The Best Ghost and Haunted House Films

What would horror films be like without ghosts and haunted houses? Probably a lot less scary. We've compiled a list with the best horror films featuring ghosts and/or haunted house. Since the beginning of storytelling, there have been ghost stories to tell. Real or not, with these occurrences we try to explain a lot of inexplicable things. And what a great way to turn it into motion pictures. But there are just few horror masters who have successfully captured our attention with skilful directing, writing and acting. You'll find the films ranked and ranging from the classics to the modern horror films. If you want to expand your horizons you can check out Horror in our extensive library and rent titles on DVD and Blu-ray.
  • The Shining (1980)

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    1h 55min

    "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy...", one of two most prominent lines of The Shining, our choice for the start of the best ghost and haunted house films list. Trifecta for the success of the film is a novel written by Stephen King, master of horror and supernatural, equally great director Stanley Kubrick and one of the most iconic actors of today, Jack Nicholson. The Shining is represented by vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone of the macabre. You can find the film on DVD and Blu-ray accompanied with plenty of special features such as three mesmerizing new featurettes: View from The Overlook: Crafting the Shining, The Visions of Stanley Kubrick And Wendy Carlos, Composer.

    Director:
    Stanley Kubrick
    Cast:
    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
    Genre:
    Collections, Thrillers, Drama
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • Ring (1998) Ringu

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    91 minutes

    Ring (aka Ringu) is one of the scariest films in the history of cinema. It's that simple. But to top it all, it has probably the most frightening ghost of all in it. We all remember the feeling after watching Ring for the first time, especially if it's been on VHS. Originally it's adapted from the novel Ring by Kôji Suzuki. A group of teenagers die one by one after watching a mysterious videotape, and when they're found it seems like they died of fear, caused by something scarier than any physical threat could be. After the video becomes an urban myth, a curious journalist Reiko decides to find the underlying cause of this occurrences. Are you willing to watch the video? Rent it on DVD and put your courage to the test.

    Director:
    Hideo Nakata
    Cast:
    Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi
    Genre:
    Horror
    Availability:
    DVD
  • The Devil's Backbone (2001) El Espinazo del diablo

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    103 minutes

    From the director that brought to Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy comes The Devil's Backbone, dark horror featuring some of the greatest Latin legends. Guillermo Del Toro successfully builds up the sombre atmosphere with chills and thrills coming down your spine. The film is set in the 1930s against the background of the Spanish Civil War, in an orphanage whose young inhabitants are terrorised by Santi, a decomposing spirit who stalks the building's dark decaying hallways. Worth mentioning, you won't be disappointed with film's visual effects as its photography is one of the best things in The Devil's Backbone. Rent it on DVD and Blu-ray and you'll get more insight into the making of and see why's this dark, but amazing title on the best ghost and haunted house films list.

    Director:
    Guillermo Del Toro
    Cast:
    Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi
    Genre:
    Thrillers, Horror
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Haunting (1963)

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    1h 47min

    We continue the best ghost and haunted house films list with The Haunting. The story starts with four people coming to a haunted house, mansion called Hill House, trying to solve its mystery. Do you believe a house can be evil? If not, well, you just might change your mind after watching this psychological horror. Suspense and terror are masterfully achieved and that what you don't see is what's going to scare you. Fun and less scary fact: The Haunting is Robert Wise's film made between the two musicals - West Side Story and The Sound of Music. The Haunting is based on the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, and stars Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, and Russ Tamblyn.

  • The Orphanage (2007) El orfanato

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    105 minutes

    Next up is The Orphanage (El orfanato) and if you liked Pan's Labyrinth or The Devil's Backbone, you're going to love this one. Psychological horror The Orphanage boasts sombre atmosphere and suspense that won't leave you indifferent, and it'll keep you guessing until the very end. The story centres around Laura who decided to visit an orphanage where she spent her childhood. With a dream to restore it and make it a home for disabled children, she opens the door to the long-ago abandoned place. Her son in tow, strange occurrences start to happen as Simon spins a web of fantastic tales. We'll stop there because we don't want to spoil the twists and turns for your thrill-packed pleasure. Get it on DVD or Blu-ray to fully experience the terror all horror fans will appreciate.

    Director:
    J.A. Bayona
    Cast:
    Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep
    Genre:
    Thrillers, Drama
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Changeling (1979)

    1h 42min

    The Changeling is a psychological horror starring George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere. For all horror fans, the lack of blood isn't any less horrifying when it comes to ghosts and haunted houses. What makes it scarier is the fact it's based upon events that writer Russell Hunter experienced while living in the Henry Treat Rogers mansion in Colorado. The Changeling focuses on John Russell, a man haunted by the deaths of his wife and child and his move to Seattle into an old mansion. This is a film that will keep you interested until the very end, and if you liked Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, you'll also enjoy The Changeling. Here's your chance to rent it on DVD and find out more about the film and the surrounding ghostly events with audio commentary by director Peter Medak.

    Director:
    Peter Medak
    Cast:
    George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas
    Genre:
    Thrillers, Horror, Collections
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Others (2001)

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    1h 40min

    Twists and turns are what make The Others a great piece of cinema and one of the best performances for Nicole Kidman. There are plenty of ghostly elements in this horror story, starting with a large old house and eerie servants. Kidman plays Grace, a mother of two small children waiting for her husband to come home from the war. All this time they're living isolated, behind closed curtains because of the children's sensitivity to daylight, with only a few servants in the house. The Others is adapted from The Turn of the Screw, a novella by Henry James. Special features on DVD and Blu-ray give you additional content bringing more chills to the already psychologically scary film - find out more about Zeroderma Pigmenosum - What Is It? An inside look at the disease.

  • Poltergeist (1982)

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    1h 49min

    We're continuing the best ghost and haunted house films list with a classic - Poltergeist. If you ever thought that an object in your house could come to life, then this might be why. Poltergeist is a supernatural horror film, but also a spirit that could be responsible for physical disturbances, such as loud noises and objects being moved or destroyed. The film gained a cult following and was a big success with critics and audience alike. While Steven Spielberg wrote, and produced the film, he couldn’t direct it (because of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) so Tobe Hopper took over the director's seat. Rent it on Blu-ray to get more including documentary They Are Here: The Real World of Poltergeists Revealed.

    Director:
    Tobe Hooper
    Cast:
    JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson
    Genre:
    Collections, Thrillers, Horror
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Sixth Sense (1999)

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    1h 43min

    M. Night Shyamalan's biggest success, The Sixth Sense almost instantly became a modern classic and received praise from both critics and audiences. That's why we close the best ghost and haunted house films list with this title. It also resulted with one of the famous quotes coming from young Haley Joel Osment, "I see dead people." Starring Bruce Willis in his possibly strongest performance, this supernatural film centres around Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist who tries to help a young boy who can see and talk to the dead. With the ending so chilling you cannot forget it, The Sixth Sense is a marvellous piece of cinema keeping you alert while enjoying the story. Be sure to check it out on DVD or Blu-ray to get access to extra content such as featurette Between two worlds.

    Director:
    M. Night Shyamalan
    Cast:
    Bruce Willis, Carlos Xavier Lopez, Haley Joel Osment
    Genre:
    Thrillers, Collections, Horror
    Availability:
    DVD, Blu-ray
These are just some of the best ghost and haunted house films, but we're sure there are enough thrills for a perfect scary movie night. Don't forget, if you're in need of more horror and other genres, try browsing our extensive collection of over 90,000 titles. You can rent DVD and Blu-ray with our Free Trial offer!

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