10 Spooky Ghost Movies For Halloween | TheReviewGeek Recommends

Have you ever felt that chill run down your spine when watching a spooky ghost story? There’s something about spirits that intrigues and terrifies us all at the same time. Maybe it’s because ghosts represent the unknown, giving us a glimpse into the possibility of life after death.

If you’re a fan of horror films based on true events, then you’ll love this list. You’re in for a fright with these 10 spooky ghost stories brought to chilling life on film.

From haunted houses to possessed people, these movies will make you leave the lights on and double-check that you locked the doors. So grab your popcorn, turn off the lights (if you dare), and get ready to be spooked by some of the scariest ghost stories ever told. You won’t be able to unsee these haunting tales. Sweet dreams!

The Amityville Horror (1979)

The Amityville Horror (1979)

The Amityville Horror is based on the supposedly true story of the Lutz family, who moved into a house where a gruesome mass murder had taken place just a year earlier.

As the family settles into their new home, strange things start happening. Doors slam by themselves, swarms of flies appear out of nowhere, and the house seems to bleed. The terror escalates until the family flees in fear for their lives after just 28 days.

Poltergeist (1982)

Poltergeist (1982)

Poltergeist terrified audiences in 1982 and still sends chills down our spines today. Based on supposed real events, the film chronicles the Freeling family as strange happenings start occurring in their suburban home. Chairs stacking themselves, objects flying across rooms, creepy voices – this poltergeist means business.

When the disturbances escalate to attacking their young daughter, the Freelings call in parapsychologists to investigate. They discover their house was built on an old burial ground (never a good sign!) and their daughter’s energy is feeding the increasingly violent spirit.

Movies like The Exorcist

The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist (1973) is based on the real-life exorcism of a boy known as “Roland Doe” in 1949. The movie follows a 12-year-old girl named Regan who becomes possessed by a demonic entity. Her worried mother seeks the help of two priests to perform an exorcism.

Directed by William Friedkin, The Exorcist is considered by many to be the scariest horror film ever made. The movie is an unsettling psychological thriller that questions faith and the unknown. Special effects at the time were groundbreaking, including Regan’s uncanny ability to twist her head completely around and levitate above her bed.

The Shining

The Shining (1980)

Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel The Shining is centred around the true story of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. The movie follows Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic, who takes a job as an off-season caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel. Jack brings his wife Wendy and their gifted son Danny along, but their stay soon descends into madness and violence.

As Jack’s sanity deteriorates, Danny’s supernatural abilities allow him to connect with the hotel’s past and the evil spirits still haunting it. The sinister forces dwelling within the Overlook prey upon Jack’s psychological weaknesses and gradually possess him. While not all of the ghostly phenomena in the film were part of King’s original story, Kubrick’s version is still considered a genre-defining psychological horror film.

Movies like A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

The 1984 cult classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street” brings the legend of Freddy Krueger to life. Set in the fictional town of Springwood, Ohio, several teenagers start having terrifying dreams about a burned killer with a bladed glove.

As the nightmares intensify, Nancy and her friends realize the man haunting their dreams is Freddy Krueger, a child murderer who was burned alive by the parents of Springwood many years earlier. Now Freddy has returned to exact his revenge by stalking and killing the teens in their dreams. Nancy soon figures out that staying awake is the only way to avoid Freddy’s wrath. She tries to convince the remaining teens to work together to defeat Freddy once and for all.

The Conjuring

The Conjuring (2013)

The Conjuring is based on the true cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren, renowned paranormal investigators. In 1971, they came to the aid of the Perron family, who were experiencing strange happenings in their secluded farmhouse in Rhode Island.

Originally built in 1736, the old homestead had a sinister presence. The Perrons reported unexplained noises, objects moving on their own, and spirits wandering the property. Their five daughters were particularly terrorized by these forces.

Insidious (2010)

Insidious (2010)

The 2010 supernatural horror film Insidious is one of the scariest ghost stories brought to life on the big screen. Directed by James Wan, known for terrifying audiences with his Saw franchise, Insidious tells the chilling tale of a family whose son falls into a mysterious coma after they move into a haunted house.

Strange things start happening around the house, like objects moving on their own and sinister spirits appearing. The family soon realizes their new home isn’t the only thing that’s haunted – their son is trapped in a realm between the living and the dead known as The Further. In a race against evil spirits who wish to possess his physical body, the family must rescue their son’s spirit and return it to the land of the living before it’s too late.


Sinister (2012)

The 2012 found footage film Sinister, directed by Scott Derrickson, brings to life the haunting tale of a true crime writer who moves into a house where gruesome murders took place. While researching the sinister history of his new home, he discovers a box of disturbing home movies in the attic that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience.

Based on true accounts of unsolved murders known as the “Pool Party Murders,” this spine-chilling film was shot in a mockumentary style using handheld cameras to capture the gradual psychological unraveling of a man obsessed with solving a sinister mystery. As the increasingly frightening and violent events threaten to tear his own family apart, he must race against time to find the truth behind the home’s evil past before it’s too late.


Annabelle (2014)

The 2014 supernatural horror film Annabelle brought the spooky story of a possessed doll to life. Based on true events, the movie tells the tale of a vintage doll named Annabelle that becomes inhabited by an evil spirit.

You’ve likely heard of the Annabelle legend before. In the early 1970s, two roommates claimed their Raggedy Ann doll was possessed by the spirit of a dead girl named Annabelle. Strange occurrences started happening around the doll, like finding mysterious notes written on parchment paper. Blood even appeared on the doll itself.

The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

The 2009 supernatural horror film The Haunting in Connecticut is based on the true story of the Snedeker family, who moved into a former funeral home in the 1980s that turned out to be haunted. While renovating the basement, the oldest son Matt started experiencing strange phenomena, from seeing apparitions to having disturbing visions.

The Snedekers claimed that mortuary equipment like gurneys were still in the basement, along with human remains. The house had a sinister history of the former owner conducting séances and necromancy. Matt was eventually diagnosed with cancer, and the family believed the stressful paranormal events in the home contributed to a decline in his health.

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