Haunted House Movies: A Tour of the Best and Worst

When I decided to make this list, I found myself debating what to include/exclude and what typified a haunted house movie. So I looked up the definition: haunted- inhabited or frequented by ghosts.

But, just as importantly I think, the house should play some significant role in the movie. It is not enough for a film to just be about ghosts (or demons or other such supernatural presences). In the end, the inclusion or exclusion of certain films just comes down to personal preference.

These films I feel fit the description best, and are ranked in order of their effectiveness, greatness, worthiness. Also bear in mind these are just the movies I have seen so far, and more will be added as I see them.
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Paranormal Activity (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence. (86 mins.)
Director: Oren Peli
“ This is as boiled down a haunted house premise as you can get: strange things are happening in the night and a couple decide to try and capture it on video. What ensues is a gradual building of suspense and terror, an inside look at an american haunting that feels as real as it looks. ” - Spencer Grande
Poltergeist (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. (114 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ All along it is known there is someTHING in the house, but we aren't allowed to see it and our imaginations are left wandering and searching. The only tangible thing we can place our fears on is the all-american suburban house at the center (the fact that it is so innocuous, and is revealed to be built on an Indian burial ground only furthers any personal stake we have placed in it). Poltergeist is a horror classic for good reason; it is spooky, chilling and leaves you wary of your own house (including that TV you may or may not have left on last night) mixed in with your own fears. ” - Spencer Grande
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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
“ Not so much a haunted house, as a haunted hotel, but still it fits the bill nicely. Jack Nicholson, as a struggling writer, is slowly driven insane by his barren surroundings and lack of imagination. His wife and son are slowly cut off from him and by the unnatural happenings in the hotel (which include elevators full of blood and creepy twin sisters). Whether or not the hotel is haunted or the family has been driven mad by isolation is irrelevant; what matters is that Kubrick makes the family's despair our own, and slowly drives us to the deep darkness that resides within. ” - Spencer Grande
The Haunting (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ The purest haunted house movie ever made (thanks to Shirley Jackson's book). There is literally nothing to fear but fear itself, as the creepy moments are all created solely by the house, or maybe just the fear-boggled imaginations of the central cast of characters. Like Paranormal Activity, The Haunting preys on the audience's desire for something to appear, to be given something to be afraid of. Instead The Haunting builds a wall of dread out of overwhelming fearful anticipation. ” - Spencer Grande
House (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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.)
“ As *beep* crazy as movies get, and a haunted house movie to boot. House is definitely not for everyone; it lacks logic, sense, and narrative in the strictest sense of the word. But that's not what makes this movie tick. It's the bizarre visuals, candy-coated colors, over-the-top acting and dream-like vibe that permeates every frame that makes this movie work. There is absolutely no other movie ever made, quite like this little gem. ” - Spencer Grande
Insidious (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ I very seriously debated whether or not this movie belongs on this list. The structure is pure haunted house, but the plot and progression defy that at every turn. I finally realized what I had been missing. The central plot is both safely familiar (creepy house) and refreshingly original (the Further, "The house isn't haunted...") and therein lies the key. It's just a "twist" if you will on the genre, and so obviously so that I slapped myself for not seeing it sooner. It also helps that James Wan shows a real dedication to the true elements of terror here. He plays with fearful anticipation, the unknown, and the surreal unexplainable (great Haunted House playgrounds of horror) in clever and terrifying new ways. There are some incredible images in this film, nightmare-like and combined with a brilliant use of sound, including the now iconic shrieking violin strings of the soundtrack. ” - Spencer Grande
The Innocents (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted. (100 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
“ A paranoid haunted house chiller. An adaptation of Henry James's "Turn of the Screw", and a near perfect one at that. The movie has its frights but it also has its character. It's an examination of what it actually means for a house to be haunted, and if such things can happen and even if they can do they really happen if only one person ever experiences it? But there's also so much more to the movie. The eponymous "Innocents" may just be the key. ” - Spencer Grande
The Conjuring (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. (112 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ A perfectly structured haunted house creepfest. How a genre as well-worn as this can still surprise and shock is a testament to the sure-hand of director James Wan. Not only are the shocks earned, and the jumps genuine (random blasts of loud noise/music ARE NOT the scare), but the actors are more than game, the cinematography is goth gorgeous and the story simple, yet satisfying. ” - Spencer Grande
The Innkeepers (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
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
“ A witty, realistic take on the ghost haunting-type story. Ti West both sticks to the established formula and challenges it, stretching it in new directions. There are no clear answers, only ambiguous questions, but what makes it work is the empathy the audience feels for Sara Paxton's character and the way in which West uses our desire for something to appear (much like her character's) to prod us into becoming as invested in the search as she is, and ultimately as desperate to believe too. ” - Spencer Grande
Crimson Peak (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds - and remembers. (119 mins.)
The Orphanage (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ The Orphanage is very pretty and stately in its old-fashioned way, and it provides a chilling ghost story that may not be wholly original, but is at the very least, well told. ” - Spencer Grande
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home. (83 mins.)
“ As good as sequels (trequels) get. Sticks closely to the formula created by the original and takes it in interesting and terrifying new directions. ” - Spencer Grande
The Others (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. (101 mins.)
“ A pretty classic ghost story with a nice twist. Much like The Orphanage this film is pretty and intriguing and old-fashioned. It may not be downright terrifying, but there are some fine scares to be had. ” - Spencer Grande
Housebound (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young woman is forced to return to her childhood home after being placed under house arrest, where she suspects that something evil may be lurking. (107 mins.)
“ A dark comedy take on the genre. Haunted things start happening when a troubled daughter is returned home under house arrest, but things do stray quite a bit from that initial set-up. There are plenty of twists and turns, never going quite where you expect with respect to normal genre trappings. It's neither overtly funny or scary, instead it subtly mixes the two with most of the good laughs coming from character (and some slapstick) and the scares from tried and true conventions. A fun ride that can't get be pigeonholed even within the specific confines of the horror-comedy haunted house subgenre. ” - Spencer Grande
The Amityville Horror (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away. (117 mins.)
“ Not great by any stretch of the imagination, but comes so very close that you can understand why it has the lasting legacy it does. The titular house is perfectly cast (and that poster is scarier than anything in the movie itself), and Margot Kidder and James Brolin (in particular) give great performances. The score by Jerry Goldsmith is one of the all time great horror scores, lacing the movie with a suspense and otherworldliness that the movie unfortunately fails to deliver consistently. ” - Spencer Grande
Session 9 (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back. (100 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
“ A haunted asylum is being cleaned by an asbestos crew where some terrible things happened in the past (as is usually the case). Session 9's creepiness and atmosphere is palpable at first, but the ending just doesn't deliver quite enough. ” - Spencer Grande
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (106 mins.)
“ Another haunted orphanage movie, and again Guillermo del Toro is involved (this time in the director's chair). The Devil's Backbone is personal and honest, and slightly chilling, while using the Spanish Civil War as a backdrop for metaphoric context (like Pan's Labyrinth). Although here it just feels a bit slighter, lacking the power and depth needed to send it all the way home. ” - Spencer Grande
We Are Still Here (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years - and demands a sacrifice. (84 mins.)
Director: Ted Geoghegan
Burnt Offerings (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A family moves into an old, haunted house that regenerates itself by feeding off of the life forces of its injured occupants. (116 mins.)
Director: Dan Curtis
“ A slow-burn in every sense of the word, but unlike great slow-burn films there isn't much to get excited about... but the ending is so ridiculously shiver-inducing it almost makes the lack of excitement worth it. Karen Black is simply superb. ” - Spencer Grande
The Woman in Black (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. (95 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
“ A cliche-ridden story that takes all the expected twists and turns, but is so intricately crafted and elegant that it works. Daniel Radcliffe is effective in his near speech-less role. The set design, the lighting, the sound effects are all used to near perfection to create a perfect gothic atmosphere of dread and unease. A wonderful return to form for Hammer, marking everything the company stands for and is still capable of. ” - Spencer Grande
Night of the Demons (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell. (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin S. Tenney
“ This may be stretching the definition a bit, but a bunch of high schoolers visit a supposedly haunted house where they awaken a demonic spirit...and they can't leave till sunup. In execution it's not a typical haunted house movie, but the premise fits and ultimately it's just a different take on the genre. A cheesy, gory, guilty pleasure. ” - Spencer Grande
Monster House (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster. (91 mins.)
Director: Gil Kenan
“ No nightmares here, just an animated for-all-ages take on the haunted house genre. It's fun, funny, and visually imaginative enough that no adult should feel ashamed watching it. ” - Spencer Grande
The Shining (1997 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A recovering alcoholic must wrestle with demons within and without when he and his family move into a haunted hotel as caretakers. (273 mins.)
“ So yeah, it's no Kubrick, but it's actually more accurate to the book. So that means the plot is more interesting but it's far from as good a movie. Still worth more than watch though. ” - Spencer Grande
The Changeling (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
“ This movie is summed up with one great scene, some spooky images and excellent sound design, and also a bunch of meandering exposition. I suppose this is a slow-burn but the scares taper off halfway through and the murder mystery at the center of it all is didactic and even worse, dull. ” - Spencer Grande
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
“ An adaptation of what may well be the Mount Everest of haunted house books (it is, take that Haunting of Hill House!) yet falls well short of being the same for the film world. A lot of people complain that too much of the disturbing and grotesque were cut from the film (it is PG, but a fairly strong one at that) and while that is true, there's also a heaping of campiness and an air of something that just doesn't quite work. It's still good, just not great. Here's to a remake! ” - Spencer Grande
The Sentinel (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably cheap Brooklyn Heights apartment, where weird occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
“ Apparently a response to The Exorcist, but this movie really bears no resemblance to that one. This is just a surprisingly decent studio film that has a few good moments and provides a somewhat-scary good time. ” - Spencer Grande
House of Usher (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Upon entering his fiancée's family mansion, a man discovers a savage family curse and fears that his future brother-in-law has entombed his bride-to-be prematurely. (79 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ A strange Roger Corman adaptation of a Poe story. There's are some genuinely chilling moments and overall it's a very solidly told tale of a house that may just own the souls of the family that has always resided in it. ” - Spencer Grande
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by a malicious spirit. (134 mins.)
Director: James Wan
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem. (91 mins.)
Director: Tod Williams
“ Unlike the other PAs, the second one deals a bit too much in cheap jump scares. Yeah the first and third have a few, but they feel earned, a result of our fears being played with in front of our eyes. This one just verges on cheap, but admittedly does have its moments. ” - Spencer Grande
Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides. (92 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ A bonkers story, and hit or miss scares, but when they hit they are effective. The sound design and pacing is quite good as well. ” - Spencer Grande
The Pact (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother's death and the disappearance of her sister, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home. (89 mins.)
“ A very slight haunted house movie, in fact the story here is so spare that the eponymous pact is never even mentioned nor hinted at. There are some very solid chills at times, but it's really just a simple character study about coming to grips with the past. ” - Spencer Grande
The House at the End of Time (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Dulce is a mother of two who experiences terrifying encounters with apparitions inside her old house, a place where a tragedy occurs. Thirty years later, an elderly Dulce returns home to decipher the mystery that has tormented her for so long. (101 mins.)
“ Pretty low-rent, but there is a solid scare or two and the story is populated by characters you come to like. It plods along and the story isn't profound by any stretch, but this is a movie that cares about using that to creep and entertain. ” - Spencer Grande
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
An amusement park mogul offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past. (93 mins.)
Director: William Malone
“ Better than the original! But just barely and the livid hate for this film is a tad misplaced. Give William Malone some credit, this film is fun and intermittently spooky (but also boringly conventional at times), and ultimately it's a roller coaster ride that asks the audience to sit back and enjoy (in a way I'm sure William Castle would approve). ” - Spencer Grande
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife. (75 mins.)
Director: William Castle
“ Not much of a scary movie, more like a big old gimmick wrapped up in haunted house packaging. Has its fair share of fun, but there is nothing really memorable here. ” - Spencer Grande
Rose Red (2002 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A group of people with psychic powers are invited to spend the night in a haunted house. (254 mins.)
“ A promising premise and first half, with a compelling cast of likable and unlikable characters that is severely disappointing in the last half and conclusion. The scares are ho-hum once they really get going, and the dread really dissipates along with the possibilities of the first half. It's almost like Stephen King wasn't allowed to finish what he started. ” - Spencer Grande
Dark Water (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
“ Sort of the J-horror haunted apartment movie that has its scares, but like most middling mediocre J-horror, lacks logic, purpose and originality. ” - Spencer Grande
Dark Water (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident. (105 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
“ Not much different than the Japanese version, and as such most of the same pros and cons apply. ” - Spencer Grande
House (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A troubled writer moves into a haunted house after inheriting it from his aunt. (93 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
“ This is probably closer defined as a black comedy with haunted house trappings, that can be decently funny with at least a few chuckle worthy moments. ” - Spencer Grande
Ju-On: The Grudge 2 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
As their curse spreads on all around, the ghosts find their chance to live once again through the pregnancy of a cursed woman. (92 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
“ More of the same, but slightly less effective, and the story takes an even more bonkers turn. ” - Spencer Grande
1408 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror. (104 mins.)
“ More amusing than it is truly scary. There is some fun to be had, and some great visuals, but there is also weightlessness, an empty sense of purpose or anything resembling dread that permeates most of the film. ” - Spencer Grande
Amityville II: The Possession (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A family moves into their new home, which proves to be evil, resulting in the demonic possession of the teenage son. Only the local priest can save him. (104 mins.)
Director: Damiano Damiani
“ A surprisingly good first half, nearly as good as the first film, but a second half that is just a watered down retread of The Exorcist. ” - Spencer Grande
House of Voices (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
In 1958, in the French Alp, the young servant Anna Jurin arrives in Saint Ange Orphanage to work with... (98 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ A fairly by the numbers haunting movie, with an interesting twist at the end and some sprinkled social commentary. Nothing too special or uniquely scary. ” - Spencer Grande
The Canal (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A depressed and stressed film archivist finds his sanity crumbling after he is given an old 16mm film reel with footage from a horrific murder that occurred in the early 1900's. (92 mins.)
Director: Ivan Kavanagh
“ A pretty basic tale. A house with previous evil may just be infecting its current inhabitants. And that's about it. Don't be fooled by the Irish accents. ” - Spencer Grande
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house's darkest inhabitant. (98 mins.)
Director: Tom Harper
Night of the Demons (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A group of kids go to a Halloween party, only to have to face down a group of demons. (93 mins.)
Director: Adam Gierasch
“ Here begins a string of disappointing remakes, all bad but not horrible. This film can be fun, but feels like it was made by a 5th-grader with no sense of atmosphere or wit. ” - Spencer Grande
Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in. (88 mins.)
“ Disappointing. Lacks any real surprises or originality and the story continues to meander and go nowhere. ” - Spencer Grande
The Grudge (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
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
“ Another J-horror spirits in a house movie that really isn't very scary, and its "Americanization" of the original Japanese version is insulting. The ghosts worked better when they weren't CGI. ” - Spencer Grande
Amityville 3-D (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
A reporter moves into the ominous Long Island house to debunk it of the recent supernatural events and becomes besieged by the evil manifestations which are connected to a hell-spawn demon lurking in the basement. (105 mins.)
“ Sort of an interesting premise, but goes nowhere, lacks one decent scare, and is castrated by a PG rating. ” - Spencer Grande
The Amityville Horror (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before. (90 mins.)
Director: Andrew Douglas
“ Ultimately just pointless. ” - Spencer Grande
The Awakening (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves. (102 mins.)
Director: Nick Murphy
“ Uninspired and utterly unoriginal. Surprising considering the pedigree of the cast. ” - Spencer Grande
Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things dies, he leaves it all to his nephew and his family. All including his house, his fortune, and his malicious collection of ghosts! (91 mins.)
Director: Steve Beck
“ Tonally confused, poorly edited and conceived. ” - Spencer Grande
The Haunting (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house's ghostly past. (113 mins.)
Director: Jan de Bont
“ Inept, insipid, and insulting. The haunted house is just a series of bad CG going ons. It was like Jan de Bont thought, "What if every surface could turn into a demon head thing, and we do that for an hour and a half?" ” - Spencer Grande
Haunter (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A teenager is stuck in a time loop that is not quite the same each time. She must uncover the truth but her actions have consequences for herself and others. (97 mins.)
Director: Vincenzo Natali
“ Pretty boring overall, even though the premise is solid enough. ” - Spencer Grande
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Cornwell
“ Cool poster, and one chilling scene (someone appears in the reflection of a just turned off TV), but man is the rest terrible. A collection of cheap jump scares that lack even a hint of human imagination. ” - Spencer Grande
The Haunted Mansion (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected. (88 mins.)
Director: Rob Minkoff
“ A movie based on a machine by the machine for machines. ” - Spencer Grande
The House on Skull Mountain (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Murders occur at the southern estate of a voodoo priestess when four relatives gather to hear her will. (89 mins.)
Director: Ron Honthaner
“ There is not much to say here. No expectations but the movie is just D-grade forgettable. ” - Spencer Grande
The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
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
“ Truly awful. You can see the ghosts the whole time (how is this scary?), and the only inspired (ha!) bit involves a bunch of crabs. And even they look bored. ” - Spencer Grande
House II: The Second Story (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
The new owner of a sinister house gets involved with reanimated corpses and demons searching for an ancient Aztec skull with magic powers. (88 mins.)
Director: Ethan Wiley
“ Very close to being one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Only John Ratzenberger prevents that dishonor. As far from funny as you can get and lacks even the slightest bit of care or creativity. I want to say it resembles a bad Saturday morning cartoon, but that's an insult to their creatively bankrupt imaginations. Even little kids would give this the middle finger. ” - Spencer Grande