Truly Haunting Movies - Great Ghosts

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1.
Silk (2006)
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In Taipei, the crippled scientist Hashimoto uses his invention of "Menger Sponge" to capture the energy of the spirit of a child in an old building... (108 mins.)
Director: Chao-Pin Su
 
2.
The Shining (1980)
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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
3.
The Innkeepers (2011)
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During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay. (101 mins.)
Director: Ti West
 
4.
Baron Blood (1972)
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A young man, Peter, returns to Austria in search of his heritage. There he visits the castle of an ancestor... (98 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
5.
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
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After Carlos, a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War, arrives at an ominous boy's orphanage he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover. (106 mins.)
 
6.
The Orphanage (2007)
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A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend. (105 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
 
7.
The Haunting (1963)
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A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind. (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
8.
Rebecca (1940)
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. (130 mins.)
 
9.
Next of Kin (1982)
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In a rest home for elderly people, a daughter reads her mother's diary. Soon events that are mentioned in the mother's diary begin to happen to the daughter. (89 mins.)
Director: Tony Williams
 
10.
Carnival of Souls (1962)
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After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. (78 mins.)
Director: Herk Harvey
 
11.
Die, Monster, Die! (1965)
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A young man visits his fiancée's estate to discover that her wheelchair-bound scientist father has discovered... (80 mins.)
Director: Daniel Haller
“ Misleading title, this is based on Lovecraft's trippy "Color Out of Space" about a creepy village and mansion. ” - Harry-Hood
 
12.
Kill Baby, Kill (1966)
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An 18th century European village is haunted by the ghost of a murderous little girl. (85 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
“ A great ghost story by the great Mario Bava. Another misleading title, unfortunately. ” - Harry-Hood
 
13.
The Innocents (1961)
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A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted. (100 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
14.
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
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Physicist Lionel Barrett and his wife lead a team of mediums into the Belasco House, which is supposedly haunted by the victims of its late owner, a six-foot-five serial killer. (95 mins.)
Director: John Hough
 
15.
The Stone Tape (1972 TV Movie)
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A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium... (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Sasdy
 
16.
The Fog (1980)
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Legend says that Antonio Bay was built in 1880 with blood money obtained from shipwrecked lepers which no one believes. On the eve of the town's centennial, many plan to attend the celebrations, including the murdered lepers. (89 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
17.
Poltergeist (1982)
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A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (114 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
18.
The Others (2001)
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A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. (101 mins.)
 
19.
The Haunted Palace (1963)
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Charles Dexter Ward arrives at a small village to visit the house he inherited from his ancestor who died there 100 years ago. (87 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
20.
House (1977)
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A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways. (88 mins.)
“ "Surreal" is the best description. ” - Harry-Hood
 
21.
The Phantom Carriage (1921)
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It's New Year's Eve. Three drunkards evoke a legend. The legend tells that the last person to die in a year... (93 mins.)
“ Best of the silent-era films, and the most accessible. ” - Harry-Hood
 
22.
Isle of the Dead (1945)
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On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry... (71 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
23.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
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A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
 
24.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
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A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
25.
The Woman in Black (2012)
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A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. (95 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
 
26.
The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)
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A young American family moves to a House in Kyoto, Japan. It turns out to be haunted by the ghosts of a woman and her lover, who were killed by the woman's husband, as well as the ghost of the husband, who killed himself afterward. (88 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
 
27.
The Changeling (1980)
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A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
 
28.
Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
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A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides. (92 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
 
29.
The House by the Cemetery (1981)
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A New England home is terrorized by a series of murders, unbeknownst to the guests that a gruesome secret is hiding in the basement. (86 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ Italian horror in the Louisiana bayou. ” - Harry-Hood
 
30.
The Beyond (1981)
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A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where after a series of supernatural 'accidents', she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell. (87 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ Not a ghost story, though it's been ripped-off in many ghost films and has one creepy setting (a house in Louisiana). ” - Harry-Hood
 
31.
Ringu (1998)
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Ruthlessly murdered by her father, the ghost of a seer's daughter kills all those who watch a weird video after 7 days; unless the viewer finds the escape clause. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
 
32.
The Ring (2002)
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A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. (115 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
33.
The Frighteners (1996)
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After a tragic car accident that kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Time for some laughs :) ” - Harry-Hood
 
34.
Pulse (2001)
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Two groups of people discover evidence that suggests spirits may be trying to invade the human world through the Internet. (118 mins.)
 
35.
The Grudge (2004)
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An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim. (91 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
 
36.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
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Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
37.
The Uninvited (1944)
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A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past. (99 mins.)
Director: Lewis Allen
 
38.
Black Sabbath (1963)
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A trio of atmospheric horror tales about: A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an... (92 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
39.
From Beyond the Grave (1974)
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An anthology of four short horror stories revolving around a British antique shop and its mysterious owner. (97 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
 
40.
R-Point (2004)
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During the Vietnam War, a South Korean base receives a radio transmission from a missing squad, presumed dead, and sends a platoon to rescue the lost squad from the R-Point. (107 mins.)
Director: Kong Soo-chang
 
41.
The Signalman (1976 Short Film)
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A lonely Signalman is visited by a stranger. (37 mins.)
 
42.
Shrooms (2007)
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A group of friends is stalked and murdered while looking for psilocybin mushrooms in the Irish woods. (84 mins.)
 
43.
Asudem (2007)
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The reverse writing of "Medusa" indicates a surreal story of a woman (Yangzom Brauen) in the woods, where she meets Satan experiencing a heavenly vision after consuming hallucinating mushrooms. (90 mins.)
Director: Daryush Shokof
 
44.
The Haunting (2009)
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Francesca is a pediatrician who is dedicated to both motherhood and children, married to another physician... (94 mins.)
Director: Elio Quiroga
 
45.
A Christmas Carol (2009)
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An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ The first popular ghost story, if not the best adaptation. Still, I had fun seeing ghosts in 3D. ” - Harry-Hood
 
46.
The Shock Labyrinth 3D (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
A group of teenagers take a sick girl to a hospital only to find out it is a horrific labyrinth. (89 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ Another one of the few 3D ghost movies. Not the best, but by the director of "The Grudge"/"Ju-on", so it has its moments. [Coming to the US on Blu-ray in May 2012.] ” - Harry-Hood
 
47.
Haunted - 3D (2011)
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A Realtor encounters two ghostly entities while attempting to sell a mansion. (143 mins.)
Director: Vikram Bhatt
“ The third and last 3D ghost movie that I'm aware of, this Indian story manages to cross language/culture barriers, if you are a big fan of ghost stories. And quite effective use of 3D. ” - Harry-Hood
 
48.
The Messengers (2007)
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An ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota, and the Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem and murder. (90 mins.)
 
49.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend believes that she has released creatures from a sealed ash pit in the basement of her new home. (99 mins.)
Director: Troy Nixey
“ I'm in the minority that prefers this over the TV movie original. Production value alone, perhaps. ” - Harry-Hood
 
50.
The Silent House (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
The plot is based on a true story that happened in the late '40s in a small village in Uruguay. The film focuses on Laura... (86 mins.)
“ Simple yet captivating. ” - Harry-Hood
 
51.
The Village of Shadows (2010)
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A group of young people are trapped in an evil village. (103 mins.)
Director: Fouad Benhammou
 
52.
Tales of Terror (1962)
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Three tales of terror involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife's black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man's death. (89 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
53.
The House That Would Not Die (1970 TV Movie)
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A tale of witchcraft, black magic and a haunted house in the Amish country. (74 mins.)
“ Hard to find, but often imitated. (Compare the openings of this and "Insidious".) ” - Harry-Hood
 
54.
Whispering Corridors (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
While investigating the school files, the frightened teacher Mrs. Park startles and calls the young teacher Eun-young Hur... (105 mins.)
Director: Ki-hyeong Park
 
55.
Memento Mori (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In this second installment of the Whispering Corridors series, a young girl finds a strange diary, capable of arousing hallucinations, kept by two of her senior fellow-students who seem to have an unusually close bond. (98 mins.)
 
56.
Wishing Stairs (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A staircase leading to the dormitory of a remote boarding school usually has 28 stairs, but every so often there appears to be 29. When someone steps on the mysterious extra stair, the horror begins (97 mins.)
Director: Jae-yeon Yun
 
57.
The Whip and the Body (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In the 19th century, a sadistic nobleman terrorizes the members of his family. He is found dead, but his ghost soon returns to haunt the residents of his castle. (91 mins.)
Director: John M. Old
 
58.
Re-cycle (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
After writing three best-sellers about love story based on her own experiences, the successful writer... (108 mins.)
“ Unforgettable climax. ” - Harry-Hood
 
59.
A View from a Hill (2005 TV Movie)
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In fact Dr Fanshawe is not on holiday. As an archaeologist, he has been engaged by the squire to catalogue a private collection of local artefacts. (40 mins.)
Director: Luke Watson
 
60.
The Last Winter (2006)
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The American oil company North Corporation is building an ice road to explore the remote Northern Arctic National Wildlife Refuge seeking oil... (101 mins.)
Director: Larry Fessenden
 
61.
A Warning to the Curious (1972 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An archeologist goes treasure hunting along the English coast in search of a lost, fabled crown that supposedly helps protect Great Britain against invasion. (50 mins.)
 
62.
Kuroneko (1968)
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Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai. (99 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
63.
Dark Water (2002)
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A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water. (101 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
 
64.
The Keep (1983)
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Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison. (96 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Michael Mann's haunted castle movie. (All the greats start out in horror!) ” - Harry-Hood
 
65.
The Haunted Castle (1921)
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In the castle Vogeloed, a few aristocrats are awaiting baroness Safferstätt. But first count Oetsch invites himself.... (75 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
66.
Noroi: The Curse (2005)
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A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba." (115 mins.)
Director: Kôji Shiraishi
 
67.
The Heirloom (2005)
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A Taiwanese man returns to the island after years abroad when he inherits a house; when he and his fiancé move in, strange things start to happen. (97 mins.)
Director: Leste Chen
 
68.
Reincarnation (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A Japanese actress begins having strange visions and experiences after landing a role in a horror film about a real-life murder spree that took place over forty years ago. (96 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
 
69.
Riding the Bullet (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
When a man finds out his mother is dying and tries to hitchike his way to the hospital, he is picked up by a stranger with a deadly secret. (98 mins.)
Director: Mick Garris
 
70.
A Serious Man (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. (106 mins.)
“ NOT a ghost story, however a brief & memorable scene begins the movie, which should prove that the Coen brothers could make a brilliant feature-length ghost story. ” - Harry-Hood
 
71.
Grindhouse (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to exploitation double features in the 60s and 70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them. (191 mins.)
“ DON'T miss Edgar Wright's hilarious trailer for a haunted house film (which should be made into a feature, by the way, if you're listening, Mr. Wright). ” - Harry-Hood
 
72.
The Haunted Hotel (1907 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A traveler stays the night at a rural inn, but gets no rest as he is tormented by various spectres and mysterious happenings... (5 mins.)
“ Early use of trick photography to portray a haunting. ” - Harry-Hood
 
73.
The Sweet House of Horrors (1989 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
A murdered couple return from the beyond to care for their two young children, as well as seek revenge against their killer, accept their children's step parents, and try to prevent their house from being sold. (82 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
“ This list ends with three of Fulci's lesser-known ghost movies. For serious fans only. They are three rather quirky films, unique and intriguing yet not "must-see". ” - Harry-Hood
 
74.
Manhattan Baby (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
An archaelogist opens an Egyptian tomb and accidently releases an evil spirit. His young daughter becomes possessed by the freed enity and, upon arrival back in New York, the gory murders begin. (89 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
 
75.
Il fantasma di Sodoma (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
Six teenagers are terrorized in an isolated villa by ghosts of Nazis killed during World War II by an air raid while participating in an orgy. (84 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci