6 Great Ghost Movies

With Halloween just around the corner now is a good time to reflect on great movies about ghosts.  There have been plenty of bad ones that are meant to shock and scare and are full of incredible special effects, but a lot of the time they don’t have a decent plot.  Here are 6 great ghost stories you don’t want to miss.

How can any list about ghost movies not include The Sixth Sense.  This movie launched the career of M. Night Shyamalan, but it may have set the bar too high because he has never quite made a movie of this caliber again.  In it a young child sees dead people, and a psychiatrist played by Bruce Willis tries to help him through it.  It’s a movie that is worth multiple viewings as well, especially after you know what the twist ending is.

Before Guillermo Del Toro made a big name for himself he wrote and directed a Spanish movie called The Devil’s Backbone.  It takes place at the end of the Spanish Civil war, and is about a young orphan who meets a ghost who tells him that many of you will die.  It’s a creepy, scary story and one that will keep you glued to your seats reading the subtitles.

The Changeling stars George C. Scott as a man staying in a secluded old mansion that is also haunted by the ghost of a young child.  The man tries to solve the mystery of who the child is and who killed him, even though it’s obvious someone doesn’t like him poking around.

The Orphanage is another Spanish film about ghosts, this time taking place in an old orphanage.  When a former resident moves back into the orphanage she grew up in she and her family quickly discover they are not alone.  Like the previous movie, this is another mystery waiting to be uncovered.  The movie is extremely creepy at times, but by the end you may find yourself crying.

The best ghost movie of all time however has to be Poltergeist.  Directed by Tobe Hooper and written and produced by Steven Spielberg this movie has kept many children from getting a good night’s sleep for a long time.  Almost everyone knows what the line ‘They’re here’ is referring to when spoken in a creepy voice.  The plot is simple enough, a poor family is haunted by not one, not two, but many restless spirits.

And just for laughs, you may also want to check out Ghostbusters.  There has all ready been one sequel, but there have been plenty of rumors about the gang getting back together to do one more.  A team of paranormal investigators band together to fight ghosts that have suddenly started to haunt New York.  It’s definitely a classic, and good fun for the whole family.  Just make sure you don’t get slimed.

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