Horror films are always popular, especially in autumn right before Halloween when the air is crisp. There's just something about going into a cold, dark theater armed with your popcorn and soda while waiting for the final lights to go down and the screen to come alive with frightening images. And then...someone's cellphone goes off. Or the person behind you starts whispering spoilers to their friend who sits beside them, ruining the whole experience for you.
Maybe you should have just stayed home like all of those teenagers in movies past. At least at home, you know all the escape routes should a knife-wielding murderer comes after you and also know where your smudging sage and ouija board are in case of ghosts. Luckily for you, some of the best flicks are available on DVD and for live-streaming from services like Netflix.
So what to watch? Here are five good flicks to get your fear on in the comfort of your own home featuring the most supernatural of the supernatural: ghosts.
The Others (2011)
Starring Nicole Kidman, The Others implements the vintage gothic setting of a World War II-era mansion in this tale of a mother and her two young, photosensitive children stuck in their house as they await the return of their father who is off fighting in the war. Of course, the house just happens to be haunted. With excellent pacing and a twist ending that catches you off-guard, The Others is the kind of film that appeals to people who don't like horror or ghost films.
Ringu – The Ring (1998)
Skip the American remake of this classic Japanese ghost flick and go for the one that started it all. Considered the scariest film ever made in Japan, this film had people scared out of their minds any time their phone rang – and any time they put a VHS into their VCR player lest they be given “seven more days” to live. This film single-handedly revived the Japanese and Asian horror film genre and introduced the world to the phenomena of Japanese ghost stories, spawning multiple sequels, a prequel, and now a 3D revival that is sure to be the first modern ghost film to be given that treatment.
Paranormal Activity (2009)
What Blair Witch created, Paranormal Activity improved upon, making a name for itself as the most profitable horror film of all time. Using the same “found footage” style as it's spiritual predecessor but lacking an over-arching plot, Activity is a non-stop fright fest follows the haunting of suburban couples who are haunted by an evil presence that eventually set up cameras to film what occurs in their house on a nightly basis that lends to the films special brand of cinematography.
The Shining (1980)
Heeeeeeerrrrreeee's Johnny! You can't think horror and fright without Stephen King, and this nail-biting classic starring Jack Nicholson directed by Stanley Kubrick, you can't go wrong. The scenery is iconic, the script a pop-culture treasure, and the experience one that induces nightmares and cold sweats even if you haven't seen it in years. Come play with us!
The next time you want to experience an encounter with the supernatural, take a pick out of this top five, and you’ll definitely be in for a thrill!
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