With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re talking about ghost movies.
Ghosts come in many forms: They can be shapeless and near-invisible, such as the dead in Poltergeist, or they can look as real as a living human, such as the wacky Beetlejuice. But whether they’re visible or not, they all share the same jarring quality of existing beyond the realm of the living.
A good ghost movie will play up that jarring quality, causing a sense of overwhelming discomfort in the viewer, because that’s what ghosts do: They make the living uncomfortable, whether it’s by playfully tormenting them or trying to kill them. What makes them frightening is their existence in a completely difference dimension, one that not anyone can access—meaning escape from a ghost is often infeasible. They’re omnipresent and persistent. In other words, they’re a pain. READ FULL STORY