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2005 Archive:
Whose Scrooge? - by Lee Prosser
December 15, 2005

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Spirit Dor by John Richards
December 9, 2005

The Witchcraft Connection - The Ghostly Carpenter - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
December 6, 2005

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Nature is a Haunted House - by Lee Prosser
December 1, 2005

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Hollywood Ghost Hunt Weekend by Richard Senate
November 28, 2005

Clairvoyance, Ghosts, and Music - by Lee Prosser
November 15, 2005

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Halloween and the End Times - by Lee Prosser
November 1, 2005

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The Witchcraft Connection - Resurrection Mary: The Conclusion - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
October 20, 2005

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1 Corinthians 12:10 - by Lee Prosser
October 15, 2005

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Gift From A Child By Rick Hayes
October 14, 2005

Ghost Hunt: The Liberace Mansion by Richard Senate
October 7, 2005

Mimosa, Marigold, Cayenne, Dandelion, Mullein, Clairvoyance, Uncle Willard, and Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
October 1, 2005

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Today's Cults of Personality by Wayne Harrup
September 19, 2005

Clairvoyance and the River of the Mind - by Lee Prosser
September 15, 2005

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Bide One's Time - Rev. Pat Robertson - by Lee Prosser
September 1, 2005

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Cedar Key Inn - The Man in the Kitchen by Janice Cottrill
August 29, 2005

Bide One's Time - High Spirits - by Lee Prosser
August 15, 2005

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CBS Introduces the Ghost Whisperer by Jeff Belanger
August 5, 2005

Bide One's Time - Ghostly Encounter - by Lee Prosser
August 1, 2005

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Bide One's Time - Don Bachardy - by Lee Prosser
July 15, 2005

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Bide One's Time - New Mexico, Land of Enchantment - by Lee Prosser
July 1, 2005

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Tibetan Beliefs On Death and Beyond Part 2 of 2 by Janice Cottrill
June 20, 2005

Bide One's Time - Why Do We Enjoy Ghost Story Movies? - by Lee Prosser
June 15, 2005

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Tibetan Beliefs On Death and Beyond Part 1 of 2 by Janice Cottrill
June 13, 2005

Bide One's Time - We are Each a Living Ghost in Our Own Story - by Lee Prosser
June 1, 2005

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Electronic Voice Phenomena (E.V.P.) by Todd M. Bates
May 23, 2005

Bide One's Time - Sensitive to Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
May 17, 2005

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Emotions of the Paranormal by Brian Leffler
May 13, 2005

George Lutz's Amityville Horror by Jeff Belanger
April 12, 2005

Connecting Through Reincarnation? by Rick Hayes
March 16, 2005

Chinese Hopping Ghosts by Janice Cottrill
March 4, 2005

Dr. Hans Holzer - A Lifetime of Explaining the Unexplained by Jeff Belanger
February 7, 2005

The Legend of Lucy Keyes by John Stimpson
February 4, 2005

Raymond Buckland by Lee Prosser
January 28, 2005

The Mysterious Haunting of Stone's Public House by David Retalic
January 23, 2005

Some Musings on White Noise by Lee Prosser
January 12, 2005

India and the Supernatural by Lee Prosser
January 3, 2005

June 15, 2005

Bide One's Time

Why Do We Enjoy Ghost Story Movies?
By Lee Prosser

Lee Prosser - Bide One's Time is Lee's bi-weekly column on the supernatural.I was recently watching the first one-hundred episodes of the television horror classic from the 1960s, Dark Shadows. What a delight, and what a treat to see the creative work of the cast as it developed intricate themes. Aha, the ghosts, too. Always the ghosts. What makes those ghosts special?

More importantly, what makes our fascination with ghosts in the movies so attractive? Why the interest in learning more about them in television programs and watching them in television movies? Could it be so direct an answer as to say, "We like them!" That would explain their enduring appeal. 

I have thought back on some of the numerous ghost story movies I have seen, and the feelings accompanying those movies afterwards. I still get those goosebumps recalling key scenes from those movies. Perhaps you will, too, for here is a sample listing. Think about the ones you have seen, and think about what feelings they gave rise to! Feel free to add to this list your own personal favorites. This list is an introduction to the ghost story movie genre, and I hope you find many thrilling memories from them.

The Old Dark House (1932)
The Ghost Goes West (1936)
Topper (1937)
Topper Takes a Trip (1939)
Topper Returns (1941)
The Canterville Ghost (1944)
The Uninvited (1944)
The Man Who Haunted Himself (1945)
Dead of Night (1945)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
House on Haunted Hill (1958)
Terror in the Haunted House (1958)
13 Ghosts (1960)
The Innocents (1961)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
The Whip and the Body (1963)
The Haunting (1963)
Web of the Spider (1970)
The Other (1972)
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
The House of Seven Corpses (1973)
The Turn of the Screw (1974)
Burnt Offerings (1976)
The Changeling (1979)
Dominique is Dead (1979)
High Plains Drifter (1973)
Inferno (1978)
The Fog (1980)
The Hearst (1980)
The Shining (1980)
Ghost Story (1981
Poltergeist (1982)
The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)
Jennifer Slept Here (1983)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Maxie (1985)
House (1986)
The Lady in White (1988)
High Spirits (1988)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Elly and Jools (1988)
The Girl in a Swing (1989)
Always (1989)
Ghost (1990)
The Willies (1990)
Hamlet (1990)
Grim Prairie Tales (1990)
Truly Madly Deeply (1991)
Heart and Souls (1993)
Ghost in the Machine (1993)
Ghost Brigade (1994)
The Kingdom (1995)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Stir of Echoes (1999)
The St, Francisville Experiment (1999)
What Lies Beneath (2000)
The Others (2001)
Route 666 (2001)
Rose Red (2001)
Haunted (2002)
Ghost Ship (2002)
The Ring (2003)
Gothika (2004)
White Noise (2005)
The Amityville Horror (2005)
The Banshee (2005)

Have you ever compiled a list of ghost story movies you recall, ones that scared you or amused you, or simply entertained you? Think back on the ghost story movies you have seen, and recall them, relish the memory of when you saw the film and how you reacted to it. Then compare your feelings with the passage of time.

Lee Prosser is's book reviewer and a regular contributor. "Bide One's Time" is Prosser's twice-monthly column on his supernatural musings.

2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
Check out the 2014 Haunted New England wall calendar by Jeff Belanger and photography by Frank Grace!

Paranormal Conferences and Lectures
Don't miss the following events and lectures:

Jeff Belanger and “The Bridgewater Triangle” at Dedham Community Theatre - April 6, 2014 9:00PM

The Spirits of the Mark Twain House - Hartford, Connecticut - April 12, 2014

Paracon Australia - East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia - May 10-12, 2014