I find recently that I’ve been on a informal quest to find a decent ghost movie that scares me. I like gore just as much as the next guy, bu...
What Does a Girl Have to Do to Find a Decent Ghost Movie Around Here?
So I’ve been searching the internet, haunting my library and scouring Blockbuster looking for the perfect thrill. What I’ve found has been less than thrilling. Take for example the Haunting in Connecticut. The film had everything it needed for a great ghost tale—creepy house, restless undead and an extra creepy embalming/necromancy room in the basement. But instead of coming across as atmospheric and terrifying, the film’s fractured narrative doesn’t give the scares the support they need.
Paranormal Activity came real close to satisfying my ghostly craving, but even it had its flaws. Predicable plot, inane dialogue and the Blair Witch style camera work were only made tolerable by the jump-out-at-you scares, which were few and far between.
So what do I mean by a decent ghost movie? I’m talking films like The Others, Sixth Sense, Gothika and even a dash of House on Haunted Hill. These flicks are low gore but still manage to get the job done with twists, plot and minimal special effects. Who doesn’t remember their shock at finding out Bruce Willis was a ghost in Sixth Sense? Or could stifle their terror at the possession of the girl-child in The Others?
Ghost stories offer something very different from horror staples like the slasher and it’s time they made a comeback after the success of J-horror films like R Ring and the Grudge. Unfortunately, in a modern market saturated with gore (Saw VI) I’m afraid Casper doesn’t stand a chance.
Any ghost horror you’d like to recommend? Feel free to drop me a comment.
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