Nine Friendly Ghost Movies

Automatically we think of the movie ghosts as scary deformed frightening ghouls. Spirits that take our breath away at the slightest touch, sight or sound. That is why a good ghost movie always scares the wits right out of us.

Throughout the years the cinema has produced many movies with a twist to our spooky friend by making this terrifying ghoul into a passive, fun loving comical spirit. For example, comedy horror movies such as ‘Frighteners’ with ghosts who like having a little fun; ‘Casper’ the friendly ghost who is actually a kindhearted spirit of a little boy and ‘Ghost Dad’ as a loving father who comes back from the dead to help his son.

How about a good friendly ghost movie tonight to keep your wits? I have picked out nine of my personal favorites from the comedy horror genre file and put them in a chronological order.

1) Topper – 1937

This cute comedy classic has the ghosts as a happy fun couple that are now dead. The deceased Kirbys decide to do a good deed by helping Mr. Topper a stuffy executive they once knew.

Starring: Cary Grant as George Kirby, Constance Bennett as Marion Kerby, Roland Young as Cosmo Topper.

2) The Time Of Their Lives – 1946

Another great fun-time ghost movie, this one with Abbott and Costello. Bud Abbott and Marjorie Reynolds are lovers and ghosts from the Civil War now in the 20th century seeking revenge.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marjorie Reynolds.

3) A Christmas Carol – 1951

Now this Charles Dickens story has been revamped on TV and the silver screen in so many different forms, even Mr. Magoo did this ghostly tale. Animation, TV sitcoms, the Muppets, everyone did ‘A Christmas Carol’

storyline and they were all very entertaining. Why not, the story is a Christmas classic bordering a great horror movie. In fact the best movie version was released October 31, 1951 (Halloween). A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim as Ebeneezer Scrooge. Also starring: Mervyn Johns and Hermione Baddeley.

4) Ghost Busters – 1984

A delightful comedy about four supernatural exterminators that became heroes. Lots of fun and great ghoulish effects.

Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver.

5) Beetlejuice – 1988

Directed by Tim Burton, Micheal Keaton does a great job of being the most irritating ghoul in the afterworld. Don’t say the B word three times! Beetlejuice with all his nastiness actually helps a very nice, newly deceased couple from losing their lovely home. A comedy horror, classic ghost movie.

Starring: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder.

6) Always – 1989

Steven Spielberg directed this fantasy romance movie about an aerial firefighter who dies in a crash leaving a very distraught girlfriend. The pilot comes back as a ghost and helps a rookie pilot become the best but the rookie falls in love with the dead pilots girlfriend. A very touching film.

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, John Goodman, Holly Hunter.

7) Ghost – 1990

Speaking of a touching film, this has got to be the most famous ghost movie ever. A film that has everything a movie buff would want with comedy, romance and action. A banker dies at the hands of a mugger only to come back as a spirit. The only person that can hear him is a con artist medium. This movie also has malicious revenge.

Starring: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg.

8) Casper – 1995

A paranormal expert and his daughter move into an old mansion which is inhabited by one friendly spirit and three mischievous ghouls. A great family comedy horror film.

Starring: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle.

9) Frighteners – 1996

Definitely a favorite in my books. Frank Bannister can hear, see and talk to spirits in this comedy horror directed by Peter Jackson (Lord Of The Rings). Frank uses his abilities to investigate a supernatural presence from hell with help from three friendly ghosts.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Jake Busey, John Astin.

There you have it, nine of my favorite non-scary ghost movies of all time. When I first thought about this movie project, Frighteners and Beetlejuice automatically came to mind. So did Casper the Friendly Ghost. When your tired of getting the wits scared out of you, try a non-scary friendly ghost movie. Any of the comedy horror movies I mentioned will do the trick (or treat).

Top 5 Horror Films

This is a list of the top 5 horror films that will scare you senseless. A collection of films that are perfect if you fancy a fright, or to hold someone tight all night.

These may not be the most popular choices for everyone, but no one will be able to deny their impact upon the horror genre and upon people that watch them. These 5 will scare you as much the second time around as they did when they were first seen.

These films must all be watched in the dark for maximum impact on the psyche, and for true spine chills, watch them back to back.

The top 5 horror films are:

1. The Shining (1980)
An original concept perfectly evil and horrifically well made. Still freaks me out.

2. The Thing (1982)
Nothing like it even now. Left alone in a desert of cold, with an alien evil that you can’t stop.

3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
A remake that betters the original. Being alone in a crowd of the possessed with no one you can trust.

4. Psycho (1960)
Made by the greatest director of all time; Alfred Hitchcock. A masterpiece of psychological terror.

5. Halloween (1978)
The ‘Teen Slasher’ begins. A brutally crazy man with a child’s mind escapes from the institution.

This list of horror films is assured to give you some of the most intense frights that have ever been captured on film.

Each film contributed to the horror genre in their own way, some of them beginning an almost entirely new form of terror film, from the ‘Teen Slasher’ in Halloween to the ‘Psychological Horror’ in Psycho. The claustrophobic style of filming as well as the plot and characterisations were all so perfectly executed that these classic films still remain the top 5 films in their genre.

The First Horror Film

Horror movies are famous all over the world for their essence of thrill, shock and suspense. It is violent, and enjoyment of them depends on an enjoyment of violence and is. All of the Characters from horror movies are important, but the BEST HEROES have a special place in our hearts.

In horror film plots, evil forces, events, or characters, sometimes of supernatural origin, intrude into the everyday world. Early horror films often drew inspiration from characters and stories from classic literature, such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, The Phantom of the Opera and Dr. Later horror films, in contrast, often drew inspiration from the insecurities of life since World War Two, giving rise to the three distinct, but related subgenres of the horror-of-personality film, the horror-of-Armageddon film, and the horror-of-the-demonic film. The last subgenre may be seen as a modernized transition from the earlier horror films, expanding on the earlier emphasis on supernatural agents that bring horror to the world.

Nonetheless, some major studios and respected directors have made forays into the genre, and more serious critics have analyzed horror films through the prisms of genre theory and the auteur theory. Some horror films incorporate elements of other genres such as science fiction, fantasy, black comedy, and thrillers. The horror genre is nearly as old as film itself. The first depictions of supernatural events appear in several of the silent shorts created by film pioneers such as Georges Méliès in the late 1890s, the most notable being his 1896 Le Manoir du diable (aka “The House of the Devil”) which is sometimes credited as being the first horror film. Another of his horror projects was the 1898 La Caverne maudite (aka “The Cave of the Demons”). The early 20th century brought more milestones for the horror genre including the first monster to appear in a full-length horror film, Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre-Dame who had appeared in Victor Hugo’s book, “Notre-Dame de Paris” (published in 1831). Many of the earliest feature length ‘horror films’ were created by German film makers in 1910s and 1920s, many of which were a significant influence on later Hollywood films.

Caligari was both controversial with American audiences, due to postwar sentiments, and influential in its Expressionistic style; the most enduring horror film of that era was probably the first vampire-themed feature, F. His most famous role, however, was in The Phantom of the Opera (1925), perhaps the true predecessor of Universal’s famous horror series. , popularized the horror film, bringing to the screen a series of successful Gothic features including Dracula (1931), and The Mummy (1932), some of which blended science fiction films with Gothic horror, such as James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931) and The Invisible Man (1933).

Universal’s horror films continued into the 1940s with The Wolf Man 1941, not the first werewolf film, but certainly the most influential. With the dramatic changes in technology that occurred in the 1950s, the tone of horror films shifted away from the gothic towards science fiction. The classier horror films of this period, including The Thing from Another World (1951; attributed on screen to Christian Nyby but widely considered to be the work of Howard Hawks) and Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) managed to channel the paranoia of the Cold War into atmospheric creepiness without resorting to direct exploitation of the events of the day.

Have Hollywood Horror Movies Gone Too Far

Hollywood horror movies haven’t gone far at all in recent years. To think about this in terms of going to far, is ludicrous and idiotic to say the least. The majority of horror releases in the last ten years have not been gorey, nor have they been relevant in the form of arguments. If anything, the horror genre has been saturated with lackluster pg-13 films and horrible unrated versions on DVD. Hollywood as a whole has not released a hard rated R horror film in a while, and it has not gone too far whatsoever. Yes, some of them have been brutal, but none of them have reached the gore levels of the 1980’s. In fact, the most gorey horror films produced on American soil are not even major contenders for any awards, nor have they had official or lengthy releases outside of the DVD market. With Japanese horror movies, remakes, and political thrillers, Hollywood has been missing from the horror arena in regards to gore. To say they have gone too far is just stupid.

The Japanese, if anyone, should be blamed for pushing the envelope of horror cinema. They have continually pushed the realms of the unreal, and in American releases the films get toned down a lot. The American versions of Japanese films are usually only scary if you are scared by loud noises. There is little, to no gore in these films. Compare “The Ring”, “The Grudge”, or “Dark Waters” to their Japanese counterparts, and you see two very different films. The American releases are even given Pg-13 ratings and teenagers go in droves to see them. These films are not scary, do not focus on blood spill, and deal more with ghosts than anything truly horrifying.

The remakes of horror films can be seen as updates to the original stories. However, these films are just as gruesome and horrific as they were when they were originally made. If anything, the newer updates to these films use modern techniques, cg, make up and more sophisticated direction than their older counterparts. This is especially seen in the Halloween remake by Rob Zombie. Sure it was gruesome and bloody, and while the original “Halloween” film did not need any gore, this film only pushed the envelope to differentiate itself from the original. If you rewind time a little and compare the remake of “Psycho” by Gus Van Sant with the original Hitchcock masterpiece, you will see that a frame by frame remake is not a substantial benefit to viewers and fans of the original film. The Van Sant version, although done frame by frame and in color is a boring trot through what you’ve already seen. Hollywood can only push the envelope in hopes of getting viewers, and the generational gap of horror movie fans only proves that Hollywood hasn’t gone too far.

Political thrillers are never pointed to in regards of going too far. With strong criticisms of the government, the Middle East, and terrorism, the political thriller has never gone into the scrutiny that horror films get. People need to take a closer look at things like political thrillers and their content, before saying Hollywood Horror films have gone too far. The majority of Horror films deal with fiction, and even those based on real events are fictionalized to an extent that they are fantasy when compared to films that talk about the current state of the war, the oil crisis, or movies that aim to show the death of the president.

Do not get me wrong, I’m not trying to say that Hollywood should stop making politically aimed movies. I’m saying that when comparing Hollywood movies, one must consider that horror is fiction above all else. For those that believe that Horror has gone too far in recent years, maybe they should see non horror films like “Mysterious Skin”, or “Mean Creek”, both depict the death of innocence amongst children, before pointing the finger at horror films as a genre.

A History Of Horror Movies Online To Enjoy

Sometimes turning to the net for a film is great idea. If you are looking for horror movies online, you’re going to be in for a thrilling surprise. No matter what your scary desire is, you are bound to find a movie to suit your taste. The internet is slowly but surely becoming the premier destination to watch movies, the reason being the limitless selection. This is definitely the case with regard to to the horror genre.

There is something about being scared that we really enjoy. Not always of course in reality though, but there is something thrilling about being on the edge of your seat throughout a story. People tell scary stories around campfires or when the power goes out and the house is dark, these stories work best when we seem vulnerable. A classic book like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein even has its roots in this type of story telling. It was during terrible storms in Switzerland that she was cooped up inside with her husband and Lord Byron. They would sit around the fire reading German ghost stories, which gave Byron the idea that they should each write their own supernatural tale.

The history of the horror movie is almost as old as cinema itself, George Melies directed the short silent film La Manoir du Diable in 1896. This vampire movie was only two minutes long, but it was loved by audiences. For the next thirty or so years it would mainly be German filmmakers who dabbled in horror, with 1922’s Nosferatu by F. W. Murnau, the first feature-length vampire movie and Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr Cagliari the most memorable.

By the time the 1930’s started, Hollywood had joined the scaring game, and so began the era of Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy. Actors like Lon Chaney, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi became household names in these films and their many sequels. By the 1950’s the horror genre added aliens into the mix and the genre continued to evolve. There were film studios that were making horror movies exclusively and we began to a see a slew of low budget shock cinema.

What is significant is that many of the movies from this generation are actually available to watch online. Whether it be Invasion of the Body Snatchers, or Christopher Lee as Dracula, a number of online movie sites offer a huge range of these classic films. For the film buff the net is a treasure chest, with the ability to movies that are almost impossible to rent in video stores.

The modern generation of horrors began to evolve in the 1960’s and 70’s with classics like Hitchock’s The Birds and Psycho and Rosemary’s Baby and in 1973 The Exorcist became the highest grossing horror movie ever. And then in 1975 Jaws made by the young Spielberg became the highest grossing film of all time. On the the other side of the scale, independent movies like Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead began a sub-culture of horror films that would lead to movie franchises today like Saw and Hostel.

Of course the seventies and eighties also saw the introduction of Horror legends like Wes Craven and John Carpenter and film adaptations of the works of Stephen King. The work of Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street), Carpenter (Halloween) and Sean Cunningham (Friday the thirteenth) introduced the teens in jeopardy plot lines that would dominate horrors for the next two decades. More lately they have been influenced by the emergence of the Asian horror movies, with many even being remade in Hollywood. Movies like The Ring and The Grudge are both actually re-makes of excellent Japanese films.

But the best thing about finding horror movies online is that you are capable of finding that sub-culture that has existed since the 1950’s. Horror fans make movies and the internet has given them a medium to show them to the world. There are hundreds of spoof movies, slasher flicks, “gore-nography”, zombie films, and so much more out there. So if you want to get scared tonight, turn on the computer and start the search. Wait, didn’t a horror movie start like that?