7 Deadly Spooky Movies More Atmospheric Than Frightening

A Ghost Story (2017)

Director: David Lowery | Cast: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara

In this artful, and ultimately poignant exploration of love and loss, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.


The Others (2001)

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Cast: Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan

In one of her best-ever performances, Nicole Kidman plays a woman living with her two children in a secluded Victorian mansion waiting in vain for her husband to return from World War II. This elegant film favors mystery and shadow over violent spectacle.


The Sixth Sense (1999)

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Cast: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette

A boy who communicates with spirits that don’t know they’re dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.


The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Cast: Eduardo Noriega

When Carlos whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War arrives at an ominous boys’ orphanage he discovers the school has many dark secrets that he must uncover.


Under The Skin (2013)

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Cast: Scarlett Johansson

An alien entity inhabits the earthly form of a young woman who combs the roads and streets of Scotland seducing male victims into an otherworldly dimension.


Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

Director: Peter Weir | Cast: Anne-Louise Lambert, Rachel Roberts

Visually mesmerising, Picnic at Hanging Rock is a moody, unsettling, and enigmatic Australian drama about three girls and a teacher who disappear during a school outing.


The Night Of The Hunter (1955)

Director: Charles Laughton | Cast: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters

Featuring Robert Mitchum’s formidable performance as a child-hunting preacher, The Night of the Hunter is a disturbing look at good and evil.


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