Ghosts in Movies
Ghosts are the energy of those who once lived. They exist on a different dimensional plane than the living but they do exist. Some have not fully crossed-over, which explains the contact they have with the living. There are many different types of ghosts but here we will concentrate on the three most important:
1) Mean - If a person was mean-spirited in life, as a ghost, they will torment the living.
2) Good Natured - Loving and devoted people, will be protective of the families of the home they are haunting.
3) Unaware - And finally, here are ghosts that are not aware that they are deceased.
Mean-spirited ghosts are those that get the most attention (and also get our attention the quickest). These are the ones that scare the crap out of us. They are tied to a particular location due to unfinished business when they were alive. These poor souls were miserable individuals when they were alive and carry a host of regrets. Dissatisfaction is what drove them in life. Continuing to make others miserable, in the after-life is their plan, perhaps for eternity.
The best example of really mean-spirited ghosts is the 2004 film Ju-On: The Grudge. A husband (Takashi Matsuyama) finds that his wife (Takako Fuji) is cheating and his jealously moves him to kill his unfaithful wife. He then kills his small son (Yuya Ozeki) and even his cat. The ghost of the wife then causes the husband to commit suicide. What has resulted is a “grudge” that permeates the entire building as the ghosts within are repeatedly reliving their miserable ends. From that day forward, anyone who steps foot in the house is affected by the misery of the dead family. Any newcomers will die. It does not matter that the person only stepped across the doorway for a moment. They may even be many miles away and it could be days later but the insidious evil will follow them until the grudge is fulfilled through their terrifying demise. This movie represents the ultimate ghostly curse. There is no escape.
The Grudge - directed by Takashi Shimizu
There are also good-hearted and loving ghost who remain on earth but could never hurt anyone. In fact, the reason they are trapped on this plane is because there is unfinished business concerning the ones that they were close to. A good example is the 1990 movie called Ghosts.
Sam (Patrick Swayze) and Molly (Demi Moore) are madly in love but Sam is suddenly murdered. As a ghost, Sam discovers that someone evil is determined to also harm Molly. Sam roams the city as a powerless spirit until he crosses paths a psychic (Whoopi Goldberg) who can see him. With her help, Sam succeeds in keeping Molly safe, in spite a multitude of dangers, both human and ghostly.
Prior to crossing over to the other side, Sam was a good person. His spirit was driven to protect the one that he loved. Good-spirited ghosts are usually very protective of the families that live in their disquieting locations.
Then finally, there are those who are not aware that they are ghosts. They walk the earth perpetually confused as to why others are not reacting to them. They will never be able to move on to their next level of existence until they come to terms with the fact that they are no longer living. The saddest example of this type of ghost is in the 1999 movie, The Sixth Sense.
A nine-year old boy (Haley Joel Osment) has the ability to see the spirits of the dead. These ghosts seek him out because they are looking for help out of their situations. The self-admission process takes much longer for some but until that point, they are stuck existing in their personal misery. The clip below shows the boy finally admitting to his psychiatrist friend (Bruce Willis) about his secret ability.
The Sixth Sense - Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
There are many other types of ghosts but I have spoken only about the ones that you need to think about, especially, the not-so-nice ones.
I’m going to leave you with a present (or maybe a ghost). Back in 2002, there was a movie called The Ring. The idea was that after watching the cursed VHS videotape, you would die in seven days. The only way to avoid this fate would be to make a copy of the cassette and give it to someone else to watch.
In the year 2016, after seeing this video, the only way to avoid the curse, is to pass the link below it, to someone else.
Think this is not true? Watch the video, don't forward the link and wait for what will happen in seven days.
See you in a week (maybe).
I love my New York home. Its diversity inspires me. I would not for the world trade my multitude of experiences there.