The definition of ghost is: "An apparition of a dead person that is believed to appear or become manifest to the living, typically as a nebulous image." So long as there have been films, there have always been ghosts and ghouls. Ghosts can be a lot of fun, but can also very scary to see on screen.
With the release of what's likely the most controversial movie of the year, Ghostbusters, this week's Top 5 will be about movie ghosts. The original Ghostbusters film has to be considered one of the best comedies of all time, and I love it. I'll admit, I wasn't too thrilled that they were going to reboot this classic film. I will be seeing the new film , so my fingers are crossed that I'll find enjoyment in it. So, without further ado - time for some honorable mentions!
Honorable Mentions: Zero - The Nightmare before Christmas, Johnny Blaze - Ghost Rider, Moaning Myrtle - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Casper - Casper, Gusteau - Ratatouille, Ghost of Christmas Past - Scrooged, Kayako Saeki - The Grudge, Freddy Krueger - A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Twins - The Shining, The Librarian- Ghostbusters
Slimer - Ghostbusters (1984)
I had a hard time figuring out which ghost should represent Ghostbusters. The Librarian was the introduction of the original Ghostbusters team. But, who am I kidding? It has to go to Slimer. Slimer was not only the first ghost they busted, but he also was in the second film, as well as the TV show. Slimer was a very fun and basically harmless ghost who loves food. Sounds like my kind of ghost.
Baseball Players - Field of Dreams
"If you build it, they will come." Field of Dreams is one of the best baseball films around. The fact that some of the best players from history come back to play the game they love is awesome. Seeing them walk in and out of the corn field was pretty cool. But, the most moving thing in this film was the game of catch. If you watch it, you will love it!
Sam Wheat - Ghost
Sam Wheat is your average, hard working office employee - who is one day murdered. He comes back to our world to help protect his long time girlfriend, Molly Jenson. The reason I enjoy Sam is simply because even after death, he can only think about the one he loved. It is pretty sad to think about what we leave behind when we die, but I enjoy his dedication and the thought of the redemption you can earn even after death.
Betelgeuse - Beetlejuice
What a crazy character. Michael Keaton breathes this character to life, and no other actor could have pulled it off. He isBetelgeuse. He's a mischievous, rude, crude, and perverted trickster of a ghost. He seems like he would be a hoot to be around, but I guarantee you that he would be very unpleasant. With that said, I really enjoy seeing him on the screen and laugh every time. Arguably Michael Keaton's best role (I have it behind Birdman and maybe Spotlight).
Dr. Malcolm Crowe - The Sixth Sense
I guess it's to late to say, "Spoiler Alert!". Dr. Malcolm Crowe is portrayed by Bruce Willis. He's child psychologist that might not know what else he is. It's a great performance in a story of discovery and love that has to be near the top of Willis's acting feats.
Well that's my list! What ghosts made your list and what should have been on mine?