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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

Paranormal Day: Best paranormal movies to get you in the 'spirit'

When it comes to out-of-this-world events, now is the perfect time to get into the holiday "spirit." May 3 is Paranormal Day, an annual event observed by enthusiasts who believe in "phenomena and manifestations which lie outside of normal experience, and which can neither be scientifically explained nor proved.”

Whether you believe in ghosts, aliens, haunted houses, crop circles or the elusive Bigfoot, Paranormal Day provides the perfect opportunity for folks to share their personal experiences with other believers. And just in case you aren't ready to call Ghostbusters quite yet, why not make it movie night with a few of your favorite paranormal-themed flicks listed below?

Best Paranormal Movies

  • Inspired by an actual exorcism that took place decades ago, The Exorcist is a must-see when it comes to scary flicks. This 1973 classic stars a young Linda Blair, Elle Burstyn and Max von Sydow.

  • The Mothman Prophecies, a 2002 film starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney, is loosely based on a series of bizarre events that took place in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

  • If you enjoy a great haunted house thriller, check out the 1979 film, Amityville Horror.

  • Paranormal Activity is a 2007 film that will have you jumping out of your seat!

  • An American Haunting is also based on a true story. This 2005 film stars Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek.

  • They're here! Poltergeist is a must-see Steven Spielberg film that stars Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth WIlliams.

  • The Sixth Sense stars Haley Joel Osment, Bruce Willis and Toni Collette.

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind, another Spielberg film, stars Richard Dreyfuss and Teri Garr.

  • Alien, a 1979 film directed by Ridley Scott, is a class, top-rated film that stars Tom Skerritt and Sigourney Weaver.

  • And speaking of aliens.....Cocoon.

  • Cowboys & Aliens is a 2011 film that stars the present-day James Bond and Olivia Wilde.

  • Ghostbusters, a fun film from 1984, stars Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray.

Happy Paranormal Day!


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