The 13 most haunting films, for ghost story lovers (and another 13+ worth watching.)

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The Ghost Story Genre:

In case it’s somehow possible for you to not know it, this is my favorite sub-genre of horror. Herein are the movies that most effectively creep-me-right-the-hell-out.

This is the genre that takes its time with me, the one that subtly builds eerie, evocative worlds, then populates those worlds with unforgettable characters. I remember the sly little thrills that glimmer in the corners of these films far longer than I remember the pulse-pounding chases of other sub-genres. (I am particularly vulnerable to a figure glimpsed in a…

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4 Comments on “The 13 most haunting films, for ghost story lovers (and another 13+ worth watching.)”

  1. elsmama says:

    Would you consider Rose Red a movie or a miniseries? Some genuinely creepy stuff in that one. Also, perhaps a “Campy Fun Horror” list would be appropriate, in which case I nominate The Cabin in the Woods, and also House of Wax (original, not remake).

    • Well, it’s a miniseries, but that doesn’t rule it out – not with Netflix making things so available. (Just checked – it is there, but not streaming, sadly.) Yes, I think it’s a pretty effective ghost story, especially if what you want is A LOT of creepiness. That house is amazing. It goes right along with The Legend of Hell House and The Haunting. (Wake the sleeping haunted house is it’s own sub-genre, isn’t it? I wonder how many watchable ones there are.)

      Do you think The Cabin in the Woods is a ghost story? I’ve gone back and forth on that. I loved the movie right up until the end which blew the scale of the thing right out of the water. It’s got to go on some list, but I don’t know what yet.

      Can’t give you House of Wax. Great flick, but no ghosts.

  2. Great list! I’ve seen most of them. Nobody’s creepier than Jack.

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