Top 5… Ghost Movies

This week brings the post-Potter debut for Daniel Radcliffe and early indications are he has done a respectable job. In honour of this occasion, here are my top 5 ghost movies.

5. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

“That’s not a ghost story!” I hear you cry. Well in my defence I’ll quote Captain Barbossa himself: “You best start believing in ghost stories miss Turner. You’re in one…” The first Pirates film kicked off a franchise and deservedly so. Everyone pulls their weight in this one a Depp is at his finest.

4. Ghostbusters

A highlight of the 80s and still a fantastic mix of horror and comedy. I was terrified of the demon dogs when I was growing up and watching this film today I can see why.

3. The Sixth Sense

I knew there was a twist in this film but thankfully I got so caught up in the story that I didn’t guess it before the end. This meant that I got to enjoy this stunning movie exactly as Shyamalan intended and couldn’t wait to see again knowing what I then knew. This is one of those films that I wish I could see for the first time all over again.

2. Poltergeist

The finest traditional ghost story that I know of. The Freeling family start to experience strange paranormal activity in their home that turns from fun to terrifying when their young daughter is kidnapped to the other side. This film also contains one of the most immortal lines in cinema history: “They’re here….!”

1. The Shining

As good as the others in this list are though, they didn’t even come close to the top spot with Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece always going to win. Jack Nicholson and family head up to the Overlook Hotel to look after the place over the winter while it is closed. What follows is some of the scariest moments in cinema and my favourite horror film of all time.

Honourable Mentions

  • Grave of the Fireflies – The ghost of a child recalls the story of living (barely) through WW2 in Japan.
  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within – The ghosts of another world threaten life on Earth.
  • Ghost – It may be cheesy but it is also quite a good film.
  • The Frighteners – Before Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson created this excellent comedy horror.
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