||13 Ghosts (1960) Typically gimmicky horror
from famed shlockmeister William Castle finds a
family inheriting a mansion which soon proves to
be haunted . Will appeal to cult fans, of tongue-in-cheek
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||The Blair Witch Project
Ingenious (and terrifying) "mockumentary"
about film students lost in the woods. Appealing
to mainstream and art-house audiences, this is a
must-see for fans of atmospheric, frighteningly
real suspense. Scary for those who don't need
their horror spoon-fed to them!
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||Burnt Offerings (1976) Based on the Robert
Marasco novel of the same name, Dan Curtis's
eerie movie puts a spin on celluloid haunted-house
sagas. The well-adjusted Rolf family (father
Oliver Reed, mother Karen Black, aunt Bette
Davis, and young son Lee H. Montgomery) rent a
huge old summer house only to find that its
spirit is in control of the estate. The requisite
sinister proceedings appear--including a
possessed pool and the vision of a sinister
hearse driver following Reed--that disrupt the
family's unity. Black also falls under the spell
of an elderly woman whom she is required to take
care of, but no one ever sees. While it may not
be as overtly shocking as other ghost tales,
Burnt Offerings has a creepiness that gets under
your skin thanks to good performances and the
dreamy, soft-focus photography. --Bryan Reesman
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(1979) Well told
horror story with Scott playing the role of a
widower music teacher. After the death of his
wife, he moves to Seattle in hopes of starting a
new life in a grand old mansion. Unfortunately,
his new home turns out to be haunted by the
troublesome ghost of a murdered child bent on
revenge after 70 years of torment.
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||Dead of Night (1945) While horror conventions
may change from generation to generation, there
are ideas that will scare us no matter what time
period we inhabit. Dead of Night is a classic
horror anthology that effectively plays on those
timeless fears. Mervyn Johns stars as a man who
has been summoned to a house with a group of
strangers he has never met but has seen in his
dreams. As they convene, he predicts certain
events will happen as they do in his dreams, and
when they do, the other guests relate their own
experiences with the supernatural, including
tales of a possessed mirror, a sinister
ventriloquist's dummy, and an eerie premonition
of death. Throughout the group meeting, the
protagonist fears something horrible will happen
to him, and we are left to wonder what it might
be. The film's final, revelatory sequence offers
an unexpectedly horrific surprise. It may have
been made in 1945, but Dead of Night is still
spooky. --Bryan Reesman
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||Dominique is Dead (1979) - A woman who believes
that her husband is trying to drive her insane
hangs herself and then comes back to haunt him.
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||The Fog (1980) Horror master John
Carpenter offers up a triple treat with The Fog:
Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau, and Janet
Leigh all in the same movie. As if that weren't
enough, both John Houseman and Hal Holbrook make
appearances, each clearly enjoying the novelty of
being in a horror flick. The Fog opens just
before the centennial celebration of the seaside
town of Antonio Bay. Then the witching hour
strikes, glowing fog rolls in, and all hell
breaks loose. Carpenter wrote the script with
producer Debra Hill, his collaborator on
Halloween, and the two know their craft. It's a
creepy story and a tight script, and, as in their
previous effort, the audience gets to know the
main characters a bit before they're put in
danger. The movie also has a sly sense of humor:
"Things seem to happen to me," says
slasher vet Jamie Lee. "I'm bad luck."
Barbeau is also obviously having a great time,
sinking her teeth into her role as a frightened
disc jockey watching the fog roll in from a
lighthouse. The Fog offers a few shocks and
plenty of good old-fashioned clammy chills.
You'll never look at weather systems the same way
again. --Ali Davis
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star-studded horror tale concerning male friends
confronting terrifying past. Unevenly adapted
from Straub bestseller, but pleases fright-seekers
who prefer moody atmosphere over gripping
suspense and gore.
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Girl in a Swing
(1989) Antique dealer
falls madly in love with mysterious German woman
and marries her only to later find out that his
new bride is not all that she first seemed.
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|Grim Prairie Tales (1990) Writer-director Wayne
Coe's low-budget anthology is not as scary as its
title or packaging would have you believe, but it
is a charming effort nonetheless. Brad Dourif and
James Earl Jones star as a city slicker and a
bounty hunter who meet at night on a quiet
prairie and end up swapping stories by the
campfire. Since the four tales are part of a
slowly building competition between the two men,
they become progressively more gruesome. The two
most memorable revolve around a grotesque
gunfight and its aftermath, and a wandering
prairie woman with a bizarre appetite. Ultimately
the stories are mood pieces rather than outright
scare fare, but they are absorbing, and the
connecting scenes with Dourif and Jones are so
energetically played out that you forget how
calculated some of their exchanges are.
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(1995) When a man
investigates an alleged haunting at a secluded
mansion in the country, he is horrified by
strange occurences, shocked by the mansion's
dreadful history and entranced by the young woman
who resides in the menacing house. Based on James
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(1963) A paranormal
investigator invites two women with psychic
powers to help him examine Hill House, a sinister
family estate haunted by the angry souls from its
troubled past. Tamblyn plays the cocksure heir to
the house who will learn to respect its wrath.
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|The House of Seven Corpses (1973) A film crew uses a
supposedly haunted house for location work on a
horror film, and learns to regret it; low-budget,
but not bad.
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on Haunted Hill
guests at a haunted house are scared... to death!
Great cast, gimmicky effects, and lurid style
make this a treat for horror freaks; may be too
jokey for some.
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||The House Where Evil Dwells (1982) Three modern individuals
are possessed by the ghosts of three bloodthirsty
samurai. They suddenly find themselves motivated
by dark forces beyond their control. Filmed
entirely on location in Japan.
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(1978) Surreal, quite
confused, ultimately rewarding film about haunted
apartment building with underwater chamber.
Brilliant design, stylish direction for lovers of
cinematic beauty; too much gore for squeamish
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||The Innocents (1961) In one of her finest
performances, Deborah Kerr stars as Miss Giddons,
a devout and somewhat repressed spinster who
happily accepts the position of governess for two
orphaned children whose uncle (Michael Redgrave)
readily admits to having no interest in being
tied down by two "brats." So Miss
Giddons is dispatched to Bly House, the lavish,
shadowy estate where young Flora (Pamela Franklin)
and her brother Miles (Martin Stephens, so
memorable in 1960's Village of the Damned) live
with a good-natured housekeeper (Megs Jenkins).
At first, life at Bly House seems splendidly
idyllic, but as Miss Giddons learns the horrible
truth about the estate's now-deceased
groundskeeper and previous governess, she begins
to suspect that her young charges are ensnared in
a devious plot from beyond the grave.
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||The Kingdom (1995) The Kingdom defies
categorization. This cult Danish miniseries plays
like a nightmarish cross between Twin Peaks and
Chicago Hope as directed by David Cronenberg, and
even that hardly captures the giddy absurdity of
Lars von Trier's soap-opera-cum-horror-tale. The
setting is a modern hospital built on a medieval
graveyard, but the most terrifying ghosts belong
not to ancient history but rather to the
hospital's own dark past. An egotistical, self-righteous
visiting Swedish doctor, who abhors the Danes and
screams his outrage in nightly rants from the
hospital roof, presides over this ensemble of
eccentrics; but he's hardly the strangest this
hospital has to offer. ER has nothing on this
delirious madhouse, where haunted ambulances, a
Masonic cult, a devil cabal, demons, ghosts, and
a most mysterious pregnancy lurk in the fringes
of more earthly (though equally bizarre)
melodramas. Shooting in video with a bobbing
handheld camera, von Trier creates an
otherworldly atmosphere with the dimly lit
corridors and bland, drained color schemes, set
to an eerily sparse soundtrack of echoing
hospital sounds and electronic wailings. The mix
of deadpan hysteria and spooky ghost story
concludes with the most outrageous cliffhanger
put on film (to be continued in The Kingdom II).
(The home video also includes closing comments by
a smiling von Trier himself, unseen in the
theatrical version.) Simply put, you've never
seen anything quite like this. --Sean Axmaker
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Lady in White
combines with modern-day ghost story in nostalgic
tale of young boy's fascination with spooky house.
Gothic horror fans not seeking gore will enjoy
this critically acclaimed spine-tingler.
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of Hell House, The
tale of parapsychologists spending a week in
haunted mansion. With its creepy atmosphere,
abundant chills, this delights scare fans more
interested in hair-raising suspense than buckets
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||The Man Who Haunted Himself (1945) Strange psychological
drama about Moore encountering a duplicate of
himself in the aftermath of a car crash. Mildly
interesting; good location footage of London.
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||The Old Dark House (1932) Boris Karloff took top
billing in the supporting role of Morgan, the
scarred mute butler with a penchant for drink and
a vicious mean streak, but the film is really an
ensemble piece. Melvyn Douglas is the
wisecracking romantic lead who, with his
traveling companions Raymond Massey and Gloria
Stuart, takes refuge from a storm in the creepy
old mansion lorded over by the gloriously
flamboyant Ernest Thesiger and his dotty,
fanatical sister Eva Moore. They are joined by
more stranded passengers, a hearty Charles
Laughton, whose Lancashire working-class accent
and blunt manners set him apart from the social
graces of his companions, and his mistress,
Lillian Bond. Through the stormy evening, the
five guests endure a night of madness and mayhem
as the batty old family reveals its dangerous
secrets. Whale combines marvelous stylistic
flourishes and witty drawing-room dialogue with
campy indulgence, creating a film both macabre
and sardonic, a nightmarish comedy of manners.
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||The Other - (1972) In a sleepy New England
town during the summer of 1935, twin brothers
play a macabre game of murder only their
grandmother can stop. Many thanks to Strega for
finding this gem for the list!!
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successful horror film about suburban family
terrorized by evil spirits. With its nerve-wracking
suspense and dazzling effects, this is scary
entertainment for older kids, adult fans of
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supernatural thriller involves psychologist
encountering child visited by the dead. The
haunting visuals, twisting plot, brooding tone
will chill mainstream horror seekers, while ample
nail-biting tension satisfies suspense addicts.
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(1999) Eerie chiller
about blue-collar Chicagoan whose reality begins
to crumble after undergoing hypnosis. Fans of
suspense should enjoy the plot twists, visual
style, though many may find the less-than-forceful
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||The St. Francisville Experiment (1999) - Four people - a
psychic, a ghost-hunter, a filmmaker and a
historian - all trained in the paranormal and
equipped with cameras, fly to Louisiana to
investigate a haunted house, plagued by the
spirits of slaves who endured the most grisly and
unspeakable tortures known to man. However, the
four are unprepared for the horrors that will
occur. Unlike any supernatural thriller or horror
film that you think you may have seen, The St.
Francisville Experiment takes viewers on a ride
they have never experienced before, because this
time its real!
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||Terror in the Haunted House (1958) - A man takes his new
wife to the house of her nightmares. Uniquely
filmed in "Psychorama," a process which
flashed words and pictures of snakes and skulls
upon the screen to cause subliminal shivers. This
visual suggestion proved so successful, it was
banned by the government shortly after the film's
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||The Turn of the Screw (1974) - A well-told ghost tale
about a governess who takes charge of two young
children living in an isolated country manor. She
soons finds herself in a desperate struggle
against a hidden, dark force for the children's
very souls. Based on Henry James novel of 1898.
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(1944) Spooky ghost
story about young couple investigating their
haunted house. Still praised by today's critics
as chillingly scary. Eerie cinematography, dead-right
performances make this a must for fright movies
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|Web of the Spider (1970) Overly familiar thriller
about the skeptic who accepts a wager that he
cannot survive the night alone in a haunted house.
Franciosa and associates try vainly to give it a
fresh twist but are upstaged by shrieking
spirits, howling winds, and assorted creepy
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|The Whip and The Body (1963) Kurt Menliff (Christopher
Lee) returns to his ancestral castle after being
banished by his father some years before. He
finds that his lover Nevenka (Daliah Lavi) has
married his brother. However, it is not long
before they resume their previous relationship
and Kurt is mysteriously murdered. Is Nevenka
being haunted by his ghost or is it al in her
mind? You'll have to watch it to find out.
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||The Willies (1990) - What could be more
innocent than three boys camping in the backyard
and telling scary stories? Innocent? These
stories are absolutely guaranteed to give you the
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