Most ghosts are scary â€” thatâ€™s generally what theyâ€™re known for â€” but some ghosts are more like pests. They barge into your life and instead of giving you nightmares, they give you headaches, so much so that youâ€™d almost rather be spooked instead. Letâ€™s look at some of the most annoying movie ghosts ever.
8) Slimer, Ghostbusters
games. But even though we adore him, we suspect that Slimer is best experienced in very small doses, and definitely never when food is involved.
7) Martin, High Spirits
Neil Jordanâ€™s 1988 supernatural rom-com, set at a crumbling Irish castle thatâ€™s fake-haunted for the benefit of tourists until some actual ghosts pop their heads up, is a magnificently terrible movie. Thatâ€™s mainly because every character, living or dead, is just instantly unlikable. Liam Neeson and Daryl Hannah play Martin and Mary, High Spiritsâ€™ main ghost characters. At first, theyâ€™re stuck in a supernatural time loop, doomed to replay Martinâ€™s brutal murder of his new bride Mary â€” a grim scenario thatâ€™s quickly brushed aside (and later joked about) when Jack (Steve Guttenberg), an American visiting the castle, accidentally intervenes.
While Maryâ€™s falling for Jack, Martin takes a shine to Jackâ€™s shrill wife, Sharon (Beverly Dâ€™Angelo). Many off-putting shenanigans ensure, but Martin showing off his giant ghost dong, pursuing Sharon around the castle grounds in a haunted bus, and then tricking her into killing herself so they can be together forever (something thatâ€™s, again, played for laughs) is stone-cold obnoxious.
6) Frank, Ghost Town
This 2008 comedy begins as philandering husband Frank (Greg Kinnear) gets squashed by a bus, and self-loathing dentist Bertram (Ricky Gervais) almost expires during a colonoscopy. Bertramâ€™s near-death experience carries a strange side effect: heâ€™s able to communicate with NYCâ€™s resident population of very needy ghosts. Jealous from beyond the grave despite his own wandering eye, Frank starts incessantly pestering Bertram to sabotage the new relationship his widow, Gwen (Tea Leoni), has sparked with a do-gooder lawyer; things get even more complicated when the dentist starts to fall for Gwen himself. Despite his arsehole behaviour on Earth, Frank eventually redeems himself and finally finds the peace heâ€™s so desperately seeking (see: his inclusion on our very different sort of ghost list). But he is downright unbearable to be around until he gets to that point.
5) The Ghostly Trio, Casper
Casperâ€™s rude, boisterous uncles treat their nephew like garbage and delight in tormenting ghost expert Dr. Harvey (Bill Pullman) with pranks galore â€” until they take a shine to the guy and plot to off him so he can join their ghost gang. Then, when he accidentally causes his own death, they delight in their good fortune even as Harveyâ€™s daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci), despairs at her fatherâ€™s ecto-form. Fortunately, Harveyâ€™s able to revive thanks to an invention left behind by Casperâ€™s own long-deceased father â€” and the Ghostly Trio eventually ends up putting their troublemaking skills to good use for once, scaring off the middle-school bullies whoâ€™re plotting to ruin Katâ€™s Halloween party.
4) Ramsley, The Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion is nobodyâ€™s favourite Eddie Murphy movie, and also nobodyâ€™s favourite movie based on a Disney theme park ride. But amid all its ostensibly humorous cackling, harmonising, and disembodied apparitions, the 2003 comedy does have one exceptionally frustrating specter, in the form of Ramsley (Terence Stamp). Heâ€™s the ghostly butler whoâ€™s the reason the mansion is haunted in the first place â€” and also not above committing additional murders to finally secure his place in the afterlife. Heâ€™s not just annoying, heâ€™s also a condescending, manipulative, evil-plan-making jerkface.
3) Uncle Wayne, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
This fizzy riff on A Christmas Carol, the most timeless ghost story of them all, stars Matthew McConaughey (several years prior to his career refurbish via True Detective and Oscar gold) as a toxic womaniser named Connor who starts to regret his life choices when he reconnects with his first love, played by Jennifer Garner. Then, he really sees the error of his ways thanks to ghosts from his past, present, and future, plus a bonus apparition: his dearly departed Uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas), a lifelong lothario who pops up Ã la Jacob Marley (except wearing sunglasses indoors), gleefully warning Connor about the humiliations heâ€™ll be forced to endure. Heâ€™s creepy as hell (he calls his car â€œthe stabbinâ€™ wagonâ€) and though heâ€™s full of advice for Connor, he hasnâ€™t changed his ways even in the afterlife â€” hitting on a ghostÂ teen played by Emma Stone! To quote her characterâ€™s response, ewwwww.
2) Elizabeth, Just Like Heaven
Workaholic ER doctor Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon) isnâ€™t even a real ghost â€” her earthly form is still alive, albeit comatose â€” but that doesnâ€™t stop her from haunting the recently widowed landscape architect (Mark Ruffalo) who moves into her former apartment. And by â€œhaunting,â€ we mean forcing the guy, who is already emotionally fragile enough, along on her quest to find out who the hell she is and what the hell happened to her, not really caring if other people think heâ€™s crazy for claiming to be communicating with a ghost. Which they do. A lot.
1) Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice
You love to hate him almost as much as you hate to love him, right?