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Added by The Mighty Celestial on 21 Oct 2012 08:03
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My Top 35 Halloween Favorites: Ghosts

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People who added this item 1327 Average listal rating (883 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
  Even when they're dead, aliens can still become a marauding, world conquering nuisance by hanging around as hordes of a massive spirited phantom plague (and how's that for a theme for a sci-fi horror flick disguised as a video game film?).

      As a fan of the Final Fantasy game series, I was off the wall when I first saw the the trailer for this movie adaptation. I remember thinking to myself, "Holy crap, the New Millenium of cinema has truly begun!!". 
   However, after I watched it at my local cineplex, I was pretty disheartened at how boring the story was, especially considering the amount of potential that seemed to be  locked within the premise of the plot. Layered on top of that disappointment was the fact that, because motion capture technology was still in it's early stages at the time that The Spirits Within was made, the human characters depicted here ended up looking rather stiff , incedibly "wooden", and with very little distinguishable features required to make any of them memorable or even relatable.  Technically speaking, they were "drawn" as three dimensional images, but even with the advanced leap in the amount of pixels per image, they still ended up looking very "flat". In short, considering how visually groundbreaking the video game that this film is based on, the movie  version proved to be rather underwelming. 
  So, the question arises, if I was that disappointed by this movie, why is it on this list of ghostly favorites? 
  And the answer is that, after I got over my initial fustration with this so-called "adaptation" of FF, in following rewatches, I began to feel that it wasn't so bad that I couldn't give it a revisit every once in a while. Especially since at such an early stage of the New Millenium, the overall visuals (the humans not withstanding) were really something to behold, despite some of the aesthetic flaws. On a technological level, this was still considered a major stepping stone that would eventually lead to some of the most high tech images we would end up seeing, not just on movies screens today, but also, in the crossing over of video-game technology.
   So, despite all this, plus the fact that this first FF flick isn't very Halloweeny, I'm still including it this ghost list just because it still has the kind of ghostly spirits that this list is based on, and which  lurk within.
People who added this item 30 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.5
The Invisible (2002)
A high school teenager finds himself to be invisible to all the other kids in school. And not just cuz of his lack of personality.
The boy's a ghost. And thus begins a tale of redemption from beyond the "other side".

The Invisible (or Den Osynlige, in it's original Swedish title) is yet another fine example of a "foreign" film that got went largely ignored here in the United States because Hollywood decided to produce an inferior remake instead. And of course, in this remake (also called The Invisible, BTW), they eliminated most of the distinctive elements of the original and replaced it with the standard tricks that are supposed to help make the movie a success at the box office.
Which it wasn't.
Gotta love those formula flicks, huh?
People who added this item 786 Average listal rating (528 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Fog (1980)
Okay, I guess the description box for this film should focus on the subject of this thread.
But I'm not gonna lie (not that I have so far.....it's just that, well.....I'm not gonna start now.....), there are only a couple of reasons that have nothing to do with ghosts as to why I like this movie so much.
And both those reasons have to do with Adrienne Barbeau.

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People who added this item 627 Average listal rating (372 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.4
Session 9 (2001)
A small group of professional asbestos removers find out what can be even scarier than having a job as asbestos-removers:
"cleaning out" an old abandoned mental state hospital, where the walls have a tendency to whisper out your name and old patient session tapes that reveal the darkness that lays not only within those same walls, but also the darkness that dwells within your soul.

People who added this item 4723 Average listal rating (3267 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Beetlejuice (1988)
When ya wanna bust up a family to scare 'em outta a house, who ya gonna call? Ghosts!
But if you already are a ghost who hasn't yet developed the haunting chops needed to muster up a flight fright,
who ya gonna call?
Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice!

A year before they brought Batman as a dark knight to the big screen for the first time, director Tim Burton and Michael Keaton teamed up to bring this freaky film full of fantom foible and fear-themed farts.
Oops, I meant farce. Fear-themed farce.
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People who added this item 68 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.5
Saint (2010)
Guilty pleasure alert! Guilty pleasure alert!!!

For those of you may like your festive foreign films to have a bit of an edge (like the kind of edge you might find at the end of a large bladed scythe-like object) to 'em,
well then,
y'all may want ta check out "Saint" ("Sint" in it's original Dutch title.....don't know why Listal has it listed as "Saint Nick" in it's english translation, but whatever.......).
Not only does star a "Bad Santa" of the darkest nature, it even features a few Black Petes, although why they're called Black has nothin' to do with their skin color. It's more about what these guys and their jolly ol' leader do on when they're out on their slayrides than anything to do with the controvesy of their tradition.

People who added this item 2846 Average listal rating (1896 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Coraline (2009)
As a comicbook nerd, I first became aware of Coraline as a graphic novel written by comicbook writer Neil Gaiman (though, it's original format of release is as a novella).
It's horror fantasy for young readers and as a film, it's a fine modern update of the Alice In Wonderland theme, with it's mixed ingredients of creative psychodelica, slightly edged childlike wonder, along with a nice dash of horror, but just enough to gurgitate a lump of fear in the throat of the kiddie audience within its targeted age. But not so much that it would scare any of it's viewers to the point of absolving their parents of any responsibility for any trauma that might lead 'em up to the top of a building with a sniper gun, later on in life.

  Obviously, this first installment in the massively huge franchise of Dr. Jones is much more known as being a blockbusting summertime adventure than a Halloween favorite. But you don't get to the top level of thrills that Raiders Of The Ark has done without a few chills thrown in.
  Now even though everyone and their mother (and father, and cousins and aunts and uncles) has seen this movie, I won't be able to get into the whole ghost aspect of it since it occurs near the end and would probably cause me unleash a spoiler upon that one hermit who hasn't seen it yet (and with my luck, is a member of this site). Suffice to say that, if you were to watch only the last climatic scene of RotLA, you'd almost think for sure that the rest of it was a horror movie. And a pretty damn good one, too.

People who added this item 286 Average listal rating (202 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
 It's a pretty well known factoid that, despite it's critical and commercial success,  Stephen King was none too thrilled with Stanley Kubrik's depiction of The Shining onto the silver screen. And after anyone reads the original novel, it's kind of easy to see why, since the movie tends to deviate quite a bit of King's more fantastic elements of the story. Of course, I don't think diminishes the overall quality of Kubrik's version, but there's no doubt the two are almost two completely tales and takes of terror.
 And that's where Doctor Sleep comes in.

 This is basically an effort to try and merge the disconnects that separate King's and Kubrik's versions, with more of a leaning towards King's satisfaction. And while Sleep does a very viable job of this, ultimately, it doesn't do anything to help rank itself up against the classic position that Kubrik's Shining has been firmly cemented in for decades. Now, don't get me, it is a worthy watch for any fan of horror, particularly anyone who deligantly follows King's prose book after book. But it's inclusion into the world that the king of fear has built hasn't done anything to dejustify the path that Kubrik established in his celluoid take all things Shiney.
One of the lists that I created here on this site is one that features my favorite 2-D animated films. And in it, I explain that, as a kid, Disney films didn't do all that much for me. I was always more into the cartoons that contained some kind of an edge to 'em, whether they be in the style of animation that is utilized, in the story or in the use of the humor (ala the early Bugs Bunny shorts).
However, one of the rare Disney backed features that qualified for the list was this one, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
Their telling of The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow contained enough fright in it's climax, that every year during Halloween, after it aired on TV, I would find myself curled up with the sofa cushion for security against the goosebumps that resulted with every watch.
And as kid who loved horror-related material, that's what it was all about.

People who added this item 285 Average listal rating (210 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
Okay, so we all know by know how a broken home can start when dad, as the head of the household, decides to leave mom. But when mom starts to shows signs that she not all together "up there", then the home gets even more broken. And when an old family friend decides to overstay her welcome, even when she's dead, then the family situation is more than just broken... now it's just plain "lights out".

To be honest, I wasn't really sure if this movie fit into this list. In a interview with the director of Lights Out stated that the supernatural creature of this story, named "Diana", did start out as a "ghost". And when I first watched this film, which was before I read that interview, I didn't even consider "Diana" to be a ghost. I mean, sure, she was originally a human being who died and then became "Diana", but in her supernatural form, she doesn't quite have the attributes of a ghost. To me, she comes off much more as nocturnal entity of darkness that is all her own.
But still, since I know that many who watch Lights Out will catergorize it as a "ghost film", I will include on this list, but as an entry with an asterix attached to it.
People who added this item 53 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.1
Atrocious (2010)
 A family is found dead in their house out in the country and the only evidence that authorities have to work on is a video cassette found at the site. On it is a recording of the family's last five days and the strange occurrences that built up to tell the story of what (or may have) happened, and led up to the "end".

 Following the runaway success of The Blair Witch Project, a slew of low-budget films took on the formula of the found footage genre in order to cash in the popular and easily accessible process of making a movie. And just like most overnight fads, the majority of the end results of these efforts fall short of the movies that originally made the trend so trendy.
However, within the vast sea of these film failures, one or two of 'em, just out of the odds of the numbers, stand out as an above average effort. For me, Atrocious is one of those few.
People who added this item 93 Average listal rating (65 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.7
A house out in the middle of a New England nowhere takes naps that last for thirty years, and wakes up when its time to feed. Need I mention that what it feeds on are human souls? 

As a movie that is called "We Are Still Here", not much explanation is needed as to why it's here on this particular list?
With ghosts, haunted houses, thirsts for blood, and evil worshipping  townspeople, this film is one that pretty much covers the checklist required for good, old fashioned fear-fraught fun. 
People who added this item 62 Average listal rating (44 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.5
 Down in the outskirts of the Argentinian Capital of Buenos Aires, a trio of neighbors begin to experience mysterious and very spooky paranormal phenomena. The local police commissioner and a couple of metaphysical investigators come in to examine the weird ghostly going-ons that are going on in that patricular part of the block and soon discover that whatever dark forces are behind the unearthly events are not shy to commit their arcane atrocities to anyone, even if they hold a badge or a degree in supernatural studies.

 While it most likely won't make to the top of any classic horror movies lists, Terrified, or Aterrados in it's native language, does have, IMO, a good set up for it's premise and despite it's mostly straightfoward linear trajectory, doesn't necessaritly go where you would expect for a demonic formula flick to go. I also liked that the story holds onto the mystery of the horror element that was the basis of the story, but not in the you-decide-for-yourself manner that tends to  frustrate scary cinema fans so much these days. 
 As I already mentioned, not an instant classic, but still,  Terrified  is the type of import coming up from the South American continent that gets me excited for the next new wave of fright-filled films  that are inceasingly coming in from all over the world. 
People who added this item 826 Average listal rating (521 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
What is a ghost?
A tragedy condemned to repeat itself time and again?
A moment of pain, perhaps?
Something dead which still seems to be alive?
An emotion suspended in time.
Like a blurred photograph.
Like an insect trapped in amber.
A ghost.

That's what I am.

Guillermo Del Toro's tale of how an orphanage-turned-temporary safe-haven begins to show signs of a haunting after one of the orphan boys disappears (can you see why I stressed the comparison to Del Toro on my Orhanage entry?).
A story that may seem somewhat simplistic at first,
but when combined with the background dramas of both the lead characters, along with those hinted at of the supporting characters, along with the blatant "not-so-blatant" metaphors that are the director's strong-suit (that is, it's his strong-suit only if he isn't directing a Hellboy movie),
The Devil's Backbone turns out to be a satisfyingly rich movie that goes more for creepy metaphysical melodrama than it does for in-your-face scare tactics.
People who added this item 395 Average listal rating (191 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
I really like anthology films and not only is Memories one of my favorites in this category, but it's also one of favorite 2D animated films of all time.
Three stories, all written by manga artist extraordinaire Katsuhiro Otomo, of Akira fame (another of my anime faves).
For the purposes of the theme of this list is the first story, "Magnetic Rose".

The crew of The Corona, a deep space salvage freighter, heeding a distress signal, find themselves in an outer space "Sargasso", trapped in a nightmare of memories and a magnetic vortex, all at the hand of a spiritual succubus.
People who added this item 2940 Average listal rating (1847 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.1
Casper (1995)
The supernatural world collides with the natural world when live action meets animation in this tale in which living people can see dead people. But in a cute, heartwarming way, considering that this is a film for all ages and is centered on the friendliest ghost you know.

I know that this semi-popular children's favorite may not be everybody's otherworldly cup-of-tea,
but still....
do I really need to explain why Casper's first outing into full feature movie has a semi-sentimental spot in my heart?
I mean, other than the fact many a ghost-themed movie list wouldn't be complete without this kiddie-driven staple of the genre.
People who added this item 3040 Average listal rating (1992 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Ghost (1990)

I ain't 'fraid no ghost.
Especially if it takes on the form of a dirty dancing roadhouser like Patrick Swayze.
Ghost is a romance film whose supernatural twist plotline pulls at not only the right heart-strings, but also at the same time, at the just the correct amount of logistical levers of suspended-believibility that are required when entering into the world of cinematic escapism.
Swayze plays the perfect polarly opposite straightman to Whoopi Goldberg, who fills up the screen with her comedic charisma, while Demi Moore exudes the same effect, but with her angelic beauty. All this combined with a story that provides just enough Hollywood-scripted plausibilty to a plot-idea that hovers in implausibilty.
For me, all this was just the right mix of ingredients to allow my otherwise jaded hairy pimp-ass to sit still thru the entire run of this blatant but high quality chick-flick (which for me, is usually a rarity).

Oh, and if you're wondering why such a romantic girlie film is on this list,
think about it.....
isn't the idea of having this movie on any list kind of a scary thought?
People who added this item 3918 Average listal rating (2613 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Others (2001)
A trio of house servants come arrive to thhei place of employment, a family of three, the mother, a son, a daughter, and a father who went "out to war".
As the story unfolds, secrets begin to emerge, from the servants, from the family, and from the house itself.
Saying to much else risks the chance of revealing spoilers, which, are apparent as the nature of this movie is one that is already widely known.

Taking advantage of Nicole Kidman's old skool natural beauty (obviously, this is  before her face became hidden under layers of plastic surgery), The Others is a New  Millenial film that presents itself as a classic gothic horror that writers like Edgar Allen Poe could only dream of as coming to life.  Suiting itself as the background for a ghost tale in which the old formulas of Victorian style designed manors set in foggy English countrysides set the tone of leading, then misleading the viewer, this is a piece of cinema that manages to provide the kind of  shakes and shudders that have been the tradition of spooky stories for so many centuries.
People who added this item 2015 Average listal rating (1290 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Poltergeist (1982)
First, let me get this out of the way....
there is absolutely nothing that I find terribly frightening about a television set. I mean, sure, at the time of this movie's release there was growing concern by many a household that their children were evolving from human being to a more vegetable-like organism by all the time they spent in front of the boob-tube, but that's a fear that's has been transferred to the internet since then.
So, even though I have enough warm memories of piling into a car with five other of my then high school buddies to go to the theater and watch this Spielberg-scribed supernatural-thriller, the truth is, I don't consider Poltergeist to be that all that high on the hierarchy of horror flix as most film fans do. Nor do I consider it in Steven Spielberg's top ten.
All that said, I still do enjoy the high quality approach to it's premise and the fact that it's still a worthy pause when flipping through the channels late at night whilst behind a big bucket of popcorn.

People who added this item 110 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.9

 As if living in war torn 1980's Tehran wasn't enough of a nightmare scenario, now a single mother must try to protect both her daughter and herself from mysterious spirit demon that has made the top of their aparment building it's home.
 This is yet another one of those horror flicks in which the audience has to decide whether there truly was some kind supernatural evil entity antagonizing the protagonist or is it just that the protagonist is just suffering from some kind mental delusion inducing disfunction that's makes it seem like there is a dastardly apparitional demon stalking about. However, as frustrating as those type of plot themes can be, Under The Shadow is an excellent one, utilizing the real life situation of the Middle East to enhance the "shadow" from under which the premise is set. And it is done without any compromise to either the direness of the reality of Iran's conflicted setting or to the thrilling tension required to enjoy such a stratified styled  spine-chiller.
People who added this item 224 Average listal rating (143 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.7
 In the world of evergrowing social media and streaming services, more and more films from all over the world are coming into the global market. And because of this, cinema fans are getting exposed to some very high quality films from parts of other parts of the world which they not have been able to see before (heck, because the lack of exposure, some of these quality films may have not had the opporunity to get made).
 Goodnight Mommy is just one of example of this. Hailing from the Germanic state of Austria, Ich Seh Ich Seh is an emotional arresting and dark horror tale despite it's setting in a modern style lakeside house, isolated under mostly sun-filled skies.
A mother comes home to her twins sons in order to convalesce after going extensive facial reconstruction surgery. However, as time inches, the boys find that it is not just her heavily masked face that makes her unrecognizable from who she used to be.

 Using the isolated setting, along with the concept of blinds blocking out the light of the sun, Goodnight Mommy is an excellent exercise in atmospheric and emotional dread that makes it not just one of the best horror films of the year, but also one of the top foreign movies exports of 2015.
People who added this item 79 Average listal rating (57 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.8
 Last Shift is a movie last pretty much snuck up me. I never heard of it, and only stumbled on it when I was looking up possession themed flicks online. I don't normally like to take a chance on a films I find online that I have never of heard of because the few times that I did, they always turned out to be big pieces of steaming crap (and therefore explain why I have never heard of them). But Shift turned out to be the rare exception to that situation.
 Solid acting by the relatively unknown cast and equally solid scriptwriting for a story that upon first glance appears like it would be a straight to video throwaway.  
I don't normally like to quote other reviews  when it comes to my assessment to a piece of cinema, but one site described LS as "sort of like an Assault on Precinct 13 by way of REC", and I think that perfectly describes the premise of this hellishly haunted plot. By the time we reach the end of it, Last Shift turns out to quite a satisfactory scary flick, delivering the right amount of  quivering and quaking to the bones that we would like to see in a quality level satanic cult creepfest.

People who added this item 983 Average listal rating (655 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7
ParaNorman (2012)
Whenever you see a little kid talking to open air, in most cases, it's because they're talking to their imaginary friend(s).
In most cases.
But there are a few situations wherein it's because they possess a sixth sense.....
in which they can see dead people.
The fact that, as this movie's title indicates, the lead character of this story has a "Para" prefix to his name, makes it pretty easy to guess which one of these cases Norman belongs to.

People who added this item 5582 Average listal rating (3720 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Corpse Bride (2005)
To paraphrase PeeWee Herman,
"If you love ghosts so much, why don't you marry one?"
Which, as you can probably tell by the title, is what this movie is about; exchanging vows with the spirit of a deceased one. Which, of course, sounds like a morbid idea for an animated flick geared towards the younger of living, but in the hands of Tim Burton, it's just another good reason to get behind the director's chair. A whimsical tale of lost love and the desire to mend a broken heart (even if that heart has been dead and buried for many years), Corpse Bride is a good example of why, for my money, Burton's preference for spookish cinematic subject matter is a perfect marriage with stop-motion animation and tends to come much more alive than when he tries to film it in live action.

People who added this item 1533 Average listal rating (943 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
The Orphanage (2007)
An orphanage-turned-family-household begins to show signs of a haunting after an adopted orphan disappears, leaving his adopted mother on a quest that will result in either solving the mystery of her son's disappearance, or lead her down a cryptic road to madness.

A film that's so Guillermo-Del-Toroesque, that it comes off almost exactly like a Guillermo Del Toro film. And surprise, surprise, even though it was neither written or directed by Señor Del Toro, he did pick it up as producer (the script was from the hand of Sergio G. Sánchez and the film was directed by Juan Antonio Bayona). However, let it be known that making such a comparison is not any kind of accusation of imitation, but more of a compliment to all those involved in making this creepy entertaining ghost tale which gears itself towards those viewers who are armed with an attention span.
 I first came across Satan's Slaves after I watched another Gothic horror movie from Indonesia called Impetigore, which also had the same coupling of director Joko Anwar with leading modern day scream queen, Tara Basro. I was so impressed with Impetigore that it made me seek out other works from the director, a journey which led me down the dark path to SS. Despite the tacky 70s-ish film title, it turned out to be almost as impressive as the gloomy, ghostly tale of Impetigore and helped reaffirm my belief that some of the best horror flicks being made today are the ones that are coming outside of the U.S., particularly in areas that we really didn't expect to see such high quality scarefare to be wraithing out from.

 Here's a film which is fearless in it's commitment to combine it's fantasy/horror element with the horrors of real life for children in the urban streets of Mexico. Following along the lines of the cultural beliefs of "magical realism", Tigers Are Not Afraid depicts Purgitorical spooks as ghosts who are not afraid to haunt anyone anywhere. Even those areas of the city already racked with terror from the results of massive drug wars that have been deeply embedded within the societal structure south of the border for generations. 
 Uncompromising when it reveals the kind of traumatic events that leads children down the path of street orphans without sacrificing the dark spiritual angle that we expect to see from such spooky spectre-filled scare-fare. 

People who added this item 5509 Average listal rating (3792 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
Sleepy Hollow (1999)

While I really like the style that Burton has to his movies, for my money, they usually seem to lack the substance to back up the strength of the uniqueness of their look. Sleepy Hollow is the exception. The idea of this movie wasn't one that had any real appeal for me, but in the end, I found it to have more in terms of story and character than I would've initially expected. I think Mr. Burton's work, though still considered somewhat as visually "avante garde" (I mean, y'know... as far as a mainstream director is concerned...), would be held in much higher regard if he could flesh out his stories, as well as he did for Sleepy Hollow.
People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.6
For a majority of the rest of the world, this movie is known as Impetigore, and it's an export from Indonesia which feels like the people who made this took the time to come up a quality and deeply enriched ghost story. The writing really takes advantage the resources of the surroundings, myths and legends of the native homeland to provide the basis for the shudders and fears that those entities from the otherside are most famous for. The director of Impetigore is named Joko Anwar, and the star of the movie is a beautiful actress by the name of Tara Basro. Their combined talents are what drive this ghastly sojourn into the deep, isolated woods of fable-like darkness, and they have teamed up before for another earlier movie about sinister spirits that's pretty darn good called Satan's Slaves.

People who added this item 1624 Average listal rating (1069 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
Monster House (2006)
Even though the animation in Monster House doesn't have the chance to get as creative as comp.-animated movies that focus on non-human subjects, they do very well with what they have. The facial expressions are choice quality and the movements during the action sequences are both smooth and dynamic. For what it is, the story is well done, the characters are engaging and the action scenes are very high in the area of thrill.
Even tho the animation in this film doesn't have the chance to get as creative as other comp.-animated movies of this generation and that focus on non-human subjects, this movie does very well with what it has. The facial expressions are choice quality and the movements during the action sequences are both smooth and dynamic. While there have been many animated films that have come along that look "better", this one for me, is one of the rare ones that have the whole package. The story is does not insult the intelligence despite being based on a child-based fantasy genre,
the characters are distinguishly engaging,
and the action scenes are very high in the area of thrill.
Monster House flows with the same roller-coaster ride that was felt with some of those high quality Spielberg-ish action flicks of the 80's.

People who added this item 5438 Average listal rating (3703 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
Ghostbusters (1984)

Ghostbusters is a fun, 80's summer-blockbuster defining sci-fi comedy that not only features Bill Murray at his sharpest and Sigourney Weaver at her sexiest (even though at one point, she does turn into a dog....), but also cool specials effects, a couple of proton packs, sliming goblins, a key master, a gatekeeper, streams crossing, cats and dogs living together, not to mention one really big "Twinkie".
Oh, and also, a really crappy theme song. Let's not forget that really crappy song.

The main plot of the story is that the dead are starting to rise on the streets of New York. Well, more-so that usual that is. And at the center of it all, is the head ghost demon known as Gozer The Destructor. Who, even in marshmallow form, is still a destructor. So when ol' Goze decides to start gigantically rampaging down through the crowded avenues of the Big Apple, the obvious question to arise is,
"Who you gonna call....? "
People who added this item 6531 Average listal rating (4542 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
Take a Kubrick film and ground it with a Stephen King story and a role tailor made for Jack Nicholson and what you have is one of my top favorite horror movies ever. And with very little slashing, gore, or shock that most films of this genre (especially today) tend to rely on in order to frighten their audiences. The horror stems more from Jack's delivery and facial expressions as his character, writer Jack Torrance, gradually slips into the madness of a haunted hotel's dark intentions.
The phrase "Here's Johnny!" wouldn't be a very scary line at all if it weren't for Jack's maniacal mug peering thru the door's craggled "peephole", freshly smashed thru by the axe-wielding author who suffers from writer's block and a possessed spirit, not to mention from a severe case of "redrum" on his mind.

The Mighty Celestial's rating:

First of all, I couldn't care less how over-hyped this movie was. Anyone's whose opinion of this movie was as an adverse effect from this, it's their fault for giving it any attention in the first place. No hype, no matter how well-founded, should ever be believed.
Secondly, as kid, sure, but as an adult, I really can't get scared from movies anymore. Especially, if there's a monster or a Jason/Freddy/Michael Myers involved. The minute I see any of these guys on the screen wearing some kind of fright-enhancing mask or wielding a sharp object with a screaming Abercrombie & Fitch-looking teenager's name all over it, I am instantly reminded that I'm watching a movie, and thereby negating any chance of suspending my belief enough to being frightened anymore. However, Blair Witch tried to bring the horror of cinema as close to the real world as any fright flick could since Night Of The Living Dead (IMO, that is), thus making it seem like this situation could actually happen in this frame of reality. Plus, a major part of the fear-factor for this story's premise is that the lead characters, or even the viewers themselves, never actually get to see the witch in question. And as it has been stated many times over centuries, "The unknown is one the greatest fears to the human mindset".
So while it still didn't scare me, TBWP probably came as close as it possibly can come to at this point in my life. As far as I can remember, I've never had any real inclination to go out on a camping trip of any sort.
But now, because of this film, sleeping under a tent overnight in the middle of the woods, is a situation that I can definitely say that I will never expect to try and initiate.
And for me, The Blair Witch Project earns a couple of extra points just for that.

People who added this item 7249 Average listal rating (5170 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1
saying that this is M. Knight Shyamalan's best film (by far) may sound overly obvious (by far),
it is (by far).

A very good from-the-beyond-yarn that starts out by depicting the debilitating effects that may result from being able to percieve ghosts. Then, almost completely, turns it around to show how this paranormal ability can be more of a help than a hindrance, if we just gave the spooky spectres a chance.
Maybe seeing dead people ain't so bad.
Though when I think about it,
if I had to deal with any kind of communication with lost spirits,
I'd rather just stick to commiserating online with all of my fellow "Listalolites" on this site.

Your body filled with a dreadful chill,
Stared at your desk, and the white old quill.
Windy night, the quill moved slight,
You turned the switch, seeking light.

No light came, the bulb was dead,
You thought of going back to bed.
Suddenly noticed, quill moved slight,
You approached, with all your might.

Not the wind, window was closed,
Heart raced, a message exposed.
You read in horror, ink was red,
"Not the wind, go back to bed!"

Runners up:

- The Ugly

- The Haunting of M

- Ghost Town

- Volver

- Ringu (1998)

- Shutter (2004)24.

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

- The Sentinel (1977)

- The Echo (2004)

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