Top 15 Ghost Movies for a Haunting Visit to the Afterlife

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Written By Lori C.

Lori C. writes about movies, TV shows, and the latest updates from the world of entertainment. She studied Film and Television many years ago at university and uses her knowledge to dissect the newest releases. When not in front of a laptop, she wanders around various European cities with a backpack and a little dog.

Since the dawn of time, people have been sharing ghost stories around campfires, in the soft glow of candlelight, and writing them in the pages of age-old books. Humans have an innate fascination with the unknown and the afterlife.  

Unsurprisingly, this fascination found its way into the world of cinema. From chilling apparitions floating down dim hallways to vengeful spirits seeking justice, spectral stories are a popular subgenre of horror. This year’s The Nun 2 is only the newest of ghoulish entries to the genre. 

Quench your thirst for supernatural thrillers with this hand-picked selection of ghastly films to give your goosebumps goosebumps.

The Conjuring (2013)

Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Patrick Wilson, and John Brotherton in The Conjuring (2013)
Image credit: Michael Tackett – © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
  • Director: James Wan
  • Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston

Official synopsis: The Perron family’s move to a dilapidated Rhode Island farmhouse takes a terrifying turn as they confront a demonic haunting. Their only hope lies with paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who face the spectral menace with their skills and spiritual strength.

The Shining (1980)

Jack Nicholson in The Shining (1980)
Image credit: © 1980 – Warner Bros. Entertainment.
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd

Official synopsis: The Shining tells the unnerving story of writer Jack Torrance who takes his family to live at the secluded Overlook Hotel. His son, Danny, discovers his psychic abilities as unsettling events unfold, threatening Jack’s sanity and turning the quiet retreat into a prison of horrors.

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense (1999)
Image credit: © 1999 – Buena Vista Pictures.
  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Starring: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette

Official synopsis: Child psychologist Malcolm Crowe is assigned the baffling case of a young boy who communicates with spirits. As Crowe delves deeper into the boy’s world, he learns truths that challenge his professional and personal life.

Candyman (1992)

Virginia Madsen in Candyman (1992)
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  • Director: Bernard Rose
  • Starring: Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

Official synopsis: Helen Lyle is a student exploring myths and legends for her thesis. Her curiosity leads her to the tale of the Candyman, sparking a series of terrifying events that question the boundary between myth and reality.

Paranormal Activity (2007)

Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat in Paranormal Activity (2007)
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  • Director: Oren Peli
  • Starring: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs

Official synopsis: A young couple’s life turns upside down when they move into a suburban house. Soon, they are threatened by a mysterious presence that turns their nights into a spine-chilling confrontation with the supernatural.

The Ring (2002)

Naomi Watts in The Ring (2002)
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  • Director: Gore Verbinski
  • Starring: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox

Official synopsis: An investigative journalist probes into a bizarre videotape linked to multiple teenager deaths. With the ominous countdown of seven days, she must defy an urban myth to save her life. 

His House (2020)

Malaika Wakoli-Abigaba, Wunmi Mosaku, and Sope Dirisu in His House (2020)
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  • Director: Remi Weekes
  • Starring: Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku, Malaika Wakoli-Abigaba

Official synopsis: His House follows a refugee couple’s journey from war-ravaged South Sudan to an English town. Their struggle to adapt to new surroundings intensifies as they confront an evil presence lurking inside their new home. 

The Woman in Black (2012)

Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman in Black (2012)
Image credit: © 2011 – CBS Films.
  • Director: James Watkins
  • Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds

Official synopsis: Solicitor Arthur Kipps investigates Eel Marsh House in Crythin Gifford where he encounters a ghostly vengeance that haunts the mansion. He uncovers a tragic tale of loss and revenge that grips the local community.

1408 (2007)

John Cusack in 1408 (2007)
Image credit: Benot Delhomme – © The Weinstein Company, 2007.
  • Director: Mikael Håfström
  • Starring: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack

Official synopsis: Based on a Stephen King novel, 1408 follows a skeptical writer famous for debunking supernatural tales who confronts the unexplainable in the Dolphin Hotel’s cursed room 1408. His one-night stay turns into a struggle for survival in a room with a dark history.

Crimson Peak (2015)

Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska in Crimson Peak (2015)
Image credit: Kerry Hayes – © Universal Pictures.
  • Director: Guillermo del Toro
  • Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston

Official synopsis: Edith Cushing’s life takes a dark turn when she marries the mysterious Thomas Sharpe and moves to his remote mansion. As she navigates her new life in an isolated mansion, spectral presences reveal shocking secrets.

Insidious (2010)

Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson in Insidious (2010)
Image credit: © 2011 – FilmDistrict.
  • Director: James Wan
  • Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins

Official synopsis: A family’s need to save their son, Dalton, from a mysterious coma pulls them into the enigmatic realm of the paranormal. Their journey to uncover the past becomes crucial to bringing Dalton back.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Heather Donahue in The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Image credit: Artisan Entertainment – © 1999 Artisan Entertainment.
  • Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez
  • Starring: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard

Official synopsis: Three film students venture into Burkittsville’s Black Hills Forest to uncover the myth of the Blair Witch. Their disappearance leaves behind only raw footage, hinting at a chilling encounter with the supernatural.

The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

Linda Cardellini and Tony Amendola in The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
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  • Director: Michael Chaves
  • Starring: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez

Official synopsis: A social worker and her children dismiss a distressed mother’s warning and find themselves in a  supernatural nightmare. As they face La Llorona’s mortal fury, a priest’s offbeat mysticism becomes their only hope.

Poltergeist (1982)

Heather O'Rourke in Poltergeist (1982)
Image credit: © 1982 Warner Bros. Ent.
  • Director: Tobe Hooper
  • Starring: JoBeth Williams, Heather O’Rourke, Craig T. Nelson

Official synopsis: Poltergeist centers on a family visited by seemingly friendly ghosts in their home. However, the spirits quickly turn sinister as they terrorize the family and mysteriously kidnap the little girl.

The Orphanage (2007)

Belén Rueda in The Orphanage (2007)
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  • Director: J.A. Bayona
  • Starring: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep

Official synopsis: Former orphan Laura raises her adopted son in her childhood home, only for him to disappear after mentioning his invisible friends. Laura’s pursuit of the truth leads to a haunting confrontation with the orphanage’s chilling past.

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