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October 09, 2018



I must admit I’m drawing a blank. I watch so few movies with ghosts. I don’t think I have a favorite, although I’ve seen a couple that you named.


The Others is my favourite - so dreamy and soooooo unsettling.

Jeanine Cronin

Ghost is my favorite!

Keenan R Powell

All are good suggestions. I quite liked Ghostbusters (2016). Chris Hemsworth is a gifted comedic actor. And when the kids were little, we were charmed by Casper and loved Practical Magic.

Cynthia Kuhn

Thank you so much for letting me visit today! Thrilled to be here.

Mark, if you think of one, please share.

Catriona, those are the PERFECT descriptors for The Others! Very subtle but powerful, that one.

Jeanine, love Ghost too. (Just thinking of it makes me want to watch it again asap.) Thank you.

Keenan, I'm so glad you liked 2016 Ghostbusters too. :) And gasp, Practical Magic is one of my favorites--how could I have forgotten about that one? Thank you for mentioning.

Kathy Reel

You have several of my favorites on your list, Cynthia--The Shining, Ghostbusters, Beetle Juice, The Haunting, and The Sixth Sense. Also on my list are Practical Magic, Hocus Pocus, and The Others (with Nicole Kidman).

Cynthia Kuhn

Kathy--great adds! Thanks for sharing.

Sybil Johnson

The Uninvited (1944) with Ray Miland is my absolute favorite.


Cynthia!! So happy to see you here today, and cannot wait to finish my draft so I can get to reading your wonderful (I’m sure) new Lila!

I love every movie you’ve listed here, and have two (okay three) to add: Stir of Echoes (the perfect blend of thriller scares and haunting moments, with a nod to Poe) and The Mothman Prophecies (not technically a ghost, but ghost-adjacent). Oh, and the only Tim Burton movie I truly love, always on my must watch this time of year: Sleepy Hollow. The atmosphere is so perfectly creepy it could carry the film by itself.

Leslie Karst

The Shining, for sure. I was so scared when I first saw it that I asked my sister if I could stay the night--in her bed with her!

Liz Milliron

I'm not much on horror ghost movies, so I gave "The Shining" a pass and I don't think I was brave enough to even try Poltergeist. But you've mentioned several of my favorites in other genres.

I missed the reboot of "Ghostbusters," but my daughter liked it.

Kathy Valenti

Congrats on The Spirit in Question, Cynthia!

Your list hit every one of my favorites, and your first two top my list, too. The Shining is a movie (and book) that holds up viewing after viewing, and Poltergeist haunts me so much that the idea of watching it again gives me shivers.

I'm excited about The Haunting NetFlix series! My son has begun to dip his toes into the Shirley Jackson waters. :)

Cynthia Kuhn

Sybil, I don't know if I ever saw that one! Will add to my viewing list pronto.

LynDee, thank you for the kind words and good luck with your draft! And YES to all of those. The Mothman Prophecies, especially, freaked me out!

Leslie, I'm glad you were able to find a safe place. :) That is one scary movie.

Thanks, Liz! And if you do watch the reboot, I'd be interested to hear what you thought.

Thank you, Kathy! I hear you on the films. And I am a bit worried that The Haunting looks to have gone really full-on scary...eek! :)

Vickie Fee

Cynthia, I love your list -- and I do enjoy a bit of fright in films, especially around Halloween-- but favorite ghost movie is The Ghost and Mrs. Muir!

Cynthia Kuhn

That's a great one, Vickie! Thanks for the add!

M Rups

"I'm still waiting for an adaptation [of The Haunting of Hill House] that faithfully reflects the more subtle psychological aspects of the original story"

Try the 1963 film, whereof the 1999 is a poor imitation. Directed by Robert Wise, starring Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, and Russ Tamblyn. It comes about as close as you're likely to get.

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