My paranormal romance novel Return to Me has been categorised in the ghost genre with some ebooksellers so I thought I'd share my three all time favourite ghost movies.
This my number one favourite ghost novel. Kevin Bacon is Tom Witzky and he lives in a working class neighbourhood of Chicago with his wife and son. He undergoes a hypnosis session with his sister in law and suddenly things start going bump in the night.
I love this movie for so many reasons and have watched it at least five times. The whole vibe of a sinister suburbia, the other-wordly aspect, but most of all I love this scene when Tom talks to his wife and shares the disappointment of his life:
Tom Witzky: I never wanted to be famous. I just never expected to be so...
Maggie Witzky: What?
Tom Witzky: I don't know, ordinary.
The Gift is written by Billy Bob Thornton and is based on his own mother's reputed psychic abilities. Annie Wilson is a widow who feeds her children by bartering her psychic abilities for food. When a beautiful young girl is murdered it is Anne who is haunted by her and must find the killer.
The Gift has this small town vibe and some beautiful shots of the scenery and a super eerie soundtrack. It's a thriller and a pretty damn good one, but I love that there are so many known actors who are playing against type. Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi as Buddy are riveting as their respective characters.
Buddy: You're the soul of this town, Ms Wilson, and you just need to keep doing what you are doing.
It is the 19th century and Ichabod Crane is a man of reason. A detective who confounds his superiors with his use of new techniques he is sent to a small Dutch town to prove himself by finding the killer that is beheading the townspeople.
When he gets there everyone tries to tell him that the Headless Horseman is responsible, but Ichabod knows differently. In this scene he has finally been confronted with his killer:
Ichabod Crane: It was a headless horseman.
Baltus Van Tassel: You must not excite yourself.
Ichabod Crane: But it was a headless horseman.
Baltus Van Tassel: Of course it was. That's why you're here.
Ichabod Crane: No, you must believe me. It was a horseman, a dead one. Headless.
Baltus Van Tassel: I know, I know.
Ichabod Crane: You don't know because you were not there. It's all true.
Baltus Van Tassel: Of course it is. I told you. Everyone told you.
Ichabod Crane: I... saw him.
This movie is Johnny Depp at his comedic best and with Tim Burton directing you know it's got this whole gothic vibe going on that is just so cool.
So what are your favourite ghost movies?
Author of Return to Me, Hollywood Dreams and Vintage Dreams. Short story is published in the anthology Little Raven Two by Little Raven Publishing.
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