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    A Rundown of Ghost Movies

    List and/or analyze different subcategories of ghost movies, i.e. horror, comedy, drama and give your opinion regarding the best and worst examples in each category.

    • You can have a look at children shows and films like Gasper the Ghost and analyse how we perceive the ghost figure. Is it always a scary and disturbing presence? Can it be friendly? Why do ghost figures keep fascinating us? – Rachel Elfassy Bitoun 8 years ago
    • There's also Poltergeist (first movie not the crap that was the sequels.) – SpectreWriter 8 years ago
    • Found footage is probably the most popular in the current moment, thanks in no small part to the Paranormal Activity series. That popularity probably stems from the invasive feeling it broaches upon the viewer - we are literally spying on the everyday life of the characters. The best I can personally think of is Paranormal Activity 2; the worst is that flick set in Paris - I can't even recall it's name it was so bad. – DocHamme 8 years ago
    • This topic might be better focused if given a point to explore rather than "your opinion", not that that's bad but there are tons of "best/worst" articles out there. Perhaps explore how the different genres effectively use ghosts to present their themes. – smartstooge 8 years ago

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    This was really informative. I enjoyed Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, and The Breakfast Club, but I had no idea they were all written and directed by the same person. You can really see Hughes’ impact on new films in the genre, with Easy A’s nostalgia for 80’s movies, including all three of the films I mentioned above, and Pitch Perfect’s male protagonist urging Anna Kendrick’s character to watch The Breakfast Club.

    John Hughes Remains Relevant: Don't You Forget About Me

    You raise some interesting points. I especially liked the idea that even the “cozier” mysteries like Christie’s present an ambiguous view of the police and justice system. I would expect a noir to express such opinions, but I was surprised when you demonstrated that a Poirot novel suggests that “justice comes in many forms, not just arrests and trials”.
    As a side note, I get quite a bit of enjoyment out of the setting in detective stories. for example, the juxtaposition of a city’s law abiding face and its criminal underworld can be fascinating.

    The Mystery Novel: Our Fascination with Mysteries, Detectives, and Crimes

    I like your point that fantasy can highlight real-world concerns like hunger and sickness–that these concerns seem especially dire when they are juxtaposed with fantastic nightmare creatures and are revealed to be more distressing.
    I’d be interested to know your thoughts about Gaiman’s Neverwhere. From my understanding the BBC commissioned a work about the homeless, resulting in the Neverwhere screenplay. Gaiman’s descriptions of London Below are incredibly realistic, gritty, and dark but in many ways the magical world seems uncomfortably close to a romanticization of homeless life.

    Neil Gaiman and Stephen King: The Power of Realism in Postmodern Fantasy