Haunted houses are a staple of horror movies. The main characters find themselves trapped in an old dark house and are subjected to torment from resident ghosts. They must find a way to exorcize those spirits or escape the house. Ghosts are resourceful and flexible. They can inhabit small spaces as well as big ones. Haunted apartments don't get as much face time in movies as haunted houses. Still, that doesn't mean apartment dwellers are off the hook.

These five movies feature haunted apartments where the ghosts serve up an eviction notice:


Sigourney Weaver literally lives in the apartment from Hell in "Ghostbusters" because it is an actual gateway to a Hell dimension. Living in such a place can cause nightmarish things to occur as Weaver found out the hard way. Eggs start to cook themselves on your kitchen countertop. Hands break out of your recliner and immobilize you for imminent demonic possession. You make out with a possessed Rick Moranis. All of it is truly scary stuff.

"Dark Water":

Moving into a rundown apartment with a constant leak serves as the setup for Jennifer Connelly to become the eternal ghost mother to a little ghost girl who died in the complex. As for her actual daughter? Her ex-husband wins the custody battle by default. "Dark Water" proves that leaks can be supernatural gateways rather than just shoddy maintenance.


It's true that "1408" actually takes place in a hotel room, but a hotel room is like an apartment you rent for a night. And the hotel room is haunted. John Cusack plays a writer that debunks famous haunted places and takes up the challenge of surviving one hour staying in room 1408 at The Dolphin Hotel. No one has ever survived an hour in there and Cusack finds out why. Between seeing all sorts of ghosts, being frozen and being burnt, he barely makes it out in one piece. That's the sort of room service any hotel guest can live without.

"The Grudge 2":

One important lesson learned from "The Grudge 2" is that it isn't a good idea to go into a cursed Japanese house. Even if you escape to another continent, the curse will follow you home. One character found that out the hard way when she did exactly that and the curse from the first movie followed her back to her apartment complex in Chicago. Nothing was done to address the issue of the Japanese ghosts having no visa or work permit to immigrate to the United States. That needs to be resolved in a future sequel.

"Poltergeist III":

Poor Carol Anne Freeling gets sent to live with her aunt and uncle in a Chicago apartment because her parents are sick of dealing with assorted ghosts. They simply follow Carol Anne to the Windy City and wreak havoc on the residents of the high rise, including her aunt and uncle. A malevolent ghost soon takes control of the mirrors and sends evil reflections after people. It's a safe bet that same approach would not work very well with vampires.