Sunday, September 11, 2011

Top 5 Favorite Haunted Houses

This is just a list of my favorite haunted house movies! These are the ones I thought were scary/creepy/chilling/twisted. It's been a while since I've seen a really scary/twisted haunted house movie. I may be giving away SLIGHT spoilers.

5. Thir13en Ghosts

This one is the remake of the 13 Ghosts (1960). This remake didn't let me down. I didn't always appreciate this movie when I was a child. But as I watched it over the years, I grew to see it's true twisted and creepy nature. A man with 2 kids, who just recently lost his wife and is not financially stable, inherits a mansion from his belated rich Uncle. The mansion is beautiful and made completely of glass; however, there is a catch. There are 12 violent ghosts imprisoned in the house and they're held captive. Throughout the movie, one by one they get released. And oh yeah, the look of these ghost are not your typical projector on the wall or Casper.

4. Rose Red

A professor brings a group of psychics to an old mansion called Rose Red, in hopes that the psychics will pick up the energy in the house and unlock the secrets of the house. With this movie, it doesn't take that long for the creepy stuff to start. Sometimes, it does seem slightly watered down since it's a TV movie split up in pieces.

3. Burnt Offerings

I felt what happened in this movie could've happened to any family. Such a compromising price for a large, victorian, gothic-style house that is slightly run down and out in the middle of the quiet country. You have a swimming pool and access to decorating how you please. The only thing is that you have to care for an old woman in the attic. Sounds quite relaxing & simple? Wrong. The house rejuvenates different parts of its self with each death that happens on the property.

2. Night of the Demons *original*

As you all already know, I love this movie to pieces, but it's not my #1 favorite haunted house movie. There is no particular reason why. I did feel it was pretty freaky that the characters just wanted to have a good time at a party but demons started possessing people and all, so that kinda blew their plans.

1. House on the Haunted Hill *remake*

As much as I adored the original House on the Haunted Hill for being a classic, I absolutely loved the remake. When I first saw it, I imagined myself in a situation like that & it completely blew my mind!

I know The Amityville Horror isn't on the list and it's not because I didn't like the movie, I liked it just fine. It's just that I realize that my taste is a lot different from other people's. I'm not saying my taste is better--just different, so since it's different, expect to see different types of movies with me! Not just the movies other people may consider classics.

Either way, I'd love to know your favorite haunted house movies as well!


  1. haha I remember where I was when Rose Red was on TV for the first time :D

  2. I have seen all but Night of Demons. I'll have to check that one out.

  3. @Tracirz Where were you? :-x

    @Vivenne It's a low budget film but still a great horror if you appreciate the 80s!

  4. If I can handle Attack of the Giant Leeches, I think I'll be okay LOL.

  5. I love the Amityville Horror (remake) and I loved House on Haunted Hill (remake) Return to House on Haunted Hill and The Haunting. (remake) I haven't seen 13 Ghosts or Rose Red but I'll check those out. :D

  6. @Vivienne Lol, that is true! :P

    @Jenny I had no idea there was a "Return to House on Haunted Hill" Or did I?? Hmmmmm. 13 Ghost is very creepy & Rose Red--it's creepy but watered down. TV made movie!

  7. I definitely like your pick @ #1 for HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL - the original is such an amazingly fun classic, but the '99 version is one of the best remakes of all time in my opinion, because it truly updates the original material while still keeping to the same funky vibe of the source. 13 GHOSTS, on the other hand, I kinda hate, because all the ghost makeups in that movie look fake and rubbery to me, as if they were masks bought at Spencer Gifts during a Halloween sale. Also, big ups for BURNT OFFERINGS, which has a really tense slow-burn feel to it as the horror escalates in that patient, inexorable way that some of the best classics pace themselves with.

    RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL is a total piece of shit. It totally complicates things with a lot of stupid, needless "backstory" that doesn't fit with either the original or the remake. I might have also included THE SHINING on here as well... it's a haunted hotel, technically, but still unbelievably awesome and unmatched to this very day

  8. I thought I was the only cat in the alley who loves HOHH remake! Lists never get old!
    HAve you seen Hausu?

  9. I also have to say. Night of the Demons is frickin awesome!

  10. dude! cool list.

    I enjoyed 13 Ghosts because I love MONK. When I knew he was in the film, I knew all would be well. :-)

    +1 for HOHH

  11. The house in 13 Ghosts was fantastic. Cool choices.

  12. Love 13 ghosts, still scares me to this day

  13. Angela and Night of the Demons still an old favorite of mine. Not a bad horror movie.

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  15. Great list! I LOVED the remake of House on Haunted Hill. Watching Geoffrey Rush and Famke Janssen try to kill each other for an hour and a half always makes me laugh.

    One of my personal favorite movie haunted houses is the one in Poltergeist. Building a subdivision on a former burial ground without moving the bodies? That's just bad planning! ;-) Another is the house in A Tale of Two Sisters. It's really trippy and creepy.

  16. I love burnt offerings and Night of the Demons. Good list. I also like some of the older haunted house films like The Changeling, Legend of Hell House, The Sentinel, The Beyond. There's a lot of good ones.

  17. @J Astro a lot of people hated 13 Ghosts, I can respect it! Lol @ "masks bought at Spencer Gifts during a Halloween sale" Burnt Offerings did have a slow burn to it. That movie was incredible!

    And I haven't seen Return to House on Haunted Hill, I think I may one day!

    @Kyle I haven't seen Hausu, is it a personal favorite of yours?

    @THZ Oh yeah, the Dad from 13 Ghosts was in Monk! :P

    @Ricky Thanks! Maybe you should do a post on your favorites!

    @Britnie I couldn't co-sign with you more. Scary til THIS day!

    @Bll awesome, same here!

    @Pixie Thank you! ^,^

    @Theri 2 awesome picks! I feel bad, I should have did top 10! ;[ Definitely horrible planning for building a subdivision on a burial ground.

    @Slowdeath77 OMG! Awesome picks, especially The Sentinel, I loved it!!

  18. Fun movies here - I had a VHS of the Vincent Price HOHH that my sister and I would watch over and over again. Good times ...

  19. Other than Rose Red I have seen and LOVED all of these. Great choices. I loved night of the demons, especially. Linnea Quigley is a delight!