The 25 greatest ghost films M. Night Shyamalan turned into a short-term filmmaking sensation with his "I see dead individuals" sleeper hit, "The Sixth Sense."

It was a straightforward phantom story conferred with preeminent certainty — the serene, assemble round-the-pit fire counteractant to the unsophisticated CG

overabundance of Jan de Bont's shocking variation of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting." When it comes to turning a decent, spooky yarn, the form's

the thing. Setting, portrayal, atmosphere...get your crowd to hold tight every word. Fire the creative mind and afterward spring the snare.

That is the very thing the accompanying producers did in these lovely stories of the paranormal. Indeed "Hausu" required arrangement.

"Ugetsu" (1953) The best of all realistic phantom stories, and perhaps the best film period, is Kenji Mizoguchi's tale about an aggressive potter (Masayuki Mori) .

The Shining" (1980) Talking about men capitulating to their most obviously awful motivations, here's the none-too-lively story of Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson),

The Changeling" (1980) Peter Medak's shock exemplary stars George C. Scott as a lamenting single man who moves into a frightening old Victorian house that harbors an evil mystery. Not at all like

"The Sixth Sense" (1999) Imagine a scenario in which the phantom in the phantom story doesn't have the foggiest idea about he's a phantom.

Beat" (2001) Kiyoshi Kurosawa's J-frightfulness show-stopper is a purposely paced bad dream machine of a film in which phantoms are faintly distinguishable through a webcam.

The Haunting" (1963) This is the Cadillac of scary place films and ostensibly still the most alarming. Robert Wise is ablaze in this film, taking full advantage of the widescreen outline

"The Entity" (1982) The productive and sporadically splendid Sidney J. Furie hit a grand slam with this frightening record of a single parent (Barbara Hershey) who accepts she's by and.

"Poltergeist" (1982) Steven Spielberg organized an extraordinary huge spooky place film in the core of commonplace the suburbs, and each individual who grew up

"Kwaidan" (1965) Masaki Kobayashi's heavenly compilation positively satisfies its title's interpretation ("Ghost Stories"), however likely not in the way Western crowds anticipate.

Spirited Away" (2001) Hayao Miyazaki's captivating magnum opus concerns a little kid's excursion through the profound universe of a fantastical natural aquifers bathhouse.