With Halloween less than two weeks away, some of our movie tastes have taken a more macabre turn. All Hallows’ Eve is the time for thrills and scares. It is the time for haunted houses and creaky stairs. If you are staying in for the next few nights, nursing your pumpkin latte and putting finishing touches on homemade Halloween costumes, we’ve got a movie list featuring the best ghosts in film to keep you in the trick-or-treat frame of mind.
Did you ever wonder why some people love scary movies and other people can’t stand them? I endure most scary movies with my hands over my eyes, but there is no denying that scary movies are incredibly popular. Professor Sparks studies the effects of horror films on viewers’ physiology at Purdue University. He has found that the more afraid a younger male was while watching a film, the more proud he was at the end of the movie. Professor Sparks says, “There’s a motivation males have in our culture to master threatening situations. It goes back to the initiation rites of our tribal ancestors, where the entrance to manhood was associated with hardship. We’ve lost that in modern society, and we may have found ways to replace it in our entertainment preferences.”
Ghosts in films aren’t always scary. Usually they are simply beings with unfinished business in need of help achieving their goals. See? Nothing to be afraid of…
20 of the Best Ghosts in Film:
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