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Director: Lionel Jeffries
Starring: Laurence Naismith, Graham Crowden, Dorothy Alison and Benjamin Smith


A very old and mysterious solicitor, Mr. Blunden, visits Mrs. Allen and her young children in their squalid, tiny Camden Town flat and makes her an offer she cannot refuse. The family become the housekeepers to a derelict country mansion in the charge of the solicitors.

One day the children meet the spirits of two other children who had died in the mansion nearly a hundred years previously. The children prepare a magic potion that allows them to travel backwards in time to the era of the ghost children. Will the children be able to help their new friends and what will happen to them if they do?
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People who added this item 379 Average listal rating (244 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
The Awakening (2011)


Director: Nick Murphey
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Domonic West, Imelda Staunton, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Sean Dooley, Joseph Mawle and John Shrapnel


In post-World War I England, a boarding school haunted by a boy's ghost calls on Florence Cathcart who disproves hoaxes for a living. But Cathcart senses something truly strange about the school, leading her to question her belief in the rational.
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People who added this item 65 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8


Director: Robert Stevenson
Starring: Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette and Elsa Lanchester


The famous pirate's ghost returns to our time. Blackbeard has been cursed by his last wife, who was a notorious witch, so that he will never die. The only way to "break" the curse is to do (for once in his life) a good act. Is the famous pirate able to do something good?
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People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
Blithe Spirit (1945)


Director: David Lean
Based on a play by Noel Coward
Starring: Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond, Margaret Rutherford, Hugh Wakefield and Joyce Carey


Charles and his second wife Ruth are haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help sort things out by contacting the ghost.
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People who added this item 394 Average listal rating (220 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3


Director: Peter Medak
Starring: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, Jean Marsh, John Colicos and Barry Morse


A man whose family is killed in a road accident retires to a lonely mansion and begins to experience supernatural occurrences linked to the house's mysterious past and its previous owners.
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The Conjuring (2013)


Director: James Wan
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston


Based on true events, this spine-chiller tells the story of a New England family who begins having encounters with spirits in their farmhouse, and the paranormal experts who help them do battle with the supernatural forces.
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Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Fernando Tielve, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Íñigo Garcés, Irene Visedo and Marisa Paredes


During the Spanish Civil War, young Carlos is abandoned at a completely isolated orphanage. The tensions therein have been building for years, exacerbated by the unexploded bomb resting menacingly in the courtyard. Bullies scheme, tempers flare and a ghost that visits Carlos's bed seems to be the key to it all.
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People who added this item 494 Average listal rating (301 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 6
Dream House (2011)


Director: Jim Sheridan
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts and Elias Koteas


Some say that all houses have memories. For one man, his home is the place he would kill to forget.

A family unknowingly moves into a home where several grisly murders were committed...only to find themselves the killer's next target.
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Entity (2012)


Director: Steve Stone
Starring: Dervla Kirwan, Charlotte Riley, Branko Tomovic and Rupert Hill


In 1998, thirty four unidentified bodies were found in shallow graves in a remote Siberian forest. After subsequent investigations, no official explanation by the Russian authorities was ever offered about the circumstances of the deaths. The case was closed.

In 2010, a small English TV crew from the show 'Darkest Secrets' set out for the Siberian forest. 'Darkest Secrets' focuses on revisiting the sites of unsolved crimes and they employ the gifts of a psychic whose extraordinary powers may help shed new light on cold cases.

The last communication to their production office in London stated that they were approaching the Siberian region where the bodies were found. Nothing was heard from them again. 'Entity' is the story of what happened to them. The forest was only the beginning....
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People who added this item 39 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.4
Full Circle (1977)


[Also known as: 'The Haunting of Julia']

Director: Richard Loncraine
Starring: Mia Farrow, Keir Dullea, Tom Conti, Jill Bennett, Robin Gammell, Cathleen Nesbitt, Anna Wing, Edward Hardwicke and Sophie Ward


She had no one to play with for thirty years...

After the sudden accidental death of her small daughter, Julia Lofting, a wealthy American woman living in London, bolts her unhappy marriage and buys a house in Kensington which is haunted by the ghost of a quite obscenely nasty little girl who died in the 1950s and plans to use Julia as her pawn in a terrible revenge.
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Ghost (1990)


Director: Jerry Zucker
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg and Tony Goldwyn


A young New York bank executive is killed on the street at the moment in his life when everything seems to be going his way. After his death, his spirit stays around attending his own funeral, watching his grief-stricken girlfriend in the apartment they had just moved into and then devoting himself to protecting her from the people who killed him, aided by a reluctant psychic.
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People who added this item 5236 Average listal rating (3462 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
Ghostbusters (1984)


Director: Ivan Reitman
Screenplay: Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton and Ernie Hudson


Three odd-ball scientists get kicked out of their cushy positions at a university in New York City where they studied the occult. They decide to set up shop in an old firehouse and become Ghostbusters, trapping pesky ghosts, spirits, haunts and poltergeists for money.
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The Haunting (1999)


Director: Jan de Bont
Starring: Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, Lili Taylor and Bruce Dern


Hill House was built 130 years ago by a textile baron for his wife and children that they would never have. Instead it was filled with stories of tragedy and ominous tales of death that left the house uninhabited...or so it seemed.

A century later, Dr. David Marrow discovers the house and, intrigued by its history, he invites three of his patients to the house as part of a sleep disorder study. Theo, Luke and Nell come to the sudden realization that sleep will not be on the agenda when ghosts of the past manifest in terrifying visitations and the house seems to take a particularly strong interest in Nell as Dr. Marrow's study evolves into an examination of human fear.
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The Innocents (1961)


Director: Jack Clayton
Based on the novel 'The Turn Of The Screw' by Henry James
Starring: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave and Pamela Franklin


In Victorian England, the uncle of orphaned niece Flora and nephew Miles hires Miss Giddens as governess to raise the children at his estate with total independence and authority. Soon after her arrival, Miss Giddens comes to believe that the spirits of the former governess Miss Jessel and valet Peter Quint are possessing the children. Miss Giddens decides to help the children to face and exorcise the spirits.
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Director: John Hough
Based on the novel by Richard Matheson
Starring: Roddy McDowell, Pamela Franklin, Clive Revill, Gayle Hunnicutt, Roland Culver, Peter Bowles and Michael Gough


A team consisting of a physicist, his wife, a young female psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit are sent to the notorious Hell House to prove/disprove survival after death. Previous visitors have either been killed or gone mad and it is up to the team to survive a full week in isolation and solve the mystery of the Hell House.
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Mama (2013)


Director: Andres Muschietti
Producer: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse, Daniel Kash and David Fox


Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years.... but how alone were they?
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The Orphanage (2007)


Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Producer: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Princep, Geraldine Chaplin, Mabel Rivera, Montserrat Carulla, Edgar Vivar and Óscar Casas


A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, where she opens an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.
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The Others (2001)


Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan, Alakina Mann, James Bentley, Eric Sykes, Elaine Cassidy and Renée Asherson


Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne and Nicholas, have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in the face of strange events and disturbing visions.
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Passengers (2008)


Director: Rodrigo García
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, Andre Braugher, Dianne Wiest, David Morse, William B. Davis, Ryan Robbins and Clea DuVall


A grief counselor working with a group of plane-crash survivors finds herself at the root of a mystery when her clients begin to disappear.
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Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Trevor Morgan and Donnie Wahlberg


A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts of dead people.
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Director: David Koepp
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Zachary David Cope, Kathryn Erbe, Illeana Douglas


Tom, a utilities lineman, is married with a young son and pregnant wife. He hangs out with long-time pals in a Chicago neighborhood.

At a party, his sister-in-law hypnotizes him and he goes into a deep trance. Before waking him, she suggests that he keep his mind open. That night he sees flashes of violence and the ghost of a young woman. His young son too is "a receiver" but, while the boy is calm and coherent in his conversations with spirits, Tom is confused and agitated. Over time, the young woman's story comes to the surface, and Tom begins a hunt for her body that puts him and his usually understanding wife, Maggie, in grave danger.
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Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Dec 30 19:53
Good, the Others and The Orphanage are my favorites. mamma will see soon! :)
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Dec 31 13:53
Thanks for your vote, Tulipa. You'll like 'Mama' too. :)
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 1 15:40
Thansk for the list. Can you add The Conjuring? And The Grudge?
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 2 10:52
Thanks for your vote and suggestions, Evvie. :) I just watched 'The Conjuring' last night so I am definitely adding that. Very good, very scary. I haven't seen 'The Grudge' yet. Which is better, the original Korean version or the US remake?
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 2 11:46
A number of Asian horror films have been remade in the US and there are many who would tell you that the originals are all better. Personally, I think that's something you have to judge for yourself with each one. I liked the American version of The Grudge a bit better than the original.

Nice list, Kathy. I love a good ghost story. :)
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 2 11:51
Thanks so much for your vote and comment, AesthetiX. I will try to watch both versions of 'The Grudge'. :)
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 4 1:56
Some of 'em I haven't seen, but I agree with The Conjuring, Sixth Sense and a few others, I thought they were quite good movies & nice story.

I'd suggest checking out American Horror Story first season - it revolves around ghosts & stuff, and I thought the story and the whole atmosphere was better than in most horror movies. Stir of Echoes is also nice. And of course, who could forget Poltergeist.. :))
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Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 4 10:36
Thanks very much for your vote and for the suggestions, HollowPrince. :)
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 4 15:24
great selections... i would suggest The Haunting (1963) the original version from Robert Wise it's one of the best & Carnival Of Souls (1962) it's a wicked one. : )
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 4 15:26
Thanks very much for your vote and suggestions, Dark Warrior. I'm going to be very busy watching all these ghost films. :)
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 4 16:09
I would suggest Insidious, which I just watched last night. It's creepy goodness! :)
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 4 16:18
Directed by James Wan - who also directed 'The Conjuring'. Also the same lead actor: Patrick Wilson. Thanks for the suggestion, AesthetiX. :) One more film added to my 'must watch' list!
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 5 18:01
Sorry for the late answer, but I like the Original version better. Eastern ghost movies are great (and sometimes kinda creepy). If you like that, you'll also like 'Janghwa, Hongryeon' (those girls appeared also in The Shining), 'Mirrors' was also a good one. 'The Woman In Black'. And how could I forget the 'Ghostbusters' xDD And yes, also 'Casper'
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 6 9:46
Thank you for replying, Evvie. I will add 'Janghwa, Hongryeon' to my 'must watch' list. 'Mirrors' is actually on my horror movies list as it is quite gory! 'Ghostbusters' is already on this list (currently @#19) and I definitely want to see 'The Woman In Black'. 'Casper' is more a children's/family film rather than scary so I will probably make a new list for films in that category and include that one. Thanks for the suggestions. :)
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 11 9:08
Suggestions.

Grave Encounters
The Innkeepers
Sinister

Asian films have a rich history of ghost stories but a LOT of the films fall into the cliche of the long haired ghost girl seeking revenge...you may like the hybrid types (those films which are Asian but have a Western sensibility/pacing or production values) such as Shutter, Coming Soon...and maybe 2 recent anthologies Tales From The Dark which are mainly good
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 11 9:37
xxixii: thanks for your vote and suggestions! :)
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Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 24 17:52
So glad you didn't put Paranormal Activity or Insidious. Love the list.
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 24 17:55
Thanks!
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jan 29 11:31
AesthetiX: I watched Insidious last night and I was disappointed in it. Good premise but I just didn't find it scary.
:( Nowhere near as good as James Wan's next film The Conjuring which I found really frightening the first time I watched it.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jan 29 11:59
Sorry to hear that you didn't like Insidious, Kathy. I didn't find it scary, per se, but I did find the atmosphere creepy (especially late in the movie) and I loved the cast. Frankly, it's rare that I find any horror movie actually scary.

I'm still planning to watch the first four on your list here, as well as Dream House - really looking forward to that one because of the cast (I love Rachel Weisz). As I will be watching The Conjuring and Insidious 2 (hopefully soon), I'll have to compare them with the other one.

I did watch The Innkeepers awhile back and wasn't impressed with it at all. I found it slow, completely lacking in scares and the acting of the primary two castmembers was weak...that said, Kelly McGillis is great in her role and the premise of the story is good, too. I just found it poorly executed.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jan 29 12:15
Dream House had bad reviews but I really liked it because it has a big twist midway through the film. I watched Stephen King's Bag of Bones last night and it was quite good, although a few scenes reminded me of The Shining. I still plan on watching Insidious 2, although the way the first film ended, it seems like my favorite character won't be in it!
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jan 29 12:31
I've been debating on watching Bag of Bones lately, as it's on Netflix, but haven't gotten around to it yet. I'm happy to hear that you found it to your liking; I haven't really heard/seen much talk about it, so I was hesitant. I'll have to see it soon. :)

I'll look for that 'big twist' you mentioned in Dream House, too.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jan 29 12:39
Bag of Bones wasn't great but I thought it was better than Insidious! It had a few scary moments, especially at the start. I hadn't actually heard of it before but the description on the DVD case sounded interesting and I usually like anything that is written by Stephen King. It appears to have originally been shown on American TV in 2 parts rather than in the cinema.
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jan 29 18:14
I thought Bag of Bones sucked, especially since the ending in Stephen King's novel was better. A lot of scenes (compared to the novel) were bad as well, since they weren't done, or better said explained as good. I remember it clearly, because I thought - for the 15 millions they spent on making it, I could have made half better movie. Honestly, now that I look at it, I'm still shocked on what did they spend the money on (except that Brosnan probably took half lol).

Anyway, nice list. From new-ish movies, Haunter was for me done very well too, though it's a lot better when you don't know what's about/that it has ghosts :/

I just saw I posted already. lol
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jan 30 13:49
HollowPrince: That's OK that you posted twice - you mentioned different movies this time! I agree that if I've read a book first, then the film version usually disappoints me. That was the case with both Kramer vs Kramer and A Time To Kill. All I kept thinking was that the actors were miscast and that any changes to the storyline compared to the original novel were annoying.
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Mar 31 16:54
Nice list, Kathy!
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Mar 31 16:55
Thanks, JP. :)
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Sep 4 6:01
Do see Ugetsu Monogatari and Kwaidan!
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Sep 4 10:22
No, not heard of them but I'll check them out, Kenji. :)
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 2 0:15
I love some ghost movies! I love them and they are my favorite. I do believe in ghosts!
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 2 14:31
:)
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 4 4:56
Where's Poltergeist (1982)?
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 7 11:13
Not one of my favorites.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 18 21:03
Poltergeist (1982) is my all-time favorites and so does the movies on your list.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 19 21:14
Nice list. :)
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Dec 29 3:58
I kinda like that list of Shanell's. I think The Haunting (1999) is a guilty pleasure of mine.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Dec 29 4:00
:)

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