Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Best American Ghost Movies of the 2000's


Best American Ghost Movies of the 2000's


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TOO SCARY 2 WATCH now presents a list (arranged by year) of some of the best and creepiest American ghost movies, that we believe may be worth checking out, if you're a lover of supernatural thrillers and have an appetite for things that go bump in the night!

Non-American ghost movies (including Asian ghost movies) have been excluded from this list.

The list will continue to be updated and expanded upon as we continue to find more movies that we believe are worthy of adding. 

Since there are a lot of great American ghost movies on the market spanning decades, we've decided to create this list with the emphasis on modern, contemporary ghost movies, starting with the late 90's and continuing on to the present day.

It can be argued whether some of the movies on the list are ghost movies (depending on how one defines a Ghost movies) ... nevertheless (with versatility in mind), we've provided some movies that contain ghosts, some that contain ghost-like spirits, some that contain haunted houses, some that are psychological thrillers that feel like ghost movies, along with others that may be open for interpretation. 
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Disclaimer

Some of the movies on the list, in our opinion, aren't necessarily good movies, but were chosen to be included for a variety of different reasons. -- Some may be famous 2000's Ghost films, some may have cult followings, while others may be sequels or remakes of other classic horror films (and there also may be a few campy/B-movie ones in the mix that just plain out stink)!

Thanks and enjoy!

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Brash student filmmakers Heather (Heather Donahue), Josh (Joshua Leonard) and Mike (Michael Williams) march into the woods near Burkittsville, Md., to make a documentary about the legendary Blair Witch, who's credited with a string of heinous murders dating back 200 years. But the trio loses their way and soon find themselves surrounded by a malignant terror. This shot-on-a-shoestring-budget indie sensation earned instant cult status.

Director 1: Daniel Myrick 
Director 2: Eduardo Sánchez 
R-Rated
87 mins

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In director Jan de Bont's remake of the original spine-tingling haunted house adventure, Dr. David Marrow (Liam Neeson) invites Nell Vance (Lili Taylor) and Theo (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Luke Sanderson (Owen Wilson) to the eerie and isolated Hill House to be subjects for a sleep disorder study. The unfortunate guests discover that Marrow is far more interested in the sinister mansion itself -- and, soon, they see the true nature of its horror.

Director: Jan de Bont
PG-13 
113 mins
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When young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) inexplicably starts seeing dead people, he lands in the care of child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), who is determined to uncover the truth behind Cole's remarkable paranormal abilities. M. Night Shyamalan writes and directs this plot twist-filled chiller, which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Olivia Williams and Toni Collette co-star.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan 
PG-13
106 mins

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Ever since Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) was hypnotized by his kooky sister-in-law (Illeana Douglas), he's had terrifying visions of a horrible crime. But the hallucinations give him more than the creeps when he discovers physical remnants of the nightmares in his waking hours. When Tom learns his son can also see ghosts, he must find a way out of the spell and solve the mystery that haunts him and his family.

Director: David Koepp 
R-Rated
94 mins

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When the authorities find a drowned woman's body, a small-town psychic starts having visions of who committed the murder, which means she's the only one who can testify to what truly happened and that she could be the killer's next target.

Director: Sam Raimi
R-Rated
111 mins




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When Claire Spencer (Michelle Pfeiffer) starts hearing ghostly voices and seeing spooky images, she wonders if an otherworldly spirit is trying to contact her. All the while, her husband (Harrison Ford) tries to reassure her by telling her it's all in her head. But as Claire investigates, she discovers that the man she loves might know more than he's letting on. Director Robert Zemeckis delivers twists and scares galore in this chilling thriller.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
PG-13 
130 mins


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aka Thirteen Ghosts

Director Steve Beck's chilling remake of the classic 1960 horror flick follows a family moving into the house they inherited from an eccentric uncle. There's just one problem: The house has a dangerous agenda all its own. Trapped in their new home by strangely shifting walls, Arthur (Tony Shaloub), his daughter Kathy (Shannon Elizabeth) and son Bobby (Alec Roberts) encounter powerful entities that threaten to annihilate anyone in their path.

Director: Steve Beck
R-Rated
90 mins


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Writer-director Alejandro Amenábar manipulates viewers' psyches in this bone-chilling thriller about Grace, a religious woman (Nicole Kidman) who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley), have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in the face of strange events and disturbing visions.

PG-13
104 mins


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In this sci-fi thriller penned by Darren Aronofsky, an American submarine stumbles upon a downed British hospital ship while navigating treacherous waters during World War II. After rescuing the ship's three remaining survivors, Lt. Brice (Bruce Greenwood) and his men discover that true danger may not come from the Germans pursuing them, but rather from a ghostly threat that lurks far below, or even within, the submarine itself.

Director: David Twohy
R-Rated
105 mins


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aka The Darkness

Regina (Anna Paquin) has packed up and moved into a foreboding house in the country, dragged there by her well-meaning mother, Maria (Lena Olin), and father, Mark (Iain Glen). But their parental wisdom may not be enough, as the home's dark and tragic past begins to haunt them. The entire family is put into peril, with strange events happening at every turn. Jaume Balaguero directs this nail-biting exercise in supernatural horror.

Director: Jaume Balagueró
Unrated
88 mins




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Dr. Joe Darrow's (Kevin Costner) world is shattered when his wife (Susanna Thompson) is killed while performing medical relief work in Central America, and his patients -- after their own near-death experiences -- begin delivering messages from the great beyond. On a quest to determine what his lost soul mate wants, Darrow is forced to accept the impossible. Kathy Bates co-stars in this romantic thriller with a surprising twist.

Director: Tom Shadyac
PG-13
105 mins


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Dispatched to recover a long-lost passenger ship found floating lifeless on the Bering Sea, the crew of the Arctic Warrior salvage tug soon becomes trapped inside the mysterious vessel -- which they quickly realize is far from abandoned. But just who -- or what -- is on board remains to be seen. Gabriel Byrne, Isaiah Washington and Julianna Margulies lead the cast in this high-seas horror film directed by Steve Beck.

Director: Steve Beck
R-Rated 
91 mins

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Reporter John Klein (Richard Gere) is plunged into a world of impossible terror and unthinkable chaos when fate draws him to a sleepy West Virginia town whose residents are being visited by a great winged shape that sows hideous nightmares and fevered visions. Director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road) crafts a subtle chiller that brings otherworldly terror down to earth.

Director: Mark Pellington
PG-13
119 mins


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It sounded like just another urban legend: a videotape filled with nightmarish images, leading to a phone call foretelling the viewer's death in exactly seven days. Newspaper reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) naturally is skeptical of the story. That is, until four teens die mysteriously one week after watching such a tape. Curious, Rachel tracks down the video and watches it -- and now has seven days to unravel the mystery of the "Ring."

Director: Gore Verbinski
PG-13
115 mins



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In Stephen King's chilling tale, psychology professor Dr. Joyce Reardon (Nancy Travis) commissions a team of psychics and a gifted 15-year-old (Kimberly J. Brown) to wake up a supposedly dormant haunted mansion known as Rose Red. Their efforts unleash myriad spirits and uncover horrifying secrets of the generations who have lived and died in the mansion.

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Writer: Stephen King
PG-13
254 mins

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This prequel to Stephen King's television miniseries "Rose Red" chronicles Ellen Rimbauer's (Lisa Brenner) doomed marriage to a wealthy, sex-crazed industrialist and their occupation of the enormous Seattle mansion that harbors evil forces. Passages from Rimbauer's diary detail her descent from an innocent and submissive wife into a woman fighting a losing battle against the dark spirits that dwell within her home.

Director: Craig R. Baxley 
Writer: Stephen King
R-Rated 
88 mins

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After a car crash, a criminal psychologist (Halle Berry) comes to, only to find that she's a patient in the same mental institution that currently employs her. It seems she's been accused of murdering her husband -- but she has no memory of committing the crime. As she tries to regain her memory and convince her co-workers of her innocence, a vengeful spirit uses her as an earthly pawn, which further convinces everyone of her guilt.

R-Rated
97 mins




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Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who battles forces of evil in this English-language version of a famous Japanese horror film, Ju-On, about a wretched curse that descends on a person about to die in a fit of rage. Once the curse hits and the victim dies, a more powerful curse is spawned, one much deadlier and more difficult to overcome. Directed by Takashi Shimizu, who also helmed the original, the film co-stars Jason Behr and Clea Duvall.

Director: Takashi Shimizu 
PG-13
91 mins

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Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek star as tormented heads of household in this haunting period drama, based on the only documented case in U.S. history in which a spirit was determined to have caused a man's death.


Director: Courtney Solomon
Un-Rated
83 mins

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Hapless home buyers George and Kathy Lutz (Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George) discover their dream home is possessed by evil spirits in this terrifying remake of the 1979 horror classic, based on Jay Anson's popular book -- and a reportedly real-life haunting. As it turns out, the Lutzes home has a bloody history (a former occupant killed his entire family there just a year earlier), so it doesn't take long for terror to come knocking.

Director: Andrew Douglas
R-Rated
89 mins

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Beware the Boogeyman, who isn't the product of a fertile childhood imagination after all. In darkened bedrooms in this small town, a specter awaits the arrival of night. As a young boy, Tim (Barry Watson) became haunted by images he thought were spun by his overactive mind. But when he returns to his hometown, he discovers that his dark and foreboding memories were all true, provoked by a menacing spirit that still exists today.

Director: Stephen Kay
PG-13
89 mins

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Intent on fixing her marriage, Adelle (Maria Bello) heads to Wales with daughter Sarah (Sophie Stuckey) to reconnect with her husband, James (Sean Bean). Just days after the family moves into a farmhouse, Sarah is swept out to sea. As James searches for Sarah's body, Adelle begins to feel that her daughter is still alive. When a strange girl who supposedly died 60 years ago shows up, Adelle sets out to uncover the mystery and find Sarah.

Director: John Fawcett
R-Rated
93 mins

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With her young daughter in tow, Dahlia (Jennifer Connelly) is starting a new life away from her estranged husband. But as a custody battle brews, her already fragile emotional state starts deteriorating when she begins to hear eerie sounds in her dilapidated apartment. Are the weird noises, inexplicable leaks and haunting visions all in Dahlia's head -- or is the building harboring dark secrets from the past?

Director: Jeff Wadlow
PG-13
104 mins

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Selma Blair, Tom Welling and Maggie Grace star in this creepy thriller about an island town off the coast of Oregon that's forced to contend with some unwelcome visitors from its past: the spirits of lepers and sailors aboard a ship that the hamlet's forefathers had steered astray on purpose. Those aboard the doomed vessel all wound up lost in the fog forever. Now, they're back from the mist, eager to exact revenge on the descendants of their murderers.

PG-13
100 mins

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Six months after Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) and her son, Aidan (David Dorfman), survived their horrifying run-in with the supernatural in Seattle, the two have relocated to Astoria, Oregon, to start anew. But it seems terror has followed them to the seaside town. When cops discover a mysterious videotape at the scene of a crime, it's proof positive that evil Samara Morgan (Kelly Stables) has returned for revenge.

Director: Hideo Nakata
PG-13
110 mins

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Architect John Rivers (Michael Keaton) is shattered by the death of his beloved wife, Anna (Chandra West). When a man (Ian McNeice) contacts him with claims of receiving messages from Anna through Electronic Voice Phenomena, John ultimately is convinced of the communication's validity. Soon John becomes fixated on trying to contact his wife himself -- but his investigation into EVP inadvertently unlocks a door to another world.

Director: Geoffrey Sax
PG-13
98 mins
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Upon hearing that her birth mother has died, an American woman (Anastasia Hille) who was raised by adoptive parents travels to her Russian homeland to take over the family farm she inherited. But almost immediately, she senses something's wrong. The plot thickens when she discovers she's not alone -- and seeing ghosts takes on a whole new meaning. Spanish director Nacho Cerdà helms this independent horror offering.

Director: Nacho Cerdà
R-Rated
94 mins

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A heartfelt Irish wake for an old friend accidentally awakens three ghosts -- a rapist, an ax murderer and a pint-sized pyromaniac -- who wreak havoc on the drunken revelers who danced on their graves: Harris (Dominic Purcell), Allison (Clare Kramer) and Kira (Josie Maran). Marcus Thomas, Tchéky Karyo and Megahn Perry star in this horrific tale of cause and effect from director Mike Mendez (The Convent).

Director: Mike Mendez
R-Rated
98 mins


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The deadly curse continues to gain strength in this sequel to the international smash hit. After learning her sister Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) has been hospitalized, Aubrey Davis (Amber Tamblyn) flies to Tokyo, where she teams with a journalist (Edison Chen) to investigate the sinister mystery. Meanwhile, the supernatural curse spreads around the globe, afflicting a Chicago housewife (Jennifer Beals), among others.

Director: Takashi Shimizu
R-Rated
116 mins

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After the accidental drowning death of her young son, grieving mom Rachel Carson (Demi Moore), a successful novelist, heads to a remote cottage for a much-needed retreat, only to get caught up in a murder mystery. When strange things start happening around her, Carson starts to question her own sanity. But she's determined to solve the mysterious goings-on with her mental stability -- and her life -- intact.

Director: Craig Rosenberg
R-Rated
102 mins
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Plagued by disturbing visions, children's author Claire Holloway (Gabrielle Anwar) obeys her doctor's orders and takes a sabbatical, checking into the Rose Marsh Farmhouse. But instead of peace, she finds her worst nightmares come to life. Forest Whitaker co-stars as a paranormal consultant who comes to Claire's aid and works to find the source of her curious haunting in this supernatural thriller from director Jordan Barker.

Director: Jordan Barker
R-Rated
92 mins
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Mattie (Kristen Bell) and her fellow college friends are trying to figure out what led her boyfriend to commit suicide. They soon find out he was working on a computer program that's passing on a deadly virus. Can Mattie and her friends (played by singer Christina Milian, Samm Levine and Rick Gonzalez) stop the string of inexplicable deaths? Jim Sonzero's remake of the Japanese horror film Kairo (2001) co-stars Ian Somerhalder ("Lost").

Director: Jim Sonzero
R-Rated
88 mins
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After being plagued by horrific nightmares about the murder of a young woman she's never met, successful sales rep Joanna Mills (Sarah Michelle Gellar) sets out on a determined quest to track the unknown source of her fears. Meanwhile, she remains estranged from her emotionally distant father (Sam Shepard) and is being relentlessly stalked by her unstable ex-boyfriend (Adam Scott). Asif Kapadia helms this big-screen horror thriller.

Director: Asif Kapadia
PG-13
86 mins

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Sent by her ailing grandmother to clean out the family's mountain estate and liquidate its assets, Karin (Gina Philips) and her boyfriend, Jeff (Randall Batinkoff), arrive to find a desolate property in the hands of a questionable caretaker (Tom Sizemore) tasked with overseeing the stables. But the more they learn about the house's mysterious past, the less they want to know -- and the sooner they want to leave.

Director: Rubi Zack
R-Rated
88 mins

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When an old friend (Milo Ventimiglia) turns up dead, mourning teenage gamers (led by Jon Foster) uncover an ultrarealistic video game based on the true story of a 17th century hellcat known as the "Blood Countess" and find it impossible to resist the temptation to play. Each eventually shares the fate of his or her gaming persona and dies violently. But if there's no one left to play, who will defeat the countess? Frankie Muniz co-stars.

Unrated
100 mins

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In this thriller based on a story by Stephen King, writer and paranormal debunker Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is determined to demystify the ghostly events in room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel, even though a hotel clerk (Samuel L. Jackson) begs him to rethink his plans. Enslin needs to write another book soon, and confronting the strange goings-on in room 1408 may be his ticket to the top of the best-seller list. But will he survive even one night?

PG-13
104 mins
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In the wake of his young bride's mysterious death, grieving newlywed Jamie Ashen (Ryan Kwanten) is forced to return to his haunted hometown, where he butts heads with the ghost of a creepy ventriloquist who was infamously murdered years ago. Amber Valletta and Donnie Wahlberg co-star in this chilling horror offering from James Wan and Leigh Whannell, the same team that created the grizzly Saw trilogy.

Director: James Wan
R-Rated
91 mins
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Twenty years after minister Joseph Masterson and his family were slaughtered inside their home, noted ghost hunter Carter Simms (Patti Tindall) is offered $5,000 to investigate the residual paranormal activity in the house -- with shocking results. Director Sean Tretta's spine-tingling low-budget flick was an official selection at the Phoenix Film Festival and took home the Best Screenplay prize from the 2007 New York City Horror Film Festival.

Director: Sean Tretta
Not-Rated
107 mins
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After high schooler Nick (Justin Chatwin) is brutally attacked and left for dead, he regains consciousness and then discovers that he's invisible to everyone -- except for a troubled young girl (Margarita Levieva) running from the authorities. An unsettling glimpse at one man's nightmarish limbo, this supernatural thriller from the producers of The Sixth Sense explores the elusive place between the world of the living and the land of the dead.

Director: David S. Goyer
PG-13
102 mins

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Roy and Denise (Dylan McDermott and Penelope Ann Miller) buy a run-down sunflower farm with their daughter, Jess (Kristen Stewart), with plans to renovate it and live a simple country life. But as the dilapidated farm begins to revive, Denise and Jess start noticing alarming changes in Roy's behavior. John Corbett co-stars in this chilling horror flick that builds tension on a growing sense of fear and suspicion.

Director 1: Oxide Pang Chun
Director 2: Danny Pang
PG-13
90 mins


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Rob Lowe stars in this spooky drama about a National Guard captain who returns from Iraq to find himself haunted by visions of the civilians he accidentally killed during his tour of duty in the war-torn nation. Losing his grip on his family as well as his sanity, the beleaguered veteran enlists the help of a psychic to silence the spirits -- but it turns out the seer is as sick as the vet, who now realizes he must resort to drastic measures.

Director: Ernie Barbarash
R-Rated
89 mins

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Echoes from the past plague ex-con Bobby (Jesse Bradford) when he moves into his dead mother's apartment and begins to hear disturbing noises next door. His paranoia grows as he investigates and realizes that no one else notices the strange and sinister happenings. Director Yam Laranas favors creative lighting and suspenseful editing over special effects in this terrifying remake of his 2004 film of the same name.

Director: Yam Laranas
R-Rated
96 mins
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With help from her doctor (Alessandro Nivola) and her sister (Parker Posey), blind violinist Sydney (Jessica Alba) learns to see again after undergoing a corneal transplant. But the surgery leaves behind some creepy side effects, including the ability to see supernatural beings. Trouble is, no one believes her, drawing her sanity deeply into question. This thriller is a remake of the Hong Kong spine-tingler of the same name.

Director 1: David Moreau
Director 2: Xavier Palud
PG-13
97 mins

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This suspenseful thriller stars Fairuza Balk as Hannah, a young woman wracked with guilt after a car accident she was involved in leaves a child comatose. Adding to her emotional anguish, Hannah's new house seems to be plagued by strange occurrences. Her neighbors, a seemingly friendly older couple, are more than willing to help -- but are they really who they appear to be?

Director: Melanie Orr
Unrated
97 mins



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When a series of inexplicable supernatural events strikes their home, Russell (David Pledger) and June (Rosie Traynor) Palmer try to figure out exactly what is behind the tragic drowning death of Alice (Talia Zucker), their 16-year-old daughter. A psychic (Steve Jodrell) might be able to help them. Joel Anderson writes and directs this psychological thriller; Martin Sharpe, Scott Terrill and Tamara Donnellan co-star.

Director: Joel Anderson
R-Rated
87 mins



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This creepy supernatural thriller from director Alexandre Aja stars Kiefer Sutherland as troubled security guard Ben Carson, a man who discovers malevolent spirits living within the mirrors of a fire-ravaged department store. When their murderous nature comes to light, Ben turns to his estranged wife (Paula Patton) to help him save their family -- and himself. The supporting cast includes Amy Smart and Jason Flemyng.

Director: Alexandre Aja
R-Rated
112 mins

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When four of her friends meet an untimely demise after receiving chilling cell-phone messages from the future detailing their deaths, college co-ed Beth (Shannyn Sossamon) contacts the police -- who promptly dismiss her story as hysteria. But one cop -- Detective Jack Andrews (Edward Burns) -- who lost his sister after a similar phone call vows to help Beth ferret out the killer … before her number is up for good.

Director: Eric Valette
PG-13
87 mins
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When therapist Claire Summers starts working with the surviving passengers of a plane crash, she discovers that their individual accounts of the tragedy differ significantly from the airline's official version.

Director: Rodrigo García
PG-13
93 mins

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49. Shutter (2008)

This American remake of a Thai horror blockbuster follows a young newlywed couple who becomes haunted by strange, shadowlike images in the photographs they develop after their involvement in a car accident. As more terrifying supernatural occurrences befall them, they begin to wonder whether the photographic ghosts are connected to the accident -- and to question whether they can survive learning the truth.

Director: Masayuki Ochiai
PG-13
89 mins

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As the life of young Anna Taylor (Christina Ricci) hangs precariously in the balance, funeral director Eliot Deacon (Liam Neeson), who has a mysterious ability to help the dead transition to the afterlife, has complete control over her fate. Though it's possible she isn't dead after all, it's equally possible that she's already in hell. Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo directs and co-writes this macabre thriller; Justin Long co-stars.

R-Rated
103 mins

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To save 10-year-old Lillith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland) from her abusive parents, idealistic social worker Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) welcomes the girl into her own home -- only to discover that Lillith isn't quite the innocent victim that she claims to be. As Lillith's mysterious past comes to light, Emily finds herself in a world of danger. Christian Alvart's terrifying thriller also stars Ian McShane and Bradley Cooper.

Director: Christian Alvart
R-Rated
109 mins
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When Alice (Brittany Murphy), a fragile scribe, seeks peace so she can complete her screenplay before a deadline, she moves to a remote, deserted country house. Soon, baffling noises ignite her imagination and pursuit to discover the force behind the mind games. Will she meet her deadline or end up dead? Sean McConville writes and directs this psychological thriller while Thora Birch, Tammy Blanchard and Marc Blucas co-star.

Director: Sean McConville
R-Rated
85 mins
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Fearful of meeting a gruesome death, young Jake (Matthew Knight) tries to convince his psychiatrist (Shawnee Smith) that an evil curse led to the slaughter of his entire family. Meanwhile, a young woman from Japan (Emi Ikehata) arrives in Chicago and attempts to stop the curse for good. This third installment of the popular Grudge horror movie series also stars Marina Sirtis, Beau Mirchoff and Johanna E. Braddy.

Director: Toby Wilkins
R-Rated
90 mins
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In this supernatural thriller, the Campbell family's move to Connecticut takes a mysteriously dark turn when a series of shocking paranormal events reveals that their inviting new home is a former mortuary with a sordid past. Based on a true story, this terrifying tale stars Virginia Madsen and Martin Donovan as the well-meaning Campbell parents, Kyle Gallner as their cancer-stricken son and Elias Koteas as the enigmatic Rev. Nicholas Popescu.

Director: Peter Cornwell
PG-13
102 mins
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Blissfully happy in her new marriage, Emma (Natalie Press) gives up her successful Wall Street career and moves with her family to a secluded country estate. But her dream of a perfect life quickly turns into a nightmare when she begins seeing terrifying visions. Soon Emma realizes that these frightening sightings depict horrific events from the mansion's past. Joan Plowright co-stars in this chilling haunted house tale.

Director: Anthony Hickox
R-Rated
90 mins
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56. The Lovely Bones (2009)

When 14-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is murdered, she watches from above as her family deals with her tragic death -- and as her killer prepares to strike again. Torn between vengeance and healing, Susie's loved ones are forever changed. Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz star in Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's riveting, best-selling novel; Susan Sarandon and Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci co-star.

Director: Peter Jackson
PG-13
135 mins

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57. Paranormal Activity (2009)

When Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat) fear their San Diego, Calif., home may be haunted by a demonic presence, Micah sets up a video camera to document all the jaw-dropping, hair-raising action over a series of several nights in fall 2006. The paranormal occurrences increase in frequency and significance, leaving Katie more and more distraught -- and determined to put an end to the terror.

Director: Oren Peli
R-Rated
85 mins

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Ignoring the odd circumstances of his aunt's death and ominous warnings about her abandoned Victorian, cynical attorney Bryan Beckett (Tim Daly) moves into the house. But before you can say "boo," things that go bump in the night make him question his sanity. Writer-director Tennyson Bardwell's supernatural tale -- by turns comic and creepy -- also stars Zoe Saldana, Tom Arnold, Edward Herrmann and Robert Prosky.

Not-Rated
89 mins



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Tortured by frightening dreams at night and the ghost of a young boy during the day, young Casey (Odette Yustman) turns to a spiritual adviser (Gary Oldman) for help. Together, the two uncover and try to stop a powerful family curse dating back to the Nazi era. David S. Goyer writes and directs this supernatural thriller that also stars Cam Gigandet, Meagan Good and Jane Alexander.

Director: David S. Goyer 
PG-13 
88 mins
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Committed to a mental hospital after her mother's tragic death, grieving teenager Anna (Emily Browning) discovers upon her release that her father (David Strathairn) plans to marry his deceased wife's former nurse (Elizabeth Banks), a woman who might not have the best intentions. But foreboding warnings from her mother's ghost only cement Anna's suspicions in this remake of the 2003 Korean chiller Janghwa, Hongryeon.

Director 1: Charles Guard 
Director 2: Thomas Guard
PG-13
87 mins

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In this sequel to the horror-thriller Mirrors, a security guard (Nick Stahl) working the night shift unwittingly discovers a portal to another dimension and starts having visions of a young woman who was murdered long ago. At first, he assumes what he's seeing is a figment of his own imagination. But when the vengeful girl's spirit begins claiming innocent victims, he's got concrete reasons to fear for his life.

Director: Víctor García
R-Rated
86 mins



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Doors slamming shut, shadows moving across the floor -- the unexplained, terrifyingly real supernatural forces are back, and this time, Dan (Brian Boland), Kristi (Sprague Grayden), Ali (Molly Ephraim), baby Hunter and dog Abby become part of the nightmare as the cameras roll. Tod Williams (The Door in the Floor) directs and Michael R. Perry ("Persons Unknown") writes this spine-chilling sequel to the wildly popular 2009 flick.

Director: Tod Williams
R-Rated
91 mins

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Reeling from the sudden death of his wife, author Mike Noonan moves into his backwoods writing retreat, only to be swept up in a supernatural conspiracy that involves a custody battle over a young girl and a vengeful ghost that haunts his house.

Director: Mick Garris
Writer: Stephen King
Not-Rated
234 mins

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In this horror flick, the stars of a paranormal-investigation TV show   spend the night in a derelict psychiatric hospital, hoping to uncover   what's been going bump in the night. As their cameras roll, they find themselves trapped -- and hunted.

PG-13
92 mins
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After moving into a new home, Josh (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne) confront terrifying tribulations when their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) falls into a coma and his body starts to attract malevolent forces from a mysterious netherworld. But when the family decides to move again, hoping to leave the evil spirits behind, they realize that their problems are just beginning. James Wan (Saw) directs.

Director: James Wan
PG-13
103 mins
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A malign and murderous spirit continues to dwell within a San Diego home in this second creepy sequel to 2007's chilling Paranormal Activity. Hoping to catch photo evidence of Bloody Mary, the residents soon become victims in their own horror film.

Director 1: Henry Joost
Director 2: Ariel Schulman
R-Rated
103 mins

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Master of horror John Carpenter returns to form -- and to the director's chair -- for this chilling thriller in which a young woman, Kristen (Amber Heard), is sent to a mental institution with a past as dark and haunted as her own. Terrorized by a ghost, each of the other patients in Kristen's ward begin to disappear, and that's just the beginning of her long nightmare. Jared Harris ("Mad Men") and Danielle Panabaker (Friday the 13th) also star.

Director: John Carpenter
R-Rated 
88 mins

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After a bus accident leaves them stranded, a group of strangers must ride out a storm in a foreboding house with a frightening history: A century earlier, a 10-year-old boy brutally murdered his family there.

Director: Kevin Carraway 
R-Rated
90 mins



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When a series of disturbing events begin disrupting their home life, Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) realize that they aren't alone. Aided by a paranormal expert (Tom Felton), the desperate young couple attempts to exorcise their supernatural tormentor and save themselves. Written and directed by Todd Lincoln, this spine-tingling horror film co-stars Julianna Guill, Rick Gomez and Luke Pasqualino.

Director: Todd Lincoln 
PG-13
82 mins

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