List of ghost films

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This is a selective list of ghost films, and includes both films about ghosts and films that prominently feature ghosts. Ghost movies can fall into a wide range of genres, including romance, comedy, horror, juvenile interest, and drama. Depictions of ghosts are as diverse as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Beetlejuice, Hamlet's father, Freddy Krueger, and Moaning Myrtle, as well as the traditional ghostly spirits and other bumps in the night.

History[edit]

With the advent of motion pictures and television, screen depictions of ghosts became common, and spanned a variety of genres; the works of Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde have all been made into cinematic versions. Novel-length tales have sometimes been difficult to adapt to cinema, although that of The Haunting of Hill House to The Haunting in 1963 is an exception.[1]

Children’s benevolent ghost stories became popular, such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, created in the 1930s and appearing in comics, animated cartoons, and eventually a 1995 feature film. Noël Coward's play Blithe Spirit, later made into a film, places a more humorous slant on the phenomenon of haunting of individuals and specific locations, and The Ghost Goes West, a comedy in which a Scottish castle and its ghost are moved to Florida, was voted the best British film of 1935.

Sentimental depictions were more popular in early cinema than horror, and include the 1947 film The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, which was later adapted to television with a successful 1968-70 TV series.[1] Genuine psychological horror films from this period include 1944's The Uninvited and 1945's Dead of Night.

The 1970s saw screen depictions of ghosts diverge into distinct genres of the romantic and horror. A common theme in the romantic genre from this period is the ghost as a benign guide or messenger, often with unfinished business, such as 1989's Field of Dreams, the 1990 film Ghost, and the 1993 comedy Heart and Souls.[2] In the horror genre, 1980's The Fog, and the A Nightmare on Elm Street series of films from the 1980s and 1990s are notable examples of the trend for the merging of ghost stories with scenes of physical violence.[1]

Popularised in such films as the 1984 comedy Ghostbusters, ghost hunting became a hobby for many who formed ghost hunting societies to explore reportedly haunted places. The ghost hunting theme has been featured in reality television series, such as Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, Most Haunted, and A Haunting. It is also represented in children's television by such programs as The Ghost Hunter and Ghost Trackers. Ghost hunting also gave rise to multiple guidebooks to haunted locations, and ghost hunting “how-to” manuals.

The 1990s saw a return to classic “gothic” ghosts, whose dangers were more psychological than physical. Examples of films from this period include 1999’s The Sixth Sense, and 2001’s The Others.

Asian cinema has been adept at producing horror films about ghosts, such as the 1998 Japanese film Ring (remade in America as The Ring in 2002), and the Pang brothers' 2002 film The Eye.[3]

List[edit]

(American productions, unless otherwise specified)

Name Year Country
13 Ghosts 1960
100 Feet 2008
1408 2007
2001 Maniacs 2005
A Chinese Ghost Story 1987 Hong Kong
A Christmas Carol 1908 See 'A Christmas Carol' template below for many other adaptations, or this list.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 U.S. For the entire nine-film series featuring Freddy Krueger see A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.
Apartment 1303 2007 Japan
Art of the Devil 2004 Thailand
Beetlejuice 1988
Beyond Tomorrow 1940
Bhoothnath 2008 India
Blithe Spirit 1945 United Kingdom
Book of Blood 2009
Bunshinsaba 2004 South Korea
Carnival of Souls 1962
Casper 1995 U.S. For other Casper films see the template at the bottom of this page or the Casper the Friendly Ghost filmography.
Christmas Carol: The Movie 2001 United Kingdom
Chandramukhi 2005 India Tamil and Telugu
Cinco 2010 Philippines - Star Cinema Film
Conjurer 2008
Coraline 2009
Corpse Bride 2005
Curse, Death & Spirit 1992 Japan
Dark Water 2002 Japan
Dark Water 2005
Darkness Falls 2003
Dead of Night 1945 United Kingdom
Dead Silence 2007
Death of a Ghost Hunter 2007
Dek hor 2006 Thailand
Dementia 2014 Philippines
Demonic Beauty 2002 Thailand
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark 2009 Australia
Drag Me to Hell 2009
Esprit d'amour 1983 Hong Kong
FeardotCom 2002 United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Luxembourg
Feng Shui 2004 Philippines
Field of Dreams 1989
Fragile 2005 Spain
Ghost 1990
Ghost 2012 India
Ghost Banana Tree 2005 Cambodia
Ghost Dad 1990
Ghost Ship 2002
Ghost Story 1981
Ghost Town 2008
Ghost in the Machine 1993
Ghost Rider 2007
Ghostbusters 1984
Ghostbusters II 1989
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009
Ghosts of Mars 2001
Gothika 2003
Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive 1992
Grave Encounters 2011 Canada, United States
Hamlet 1948 British. For many other film versions see the 'Hamlet' template at the bottom of the page.
Harry Potter films 2001-11 United Kingdom, United States, an eight-film series
Hasta el viento tiene miedo 1968 Mexico
Haunted 1995 United Kingdom
Heart and Souls 1993
High Spirits 1988 United States, United Kingdom
House 1986
House II: The Second Story 1987
House on Haunted Hill 1959
House on Haunted Hill 1999
Hum Kaun Hai? 2004 India
Insidious 2011
Ju-on: The Grudge 2003 Japan
Kairo 2001 Japan
Kilometer 31 2006 Mexico
Krasue Valentine 2006 Thailand
Kwaidan 1964 Japan
La Llorona 1960 Mexico
Lady in White 1988
Lake Mungo 2008 Australia
Lani Loa - The Passage 1998
Lonesome Ghosts 1937
Maxie 1985
Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out? 2008
Muni 2: Kanchana 2011 India (Tamil and Telugu languages)
Arundathi 2009 India
Nang Nak 1999 Thailand
Nomads 1986
Over Her Dead Body 2008
Paranormal Activity 2 2010
Paranormal Activity 3 2011
Presence of Mind 1999 Spain, United States
Pridyider 2012 Philippines
Pulse 2001 Japan
Pulse 2006
Poltergeist 1982
Poltergeist II 1986
Poltergeist III 1988
Practical Magic 1998
Rinne 2006 Japan
Riding the Bullet 2004 United States, Germany, Canada
Ringu 1998 Japan
Ringu 2 1999 Japan
Route 666 2001 Canada, United States
Saint Ange 2004 France
Scary Movie 2 2001
School Spirit 1985
Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004 United States, Canada
Scrooged 1988
Segunda Mano 2011 Philippines
Shock 2004 India - Tamil Film
Shutter 2004 Thailand
Shutter 2008
Sleepy Hollow 1999
Someone Behind You 2007 South Korea
Stay Alive 2006
Stir of Echoes 1999
Stir of Echoes 2: The Homecoming 2007
Susie Q 1996
Tales of Terror 1962
The Amityville Horror 1979 U.S. For the entire 15 movie series see the template below.
The Blair Witch Project 1999
The Book of Life 2014
The Canterville Ghost 1944
The Canterville Ghost 1985
The Canterville Ghost 1986
The Canterville Ghost 1996
The Changeling 1980 Canada
The Conjuring 2013
The Curse of the Crying Woman 1961 Mexico
The Devil's Backbone 2001 Spain
The Echo 2008
The Entity 1981
The Exorcism of Emily Rose 2005
The Eye 2002 Hong Kong
The Eye 2 2004 Hong Kong
The Eye 10 2005 Hong Kong
The Fog 1980
The Fog 2005
The Frighteners 1996 United States, New Zealand
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1947
The Ghost Goes West 1935 United Kingdom
The Ghost Talks 1949
The Ghost Walks 1934
The Ghosts of Berkeley Square 1947 United Kingdom
The Ghosts of Edendale 2004
The Gift 2000
The Gravedancers 2006
The Grudge 2004 United States, Japan, Germany
The Grudge 2 2006 United States, Japan, Germany
The Grudge 3 2009 United States, Japan
The Halloween Tree 1993
The Haunted Castle 1896 France
The Haunted Mansion 2003
The Haunting 1963 United States, United Kingdom
The Haunting 1999
The Haunting in Connecticut 2009
The Healing 2012 Philippines
The House Where Evil Dwells 1982
The Innocents 1961 United Kingdom
The Invisible Ghost 1941
The Legend of Hell House 1973 United Kingdom
The Lovely Bones 2009
The Maid 2005-2006 Singapore
The Messengers 2007
The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993
The Orphanage 2007 Spain
The Other Side of the Tracks 2008
The Others 2001 United States, Spain, France, Italy
The Red Shoes 2005 South Korea
The Ring 2002
The Ruins 2008
The Screaming Skull 1958
The Shining 1980 United Kingdom, United States
The Sixth Man 1997
The Sixth Sense 1999
The Sleeping Soul 2012
The Stone Tape 1972 United Kingdom
The Terror 1963
The Time of Their Lives 1946
The Uninvited 1944
The Woman in Black 1989 United Kingdom
The Woman in Black 2012 United Kingdom
The Wraith 1986
Thir13en Ghosts 2001
Three 2002 Hong Kong
Topper 1937
Topper Takes a Trip 1938
Topper Returns 1941
Tormented 1960
Tormented 2009 United Kingdom
Tower of Terror 1997
Trick or Treat 1986
Truly, Madly, Deeply 1990 United Kingdom
Two Thousand Maniacs! 1964
"Ugetsu" 1953 Japan
What Lies Beneath 2000
Where Got Ghost? 2009 Singapore
White Lady 2006 Philippines
White Noise 2005 Canada, United Kingdom, United States
White Noise 2 2007 United States, Canada
Witchboard 1986
Witchboard 2: The Devil's Doorway 1993
Yavarum Nalam (13B) 2009 India - Tamil Film
Yaamirukka Bayamey 2014 India - Tamil Film

Television series[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Newman, pg. 135.
  2. ^ Chanko, Kenneth M. (August 8, 1993). "FILM; When It Comes to the Hereafter, Romance and Sentiment Rule". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  3. ^ Rafferty, Terence (June 8, 2003). "Why Asian Ghost Stories Are the Best". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 

Cited text[edit]

  • Newman, Kim, ed, BFI Companion to Horror, Cassell: London, 1996.