspense-packed thriller. But this genre leap is how Assayas brings a light-hearted approach to serious questions about grief and disillusionment. Worth seeing!
Movie #11: The Orphanage (2007)
It’s safe to say that director JA Bayona was more than influenced by Guillermo Del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone when he conceived The Orphanage (original version). But the film also bets on a more majestic gothic horror style rather than the dusty and seedy realism of Del Toro’s Spanish Civil War ghost story. 💀
Here we have something a little more grandiose: a ruined mansionby the sea filled with spirits. A woman moves into the orphanage where she grew up with her husband and young son before being drawn into the secret history of the home and the other former orphans who lived there alongside her. Deep emotions and the impossible desire to protect loved ones from the inevitable permeate the film.
Film #10 : Beetlejuice (1988)
After a short vacation, Barbara and Adam Maitland find uninvited guests in their home. Maybe they’re dead and their house has been sold to a poor, clueless couple. That doesn’t mean Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin have to like it, though. After several unsuccessful attempts, the Maitlands make the mistake of hiring an exorcist to drive the spirits away. 📿
As time goes by, the hired gun spirals out of control and we find ourselves with Tim Burton’s whimsical vision of a story gone really wrong. This movie is one of those ghost story movies that most of the family can enjoy.
Film #9 : The Sixth Sense(1999)
With superb performances from Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment, and a justifiably chilling atmosphere, The Sixth Sense (Original Version) was nothing short of a phenomenon when it hit theaters in 1999. It really is a scary movie, especially the scene where Cole gets locked in a box with an abusive ghost …
Willy-nilly, Shyamalan (the director) crafted a spooky film that still holds up today, and then spent most of the next decade continuing the same feat with films that weren’t as successful.
Movie #8: The Devil’s Sword (2001)
The Devil’s Backbone , (original version) is by far its director’s scariest work. Set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War and again told from the perspective of a young child, The Devil’s Backbone is an escape from a world of horrors through fantasy or the existence of a fairytale realm and a confrontation of those personal horrors in the darkness of reality and with all limits of impotence. ⚔️
Santi, the young ghost, which haunts this Spanish orphanage, is a mystery, a cipher whose desires are foreign to us. Slowly building the tension as a dud from the war happily flies away in the courtyard like a living reminder of the violence that surrounds them, The Devil’s Backbone combines some of the ghostly horrors of the film The Orphanage discussed above.
Film #7: Ghostbusters (1984)
As a plethora of movies in the ’80s and a slew of cartoons would prove, ghostbusters had a massive appeal to children. The film follows a team of parapsychologists as they investigate the problem of great minds in New York. Of course, some of the special effects are dated, but sometimes that old-time quality is amused. 🙃
And although the villains are from the afterlife, they are also very kid-friendly. Featuring Slimer, a toy that starts the chase and Stay-Puft’s giant marshmallow man. Pass this classic comedy on to the next generation to take culture to the next level!
Movie #6: The Devil’s Child (1980)
George C. Scott plays a melancholy composer grieving the loss of his recently deceased wife and daughter in Peter Medak’s film about a haunted house and supernatural crime thriller. Described by Martin Scorsese as one of the scariest films of all time, The Changeling (Original Version) deals with horror to the fullest. Medak plays the ever-increasing fear of the unknown with the precision of a horror master. 😩
After moving to a new home, a centuries-old mansion also occupied by the restless spirit of a young boy, John Russell digs into the story of an institutional cover-up and power wielded in monstrous ways in the name of financial gain.
Movie #5 : The Devil’s House (1963)
Director Robert Wise had hoped to encounter paranormal phenomena while filming this film adaptation of a novel by Shirley Jackson. Unfortunately this was not the case. Nonetheless, he left viewers with a pretty creepy and very stylish imaginary experience. Anthropology professor John Markway investigates reports of paranormal phenomena at the spooky New England estate known as the Hill House. 🏚
His environment consists of two psychically gifted but very different women: Eleanor and Theodora. As well as skeptic and Hill House heir Luke Sanderson. Wise creates a range of uneasiness and suspense with a staging style that leaves much room for speculation as to just how much of the paranormalis in what we see and how much of it is due to the distorted perception of the characters….
Movie #4 : Poltergeist (1982)
Steven Spielberg’s first major hit in the producer’s seat coincided with ET. The Freelings are a « typical, » low-key, middle-class family living in a peaceful suburb that becomes less peaceful when the house is gripped by supernatural disturbances. The house canary dies. Strange weather events are happening. Carol Ann, the youngest child, stands in front of the television in one of the most iconic moments in horror film history and is illuminated by a mysterious beam of green light as the room begins to shake. 🧐
While Carol Ann is repeatedly drawn to television, where she begins to talk to « TV people » and is eventually drawn into a dimensional vortex in the closet, father Steve consults parapsychologist Dr. Lesh Lesh realizes she’s overwhelmed and calls an exorcist …
Film #3 : Kwaidan (1964)
In Kwaidan, a selfish and poor man leaves his wife to marry another woman, only to find that he has made a grave mistake. It plunges him into a gothic nightmare of decay and regret. The film shows a blind, music-making monk confronting a family of ghosts. 💮
The director creates a myth for his country’s (Japan) haunted past based on these suspenseful ghost stories that set the mood around campfires.
Movie #2: The Innocents (1961)
There are few gothic horror films more iconic than this one. Dressed in a flowing nightgown, wandering the hallways of a Victorian country house at midnight, a flaming candelabra in hand, sweeping up cobwebs to find the source of a mysterious noise, the main character isn’t exactly about to have a good time . 🕯
The young housekeeper takes care of two orphans whose rich uncle has no place in his heart for his family members. From the first moment the ghostly presence of the past is palpable and the scene is designed to send shivers down our spines…
Film #1 : Shining (1980)
Another film adaptation of a Stephen King novel! The main character is a badass from the first moments we meet him at his job interview. And it only gets worse from there, with the implicit threat of violence against Danny and Wendy hanging like the sword of Damocles over every scene. ⚔️
His madness is masterfully evoked through some of the most iconic visual and, most importantly, audio montages in cinematic history. Few horror films have used sound in such a bewildering way as The Shining. This movie is penetrating, just like The Exorcist, ingrained in your bones and infecting every perspective you have on the horror genre for the rest of your life. This is a must-see monumental film without waiting a minute longer!
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