Top 6: Ghost Movies

Posted in Top 6 at 9:45 am by Sam

What is it about ghosts that capture the imagination and catches in our minds? Whatever the reason, some great movies have been made about ghosts. We pick our favorites in the Top 6 segment for Episode 30.

What are your favorite ghost movies?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

  1. The Shining (1980)
  2. Don’t Look Now (1973)
  3. The Sixth Sense (1999)
  4. Blithe Spirit (1945)
  5. The Ring (2002)
  6. Poltergeist (1982)
  1. The Sixth Sense (1999)
  2. The Uninvited (1944)
  3. The Others (2001)
  4. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
  5. Dead of Night (1945)
  6. Poltergeist (1982)


  1. Jeffrey (84) said,

    April 24, 2007 at 10:43 am

    Here are some of my favourites:
    A Chinese Ghost Story
    Ugetsu Monogatari

    Honourable mentions to Windstruck, Haunted, Carnival of Souls, Rouge, Truly, Madly, Deeply, The Frighteners.

  2. siochembio (82) said,

    April 24, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Ooh, like Jeffrey said, Ugetsu would definitely make my list.

  3. joem18b (231) said,

    April 24, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    My top six ghost movies, and may you not be haunted for forgetting them.

    1. Field of Dreams - Shoeless Joe, forgotten again.

    2. Pale Rider - You forgot The Enforcer, and now this? Clint, fastest ghost in the West.

    3. Topper - Ghosts just want to have fun: George and Marion Kirby (Cary Grant and Constance Bennett) haunt Topper in the movie; Robert Sterling and Anne Jeffreys played the parts on TV. I wonder if the TV series is out on DVD yet; it was a favorite of mine. Leo G. Carroll was so perfect as Topper.

    4. Salem’s Lot - Stephen King has to be on my list somewhere, whether for Pet Semetary or Riding the Bullet or…

    5. Sunset Blvd. - This one is for all the movies with ghostly narrators. William Holden introduces us to himself floating dead face down in the swimming pool. My daughter-in-law tells me that Desperate Housewives is narrated by the housewife who committed suicide. Others in this genre?

    6. [various movies] - Who can name at least one of the movies where somebody is lost in the woods or up on the mountain or wherever and a mysterious stranger appears and leads him/her back to safety and then later, back in civilization, somebody says “He had a scar across his brow??!? Why that sounds just like old Peter Frickus, who was killed by injuns up there twenty years ago!!”

  4. Sam (405) said,

    April 24, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    I’m not sure Pale Rider qualifies as a ghost movie. I’d even take issue with High Plains Drifter, which is a lot less ambiguous. Ditto Sunset Boulevard, but I guess, like we said in the podcast, there isn’t a set definition for what a ghost movie is.

    I have pretty fixed ideas for what a ghost movie is in my own mind, though, and Topper definitely qualifies — I’m glad someone mentioned that. It made my short list. I like the sequels, too.

    Great thoughts, all. Ugetsu, in particular, which makes me wonder if I missed the boat.

  5. joem18b (231) said,

    April 24, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    My ghostly twin posted that last list. My 6 favorite ghost movies:

    1. A Christmas Carol - or Turn of the Screw Or Hamlet. The list must have some class.

    2. Carousel - The list must have music. Dead but still singing: Billy Bigelow (Gordon McRae), performing the “I’m Not Going” of his generation.

    3. A Guy Named Joe - Patriotic and romantic. Remade as “Always,” but Richard Dreyfuss is no Spencer Tracy and he’s dropping slurry instead of fighting Nazis when he’s killed???

    4. Casper

    5. Star Wars - Obi Wan, after he buys the farm.

    6. All Dogs Go To Heaven - Ghost dog (not Forest Whitaker): Charlie B. Barkin (Burt Reynolds). List must have a pet on it.

  6. Stephen (221) said,

    April 24, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    I’d like to note that when we planned to record the “Ghost Movies” Top 6, it was called “Ghost Stories” which is why I didn’t pick Ghostbusters. For some reason, there is a big difference in my head for the two. Otherwise Ghostbusters is my number 3 pick. Love that movie.

  7. joem18b (231) said,

    April 25, 2007 at 1:52 am

    Not sure I grok the difference between ghost movies and ghost stories, but High Plains Drifter! How could I forget that one? Nice catch. I’m adding it to my list.

    Sam, didn’t Clint actually fade out and disappear as he rode off at the end
    of Pale Rider? Mighty ghostly. But you know, the reason I’m fascinated with that movie is because I’ve been trying to picture the pitch for it in Hollywood in the producer’s office before it was green-lighted: “It’s a remake of Shane, see, and we’ve got Eastwood all lined up. And get this. In the picture, he’s a

    But no matter. I’m throwing Clint overboard and replacing him with, in
    honor of this week’s podcast segment on Looney Tunes, Daffy Duck:

    The Duxorcist (1987) - Daffy helps out a lady duck plagued with haunted

  8. Sam (405) said,

    April 25, 2007 at 9:02 am

    Yeah, but the hero of Blowup fades out and disappears too, and I don’t think the message is that he was a ghost. In Pale Rider, maybe — but open to interpretation. Maybe he’s a real person that just comes into their lives and leaves just as quickly, as *if* he were a ghost? I mean, that he is a literal ghost is certainly a valid interpretation. But for me, it doesn’t seem quite right to talk about Pale Rider in the same breath as The Uninvited and The Sixth Sense and so forth as the great ghost stories. Maybe it’s just that I’m a stodgy traditionalist.

  9. Ferrick (140) said,

    April 25, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Ghostbusters, definitely.

    What about Beetlejuice? A fun movie.

    Joem lists Salem’s lot but that isn’t about ghosts, it is about Vampires. At least the book doesn’t have ghosts. Maybe the movie does. The strange thing is that I can’t think of any well know Stephen King ghost stories, although I’m sure he has some. Well, if we accept The Shining as a ghost story, then there we go. I can think of a short story that might be about ghosts but it is uncertain. Of course, I have only read a small amount of his works.

  10. WarpNacelle (48) said,

    April 25, 2007 at 10:58 am

    I’ll add:

    “Dragonfly” mainly because it ultimately dealt with hope, renewal & new life.

    “What Lies Beneath”

    Honorable mention goes to:
    “Darby O’ Gill and the Little People” just because I saw it when I was a kid and the Banshee scared the living snot out of me.

  11. Grishny (156) said,

    April 25, 2007 at 11:45 am

    Darby O’Gill and the Little People will always rule simply for the fact that it had Sean Connery in it.

  12. joem18b (231) said,

    April 25, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    OK, Sam, I’m putting Pale Rider on my list of movies to watch again. If Clint really is a ghost in it, there should be little ghostly clues throughout the movie (like his bullet-hole scars in the shape of a cross). Or I can cheat and turn on the director’s commentary…

    Ferrick, I’m embarassed. My daughter-in-law Sahana and I sat down a couple of years ago and watched the ‘75 mini-series of Salem’s Lot. (It hasn’t aged well.) All I could remember was David Soul (Hutch) rolling into town, the evil Marsten House, and James Mason being creepy. “Were there ghosts in that house?” I asked Sahana. “Sure,” she said. “It was evil.” (I’m blaming this on her.) I forgot all about the vampires.

    So, since I’m taking Pale Rider and Salem’s Lot off my list, herewith is my new list:

    1. Corpse Bride - Ghosts with lives and problems that matter.

    2. Play It Again, Sam - Must have Woody and Bogart on my list.

    3. Blackbeard’s Ghost - This Peter Ustinov/Disney flick is a favorite of mine.

    4. Hold That Ghost - I want Abbott and Costello on my list.

    5. Amityville 3-D - Because there are ghosts and those ghosts are 3-D.

    6. Meet Joe Black - Does Death count as a ghost? Because I would love to have Brad Pitt on my ghost list. (Remake of Death Takes A Holiday with Fredric March). Or I could put The Seventh Seal on the list for that chess-playin dude.

  13. SplishFish (29) said,

    April 25, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    I’d like to mention Stir of Echoes. It came out near the same time as Sixth Sense, so it didn’t get a lot of attention. It’s a nice solid movie.

    Re: High Plains Drifter. I read that the Clint Eastwood character was supposed to be the dead marshal’s brother come for revenge. They left it open enough that you can make an argument either way.

    Re: Stephen King. Not many of his stories deal with stereotypical ghosts. The Shining would be the closest, and even that is debatable. Pet Sematary is more of a zombie story (although the ghost of the run over jogger does appear). I haven’t seen the movie for Riding the Bullet, but the original story didn’t have ghosts in it. It’s more about visions or deals with the devil.

  14. joem18b (231) said,

    April 25, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    I took David Arquette to be a ghost in Riding the Bullet, unless he’s death or the devil himself. I took the cat in Pet Sematary to be more ghost than zombie, even though it smelled, but maybe I was just stretching there. I also want to believe that Christine has a ghost in her, but maybe she’s just a real smart car…

  15. SplishFish (29) said,

    April 25, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    I still say zombie for Pet Sematary. You inter the deceased in the old Indian burial ground and the person (or pet) comes back to life in the same body. They are walking, talking physical beings, not spirits. Then again, it’s been a while since I’ve seen the movie, so maybe they changed it from the original book.

    Christine seems more about possession to me. I’ve never been sure if the spirit of Roland LeBay (the original owner) possessed the car or the car possessed him, or some weird synergistic combination of both. The movie makes it out to be all the car’s fault. The book suggests that the original owner was a mean-spirited SOB to begin with and maybe he and the car fed off each other.

    The lines between supernatural phenomena are a bit blurry, aren’t they?

  16. joem18b (231) said,

    April 25, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    In the movie, Christine misbehaves on the assembly line, so I guess we can’t blame Roland for that.

    Regarding Pale Rider, there is an audio clip on http://www.clinteastwood.net/welcome.html where Eastwood (the director) supposedly says that his character is “an out and out ghost.” I don’t have a plugin to listen to the clip, though.

  17. wintermute (157) said,

    April 25, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    From the 30 episodes done so far, 26 have Top 6 lists that are about movies (and not actors or some such). So this is ho it breaks down so far:

    Sam’s Top 6 movies are:

    1 Frankenstein (1931) — 3 picks
    2= Groundhog Day (1993) — 2 picks
    2= The Killing (1956) — 2 picks
    2= Pulp Fiction (1994) — 2 picks
    2= Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977) — 2 picks
    2= Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) –2 picks
    2= Twelve Angry Men (1957) — 2 picks
    2= Citizen Kane (1941) — 2 picks
    2= The Others (2001) — 2 picks
    2= Jaws (1975) — 2 picks
    2= The [First] Great Train Robbery (1979) — 2 picks
    2= The Godfather Part I (1972) — 2 picks

    Sam’s Top 6 directors are:

    1 Stephen Spielberg — 7 picks
    2 Stanley Kubrick — 5 picks
    3= Sidney Lumet — 4 picks
    3= Peter Jackson — 4 picks
    3= Francis Ford Coppola — 4 picks
    6= James Cameron — 3 picks
    6= Orson Welles — 3 picks
    6= Alfred Hitchcock — 3 picks
    6= James Whale — 3 picks
    6= Stanley Donen — 3 picks
    6= Frank Capra — 3 picks

    Stephen’s Top 6 movies are:

    1= Touch of Evil (1958) — 3 picks
    1= The Shining (1980) — 3 picks
    1= The Shawshank Redemption (1994) — 3 picks
    1= 2001: A Space Oddesy (1968) — 3 picks
    1= Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977) — 3 picks
    1= Blade Runner (1982) — 3 picks

    Stephen’s Top 6 directors are:

    1 Stanley Kubrick — 8 picks
    2 George Lucas — 7 picks
    3= Orson Welles — 6 picks
    3= Stephen Spielberg — 6 picks
    5= The Coen Brothers — 5 picks
    5= Billy Wilder — 5 picks
    5= Ridley Scott — 5 picks

    The joint Top 5 movies are*:

    1 Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977) — 5 picks
    2= Touch of Evil (1958) — 4 picks
    2= Citizen Kane (1941) — 4 picks
    2= The Shining (1980) — 4 picks
    2= 2001: A Space Oddesy (1968) — 4 picks
    * There is a 14-way tie for 6th place.

    The joint Top 6 directors are:

    1= Stephen Spielberg — 13 picks
    1= Stanley Kubrick — 13 picks
    3= Orson Welles — 9 picks
    3= George Lucas — 9 picks
    5 Francis Ford Coppola — 8 picks
    6= The Coen Brothers — 7 picks
    6= Alfred Hitchcock — 7 picks
    6= Billy Wilder — 7 picks
    6= Peter Jackson — 7 picks.

    Sam tends to pick older movies than Stephen; in fact in any given decade up to and including the 1970’s, Sam has picked movies from that decade more often than Stephen has. For each decade from the 1980’s onwards, Stephen has picked more movies than Sam has.

  18. Sam (405) said,

    April 25, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    I was just wondering if it was time for another Top 6 stats update. Great work.

    Also, joem18b: I’m loving your parade of Top 6 lists in this thread. Are you aiming for 6 Top 6 lists? I think you’re getting more mileage out of this week’s topic than we did.

  19. joem18b (231) said,

    April 25, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    I started out thinking about haunted houses, haunted autos, haunted ships, haunted appliances and furniture, etc. But yeah, I guess demonic possession isn’t the same thing as ghosts. Zombies and the undead, neither. Sigh.

    I haven’t seen any of these, recommended by you guys, so I’m putting them on my list: A Chinese Ghost Story, Ringu, Kwaiden, Ugetsu Monogatari, Windstruck, Haunted, Carnival of Souls, Rouge, The Frighteners, Dragonfly, What Lies Beneath, and Stir of Echoes. Holy Cow. A dozen movies.

    My 6 ghost cameos:

    1. Hamlet’s father

    2. Ethel Rosenberg (Angels in America). I’m assuming angels like Emma Thompson don’t count. And by the way, Pacino, just considering this one movie alone, jumps to the top of my best-monolog-guys list. A national treasure.

    3. Moaning Myrtle and Headless Harry

    4. The ghost that might not really be there in Seance on a Wet Afternoon.

    5. The ghost riders in the sky - Ackroyd, Goodman, and the kid are performing “Ghost Riders in the Sky” (Blues Brothers 2000) and the ghost riders actually appear. (You can see a clip of this one on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j_iespL_2U.)

    6. Real ghosts - Of course there are numerous clips of REAL GHOSTS on YouTube.

  20. wintermute (157) said,

    April 26, 2007 at 9:48 am

    Sam: My pleasure. It’s interesting to track.

    Since the last time I did this, I’ve switched from using a spreadsheet to a database so I have more confidence in the results. If you’re interested, between you, you’ve picked 272 movies by 201 directors. A grand total of 355 picks have been made, or 6.8 movies each per Top 6.

  21. Sam (405) said,

    April 26, 2007 at 10:19 am

    I rather like the idea of changing the name of the segment to Top 6.8.

    “Now 0.8 more hardcore!”

  22. wintermute (157) said,

    April 26, 2007 at 10:28 am

    I’m not sure how the logistics of it would work, but I’d be fascinated to find out…

  23. joem18b (231) said,

    April 26, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    OK, don’t let me listen to any more of those Top 6 lists. What happened was, I heard you guys announce that the next list would be about ghosts and I found that as I was out jogging, listening to a podcast of “Fresh Air” or “To the Point” or “Here and Now,” I would be rummaging around in my brain trying to come up with just one more relevant movie. Every time I decided that I was absolutely finished, I’d think of another one. Maybe it was just this particular topic that hooked me, or a case of incipient OCD.

    Anyway, exorcising my list of they-aren’t-really-ghosts movies:

    1. Harvey - Big white rabbit? Whatever, he isn’t a ghost.

    2. Superman - Jor El: The first time he’s just a recording. But after that…?

    3. Ghost Rider - He’s… he’s… What is he?

    4. Forbidden Planet - This movie knocked me out when I saw it as a kid in Albany, Georgia, on a Saturday afternoon. Yes, it’s just Morbius’ id out there, but it acts like a ghost - a big one with a lot of attitude.

    5. Defending Your Life - Do dead guys count as ghosts? Not if they’re in limbo or heaven? Such as Albert Brooks, or Robin Williams in What Dreams May Come? Or that guy who works in an asylum and who gradually realizes (as we do) that he’s actually dead and in hell? Can’t remember the name of the movie, but I think it had “Hell” in the title, and I liked it.

    6a. Solaris - I’ve only seen the Russian version but I’m really looking forward to watching Clooney deal with his deceased wife. She’s just a fig newton of his imagination, created by the planet?

    6b. Identity - A whole package of fig newtons.

  24. Sam (405) said,

    April 26, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    Since this thread has evolved from a “Top 6 Ghost Movies” thread into a “All Ghost Movies Plus Some Movies That Almost Have Ghosts In Them But Not Quite,” I think it’s perhaps important to point out some tried-and-true, pureblood ghost movies that have yet to be mentioned:

    - The Changeling (1980), a truly great, truly scary film I talked about in the Top 6 list for Episode 5.

    - The Innocents (1961). This Deborah Kerr vehicle is not well-known, but it’s absolutely great.

    - Rashomon (1960). You’re kicking yourself now, right?

    - The Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. Kicked yourself again?

    - Beloved (1999). Part ghost movie. Part Civil War-era escaped slave drama.

    - Portrait of Jennie (1948). A wonderful sweet little ghosty romance with Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, and two grande dames of cinema: Ethyl Barrymore and Lillian Gish.

    - The Time of Their Lives (1946). Might as well acknowledge the second Abbott and Costello foray into the ghost comedy.

    - Ghost Breakers. Bob Hope did one, too.

    - Scared Stiff. Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin remade Ghost Breakers.

    - The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. Don Knotts’ ghost comedy.

    - Francis In the Haunted House. Francis the Talking Mule’s ghost comedy.

    - Spooks Run Wild and Ghosts On the Loose. The East Side Kids’ ghost comedies.

    - High Spirits (1987). Ghost comedies didn’t fall out of fashion for long.

    - Death Becomes Her (1992). Robert Zemeckis’ ghost comedy is flawed but actually pretty good.

    - The Eye (2002). My favorite Japanese New Wave horror movie, as discussed in Episode 5. It doesn’t have a bad American remake yet, but they’re working on it.

    - Dark Water (2002 and 2005). The 2002 Japanese version is a bit better. Neither are groundbreaking, but they have their creepy moments.

    - The House On Haunted Hill (1958 and 1999). The 1958 version was a cult hit and actually featured a model of a skeleton on a wire emerge from the screen when it was originally in theaters. The remake doesn’t have much of anything going for it.

    - The Haunting (1963 and 1999). I don’t think the original is as good as people claim, nor the remake as bad. Even so, the ‘63 version is much better than the remake and most of its imitators.

    - Rose Red. Stephen King wrote the screenplay for this mini-series that seems like it’s trying to be House On Haunted Hill, or The Haunting, or something like that. But it’s not good either.

    - Thirteen Ghosts (1960 and 2001). I haven’t seen the 1960 version, and the 2001 version is pretty bad. One thing that’s genuinely great about the new one, though, is the setting: the elaborate glass paneling in the interior makes this one of the most memorable of all haunted houses and, for that matter, is responsible for the film’s single genuinely creepy moment.

    - Ghost Ship (1952 and 2002), and Death Ship (1980). All movies about discovering a long lost cruise ship. The idea for the setting is ingenius in so many ways. Unfortunately, none of them movies are any good.

    - The Fog (1980 and 2005). Leave no ghost movie unremade.

    - Drop Dead Fred. I hated that movie.

    - Ghost Story (1981). Apparently not a good movie (I haven’t seen it), but the cast — Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr, all returning to the screen after many decades — is hard to resist.

    - Juliet of the Spirits (1965). Federico Fellini is weird so much that it’s hard to know if spirit-like things in his movies are actually supposed to be spirits. But hey, the new rule is, if you’re borderline, you’re in!

    - Any and all versions of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Disney cartoon is great. The Tim Burton movie isn’t.

    - The Matrix Reloaded. Tell me those white twin dudes aren’t ghosts.

    - Little Ghost. I haven’t seen it, but it’s kind of a shock to read a little about it and then discover that people seem to like it.

    - Phantoms (1998). Peter O’Toole did better with High Spirits.

    - Ringu, Ringu 2, Ringu 0, and all the various sequels and remakes. “Ringu 0″ is a great, great title.

    - Sometimes They Come Back / Sometimes They Come Back Again. More Stephen King nonsense.

    - Many versions of The Turn of the Screw. The 1959 version by John Frankenheimer is pretty well respected. I haven’t seen any.

    - The Woman In Black (1989). A British TV movie that packs the punch of a theatrical film. Very, very, very creepy.

  25. wintermute (157) said,

    April 26, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Joel: Your last list should have included Obi-wan, Yoda and Anakin Skywalker from the end of Return of the Jedi. And, probably Obi-wan from the Death Star assault onwards.

    Sam: Is Drop Dead Fred a ghost movie? I thought it was pretty well established that he was an imaginary friend? I don’t think they’re quite the same, though I imagine a case could be made…

  26. joem18b (231) said,

    April 26, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    But I can’t come up with my top 6 list till I get the long list to pick from. Otherwise, I’m just picking from a selection of the first movies I think of. But I’m going to try and control myself henceforth. No more ghost lists. In fact, no more lists period. I promise.

    A couple of comments on Sam’s list (from lists I hadn’t posted yet) (which included Obi Wan, but not Yoda or Anakin. Thanks, Wintermute!):

    - POTC2 - I was movie-hopping at the Metroplex and caught a scene with the ghost pirates. Boring. But I liked POTC1.
    - Dark Water - How come so many ghosts are little girls?
    - Rose Red - Still trying to name Stephan King movies about ghosts. Btw, YouTube has a parody of The Shining that uses clips to turn it into a romance.
    - Beloved - I’ve read the book; haven’t seen the movie, but I’ll be interested to see how the ghosts are handled by Oprah.
    - Rashomon - The library by coincidence is holding this one for me to pick up Saturday; somehow I’ve never seen it, or have forgotten it.

    Off topic a little, but for those who love the Ed McBain 87th Precinct novels, there is one book in the series (can’t remember the title) with real ghosts in it. I can’t imagine what Evan Hunter was thinking when he wrote that one.

    And here’s my top 6 ghost movies that for some reason I had a hard time remembering:

    1. Heaven Can Wait - The Warren Beatty flick is a remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan, I think, whereas in the original Heaven Can Wait, Don Ameche is dead but more just reviewing his life with the devil, like Jimmy Stewart does in It’s a Wonderful Life with the angel Clarence.

    2. Mrs. Asboro’s Cat - If I can’t have the Pet Sematary cat, I’ll take Margaret.
    Or that “ghost cat” in some Japanese horror film (I forget the name of it), but hey, it had ears like a cat but that was no cat!

    3. Mr. Wrong - Haunted car and ghostly driver.

    4. Ghosts of Mars - The ghosts turn folks into zombies, but hey, the ghosts got the billing.

    5. Skeleton Key - Watched this quite a while ago. One more stab at a King movie. Quality flick, quality stars, but even after reading a review, I can’t remember at the end whether the carnage was perpetrated by ghosts, the undead, or minions. Strictly watch and forget.

    6. Raiders of the Lost Ark and Ghost - Those ghosties that zip around at the end of the movie, doing in the bad guys.

    6. Gothika - Another ghost trying to say something and not being able to. And flaming.

    6. - I was just running my eye down a list of ghost movies and I see that for every one I know, there are 10 or 20 or more that I’ve never heard of. I guess that’s one great thing about watching movies.

  27. Ferrick (140) said,

    April 26, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Death Becomes Her–Are they really ghosts? I thought they were just animated corpses. Essentially, zombies without all the brain eating.

  28. Rifty (64) said,

    April 26, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    Pirates had ghosts in it?

    I remember teh Pirates in the beginning, but they were normal pirates put under a curse, and then there were the Pirate/Sea Creatures in the second movies, but those don’t actually qualify as ghosts, do they?

    Or is there a scene I’m forgetting?

    Also, Stephen King Ghost Stories:
    Bag of Bones (hello?)
    Lisey’s Story
    The Dark Tower series features The Vagrant Dead (but isn’t strictly about ghosts)
    1408 (short story in “Everything’s Eventual”)
    The Dark Half (sort of, if you squint and use a lot of ketchup)

    And that’s what I’ve got. I was pretty excited, though, cause this Top 6 List contained the most movies that I’ve seen.


  29. Sam (405) said,

    April 27, 2007 at 9:43 am

    But I can’t come up with my top 6 list till I get the long list to pick from. Otherwise, I’m just picking from a selection of the first movies I think of. But I’m going to try and control myself henceforth. No more ghost lists. In fact, no more lists period. I promise.

    The fact that you broke your promise later on in the same post convinces me you’re joking, but just so there is no confusion, I wasn’t making fun of you or anything. I’m loving this thread and the much broader selection of titles than I quite realized there were.

    Rifty, Geoffrey Rush and his entire crew are ghosts, all dead dudes sailing forever in search of rest. *shrug*

  30. joem18b (231) said,

    April 27, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    My Mother the Car (1965)- I guess she wasn’t really a ghost, because she was rein-CAR-nated. They say she always wanted to make the move up to cinema, but remained parked in television. It broke her… her carbureter… or whatever served as her heart…

  31. joem18b (231) said,

    April 30, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    Sam, correct me if I’m mistaken, but sadly, I fear there are no ghosts in “Francis in the Haunted House,” which you list above. I was at the airport once and heard somebody say that Donald O’Connor had just walked by. I ran and ran but couldn’t spot him and he died soon after. Rats. (And he wasn’t in this movie either. The mule probably wasn’t even the real Francis. So wrong.)

    Also, speaking of ghost and zombie movies: if you get rid of a ghost but then it returns, sort of half-alive, and you’ve got a zombie ghost on your hands, would that be a zombie movie or a ghost movie? Some current games include zombie ghosts.

    Or if zombies have souls and you kill one, and its ghost comes back, is that a righeous ghost movie? I was reading a thread at http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=2435168 about whether zombies do have ghosts. In fact, that thread continues to something else I was thinking about: vampire and werewolf ghosts.

    Not to go all meta on the group, but I guess if a discussion can go from ghost movies to werewolf ghost zombies, it could go just about anywhere. Like Gone With the Wind, for example. What’s gone? Where did it go? And what’s up with that wind? Little spooky?

    Note to WarpNacelle - The zombie/ghost thread above also mentions the little people.

    Nother note to WarpNacelle - Hey, wait a minute. I listed Obi Wan #5 in my second list above.

  32. Sam (405) said,

    April 30, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    No ghosts in Francis In the Haunted House? A haunted house with no ghosts is just a…house. Sad.

    It’s weird that I’ve never had a problem differentiating ghosts from zombies until this thread.

  33. nate42 (10) said,

    August 20, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    A few on my top 6 ghost movies were already mentioned, but what about these two?

    Heart and Souls-1993 In this one, four people are killed in a bus accident, and their ghosts are attatched to follow around a little boy, who grows up to be Robert Downey Jr. As the plot thickens, they find out that they are supposed to use his body as a vehicle to tie up loose ends from their life before they move on to heaven. This is one of my wifes favorites.

    Field of Dreams- 1989 Ghosts coming back to play baseabll. Come on, there is no better reason to come back to Earth than to play baseball !!!

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