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The 20 Scariest Ghost Horror Movies Ever

21 September 2013 | Features, Film Lists | by David Zou

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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.


20. Insidious


The Haunter: All manner of grisly ghouls, who take great pleasure in giving poor Rose Byrne the willies. Not like that, though.

The Haunted: At first young married couple Renai (Byrne) and Josh (Patrick Wilson) move because they believe their new house is haunted. But then they realise that it’s their young son, currently in a coma, who’s the one really attracting the spooks.

Scariest Moment: Too many classic chills to give away here.


19. The Amityville Horror


The Haunter: The evil, unquiet spirit of a dead man who killed his entire family with a shotgun in 1974.

The Haunted: A Dutch colonial home in Amityville, Long Island, where a string of horrible, unexplainable misfortunes befall the house’s new residents.

Scariest Moment: Having confronted an evil force while praying in church, Father Delaney ends up losing his mind. Then there’s that bit with the flies, too…


18. The Sixth Sense


The Haunter: Numerous haunters here, though Bruce Willis’ oblivious phantom is the biggest presence in the movie, and affords M. Night Shyamalan his finest twist.

The Haunted: Young psychic Cole (Haley Joel Osmont), who sees dead people. And a lot of them.

Scariest Moment: Being haunted by cuddly Willis is one thing, but an appearance by Mischa Barton takes the biscuit. “I’m feeling much better now,” she says, after vomiting everywhere.


17. The Innocents


The Haunters: Former governess Miss Jessel and valet Peter Quint, both with business to settle. Lucky for them, two innocent young children are the prime targets for possession.

The Haunted: Miss Giddens, a young governess sure that the house where she nannies two children is being haunted by something nasty.

Scariest Moment: Miss Giddens investigates strange noises by candlelight, and is assaulted by harsh whispers and unseen assailants.

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  • LCM

    Ghostbusters is not scary at all

  • Rehab

    Paranormal Activity shouldn’t be on the list. Demons =/= ghosts