10 Scary Ghost Stories to Put on Your Watch List


Looking for a good scary movie? Not the kind of scare you get when some guy with a knife jumps out from behind you, but the kind of genuinely unsettling film about unseen supernatural horrors that makes you want to sleep with the lights on for a week after you’ve seen it. A good ghost story fits the bill perfectly. How many of these scary and disturbing movies about ghosts have you seen?


Shutter (2004)

Check out the original Thai version of Shutter, not the American remake. A photographer begins to notice shadowy images of faces on the pictures he takes. Who is the girl whose ghostly image appears in the photos and what is she trying to tell people?


The Innocents (1961)

Based on the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw, The Innocents tells the story of a governess who begins to believe that the house she works in is haunted and the children she cares for are possessed. Is she right…or just losing her mind?


1408 (2007)

Based on a Stephen King story, this movie is about a writer who checks into a hotel’s supposedly haunted Room 1408 to debunk the stories about it. He’s about to discover if the room is like the infamous roach motel…guests check in but they don’t check out!


What Lies Beneath (2000)

Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer star as a husband and wife who live in a Vermont lake house. The wife begins to hear voices and see strange things and becomes convinced that the house is haunted. She tries to do a little paranormal investigation with a Ouija board. Will she discover the truth about what’s going on?


Ghost Story (1981)

Fred Astaire in a scary movie? It’s true…fans of this classic ghost story swear it’s the real deal. A group of elderly men form a club called the Chowder Society. They are haunted by the memories of the death of a young woman back in the 1930s…are they being haunted by her ghost as well?


Thir13en Ghosts (2001)

Many horror fans say that this movie is a rare instance where the remake is better than the original (1960’s 13 Ghosts). After a famous ghost hunter dies, it’s discovered that the spirits he has captured are still imprisoned in the man’s house. Spoiler alert…they are not in a good mood!


Stir of Echoes (1999)

A blue collar guy named Tom who doesn’t believe in the supernatural gets hypnotized at a party. Afterwards, he becomes haunted by the ghost of a local girl who disappeared and is presumed to be dead. He’s determined to discover the truth about what happened and find her body.


Don’t Go to Sleep (1982)

This classic TV movie from the early 80s is a favorite of ghost story fans. A family moves to a new house after the death of one of their children, Jennifer. Their surviving daughter hears the voice of her dead sister coming from under the bed, and then begins to see her. What happened to Jennifer that makes her want to take revenge on the rest of the family?


Lake Mungo (2008)

This creepy documentary-style Australian film tells the story of a young girl who drowned at a lake. The dead girl’s fuzzy image begins to appear in the background in videos taken around her house. Her brother admits to doctoring the videos as a hoax, but…surprise! The real ghost was there all along.


Grave Encounters (2011)

A haunted Canadian psychiatric hospital is the setting for this found footage ghost story. A film crew investigates paranormal activity at the closed hospital. Sure enough, they encounter the scary spirits of former patients. What terrible things were done to them when they were alive?






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