Opinion Battles Round 21
Favourite Ghost Movie
Halloween is here and that means time for a couple of horror rounds, the first we are looking at our favourite film involving ghosts, we have some of the most frightening or comical films but what will everyone pick?
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Darren – Movie Reviews 101
I personally love ghost film, I find something in all of them but One Missed Call bought into horror something I never thought would be scary, an asthma inhaler. I know that doesn’t sound like the most threatening but trust me it is, the ghost side of this film comes from ghost haunting the students who need to figure out why.
Milo – Stuff and That
Who ya gonna call? Anyone who knows me knows that Ghostbusters is one of my favourite films because it has everything! Laughs, action, proper scares (anyone who says they weren’t scared sh*tless by the librarian is a liar) and a killer 80s soundtrack.
This is a difficult one as it’s hard to know what can be considered a ghost film. In searching Google, The Shining came up a lot but I don’t really think of that as a “ghost film”. Besides, I love that movie and use it as an answer too often. 😉 So I’m instead going to go with what I think is the best “haunted house” movie: Poltergeist (1982). It’s proper creepy and a classic that I think has stood the test of time pretty well. The pointless remake sucked, though. Ugh….
Kim – Tranquil Dreams
The Eye has always been my top choice for supernatural films. It uses a nice psychological balance to build up the atmosphere and had effective jump scares and wraps up a tight woven mystery to figure out why. Not to mention Angelica Lee does a fantastic job.
Rob – Movie Rob
I know most people will choose a horror film, but I think the best film featuring a person from the next world is Ghost (1990).
It’s a great and moving story that really is able to cross the divide between worlds showing us how powerful true love can really be.
Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore are really believable as the loving couple and Whoopi Goldberg was perfectly cast as the medium between the two (spoiler alert) after he is viciously murdered.
Kevin – The Mental Attic
In recent years I’ve seen a few films about hauntings, from the mediocre Paranormal Activity series to the excellent Conjuring and the classic horror style The Woman In Black, but to me, the best is still this masterpiece of the 80s, Poltergeist, a film with enough scares through its runtime, behind the scenes and beyond.
Unlike most modern ghost films, such as the Conjuring, which lose their impact and steam the moment you “see” the ghost for the first time, Poltergeist doesn’t let up, it just keeps adding to the frights, one scare leading to the next, one ghastly scene leading to another ghoulish encounter, until you finally reach the end as a quivering mess. It is simply a glorious horror film.
S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason
I thought about choosing an outlier pick, like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, but with this category I couldn’t say no to the Ghostbusters. However, I am in the minority of preferring Ghostbusters II just a little more than the first, so that probably won’t help my chances this round. Building on the comedic success of the first movie,Ghostbusters II upped the laughs with so many scenes that I consider iconic: the dancing toaster, the river of slime, the Statue of Liberty walking to “Higher and Higher.” I’d rather laugh at ghosts than fear them, and the Ghostbusters let me do just that every time.
Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews
It’s loads of fun, there’s all sorts of imaginatively designed ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis get to do the whole “sheet ghost” bit) and other unique creatures and it has an incredible soundtrack – fun tunes from Harry Belafonte and an iconic score by Danny Elfman.
Plus, it’s one of Michael Keaton’s best ever roles (tied with “Birdman” IMO)
Emma – Emma Explains It All
I really wanted to go with a classic, absolute GHOST film for this choice, so what better than the chilling, atmospheric film The Changeling.
It stars George C. Scott as a grieving man having just lost his family in a roadside accident. He moves to a creepy, old house (that old chestnut) and begins getting haunted by an entity caused Joseph.
With no blood or gore it is simply the chilling atmosphere of the film, plus its terrifying, tense and creepy films that make this an absolute must for ghost film fans.