A little bit of a scare can make your weekend healthy and better..
So pencil in a ghost film to get your nervous system in order and keep your mind alert to noises and things which go thud in the dark.
Here are five Hollywood ghost films for your sadistic delight..
The House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Cast: Vincent Price, Elisha Cook, Richard Long, Carol Ohmart
Director: William Castle
An eccentric millionaire invites five guests to a haunted house for a celebration party for his wife. He offers a reward of $10,000 to any of his guests who are brave enough to survive the night.
The plot thickens after the millionaire’s wife admits to the guests that her husband is psychotic. A sub-plot reveals that the wife and her lover, who is also present, are hatching a devious plan to kill the millionaire.
More murders occur before a chilling finale. It is an all-time great film starring Horror King Vincent Price.
The Amityville Horror (1979)
Cast: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Shroud
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
A man kills his entire family in a large Dutch house in Amtyville and is charged with second degree murder.
Fast forward to a few years later the Lutz family buy the house and their five members go to live there. Then nightmares begin as the family has to face unspeakable horrors sparked by paranormal activity.
The family is ultimately forced to leave the house in 28 days after the spirits terrorise them.
The Others (2001)
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston, Eric Sykes
Director: Alejandro Amenábar
A haunted house becomes the central point of a drama involving a woman with two young children and three servants.
With the children suffering an eye disorder, the house is always kept in darkness with huge drapes. Then the ghosts make an entry.
An entire family haunts the house and the woman seeks to find out about it. A few old photos shed a bit of light on the mystery. Then a piano plays on its own and she sees her dead husband at the gate. A strange twist makes things clear.
It’s a beautifully made film with the darkness of the house adding to the eerie happenings.
The Haunting (1963)
Cast: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson
Director: Robert Wise
A doctor sets out to study paranormal activity at a haunted house and takes three other people with him. The owner had built Hill House as a home for his wife. But she dies before getting there, crashing against a tree on the driveway. More family members die which is why the doctor is investigating.
The doctor and the others begin to experience strange things. Door open and close without reason and there seems to be a cold spot in the house.
Then tragedy strikes when they seek to leave. It is a well-made film that did moderately well on release but went on to achieve cult status.
The Uninvited (1944)
Cast: Ray Milland, Gail Russell, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp
Director: Lewis Allen
The obsession with a mansion belonging to her grandfather lands a young girl into a supernatural experience which reveals a lot of secrets about her parentage.
A music critic and his sister fall in love with the house and buy it. But this affects the young girl badly and she tries to find a way to get back into the house.
The music critic tries to break her obsession with the mansion by staging a mock séance. But then things begin to get real. This is a great black and white film that presented supernatural experiences as an authentic occurrence.