As I had such a wicked time compiling my spellbinding screen witches post, I thought I would assemble a list of ghost movies.Bare in mind though I’m a bit of a scaredy pants when it comes to ghosties and ghouls , so most of my films contain friendly apperitions.
Blithe Spirit (1945). ~ Noel Coward’s madcap comedy is given the big screen treatment with Rex Harrison playing an author whose late wife’s ghost comes back to haunt him and his present wife. Margaret Rutherford plays the ditzy clairvoyant house guest who appears to have summoned her over from the other side.
The Corpse Bride (2005). Bittersweet fairy tale, animated in Tim Burton’s kooky style. A nervous bridegroom to be accidentally finds himself betrothed to ‘the Corpse bride’ , when practising his wedding vows in the forest. Johnny Depp stars.
Scooby – Doo (2002). Scooby, Shaggy and gang are reunited after acrimoniously going their separate ways. Can they solve the spooky goings on in an island horror resort.Scooby-Dooby-Doo!
Truely, Madly, Deeply (1990). When Nina’s soul mate dies she pines for him so much, he finds his way back to her.Heart warming love story about the choice between an enduring love and new beginnings. Get the hanky’s out.
The Ghost and Mrs Muir ( 1947).
Rex Harrison must have enjoyed appearing in spooky romantic comedy’s. Here he plays a grumpy sea captain ,haunting
prospective buyers of his coastal cottage.Gene Tierney is the young widow who won’t take any nonsense.
Casper (1995). Based on the cartoon strip ‘Casper, the friendly ghost’ , this is a sweet family fantasy film. A slightly kooky ‘ghost therapist’ takes a job in a creepy old manor house to rid it of its resident trouble making ghosts. He is accompanied by his young daughter Kat , who befriends the spirit of a young boy living there too. Fave line of the movie ~ Casper saying to Kat, “Can I keep you”. Aw.
Portrait of Jennie (1948). An aspiring artist (Joseph Cotton) meets a young school girl Jennie ( Jennifer Jones) and paints a portrait of her. Over the next few months he sees her several more times and at each meeting she seems to have aged a little more. He soon realises she may not be of this world…..
Charlie St Cloud (2010) Zac Efron plays Charlie whose younger brother was killed years earlier in a car accident. Charlie can still see his deceased sibling as long as he meets him in the same place ,at the same time every day. Eventually he will have to choose between living in the past and saving a life. A sweet touching tale.
Beetlejuice (1988). This has to be my favourite Tim Burton film. :) Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin play a recently passed away married couple who seek the services of bio-exorcist ‘Beetlejuice’ to rid their home of its awful new owners. Michael Keaton and the wonderful Winona Ryder co star.
The Uninvited (1945). Spooky ghost story about a brother and sister who fall in love with a house on the coast, only to find out it contains an evil presence……..
Scrooge ~ A Christmas Carol ( 1951). There are lots of versions of Dicken’s spooky Christmas classic. My personal fave is probably the muppets one …..but Alistair Simm makes a suitably humbug Mr Scrooge in this version. Will nightly visits from three ghosts convince him to change his miserly ways….
Paranorman (2012). Young Norman sees spirits of the dead everywhere he goes, but nobody else can see them, so he gets bullied.:( Halloween arrives and so do witches, ghosts and zombies. I love this cute animated comedy horror!
A ghost catching business gets more than it bargains for when huge marshmallow like monster ghosts invade New York.Classic 80’s comedy.Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver.Who ya gonna Call? Ghostbusters!!
Ghost ( 1990). And I’ll end with a big dollop of spooky romance. Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore provide the emotion and Whoopi Goldberg the laughs in this tear jerking and spine tingling drama. I think this other worldly hit might be on my Halloween film list this year….
What ghostly movies will you be snuggling up to on the 31st?