Truly Haunting Movies - Great Ghostsby Harry-Hood | created - 27 May 2011 | updated - 30 Dec 2012 | Public
Movies to keep you up at night.
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1. Gui si (2006)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
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. He invites the specialist in reading ... See full summary »
2. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Votes: 697,930 | Gross: $44.02M
3. The Innkeepers (2011)
R | 101 min | Horror
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.
Votes: 29,461 | Gross: $0.08M
5. The Devil's Backbone (2001)
R | 106 min | Drama, Horror
After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.
Votes: 52,919 | Gross: $0.75M
6. The Orphanage (2007)
R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 130,176 | Gross: $7.16M
7. The Haunting (1963)
G | 112 min | Horror
A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind.
Votes: 28,944 | Gross: $2.62M
9. Next of Kin (1982)
89 min | Horror, Mystery
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.
11. Die, Monster, Die! (1965)
Approved | 80 min | Mystery, Horror, Sci-Fi
A young man visits his fiancée's estate to discover that her wheelchair-bound scientist father has discovered a meteorite that emits mutating radiation rays that have turned the plants in ... See full summary »
Misleading title, this is based on Lovecraft's trippy "Color Out of Space" about a creepy village and mansion.
12. Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966)
GP | 83 min | Horror, Mystery
An 19th century European village is haunted by the ghost of a murderous little girl.
A great ghost story by the great Mario Bava. Another misleading title, unfortunately.
14. The Legend of Hell House (1973)
PG | 95 min | Horror
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.
15. The Stone Tape (1972 TV Movie)
90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director ... See full summary »
18. The Others (2001)
PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.
Votes: 295,577 | Gross: $96.52M
20. Hausu (1977)
Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Horror
A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways.
"Surreal" is the best description.
21. The Phantom Carriage (1921)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life.
Best of the silent-era films, and the most accessible.
22. Isle of the Dead (1945)
Approved | 71 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry, one of the people, a superstitious old peasant woman, suspects ... See full summary »
25. The Woman in Black (2012)
PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.
Votes: 156,317 | Gross: $54.33M
26. The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)
R | 88 min | Horror
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.
29. The House by the Cemetery (1981)
Not Rated | 86 min | Horror
A New England home is terrorized by a series of murders, unbeknownst to the guests that a gruesome secret is hiding in the basement.
Italian horror in the Louisiana bayou.
30. ...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà (1981)
R | 87 min | Horror
A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.
Votes: 16,587 | Gross: $0.12M
Not a ghost story, though it's been ripped-off in many ghost films and has one creepy setting (a house in Louisiana).
33. The Frighteners (1996)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
After a tragic car accident 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.
Votes: 72,704 | Gross: $16.76M
Time for some laughs :)
35. The Grudge (2004)
PG-13 | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 124,888 | Gross: $110.36M
36. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.
Votes: 289,731 | Gross: $101.07M
37. The Uninvited (1944)
Not Rated | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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.
38. Black Sabbath (1963)
Not Rated | 92 min | Horror
Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a patriarch who has become a vampire-like monster, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.
40. R-Point (2004)
R | 107 min | Action, Horror, War
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.
43. Asudem (2007)
90 min | Action, Horror, Thriller
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.
44. The Haunting (2009)
R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery
Francesca is a pediatrician who is dedicated to both motherhood and children, married to another physician, Pedro. Following the birth of a new child, Francesca begins to suffer from ... See full summary »
45. A Christmas Carol (2009)
PG | 96 min | Animation, Drama, Family
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.
Votes: 84,233 | Gross: $137.86M
The first popular ghost story, if not the best adaptation. Still, I had fun seeing ghosts in 3D.
46. Senritsu meikyû 3D (2009)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Thriller
A group of teenagers take a sick girl to a hospital only to find out it is a horrific labyrinth.
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.]
47. Haunted - 3D (2011)
143 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Realtor encounters two ghostly entities while attempting to sell a mansion.
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.
48. The Messengers (2007)
PG-13 | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota, and the Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem and murder.
Votes: 35,296 | Gross: $35.37M
49. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
R | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 42,932 | Gross: $24.04M
I'm in the minority that prefers this over the TV movie original. Production value alone, perhaps.
50. La casa muda (2010)
Not Rated | 86 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
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, who, second by second, intends to leave a house, which hides an ... See full summary »
Simple yet captivating.
52. Tales of Terror (1962)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
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.
53. The House That Would Not Die (1970 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 74 min | Horror
A tale of witchcraft, black magic and a haunted house in the Amish country.
Hard to find, but often imitated. (Compare the openings of this and "Insidious".)
54. Yeogo goedam (1998)
R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
While investigating the school files, the frightened teacher Mrs. Park startles and calls the young teacher Eun-young Hur, telling her that the deceased Jin-ju Jang is back. The line dies ... See full summary »
55. Yeogo goedam II (1999)
R | 97 min | Horror, Romance, Drama
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.
56. Yeogo goedam 3: Yeowoo gyedan (2003)
R | 97 min | Horror, Drama
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
57. The Whip and the Body (1963)
Unrated | 87 min | Horror
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.
58. Gwai wik (2006)
R | 108 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
After writing three best-sellers about love story based on her own experiences, the successful writer Tsui Ting-Yin is without inspiration and having difficulties to write her new novel in ... See full summary »
59. A View from a Hill (2005 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 40 min | Drama, Horror
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.
60. The Last Winter (2006)
Not Rated | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
The American oil company North Corporation is building an ice road to explore the remote Northern Arctic National Wildlife Refuge seeking oil. The independent environmentalists together ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,782 | Gross: $0.03M
61. A Warning to the Curious (1972 TV Movie)
50 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
An archeologist goes treasure hunting along the English coast in search of a lost, fabled crown that supposedly helps protect Great Britain against invasion.
62. Yabu no naka no kuroneko (1968)
Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Horror
Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai.
64. The Keep (1983)
R | 96 min | Horror
Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison.
Votes: 9,160 | Gross: $3.76M
Michael Mann's haunted castle movie. (All the greats start out in horror!)
65. The Haunted Castle (1921)
69 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
In the castle Vogeloed, a few aristocrats are awaiting baroness Safferstätt. But first count Oetsch invites himself.. Everyone thinks he murdered his brother, baroness Safferstat's first ... See full summary »
68. Reincarnation (2005)
R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery
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.
69. Riding the Bullet (2004)
R | 98 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 8,081 | Gross: $0.10M
70. A Serious Man (2009)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 111,981 | Gross: $9.19M
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.
71. Grindhouse (2007)
R | 191 min | Action, Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 163,857 | Gross: $25.03M
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).
72. The Haunted Hotel (1907)
5 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy
A traveler stays the night at a rural inn, but gets no rest as he is tormented by various spectres and mysterious happenings. The food on the table prepares itself, his clothes leave the ... See full summary »
Early use of trick photography to portray a haunting.
73. The Sweet House of Horrors (1989 TV Movie)
Unrated | 82 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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.
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".
74. Manhattan Baby (1982)
Unrated | 89 min | Horror
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.
75. Il fantasma di Sodoma (1988)
Not Rated | 84 min | Horror
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.