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Best GHOST STORIES on Film
List creator: AWalter
Created on: August 17, 2004 - 11:07 PM PDT
Description: From the scarcity of good cinematic ghost stories, we can only assume it's very difficult to make a good one. Well, here are the very few excellent ones I've seen--and I think they're all films that reward repeated viewings.

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The Others (2001)
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  This is a real rarity--a ghostly film that matches the atmosphere of the Victorian era's best ghostly short stories.
Waking the Dead (2000)
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  A devastating story of dead love--one of the few films that can actually get me choked up. If you loved this film as much as I did, I recommend the books "The Portrait of Jennie" and "The Girl in a Swing" (both of which were adapted as terrible films).
Beloved (1998)
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  A truly frightening, shocking film--and highly literate.
Nang Nak (1999)
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  This is a unique find--a heartbreaking and creapy Thai ghost story.
A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)
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  Think "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" meets Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" movies!
The Shining (1980)
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  One of the classic hauntings of cinema.
The Kingdom (Disc 1 of 2) (1994)
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  This ain't Stephen King's "Kingdom"--it's the real thing, the original Scandinavian miniseries by the unique Lars Von Trier.
Kwaidan (Criterion Collection) (1964)
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  This is a 4-part tone poem of Asian ghost stories.
The Haunting (1963)
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  The classic haunted house film. A legend of ghostly cinema.
A Christmas Carol (1951)
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  One of the better adaptations of Dickens' classic holiday ghost story.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
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  A popular hit that actually deserves its reputation.
Dead of Night (1945)
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  A lively, effective oldie.
What Lies Beneath (2000)
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  A surprisingly effective blockbuster screamer.
The Ring (2002)
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  Perhaps not the most nuanced film, but this one had me jumping out of my seat and covering my eyes--sometimes at the very same moment! And I'm one of the oddball fans that actually prefers it over the Japanese original.
Gotham (1988)
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  An erotic haunting with a very surreal atmosphere.
Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991)
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  A subtle story about loss, grief, an moving on with life while saying goodbye to a ghost.
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)
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