There was that one time when I came home and was the only person there. A rare occasion, to be sure. I dropped my keys on the dining room table on the way into the kitchen. I put a few groceries away, grabbed something to drink and walked back past the table fully intent on retrieving my keys to put them in their normal resting spot in a dresser drawer. The problem was they weren't there. They had vanished. Just like that. The only possible explanation was that there was a ghost in the house. Some supernatural spirit trapped within our realm snatched my keys, probably in hope that they would unlock the gates of Heaven. After fifteen minutes of vigorous looking and fearing for my life, since this obviously dangerous entity was out to get me, I found them. In my back pocket. Clearly, the menacing ghost was playing games with me by taking my keys and planting them there. Right?
If you haven't been able to figure it out, the point of that little intro was to clue us all in on the fact that not only is it time for another edition of Thursday Movie Picks, but that the topic is "Ghost Movies." It's a genre closely related to Haunted House Movies, which we covered last October. On that note, I'll try to steer clear of those ghosts who hang around one particular house. As usual, click the link if you're interested in joining this weekly party hosted by Wanderer at Wandering Through the Shelves. Now, here are my picks...
(1984)Duh. I'm not going to bother wasting any energy typing out any sort of synopsis for this. I mean, it's Ghostbusters. See this before the remake comes out. Hell, see the second one while you're at it.
(1992)Oh, you didn't realize Candyman was a ghost. Well, he is. Don't feel like I need to say a whole lot about this one, but I'll give you something. Our titular ghost usually hangs around Chicago's Cabrini Green Housing Projects, but is most certainly mobile. He'll show up and kill anyone who is brave enough to look in a mirror and say his name five times. When a journalist investigating urban legends decides to do just that, all hell breaks loose. I went and saw this in a theater back in '92. Of course, the first thing my dumb ass did when I got home was go into the bathroom, stare at my own face in the mirror and say "Candyman" five times. To this day, I've no clue what the hell I would've done had he shown up.
(2006)Ok, so fewer of you might be familiar with this one. Rose is concerned about her daughter Sharon, for good reason. Sharon has been sleepwalking to dangerous places while repeating the name of the town Silent Hill. Rather than going to therapy or something safe, like that, Rose decides to throw Sharon in the car and take a ride to this place. She gets there after a very unconventional trip and while being pursued by a police officer. Rose gets knocked out after being involved in a wreck. When she wakes up, Sharon is gone. Rose and, reluctantly, the police officer, try to find the little girl. Just about everything they see is beyond weird including lots of ghosts and goblins. Now, this might not be saying much, but for my money, this is arguably the best ever movie based on a video game.
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