10 Best Scary Ghost Movies

Tuesday, November 23 by C.T. Wright

Every horror movie fan has a list of 10 best scary ghost movies. What scares some people doesn’t scare others, so the best ghost movies will always be up for debate. However, with all of the spirits and specter’s on this list, there’s sure to be something that scares you.

  1. "The Ring" (2002) One of the scariest ghost movies ever. From the phone ringing and that scary voice saying you have "seven days" to the ghost climbing out of the TV, it's hard to top this movie. Like all good ghost stories, it takes a while to reveal the mystery of who the ghost is and what happened to her in this world, but the payoff is more than worth the wait.
  2. "Paranormal Activity" (2007) If any movie on this list can top "The Ring" it's "Paranormal Activity." Deceptively scary, this low-budget ghost movie let's the scares sneak up on you. As frightening as the thought of a real ghost in a house, this movie creates that feeling through subtle instances that lead up to a huge finish.
  3. "Paranormal Activity 2" (2010) This sequel forgoes subtlety and ratchets up the scare quotient. What we thought was a ghost is really a demon and the events get more and more horrifying as the movie progresses. 
  4. "The Grudge" (2004) An American woman moves to Japan into the home of the recently deceased. She's subsequently haunted by a scary little boy and is almost scared to death in one particularly creepy bathroom scene.
  5. "Poltergeist" (1982) Between "The Ring" and "Poltergeist," both  movies would have you believe TVs are very scary objects. In this masterpiece of a ghost movie, a little girl actually gets pulled into the TV. This movie is packed with ghosts who start off as pranksters before they bring the fright.
  6. "The Amityville Horror" (1979) Based on a true story, this is another movie that straddles the line between ghosts and demons. The setting is one of the scariest haunted houses and the spirits in this abode use flies, bad smells, blood running down walls and other tricks to scary the residents.
  7. "White Noise" (2005) A man tries to contact the ghost of his dead wife in TV static, videotape and radio noise in this movie. The only problem is her ghost isn't the only one coming through the noise. Michael Keaton finds himself in over his head when malicious spirits start targeting him directly.
  8. “The Fog” (1980) John Carpenter’s atmospheric ghost story delivers on thrills and chills. Souls of dead seaman haunt an entire town in this 1980s classic. Laced with Carpenter's signature haunting score it is one of the best scary ghost movies ever.
  9. "Pulse" (2006) A college kid's ghost tries to warn his friends away from impending internet doom in this semi-scary thriller. The perfect Generation Y scary movie, it does for the computer what "Poltergeist" and "The Ring" did for TV.
  10. "Shutter" (2008) Another Asian horror export, photos provide the vehicle for the ghost in this movie. If you thought living girls were vindictive, watch this movie and see what its like to deal with one that’s dead. After hitting a girl with his car, a young man and woman are repeatedly haunted by the girl's ghost.
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