I’ve always said that I’ve always loved a really good ghost story. But unfortunately, they don’t seem to be as easy to make as one would think. But we know there are some really great titles out there, where it is not just scary, but also has a really intriguing and interesting story, or a intricate puzzle to be solved to free the disembodied spirit.
Because a lot of haunted houses are really about the ghosts that haunt them, we’ll include that in our theme this week. But it does have to be a ghost, not some evil or demonic force that resides there, but a lost soul or two.
For my suggestions, you may know these titles, but have you seen them? Again, what is amazing on how these don’t come up in those conversations about great ghost story films. First of all, if you can get past the cheesy optical effects, Bert I. Gordon’s Tormented (1960), which puts his BIG subjects to the side this time for a standard vengeful ghost story with Richard Carlson, not playing the nice typical nice guy this time around. Or we have the made for BBC-TV film The Stone Tape (1972), written by Nigel Kneale, with a very interesting look into ghostly remnants. Or what about the sadly unreleased (yet) The Haunting of Julia (1977), starring Mia Farrow. Or a more modern day one that while many may saw it when it first came out, I wonder how many people remember how good it was and bring it up time to time? I’m talking about David Koepp’s 1999 film Stir of Echoes, based on the Richard Matheson story. Or even Axelle Carolyn’s directorial debut with Soulmate (2013) about a woman who longs for death until she meets a ghost.
So those are just a few that came to me. What about you? What is a really good, but underrated ghost story that you know of?