10 Best Ghost Story Movies

Monday, November 22 by Kitty Cruiser

Finding the 10 best ghost story movies can be difficult since (as any horror movie buff knows) you have to view many craptasic horror movies to find a gem. Fortunately, you do not have to waste hours weeding through the thousands of movies available because we have done that for you and compiled a list of the 10 best ghost story movies for you.

  1. “The Shining” (1980) – Stanley Kubrick’s take on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, “The Shining” is a terrifying account of a man driven insane by the ghosts that haunt the hotel he is caring for during the off season. Living in the Overlook Hotel with his wife and son, Jack slowly turns from a father with drinking issues to a lunatic bent on killing his wife and son.
  2. “The Fog” (1980) – John Carpenter’s “The Fog” is, at heart, a ghost story through and through. The Fog does not contain much blood or guts but is spooky nonetheless. Using good ole’ fashion storytelling, “The Fog” does not use cheap scares to keep you jumping out of your seats.
  3. “Ju-on” (2002) – “Ju-on” is one of the many Japanese horror movies that can give you the creeps days after the initial viewing. The movie features the typical pale female ghost with black hair that kills all who enters her home. The story revolves around a married woman (Kayako) who  (along with their son Toshio and his cat) are brutally murdered by her jealous husband. “Ju-on”, at its core, is a ghost story about revenge and pain.
  4. “Paranormal Activity” (2007) – Marketed as actual footage, “Paranormal Activity” is a couple's home videos who recently began having paranormal-like instances in their home which slowly progress. What makes it a scary film is the overall realness that you experience with the movie.
  5. “Poltergeist” (1982) - When little Carol Anne spoke the phrase “They’re Heeeere,” chills went up and down the spines of all who were watching. Even though “Poltergeist” was released with only a PG rating, it is considered a classic of the horror genre. What makes this movie even more creepy is the real life events that occurred on the set and after the filming to the cast and crew.
  6. “The Amityville Horror” (1979) - Based on the book written by Jay Anson about the infamous paranormal experiences the Lutz family endured, the story of “The Amityville Horror” has been debated for years over what actually occurred. The film centers around the Lutz family who recently purchased a home where a brutal murder occurred. The family is tormented by the ghosts of the victims as well as a demonic presence.
  7. “The Blair Witch Project” (1999) – Based on footage found by police after three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods of Maryland, “The Blair Witch Project” quickly became a worldwide phenomena. The three student filmmakers where researching the local legend of the ghost of the Blair witch who haunts the woods of Burkittsville, Maryland. This mock-documentary is an excellent example of a ghost story told around a campfire.
  8. “A Tale of Two Sisters” (2003) - Two sisters dealing with tragedy, return home after a stint in a mental hospital. The sisters, who have a close bond with each other, are greeted with a cruel stepmother as well as ghostly apparitions and strange events. “A Tale of Two Sisters” keeps you guessing at what is really going on because things are not always what they seem.
  9. "Shutter” (2004) – This Thai horror film centers around a group of friends who are brutally murdered one at a time by a vengeful ghost seeking to even the score for what the friends did to her. Giving viewers more than a few goose bumps, “Shutter” delivers everything you want in a ghost story.
  10. “House” (1986) – Mixing both horror and comedy beautifully, “House” is a ghost story about a writer (Roger) whose son goes missing while visiting his Aunt’s house. When his Aunt passes away, Roger returns to his Aunt’s home. Soon, strange occurrences begin to happen and Roger becomes convinced that the ghosts and monster who inhabit the house are responsible for his son’s disappearance.