There’s nothing like haunted mansion movies for an atmospheric night of ghostly entertainment. This list should help you find something good to watch. Enjoy!
A parapsychologist rents a reputedly haunted house in order to conduct psychic experiments. After careful consideration, he gathers a select group to the house for the event. Upon arrival, they find out how haunted the house really is, but don’t make it past one overnight stay there.
A classic tale of horror relies on atmosphere for its scares, rather than violence and gore. The epitome of spooky haunted house movies. Four thumbs up!
(1963) Starring: Julie Harris, Clair Bloom, Richard Johnson / Directed by: Robert Wise
A wealthy woman raises her children alone while her husband is off to war. Her children shrink in terror at the sun and all the windows must be covered during daylight hours. She discovers the house is haunted, but the ghosts are not who you think they are! Another of those haunted house movies you have to see.
(2001) Starring: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan / Directed by: Alejanjdro Amenabar
A man inherits a house from his aunt and upon moving in, discovers her passion for the paranormal. After spending a few days there, the skeptic begins to understand what triggered her interest in ghosts.
(2009) Starring: Tim Daly, Tom Arnold, Zoe Saldana / Directed by: Tennyson Bardwell
The Woman in Black
A movie with fantastic visuals, one is the story of a lawyer who travels alone, on assignment to do estate work at a beautiful old house. Its owner has passed and he is there to try to put order into the estate. He discovers the house is haunted and … read more
(2012) Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Claran Hinds / Directed by: James Watkins
A very twisted tale of a young woman who is hired as a governess to tend to children at a country estate. When ghosts are sited near the lake, her memory threatens to reveal long-forgotten memories better left unremembered.
(1961) Starring: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngrade, Megs Jenkins / Directed by: Jack Clayton
An intelligent, independent and spirited young woman arrives to expose the hoax behind a haunting involving a little boy. Florence realizes that the new friend she’s made doesn’t really exist and her skepticism crumbles to terror. This is a creepy thriller that will leave you feeling quite uneasy.
(2011) Starring: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton / Directed by: Nick Murphy
Here are a couple of haunted hotel movies. I’m adding these here as this is the best place for them, for now.
High atop a mountain in a remote Colorado locale lies the haunted Overlook Hotel. A hotspot for celebrities and the wealthy alike, the hotel closes each year for the winter. The closures are for good reason because each year the Overlook gets hopelessly snowed in.
A struggling writer named Jack Torrance takes a job as caretaker for the Overlook, moving in with his family for a long winters’ stay. He looks forward to writing and some mild daily hotel maintenance until spring. But something goes terribly wrong because unbeknownst to the Torrance’s, the Overlook is extre-e-e-emely haunted.
Unfortunately, Jack becomes possessed and madness sets in. Once the snow starts to fly, the family is trapped inside with Jack descending deep into the depths of madness. His family must escape before they, too, become ghosts at the Overlook.
(1980) Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall / Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel is rumored to be haunted, but writer and skeptic Mike Enslin refuses to believe the fabricated hogwash. But once Mike checks in to Room 1208 he has a very hard time checking out as the spirits in the room won’t let me go. Another classic by Stephen King, this is must-see horror for those who love ghost movies and haunted house movies.
(2007) Starring: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack / Directed by: Mikael Hafstrom
An historic inn is open for the last evening of its life. The remaining employees decide to have a ghost hunt, based upon local urban legends. what they uncover changes their life forever. Very scary movie in some parts, a little lame in others. Overall worth a watch, though.
(2011) Starring: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis / Directed by: Ti West
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