Ghosts are expected to be scary, but the normal perception of these ghoulish fiends are no more advanced than that of an individual wearing a white sheet over their head and saying "Boo." This stereotype has been abused to the point that it is as terrifying as a pussy cat drinking milk from a saucer-not scary at all. However, there are some cinematic equivalents that have still been able to scare the poop from audience members' butts. Here is a list of eight movie ghosts that terrified the living.

Dr Malcolm Crowe, "The Sixth Sense".

Bruce Willis's Malcolm Crowe is supposed to be a calming figure to Hayley Joel Osmont's Cole. He provides him with psychiatric help when the little blighter keeps witnessing the undead walking on earth. Yet it is the film's revelation at the end which manages to scare not only several of the characters, but almost everyone who has ever seen the film. This was still when M. Night Shyamalan had talent.

Slimer, "Ghostbusters".

Slimer has been etched into memory as the friendly green glob of slime that assists each of the "Ghostbusters" in their endeavors, but when he originally appears in the first film, his gorging of a food cart is immediately intimidating. Slimer is one ghost you wouldn't want to encounter down a dark alleyway.

Ghost Of Christmas Future, "The Muppets Christmas Carol".

The Muppets interpretation of Charles Dicken's classic novel is made all the better because of the appearance of Kermit, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and company. However the ghosts which guide Michael Caine's scrooge through the history of Christmas' go from friendly and warm to the scariest S.O.B you have ever laid eyes on. The film still has some pretty catchy tunes, though.

Sam, "Ghost".

Sam's death is a tragedy. Sam's reappearance as a ghost to aide his widowed wife is creepy and the action of a mad man. That should send Demi Moore's character running to her nearest insane asylum.

Beetlejuice, "Beetlejuice".

Michael Keaton's finest hour sees him assist a recently deceased young couple, played wonderfully by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, who want to scare the new inhabitants of their old home. Beetlejuice is not only scary, but creepy to the point where you skin can't help but crawl. The man is a scumbag, a fiend, and he's mean and horny to the point that it becomes kind of cool. Sometimes I am kept awake at night thinking about how cool Michael Keaton was and still is. 

Delbert Grady, "The Shining".

Kubrick's classic is often sighted as one of the greatest horror pictures ever made, and Nicholson's descent into madness is regarded as one of cinema's finest performances. However, his insanity is foreboded by Delbert Grady, the man who murdered his twin daughters. What a fiend.


Steven Spielberg's first foray into the world of the supernatural was as the producer of the PG epic "Poltergeist", and he didn't disappoint. Craig T Nelson's family is thrown into disarray when his youngest daughter is taken by the static on their TV set. I'm sure there is a lesson in there somewhere, too. I'll just have to watch more TV to figure it out.

Candyman, "Candyman".

It's impossible not to be creeped out by Tony Todd's performance as "The Candyman". His cries for Helen and preference for bugs adds to his dreadfullness. He'll never get a girlfriend that way.