10 Best Old Ghost Movies

Tuesday, November 23 by Yvonne Glasgow

When looking for the 10 best old ghost movies it is not to hard to find some good ones from the 40's, 60's, 70's and even the early 80's. This list of ghost movies includes many that have even been remade in later years.

  1. “The Haunting” was remade in 1999, but the original 1963 version of this ghost movie is still far superior. This black and white ghost story about an investigation of a haunted house has more than just ghosts. People disappear and in the original it is more of a suspenseful trip, than gory.
  2. “The Amityville Horror” was a movie based on a story told by a family that lived in this house. There was a family murdered in it, and when the Lutz family moved in they were each haunted by the evil that was left there. Whether their story was true or not this 1979 ghost movie gives people something to think about and the 2005 remake makes it even scarier. 
  3. In both the 1960 and the 2001 remake of this ghost movie, “13 Ghosts” tells the tale of a family that moves into a house they have inherited and then they discover the ghosts locked up in the basement. The premise of the story revolves around the fact that a text states that 13 ghosts are needed, yet there are only 12 in captivity. Who is the 13th ghost?
  4. The original “House on Haunted Hill” starred Vincent Price the master of macabre in his time. This 1958 movie told the story of a man who offered a lot of money to a group of people to stay the night in a haunted mansion. Whoever survived would take home the cash. It was later remade with stars like Geoffrey Rush, Taye Diggs and Famke Janssen in 1999.
  5. The original 1944 version of “The Uninvited” is somewhat different than the recent 2009 remake of this ghost movie. The original tells of a brother and sister who get a great deal on a house only to find out it is haunted and the haunting has something to do with the girl next door that the brother is falling in love with.
  6. “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,” 1947, finally brings us a tale of someone moving into a home that they find out is haunted only to bond with their ghost. This romanticized ghost movie lacks the blood, gore and nightmares of most.
  7. “The Canterville Ghost,” 1944, is based on a short story by Oscar Wilde. This wonderful tale is also not of the scary kind and tells the story of a ghost doomed to haunt his castle forever.
  8. In a list of 10 best ghost movies, “Burnt Offerings” offers a macabre look into a haunted house that a family rents. This 1976 film, which came out before “The Amityville Horror” and “The Shining,” is like the grandfather of all haunted house films. 
  9. 1982's “Poltergeist” still gives children nightmares when they watch it. The creepy child's clown toy that comes to life. The young girl getting sucked into the television. Even the demon in the closet make adults that once watched this movie as a child check their closet before they go to bed at night.
  10. “The Entity,”1980, is believed to be based on actual events about a woman who was haunted by a ghosts that would rape and beat her. This is definitely not a ghost movie to watch with young ones around, but it is very scary and dramatic. It is sure to become a favorite on many people's 10 best old movies lists! 
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