Written by Amanda Moloney
I have to admit.... I love a good spooky movie! I don’t necessarily mean a horror/slasher movie, but the sort that creeps you out a bit yet enthralls you at the same time, and at the end you’re left wondering “how the.... like what just happened.....”. The sort of movie that, while it may be a bit of fluff, stays with you for hours or days and even months later you might think damn I really did enjoy that. I’ve come across a few supernatural movies like this and below are my top 5 that give me the spooky vibes and that I will still watch over again. Sure there may be creepier, scarier and spookier films out there, but give me a big bowl of popcorn and my fluffy socks and these are the ones that get me.
1: The Skeleton Key
Tag line: Fearing Is Believing
Hoodoo, voodoo, ancient rituals and everything in between who wouldn’t love that! Written by the author of The Ring and starring Kate Hudson and Peter Sarsgaard, The Skeleton Key is set in the deep south of America where the mysteries are as deep as the bayou. A young hospice worker (Kate) starts work at an isolated plantation as a caregiver for an ageing women and her ill husband, prompted by their lawyer (Peter). She discovers the house is shrouded in mystery and has several strange rules like no mirrors. It holds many secrets of magic and sacrifice and the deeper she gets to uncovering those secrets the more her life is in danger. I loved watching this darker side of voodoo as it’s often such a taboo topic in pleasant company, and candles, who doesn't love plenty of candles!
2: The Others
Tag line: Sooner Or Later They Will Find You
I'm sure I'm not the only one who loves a good ghost story involving a majestic haunted house and a terrified mother protecting her children? The movie is set just after World War 2 and details the struggles of a mother trying to keep up a large manor and land as well as looking after her children alone while her husband is away at war. Strange events start to happen just after the arrival of her new house help. The children are visited by ghosts and noises abound in the house. As a Roman Catholic woman Grace (Nicole Kidman) struggles to come to terms with the seemingly paranormal events happening in her house and blames the new staff. The whole feel of the movie is dark due to the fact the house is cloaked in darkness for most of the time which adds a great feel to the film I think. The movie comes to a climax with a fantastic twist which I loved! Plus creepy granny, need I say more!!!
3: Stir of Echoes
Tagline: Some Doors Weren’t Meant To Be Opened
Can ghosts talk to us from beyond the grave and direct us to find their bodies? Stir of Echoes stars Kevin Bacon as a very straight laced, sceptical man when it comes to the paranormal. He challenges his sister in law to hypnotise him so he can prove her wrong but the plan backfires on him and he starts getting visions of a murdered local girl. As everyone starts to believe he has gone completely bonkers, he races to find the answers to the visions in his head. Will he find what he is looking for and give the spirit peace or will he join her in the afterlife as the real killer closes in. The problem is once that door has been opened it can never be closed........
4: The Lovely Bones
Tag line: The Story Of A Life And Everything That Came After....
Continuing with the theme of spirits communicating beyond the grave comes my next fave. The Lovely Bones story takes place after 14 year old Susie Salmon is murdered. It appears she is in a space between heaven and earth, and as she narrates, the story revolves around how her family deal and don’t deal with her loss and how she herself copes with the fact that she is dead. She is torn between wanting revenge for her murder and moving on to where she is meant to be. But can she stay around long enough to stop another victim being taken. I loved this movie and the way that it was done!
Tag line: Death is no way to make a living ....
Last but not least, a classic. I love this movie even if it's a little old. Spooky ghosts, fake hauntings and a demon make for an interesting mix. After developing psychic abilities following a car crash, Frank (Michael J Fox) befriends two ghosts and they proceed to set up a fake haunting/exorcism business. Which proves to be quite lucrative until a rather nasty ghost appears on the scene and becomes a serial killer. The special effects are probably a little cheesy compared to movies these days but nonetheless this is still in my top 5. Love the numbers getting carved in the head and wondering who may be next..................