Many people consider ghost stories the scariest type of horror movie. A good ghost film tends to be part murder mystery, part supernatural horror and all terrifying, the sort of movie to watch at night tucked safely under the covers -- next to your trusty baseball bat. Here is a list of spooky flicks worthy of taking a swing.
39. The Uninvited (1944)
It may not have aged as well as some on this list, but The Uninvited is a classy classic mystery with ghostly twists and turns, as a brother and sister team up to uncover the truth behind the haunted house they recently purchased.
38. Below (2002)
From director David Twohy (Pitch Black) and writer Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) comes this unique blend of war movie and ghost story, as a World War II submarine crew finds their vessel haunted by a ghost with a grudge.
37. House (1986)
Although it's a horror-comedy, House has its share of scares, as my mid-'80s bed sheets will attest. It follows a horror novelist (William Katt) who moves into his recently deceased aunt's home, only to realize that it's haunted by all manner of ghouls and flying garden tools. Believe it or not, they're walking on air!
A bit convoluted and heavy-handed, this English-language French production nonetheless provides oodles of beautifully shot haunted house atmosphere. Released on DVD with the uninspiring title House of Voices, Saint Ange tells the tale of a young cleaning woman in 1950s France who gets a job tidying up a abandoned orphanage but finds that the children who died there have not left. Watching this film, you have to think that the makers of The Orphanage had seen it at least once.
Like The Wonder Years with an extra helping of murder and racism, Lady in White wraps nostalgia up in a complex supernatural mystery as a man relates the story of his ghostly childhood encounter while locked all night in his elementary school. The film achieves scares by masterfully placing you in the boy's shoes and recapturing all those childhood fears that you paid psychiatrists to help you forget.
33. The Woman in Black (2012)
Seeing it play out like a hybrid of The Shining and The Amityville Horror (with an even darker ending), you realize how ahead-of-its-time Burnt Offerings was, coming three years before either of those films. In the movie, a family rents an old house for the summer, and guess what? It's haunted! Spookiness ensues.
Its popularity suffered from being released just a few months after The Sixth Sense, but Stir of Echoes isn't as similar to that film as it was marketed. It tells the story of a man who begins to see the ghost of a girl after being hypnotized by a friend. His young son also has the "gift," but the kid's ability doesn't play as large a role as the kid in The Sixth Sense -- which is good, because Stir of Echoes is its own movie, featuring a well-written mystery and ample chills. And Kevin Bacon.