Post for the Guardian Film Blog on ghosts in film. Click here to read the whole article.
More than any other medium, film has the power to scare us silly. In the dark of the cinema, the suspense of a slow pan, that shadowy figure at the edge of frame – the shock of a sudden sound-effect, or jittery jump-cut – all come together in delicious, breath-stopping, heartbeat-skipping moments of pure cinematic fear. But forget chainsaws, zombies or psychos. The best scares in cinema are the ghosts that don’t rely on gore to frighten. Subtly terrifying, flesh-creepingly sinister or horribly uncanny, here’s a roll-call of the most memorable, best-realised apparitions on film.