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Favorite Ghost Stories
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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?
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.
Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)
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?
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.
The Changeling (1980)
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.
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.
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
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.
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.
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....
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
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.
Stir of Echoes (1999)
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.
A list of my favorite films featuring ghosts.
Listed in alphabetical order.
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