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My Favorite Movies with Ghosts or Haunted Houses

  • Sep 3, 2009
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Thanks to trashcanman for pointing out that I had forgotten to include this masterpiece on my list.
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The Legend of Hell House
Clive Revill, Roddy McDowall, and Pamela Franklin investigate the titular house in order to send a multi-millionaire who's on the verge of death happily to his grave. Based on Richard Matheson's terrific book.
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Death of a Ghost Hunter
A new duscovery for me. A low budget indie that gives away it's ending but that doesn't make a bit of dofference. I love this flick which manages to rise above it's limitations via a superior script.
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Eyes of Fire
Settlers go into a valley that even the local Indian tribes avoid. Bad idea.
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The Orphanage
Produced by del Toro this Spanish language film definitely shows his influence. A woman returns to the orphanage where she is raised and reopens it for speical needs children. It isn't long before things begin to happen--but not in an over the top CGI, garish, Hollywood manner. This film allows your imagination free rein.
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The Devil's Backbone
Guillermo del Toro's film about a remote orphanage during the last days of the Spanish Civil War, and the secrets that may be lurking there.
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13 Ghosts
Not the remake of course, I'm rarely going to help promote one of those! A William Castle film in 3D with a surpise villain and the wonderful Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch of the West) in a supporting role.
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The Others
A woman and her children await her husband's return from World War II in a remote mansion on the island of Jersey, although she fears he is already dead. Her own servants disappear mysteriously in the middle of the night and aa even more mysterious trio shows up to replace them. On cue very odd things begin to happen.
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House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Vincent Price stars in and Elisha Cook Jr. supports him in yet another offering from the prolific William Castle, This one had a skeleton flying out over the audience as it's gimmick.
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The Haunted
Robert Wise directed this adaptation of Shirley Jackson's story, and it's generally considered to be a classic of the genre. Certainly no one can deny it's influence on film maker's like Sam Raimi who is still copying the camera work in films like DRAG ME TO HELL.
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Session 9
This film about asbestos removal at an old insane asylum left me cold the first time I saw it. The second viewing was much more impressive.

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September 23, 2010
Ah this reminds me to order Kwaidan from amazon that is a must own film. I loved how the Others turn the idea of a Ghost on it's head, I remember when watching it, I thought Is she dead or what, but that can't be because her house is haunted, but we who are alive are obviously ghost's to the dead Ha Ha :-)
September 23, 2010
It wasn't quite so obvious that she was dead as it was in THE SIXTH SENSE, probably because there were more people interacting with her. But It was a welcome switch on one of the more difficult subgenres.
 
October 23, 2009
Hey, very nice list! I see you're into Classic Horror Films. If you're into Japanese horror films, check out Juon- The Grudge and Ringu... the Japanese versions ;)
October 23, 2009
I've seen them both but thought that perhaps they belonged on another type of list, maybe foreign favorites. But then I sort of blew that with KWAIDAN and THE ORPHANAGE and THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE didn't I?
October 23, 2009
Hey, have you seen Akira Kurosawa's film called "Dreams" before? If you haven't, you should check it out. There are a few ghost stories in that one too. I mention it because I've seen Kwaidan and those two films are similar. "Dreams" are made up of short stories based on the director's dreams he's had throughout his life.
October 23, 2009
I once had over 2500 prerecorded movies on VHS and DREAMS was among them. I had to sell most of them off before I moved up to Illinois and for some reason DREAMS was among those I sold even though I hadn't seen it yet. I guess I'll have to put it on my NetFlix list. Who doesn't love Kurosawa?
October 24, 2009
Ok, you instantly got huge "coolness points" for your Kurosawa comment! :)
October 24, 2009
Coolness points are always welcome.
 
September 04, 2009
Other than "The Others" this list is pretty sweet. I might have to make my own list on this one, but I'll need to refresh my memory some because a lot of the haunted house movies all blend together in my mind.
September 04, 2009
Of course I was tempted to put ALIEN in here just to annoy you.
September 04, 2009
But it's not a ghost or a haunted house film. It's a monster movie in space... and it would take a lot more than that to annoy me.
September 04, 2009
No, it's a haunted house movie in space. Things jump out and go boo. We've been over this before. =)
September 04, 2009
It's not a ghost film because the alien isn't dead and in a spiritual form and it's not a haunted house movie because they're in a spaceship, not a house. Besides, one of the mandatory rules for a haunted house film is that people come to a house that's got some horrible past to it and there are ghosts already there, representing that horrible past. In "Alien", the alien boards their ship and is territorially invasive rather than territorially defensive, so it goes against the very essence of the haunted house genre. Trust me, it's a monster movie in space.
September 04, 2009
That's YOUR rule for a haunted house. My rule is that people are trapped inside some place that people live in and something scary jumps out and tries to kill them periodically. I'm a lot less of a stickler when it comes to definitions. There is nothing that happens in ALIEN that couldn't happen anywhere else.
December 12, 2009
Why do you persist in calling me 'RLok?
December 12, 2009
No I was telling him that if he was going to write a satirical review of me that he should drop the "o" in Count... ; )
December 12, 2009
In the strictest sense, yeah a haunted house needs ghosts etc. But in my silly sense it just needs something that jumps out of the dark and scares you.
December 12, 2009
Yeah, don't bother. When it comes to arguing, Queenie is as obstinate as I am and that's scary. ; )
December 12, 2009
More so, and you should be scared.
 
September 04, 2009
My list would definitely include "JU-ON" and "Ringu". "Devil's Backbone" and "The Orphanage" by Del Toro are definitely included. Great list!
September 04, 2009
I'm thinking of separate list for foreign films. See how complicated listmaking can be for me? But you make a good point. Perhaps I shouldn't do that, after all I did included CRONOS on my vampire list.
September 05, 2009
yes! The Others was pretty good too!
September 05, 2009
Surprisingly so. I had expected it to stink, which undoubtedly helped it.
December 12, 2009
uh, Karen, I think you used the data point for the remake for # 1...
December 12, 2009
Someone else put it up. I can never figure out how to put pix up in these things. I changed it and moved it to the botttom.
December 12, 2009
I was trying to edit the data point but for some reason it won't let me. I guess now it is only the data point creator who can do so.
December 12, 2009
When I was doing my martial arts film list earlier I tried to put up pix as I was creating the data points, but it wouldn't let me do it then either.
 
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