Ghosts on Film | The Writers’ Room Podcast | Episode 314
In advance of upcoming Ghostbusters reboot/sequel, the Writers’ Room takes a look at our favorite ghost stories captured on the silver screen. These movies express some macabre sense inside of us regarding our own mortality and allow us to ventilate these feelings in a community setting. So charge your proton pack until this chick is toast…
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Movies with ghosts can be found in many genres including romance, comedy, horror, teen/young adult, and drama. Representations of spirits without bodies can sometimes offer friendship via Casper the Friendly Ghost, Beetlejuice, or Ghost Dad, or at other times serve the story as a harbinger of doom like Hamlet’s father, Jacob Marley, Freddy Krueger, and Harry Potter’s Moaning Myrtle, not to mention the more traditional spooky spirits that go bump in the night in scary movies like James Wan’s Insidious.
In the wake of huge fan reaction to 1984 original Ghostbusters, ghost hunting became a hobby for many. Interested parties formed ghost hunting societies to explore reportedly haunted places. Real life ghost hunting is now a subgenre of its own that lives on TV has been featured in series’ such as Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters.
The found footage subgenre, originating with The Blair Witch Project, is fertile ghost territory, eschewing big visuals for a heightened sound design and handheld camera work which made the viewer feel as if they were experiencing the events of the film firsthand.
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