October is right around the corner, which of course means that spooky season has begun to creep its way into our lives. Today (25th September, 2021), is National Ghost Hunting Day, which is the perfect time to check out this list of seven films, all of which include ghosts or spirits!
Ghostbusters is a classic when it comes to this genre of films, and is still adored today.
The story follows four scientists who, after losing their jobs, start a company called Ghostbusters to help rid New York City of the ghosts and ghouls that lurk behind every corner, including a giant marshmallow...
This 80s movie is still considered iconic today, almost 40 years later; its well-known theme tune, recognisable ghosts and stellar cast make this a comical, genius movie for its time. It is the perfect family friendly movie for a spooky night in.
Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore starred together in Ghost in 1990, and made waves when their romance became spectral, but not non-existent.
Sam (Swayze) and Molly (Moore) are in love, and it seems that nothing can bring them down. Well, except Sam’s murder by a thug. After her lover’s death, Molly tries to move on, but Sam is still there, watching over her in his new, ghostly form.
Ghost is a unique movie, as Sam tries his best to tell Molly he loves her from the other side; he needs help, and Oda (Whoopie Goldberg), a medium, is just who he needs.
This film combined romance with death, and showed that even though a loved one may be gone, memories of them are something precious to hold onto.
A more friendly spiritual movie, Casper saw audiences fall in love with this adorable and friendly ghost.
Carrigan Crittenden (Cathy Moriarty) enlists the services of paranormal expert Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) to rid the ghouls from her mansion. This becomes a problem, however, when Harvey’s daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) makes friends with one of the house’s ghosts.
We all know Casper to be a wonderful, funny, even enchanting film, that depicts ghosts as nothing to worry about, as Casper himself is as endearing as he is see-through.
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
Perhaps not the scariest film involving ghosts, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed definitely invokes a laugh or two.
Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) and his best friend Scooby Doo of Mystery Inc. attend a museum opening with the gang, but a pterodactyl ghost ruins the big night. The gang of course get straight onto who could be behind the disruption, and realise that a whole host of ghosts and ghouls from their past are back to haunt them – literally.
Shaggy and Scooby tend to make a bit of a mess sometimes, but isn’t that part of their charm? Scooby Doo 2 showcases the perfect duo as they try to make amends to their mistakes in the midst of a monster invasion.
A whole bunch of ghosts rear their ugly heads, including the Black Knight Ghost, Captain Cutler’s Ghost, the 10,000 Ghost and more, making this movie a hot spot for spooky happenings.
Lights Out (2016)
Sometimes, the past can be the scariest thing characters face, but in Lights Out, the darkness is waiting to grab you and pull you in.
Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) and her boyfriend dive into an investigation into the connection between her mother and her supposed imaginary friend, Diana, after her stepfather is killed by an entity with a wicked rage.
Lights Out takes the idea that people are scared of the dark, and makes it a reality. As the ghostly entity lurks in the dark when the lights go out, the figure is seen against the light and instils genuine fear as it could be right in front of you in the blink of an eye...
A Ghost Story (2017)
A simple-looking ghost can be all you need for an impactful story about love, death, and time standing still.
A man who has recently died returns to his suburban home to console his wife, only to find that in his ghostly state, he is stuck in time and forced to watch as the life he once lived, and the woman he still loves, slips away.
Being left to watch your old life live itself can be a cruel form of torture, but when you’re dead? That’s just hell.
The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
The Curse of La Llorona tells the tale of a spectral being who lies in waiting for the chance to cause chaos and inflict a deadly wrath; but can she be stopped?
Set in Los Angeles in the 1970s, the legendary and well-known ghost La Llorona is not only stalking the night, but the children, too. A social worker, who ignores the haunting words of a distressed mother, and her kids are pulled into a terrifying supernatural realm.
It seems as though their only way to survive La Llorona’s deadly and harrowing wrath, is a priest who practices mysticism to keep evil at bay.
This movie hosts a genuinely scary villain, as the ghost’s wants and desires for children creates a distressing and horrifying atmosphere; perfect for a ghoulish feature.
Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal
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