Script Research: Films About Ghosts and the Supernatural

By May 6th, 2011

I’m in the early stages of outlining a new script and I want to start watching movies in the same genre for research. I asked friends on Facebook and Twitter for recommendations of ghost or supernatural movies that are must-sees.

I received so many great responses that I decided to share them here. Thanks to everyone who chimed in!

Lists number of votes received if more than one:

The Others (6)
The Ring (5)
The Sixth Sense (5)
The Orphanage (4)
The Fog (original) (3)
Paranormal Activity (3)
Poltergeist (3)
A Tale of Two Sisters (3)
The Changeling (2)
Ghost (2)
Ghost Dad (2)*
The Haunting (original) (2)
The Legend of Hell House (2)
The Shining (2)
Truly Madly Deeply (2)
The Uninvited (2)
The Amityville Horror (original)
Angel Heart
The Blair Witch Project
Carnival of Souls
Dark Water (original)
The Devil’s Backbone
Drag Me to Hell
The Entity
The Exorcist
Ghost Ship
House on Haunted Hill
The Innocents
Jacob’s Ladder
Nightmare on Elm Street (original)
Riget (The Kingdom)
Rosemary’s Baby
The Skeleton Key
Stir of Echoes
The Tattooist
Val Lewton movies
Voice (seems to be called Phone now?)
What Lies Beneath
The Wig

And if someone had asked me the same question, I would have said The Others, The Sixth Sense, Poltergeist, The Shining and, of course, Ghostbusters (who ya gonna call?).

If you have other suggestions, please add them to the comments. Thanks!


* Suggested by a couple of clowns. Yeah, you know who are you!

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