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The List: top five ghost hunting movies

Funcoast • Sep 14, 2011 at 10:55 AM

In honor of our feature on ghost hunting at the State Theatre, we decided to put together a list of the top five ghost hunting flicks. Check out what we came up with (and watch the trailers, which we have so kindly provided).

1.) Ghostbusters – Well, it’s a classic. This 1984 fantasy-comedy film about three eccentric New York City parapsychologists-turned-ghost exterminators. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver and Harold Ramis (to name a few) star in this flick.

2.) The Shining – This 1980 horror flick directed by Stanley Kubrick is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The film stars Jack Nicholson as tormented writer Jack Torrance, Shelley Duvall as his wife Wendy and Danny Lloyd as their son Danny. Long story short: they’re cooped up in an old hotel. You already know that nothing good comes of that.

3.) Thirteen Ghosts – This 2011 horror film directed by Steve Beck is a remake of the 1960 film by William Castle. In it, ghost hunter Cyrus Kriticos and his assistant Dennis Rafkin lead a team on a mission to capture a spirit, the Juggernaut, in a junkyard. It gets crazier from there. Just watch it.

4.) House on Haunted Hill – A classic horror flick directed by William Castle (there’s a modern day remake, too), this came out in 1959. Vincent Price stars as eccentric millionaire Frederick Loren. He and his fourth wife, Annabelle, have invited five people to the house for a “Haunted House” party. Whoever stays in the house for one night will earn ten thousand dollars. As the night progresses, the guests are trapped inside with ghosts, murderers and other terrors.

5.) The Haunting – This 1999 remake of a 1963 horror film is based on the novel “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson. With the idea that she’s participating in an insomnia study, Eleanor “Nell” Vance goes to Hill House – a secluded manor in Massachusetts – to see Dr. David Marrow. Upon arrival, she meets a strange pair of caretakers and two other participants.

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