Cool and scary ghost movies

by paulwalsssh | created - 08 Jul 2012 | updated - 08 Jul 2012 | Public

Just a quick collection of some ghost movies that I enjoyed. They are not listed in any order. Just listing off the top of my head.

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1. The Booth (2005)

Not Rated | 74 min | Horror, Thriller

6.6
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Shogo (Ryuta Sato), the arrogant and condescending star of a popular call-in radio-show must temporarily broadcast out of Studio 6, a creepy and dilapidated booth abandoned since its last ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura | Stars: Maiko Asano, Makoto Ashikawa, Mansaku Ikeuchi, Seiko Iwaidô

Votes: 295

This is a really cool foreign movie. The story goes quickly and is woven together excellently.

2. Shutter (II) (2004)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.

Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom | Stars: Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, Achita Sikamana, Unnop Chanpaibool

Votes: 34,974

Creepy movie, creepy atmosphere, just creepy...

3. Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

R | 92 min | Horror

6.7
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48 Metascore

A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Megumi Okina, Misaki Itô, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa

Votes: 35,009 | Gross: $0.33M

The scene in the young girl's bedroom with her 'friends.' 'Nough said.

4. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

8.4
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 702,760 | Gross: $44.02M

Effective movie and well-made, but overplayed in my opinion. Some scary scenes and Jack Nicholson is always fun to watch.

5. Grave Encounters (2011)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

6.1
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33 Metascore

For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true.

Directors: Colin Minihan, Stuart Ortiz, The Vicious Brothers | Stars: Ben Wilkinson, Sean Rogerson, Ashleigh Gryzko, Merwin Mondesir

Votes: 45,092

This movie is perfectly watchable, but a tad long for my liking. A great location and the scares keep coming. Some mean ghosts for sure.

6. Ghost Dad (1990)

PG | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

4.3
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Elliot Hopper is a widower with three children, he is currently working on a deal. It seems like his wife illness was very costly and this deal could put them out of the red. However he ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Bill Cosby, Kimberly Russell, Denise Nicholas, Ian Bannen

Votes: 6,707 | Gross: $24.71M

Ahhh! The horror!!!! Lol...

7. Paranormal Activity (2007)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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68 Metascore

After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

Director: Oren Peli | Stars: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong

Votes: 199,088 | Gross: $107.92M

Part of me hates these movies, but I must admit I can watch them over and over for some reason. I include all three in this slot just because once you've seen one, the others are exactly the same formula.

8. What Lies Beneath (2000)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.6
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51 Metascore

The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katharine Towne, Miranda Otto

Votes: 105,121 | Gross: $155.46M

A great movie; well-paced and slowly building to an okay conclusion. Acted very well.

9. The Orphanage (2007)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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74 Metascore

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.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 130,685 | Gross: $7.16M

I think this movie is a little over-hyped, but the story is excellently scripted and the movie is extremely tragic.

10. Carnival of Souls (1962)

PG | 78 min | Horror, Mystery

7.2
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After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Director: Herk Harvey | Stars: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison

Votes: 15,698

A cult classic and an okay watch. Some truly creepy scenes.

11. 100 Feet (2008)

R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.5
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After Marnie Watson kills her abusive husband in self-defense, she is condemned to house arrest... only to discover that the house is possessed by the enraged and violent spirit of her dead husband.

Director: Eric Red | Stars: Famke Janssen, Bobby Cannavale, Ed Westwick, Michael Paré

Votes: 11,060

Kill your abusive husband. Go to prison. Society is appeased...but is the ghost of your 'loving' husband?

12. The Sixth Sense (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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64 Metascore

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

Votes: 785,311 | Gross: $293.51M

The boy in the hallway...the feet near the bed...spooky stuff. A famous twist ending and the famous line, "I see dead people."

13. The Gravedancers (2006)

R | 95 min | Horror

5.5
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After a night of drunken exploits, Allison, Harris, and Kira are chased and terrorized by the ghosts of a child pyromaniac, an ax murderer, and a rapist.

Director: Mike Mendez | Stars: Dominic Purcell, Clare Kramer, Josie Maran, Marcus Thomas

Votes: 8,484

Absolutely terrifying depictions of some really nasty spirits. Dancing on graves? No tenks! Movie is okay, the ending is garbage, but man oh man those ghosts are scary looking.

14. The Frighteners (1996)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin

Votes: 72,915 | Gross: $16.76M

Michael J. Fox in good form as a psychic who starts seeing the grim reaper in town. A cool movie and the effects were awesome at the time. A fun watch.

15. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

7.8
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71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 302,595 | Gross: $238.63M

Not only my favorite ghost movie, but one of my favorite comedies. This movie has so many great lines it is unbelievable!

16. Stir of Echoes (1999)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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67 Metascore

After being hypnotized by his sister in law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around him.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Zachary David Cope, Kathryn Erbe, Illeana Douglas

Votes: 66,611 | Gross: $21.13M

Released around the same time as The Sixth Sense, this movie takes a more deliberate approach to a ghost story. Instead of the ghost being scary, it's the study of a neighborhood's close-knitedness and secrets that I found scariest.

17. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 11,622

A quiet, spooky movie. Long, somewhat confusing, but engrossing nonetheless.

18. The Fog (1980)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

6.8
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52 Metascore

An unearthly fog rolls into a small coastal town exactly 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman

Votes: 52,106 | Gross: $21.38M

Yo ho ho and a bottle of REDRUM!!!!!!! Haha. Pirate ghosts running rampant in a seaside town founded under malicious circumstances.

19. Poltergeist (1982)

PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller

7.4
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79 Metascore

A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight

Votes: 119,340 | Gross: $76.61M

A great Saturday styled movie. Several terrifying scenarios, tragic ghost motivations, and fun effects all come together to make a fun movie to watch. Scarier still are the subpar sequels that followed. Yikes!!!

20. 8213: Gacy House (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror

3.2
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A group of investigators enter the former property of depraved serial killer John Wayne Gacy, hoping to find evidence of paranormal activity. Upon entering the place they set-up cameras ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Fankhauser | Stars: Michael Gaglio, James Arthur Lewis, Brett Newton, Sylvia Panacione

Votes: 1,692

Not a good movie...at all. Just watch for one scene alone; the ghost of John Wayne Gacy Jr. pantsing a cameraman in mid-air then dragging him into the basement to be...?