Despite having grown up during the heyday of slasher movies, I prefer my flicks to be free of gore, or at the very least to use blood and guts sparingly. So when I get a yen for a movie with a supernatural tone, I look for one that’s essentially a ghost story, rather than a horror movie.
Ghost movies enjoyed a brief rise in popularity following “The Sixth Sense”. I enjoyed that one, but here’s another that I prefer, and urge you to check out: “Stir of Echoes”:
It seems that “Stir …” never became as popular as “Sixth Sense”. Not sure why – “Stir…” is more genuinely creepy and less sentimental, it moves at a faster pace, and it uses the familiar elements of the ghost story in a contemporary setting to make a memorable observation about how humans treat (and mistreat) others they perceive as outsiders, or otherwise less-than-normal.
(Apparently there’s also a later movie called “Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming”. I haven’t seen that one and can’t vouch for it.)
Any ectoplasmic flicks you recommend, fellow wonks?