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Title: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 22, 2013, 07:36:29 PM
(http://a1.s6img.com/cdn/box_003/post_13/418448_15259713_lz.jpg)

If you have received this, then this means that you are a contributor to the newest edition of the Tobin's Spirit Guide.  After many years out of print and with out of date information, a new generation has gathered to compile essential information for what we hope will be considered the definitive and most authoritative book to categorize and give details on the world's most important ghosts, spirits and spectral anomalies.

First I want to thank all of the participants.  Without you, this could not have been possible.  I think many of us like the feel of a dusty old tome to get into the spirit of paranormal research, we wanted to create something that is practical and easy for anyone to use.  We want this to be a book for first timers (after all, sometimes people don't research the supernatural unless it is thrust upon them) and veterans alike.

Second, I am here to announce that starting today that we will be previewing some of the entries in the book.  Sadly, I'm afraid that some of the information was misplaced, so rather than the ghost entries, today we will look at consultants who you recommended, including the 11 most helpful.  We were going to do just 10 but there were too who were equally helpful near the end of our list.

Now, on the entries, we will see the ghosts and we will also measure their malevolence and spookiness.  Now it seems unfair to peg ghosts as malevolent, but it is important as many ghosts are dangerous and need to be labeled as such.  As for spookiness, it should be noted that a spooky ghost is not necessarily a malevolent, but it measures the stress it put on the mind.  A 1 on the spooky scale means the ghost has a friendly and even comforting aura while a 10 means that even to look on it may very well make one go mad.  Even a good ghost can theoretically bury the needle on the spooky scale.

So, let's begin!

And now, some reading music

http://www.youtube.com/v/EUHdrfi5WDc
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 22, 2013, 07:45:38 PM
A brief list of consultants

Donald Duck of Ajax Ghost Extermination
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DN5A6zrucoo/To3LWRolJEI/AAAAAAAABVo/SOh4xqTT31g/s1600/lg+donald.jpg)
- On the subject of identical ghosts


Adrianne
(http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/29700000/you-stupid-bastard-mystery-science-theater-3000-29721822-354-298.jpg)
- On the subject of evil cymbal playing monkeys


Louis Tully
(http://knowinglyundersold.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/louis_tully.jpg)
- On the subject of first-hand accounts on possession and first-hand accounts on accounts

Goofy of Ajax Ghost Extermination
(http://filmdope.com/Gallery/ActorsC/tve27383-19371224-1006.jpg)
- On the subject of ya-ha-ha-hooey and its effects on the supernatural

Father Merrin
(http://www.corporate-aliens.com/quotes/fathermerrin.jpg)
- On the subject of the compulsive nature of Christianity on demons

Madame Flora
(http://parterre.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/medium-518x349.jpg)
On the subject of communicating with ghosts via contralto

Frank Bannister
(http://i500.listal.com/image/1705603/500full.jpg)
On the subject of business arrangements with ghosts
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 22, 2013, 08:04:01 PM
And now, our top consultants

Sam and Dean Winchester
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/08/Sam_and_dean_winchester.jpg)
- On the subject of nomadic ghost hunting


Dean Winchester was born on January 24, 1979 to John and Mary Winchester in Lawrence, Kansas. He is the couple's first child, four years older than his younger brother Sam. He is named after his maternal grandmother, Deanna Campbell. When he was only four years old on November 2, 1983, his mother Mary was killed in Sam's nursery by the demon Azazel. Infant Sam is saved by the ensuing fire when his father takes him out of his crib and gives him to Dean, who then carries him outside while their father unsuccessfully tries to rescue their mother. After that night Dean has felt responsible for Sam, and was always given the job to take care of him while they were growing up. Dean's father John raised him and Sam as hunters of the supernatural. During Dean's childhood John would be away "hunting" a week or two at a time. John told Dean that his little brother's life was in his hands, and the term "Watch out for Sammy" became his life.

Sam was born on May 2, 1983 to John and Mary Winchester in Lawrence, Kansas. He is one of two focal characters of the series. He is the couple's second child, four years younger than his older brother Dean. He is named after his maternal grandfather, Samuel Campbell.

When Sam was only six months old, his mother Mary was killed by the demon Azazel, whom his mother walked in on while he was feeding Sam demon blood. Sam is saved from the ensuing fire by his father, who then gives him to a four-year-old Dean to carry outside. Since that moment, Dean has felt responsible for Sam and became Sam's protector, partially due to pressure from their father to keep his brother safe.

Sam and Dean spent their childhood moving from town to town every few weeks while their father hunted supernatural beings and their mother's unknown killer. Until the age of 8, Sam believed that his mother had died in a car accident and his father was a traveling salesman, until Dean revealed to him the existence of the paranormal. Sam apparently started hunting alongside his brother and father around the age of twelve, however, he began wanting a normal life without monsters; years later, a teacher encouraged him to carve out a life away from the "family business" after reading Sam's story about a werewolf hunt. At nineteen, after a heated argument with John, Sam leaves for Stanford University, thus leaving his family and their hunting crusade behind him.

At the start of the series, 22-year-old Sam is seen as a senior at Stanford, applying for law school. Sam also has a girlfriend, Jessica, with whom he lives and secretly plans to marry. One night, Dean comes to Sam's apartment seeking his help after their father John goes missing. Although reluctant at first, Sam eventually accompanies his brother. After defeating a woman in white and discovering a trail to lead them to their father, Sam returns to Stanford where he witnesses Jessica's death at the hands of a demon - exactly the same way his mother was killed. This incites him to go with Dean to find their father and to kill the demon in order to avenge the deaths of his mother and his lover.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 22, 2013, 08:12:21 PM
Mickey Mouse of Ajax Ghost Extermination
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/Michael24/2012/lonesomeghosts03.jpg)
– On the subject of early 20th century ghost extermination


Mickey generally appears alongside his girlfriend Minnie Mouse, his pet dog Pluto, his friends Donald Duck, and Goofy, and his nemesis Pete, among others (see Mickey Mouse universe). Originally characterized as a mischievous antihero, Mickey's increasing popularity led to his being rebranded as an everyman, usually seen as a flawed, but adventurous hero.

He was also a ghost exterminator for a while.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 22, 2013, 08:30:49 PM
Winston Zeddemore
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/10/Winston_GB1.jpg)

– On the subject of shit that will make you turn white and what to do when one’s divinity is questioned

Winston Zeddemore's first on-screen appearance was in the movie Ghostbusters, when he applied for a position with the team not long after they were established. Questioned extensively during his application by Janine Melnitz as to whether he believed in a large number of supernatural occurrences and beings (such as UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster and the theory of Atlantis among others), Zeddemore replied, "If there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say."

Though Zeddemore had no previous background in paranormal studies and was not initially a firm believer in the existence of the paranormal, he readily accepts the existence of ghosts and the supernatural as he encounters them as a Ghostbuster. However, despite this, he continues to act as an 'everyman' and voice of reason for the team, and when the jailed Ghostbusters seriously propose asking a U.S. federal judge to release them because they must fight an invading god, Zeddemore is the one who reminds the others that they will not be believed.

Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 22, 2013, 08:46:44 PM
Sherlock Holmes
(http://cdn.mhpbooks.com/uploads/2013/03/sherlock-holmes.jpg)

– On the subject of ghost dogs and ghost dog hoaxes

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A London-based "consulting detective" whose abilities border on the fantastic, Holmes is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases.

Holmes shares the majority of his professional years with his close friend and chronicler, Dr. Watson, who lives with Holmes for some time before his marriage in 1887 and again after his wife's death. Their residence is maintained by the landlady, Mrs. Hudson.

Watson has two roles in Holmes's life. First, he gives practical assistance in the conduct of his cases; he is the detective's right-hand man, acting variously as look-out, decoy, accomplice and messenger. Second, he is Holmes's chronicler (his "Boswell" as Holmes refers to him). Most of the Holmes stories are frame narratives, written from Watson's point of view as summaries of the detective's most interesting cases. Holmes is often described as criticizing Watson's writings as sensational and populist, suggesting that they neglect to accurately and objectively report the pure, calculating "science" of his craft.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 22, 2013, 08:53:32 PM
Madame Arcati
(http://filmfanatic.org/reviews/wp-content/uploads/2006/05/arcatiBicycle.JPG)

– On the subject of ghost spouses

Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, and he arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. At the séance, she inadvertently summons Charles's first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. Madame Arcati leaves after the séance, unaware that she has summoned Elvira. Only Charles can see or hear Elvira, and his second wife, Ruth, does not believe that Elvira exists until a floating vase is handed to her out of thin air. The ghostly Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles's current marriage. She finally sabotages his car in the hope of killing him so that he will join her in the spirit world, but it is Ruth rather than Charles who drives off and is killed.

Ruth's ghost immediately comes back for revenge on Elvira, and though Charles cannot at first see Ruth, he can see that Elvira is being chased and tormented, and his house is in uproar. He calls Madame Arcati back to exorcise both of the spirits, but instead of banishing them, she materialises Ruth. With both his dead wives now fully visible, and neither of them in the best of tempers, Charles, together with Madame Arcati, goes through séance after séance and spell after spell to try to exorcise them, and at last Madame Arcati succeeds. Charles is left seemingly in peace, but Madame Arcati, hinting that the ghosts may still be around unseen, warns him that he should go far away as soon as possible. Charles leaves at once, and the unseen ghosts throw things and destroy the room as soon as he has gone. (In the David Lean film version, the ghosts thwart Charles's attempt to escape, and his car is again sabotaged; he crashes and joins them as a ghost, with Elvira at one arm and Ruth at the other.)
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: ScottotD on October 22, 2013, 08:54:44 PM
I was suddenly really confused and thought I'd misunderstood and we were doing Ghost Hunters  :)
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 22, 2013, 09:02:01 PM
Tangina Barrons
(http://www.thebluegrassspecial.com/archive/2010/feb10/imagesfeb10/zelda.jpg)

– On the subject of house cleaning

After a series of frightening paranormal episodes at the Freeling resident that leads to Carol Anne Freeling seemingly devoured by the house, parapsychologist Dr. Lesh and Ryan collect data and  soon return with a spiritual medium, Tangina Barrons, who informs Diane that Carol Anne is alive and in the house. She also explains that, in addition to the peaceful lost souls inhabiting the house, there is a single malevolent spirit she calls the "Beast," that is using Carol Anne to keep the spirits away from the light.

The assembled group discovers that while the entrance to the other dimension is through the children's bedroom closet, the exit is through the living room ceiling. They send Diane to rescue Carol Anne, tying her to a rope that they've managed to thread through both portals. As Tangina coaxes the agonized spirits away from Carol Anne, Diane retrieves her daughter and they emerge through the living room ceiling, falling to the floor. Tangina announces that the spirits are gone.

Whoops.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 22, 2013, 09:03:28 PM
I was suddenly really confused and thought I'd misunderstood and we were doing Ghost Hunters  :)

Don't worry, the proper ghost list starts tomorrow.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 22, 2013, 09:09:58 PM
John Constantine
(http://cdn.pastemagazine.com/www/articles/constantine.jpg?1380277939)

– On the subject of demons, elementals, magic and fags (non-epithet variety)

Constantine is a working-class magician, occult detective, and con man stationed in London. He is known for his endless cynicism, deadpan snarking, ruthless cunning, and constant chain smoking. A roguish counterculture antihero, Constantine is also a passionate humanist driven by a heartfelt desire to do some good in his life. Originally a supporting character who played a pivotal role in the "American Gothic" Swamp Thing storyline, Constantine received his own comic in 1988. Pop artist Sting served as visual inspiration for the character.

Although being a powerful sorcerer, Constantine rarely uses magic, instead choosing to use his wits to trick his opponents. Constantine is also referred to as "The Constant One" because of his whole family tree being somewhat connected to the occult. Many of his ancestors are sorcerers from different eras of history, and somewhat has taken part in many known historical events.

While Constantine has worn many clothes over the years he was originally portrayed as often wearing a blue pin-stripe suit, tan trench coat and occasionally gloves. As the series progressed his trademark attire became a grungier (or perhaps the same just older) trench coat, white shirt and black tie, but has recently returned more to his earlier fashion. Constantine smokes Silk Cut cigarettes, consuming thirty or so a day.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 22, 2013, 09:16:34 PM
Kolchak
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/44/Kojaktelly.jpg)

Oops, let me try again...

Carl Kolchak
(http://houseofgeekery.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/seventh-doctor.jpg)

Closer, but not quite...

Carl Kolchak
(http://epguides.com/KolchakTheNightStalker/cast.jpg)
There!
– On the subject of reporting in the face of skepticism

Kolchak is a talented investigative reporter with an affinity for bizarre and supernatural occurrences, obtaining information driving around Chicago in his yellow Ford Mustang convertible and always snatching exclusives armed with his camera and portable cassette recorder.

Using only limited information, Kolchak has relentlessly cracked several cases relying on gut instinct and often prevailing through sheer dumb luck. But more often than not, Kolchak's prospects are hampered by the utter destruction of any or all evidence to prove his claims, thus advancing the sheer implausibility of his stories where his peers, particularly his editor, are concerned. On other occasions his investigations have led to demotion or relocation of varying authority figures, though reasons for these actions are never truthfully disclosed.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Darth Geek on October 22, 2013, 09:17:12 PM
Tangina Barrons
(http://www.thebluegrassspecial.com/archive/2010/feb10/imagesfeb10/zelda.jpg)

– On the subject of house cleaning
Whoops.
Uh, yeah, she's REALLY bad at her job.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 22, 2013, 09:22:06 PM
Dr. Raymond Stantz
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/50/Ray_GB1.jpg)

- On the subject of the advantages of paranormal research the private sector (profit) and the public sector (results not expected).  Also, on the subject of this pole.  Have you tried it?


Ray is an expert on paranormal history and metallurgy. He is characterized by his almost childlike enthusiasm towards his work, and his forthright acceptance of paranormal activity. As a result Peter once during the movie referred to him as "the heart of the Ghostbusters". Ray has extensive knowledge of the Bible (to the point of even quoting a specific book and chapter -- "I remember Revelation 7:12" -- about the end of the world, though the passage he quotes is actually Revelation 6:12), but is an agnostic, commenting when asked if he believes in God, "Never met Him". As revealed in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Ray attended a seminary at some stage in his life. He is known for his wordy and overly technical explanations of scientific and paranormal phenomena. Ray, along with Egon, is responsible for pioneering the Ghostbusters' theories and designing and building the equipment used for catching and containing ghosts.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 22, 2013, 09:25:42 PM
Dr. Egon Spengler
(http://geeksout.org/sites/default/files/blog-images/_12567.jpg)

– On the subject of ghost detection, entrapment, containment and twinkies (big)

Egon Spengler is a tall, laconic, bespectacled, awkward member of the team responsible for the main theoretical framework for their paranormal/quantum studies. Being addicted to science, he is the creator of the Ghostbusters' equipment along with Raymond Stantz, thus making him the brains of the Ghostbusters. Although book smart, Spengler does not have much social ability, as demonstrated by his stiff interactions with the Ghostbusters' secretary Janine Melnitz, and his reliance on Peter Venkman as spokesperson for the group.

Spengler is the most serious and rigid member of the team. Of his hobbies, Spengler states that he collects "spores, molds, and fungus", and claims that, as a child, the only toy he ever had was "part of a Slinky", which he straightened out. As implied in the first movie, Spengler apparently is a sugar junkie, due to his affection for sweets and candy. According to the 2009 video game, Spengler sleeps an average of 14 minutes per day, leaving him "a lot of time to work."
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 22, 2013, 09:29:37 PM
And the #1 consultant for the book...

Dr. Peter Venkman
(http://starsmedia.ign.com/stars/image/article/959/959710/line-o-rama-featuring-dr-peter-venkman-20090305113433964-000.jpg)

– On the subject of being afraid of no ghosts and backing off on scientists

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Peter is one of three doctors of parapsychology on the Ghostbusters team. He holds PhDs in both parapsychology and psychology. Originally his professional interests were focused on paranormal phenomena like ESP; he appeared not to believe in ghosts until he actually saw one. In the movies, he is characterized by his flippant persona, his approach to his profession as a scientific charlatan, and his womanizing demeanor. Fred Pfeil sees in him a postmodern hero, whose level of "crass self-interest" safeguards him from being ensnared by a stereotypical role.

Despite Venkman's lackadaisical attitude, from time to time he has created inventions that help the Ghostbusters save the day, and he is shrewd and more street-smart than either Ray Stantz or Egon Spengler. Venkman serves as the front man for the group and possesses more social ability than the more academically inclined Ray and Egon. For instance, he is the one who is able to persuade the city mayor to release them after being arrested, return their equipment and otherwise support their attempt to stop Gozer.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 22, 2013, 11:48:33 PM
That'll be it for tonight, BTW.  I'll do write ups tonight so that I'll be ahead of schedule starting tomorrow.

Until then...

http://www.youtube.com/v/Mynzbmrtp9I
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: eegah on October 23, 2013, 03:37:42 AM
Mickey Mouse of Ajax Ghost Extermination
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/Michael24/2012/lonesomeghosts03.jpg)
– On the subject of early 20th century ghost extermination


Mickey generally appears alongside his girlfriend Minnie Mouse, his pet dog Pluto, his friends Donald Duck, and Goofy, and his nemesis Pete, among others (see Mickey Mouse universe). Originally characterized as a mischievous antihero, Mickey's increasing popularity led to his being rebranded as an everyman, usually seen as a flawed, but adventurous hero.

He was also a ghost exterminator for a while.
Ah, the fond memories of watching that over and over again, forwards AND backwards.
(http://beyondtheberm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/LonesomeGhostToy.jpg)
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Tripe on October 23, 2013, 05:48:45 AM
One of my older sibs had one of those! Ah, ghosts of childhood.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Darth Geek on October 23, 2013, 06:47:51 AM
Dr. Egon Spengler
(http://geeksout.org/sites/default/files/blog-images/_12567.jpg)
Easily my favorite Ghostbuster, aways was.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 23, 2013, 04:48:49 PM
Number 50
The Subway Ghost
(http://cdn.maxim.com/29501-30000/29809_hideousHeroes_subwaySpirit_l1.jpg)
(21 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #8  Cole Stratton)

The Subway Ghost is a nameless ghost who lives in the New York subway.  Unlike many ghosts, he has learned to affect physical objects and teaches the ghost Sam Wheat to do the same.  He spends most of the time riding the subways and is very territorial.  He's not interested in attacking most people, but if another ghost were to enter his territory, he would become extremely aggressive.
Malevolence
4/10
Though he is not a malevolent ghost, he is very aggressive and irritable.
Spookiness
6/10
He is rather scary due to his... unusual look combined with his anger.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Darth Geek on October 23, 2013, 05:21:24 PM
Yeah, I'm confused by that. Is that a real life ghost legend, or a movie one?
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 23, 2013, 05:22:36 PM
Number 49
Jacob Marley
(http://blog.chron.com/bookish/files/2011/12/Alec-Guinness-as-Jacob-Marley.jpg)
(21 points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #18  Cole Stratton)

In life, Marley was the business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge. As teenagers, both men had been apprenticed in business and met as clerks in another business. The firm of Scrooge and Marley was a nineteenth-century financial institution, probably a counting house, as Marley refers to their offices as 'our money-changing hole'. They have become successful bankers, with seats on the London Stock Exchange. He was named after Marley Tunnel in Devon, just outside Totnes because of fond holiday memories of the town.

In A Christmas Carol, Marley is said to have died seven years earlier on Christmas Eve (as the setting is Christmas Eve 1843, this would have made the date of his passing December 24, 1836). It would be his ghost who would be Scrooge's first visitor (before the three other spirits to come).

Marley preys upon Scrooge's mind in many different ways. The ghost maintains the same voice, hairstyle and sense of dress that he had in life, but is translucent. He wears a handkerchief tied about his jaws, and "captive, bound and double-ironed" with chains which are described as "long, and wound about him like a tail; it was made... of cash-boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds, and heavy purses wrought in steel." He often, in moments of great despair or impatience at Scrooge's scepticism, flings these upon the ground before him and almost induces his former partner "into a swoon". He explains that it is the chain he unknowingly forged himself in life, as a result of his extortionate behaviour. The ghost is also described as having "an infernal atmosphere of its own... its hair and skirts, and tassels, were still agitated as by the hot vapour from an oven". He despairs at his inability ever to find happiness in the mortal world or the next. As he spent his life on this earth obsessing over money and mistreating the poor and wretched to fill his pocket, Marley is condemned as part of his "penance" to walk the earth for eternity never to find rest or peace, experiencing an "incessant torture of remorse."

When the spectre asks, "Why do you doubt your senses?" Scrooge scoffs that "...a little thing affects them. A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheat. You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!" Later, more pointedly he says, "Humbug, I tell you! Humbug!" Marley's only reply is a spine-chilling howl that brings Scrooge to his knees, begging for mercy.

Malevolence
2/10
In life he was evil, but in death he learned to be good.  He does want to scare his best friend, but only to scare him straight.

Spookiness
6/10
His scariness doesn't come from his visage in and of itself, but more the overwhelming suffering that he doomed himself too.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 23, 2013, 05:25:05 PM
Yeah, I'm confused by that. Is that a real life ghost legend, or a movie one?

http://movieclips.com/RbDPG-ghost-movie-get-off-my-train/
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 23, 2013, 05:49:49 PM
Number 48a
Dennis Pearson
(http://angel.fcpages.com/angel/angel105-dennis.jpg)
(22 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #4  Cole Stratton)

Dennis Pearson was a ghost that haunted Cordelia Chase's apartment in Los Angeles.    

Cordelia moved into an apartment where Dennis and his mother, Maude Pearson, once resided. The Angel Investigations team discovered that the apartment was haunted by Dennis' mother Maude.

After some investigation, the gang discovered that Maude Pearson had died of what was believed to be a heart attack on the same day that her son had disappeared. The group came to the conclusion that Dennis had killed his mother in order to be with a woman she didn't approve of. However, after being haunted by the ghost of Maude, Cordelia broke down a wall in her house, revealing the still tied-up body of Dennis Pearson. The team deduced Maude had tied her son up when she learned that he was leaving her to be with his girlfriend, subsequently building a brick wall and trapping him inside, where he suffocated to death. When Cordelia broke down the wall, it unleashed the spirit of Dennis, who destroyed his mother's ghost. Because the ghost of Dennis still inhabited the apartment, and Cordelia refused to move out, Dennis then resided with Cordelia as an invisible, and rather benevolent, roommate. He even prepared a surprise birthday party for her.

At one point, Cordelia stated that the best romantic action she could get at the time was "an invisible ghost who's good with the loofah", hinting at a deeper relationship than just roommates.

Their "living" situation continued until Cordelia ascended to be a higher being. Dennis was not heard from again after "confronting" the gang about taking Cordelia's possessions out of the apartment. He presumably still haunts the apartment.

Dennis usually remained invisible and, unlike his mother, didn't possess a visible human form. However, when he did manifest physically, he took the form of a ghostly face surrounded by tendrils of light.

 Malevolence
2/10
The only really aggressive act he committed was exorcising his evil mother from the apartment.

Spookiness
2/10
Mostly he is not scary, but he did take the form of a spooky skull thing that one time.  But it was a pretty bad effect so... 2.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 23, 2013, 06:43:39 PM
 
Number 48b
Elisa Cameron
(http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/g/ghost1.jpg)
(22 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #4 George Harrison)

The Ghost we know today was born Elisa Deerlane. When she was between four years old her birth father Dan Deerlane was killed by Earl Cameron in an altercation. Earl married Elisa's mother June Deerlane and adopted her and her sister Margo Deerlane changing their last names to Cameron. Elisa and Margo repressed their memories of their father's murder and believed the alcoholic Earl Cameron was their birth father. 

As a child Elisa found had the power to enter a new dimension and had a friend Nemo whom she played with. Nemo turned out to be Elisa's personal deamon but while Elisa was little Nemo was her "imaginary" friend. Elisa did everything she could to keep her secret from everyone including her family.

When Elisa went to college her powers were discovered by an all female task force group known as the Furies. She joined them and they trained her in the way of espionage and armed/unarmed combat. This upset Nemo and he turned the dimension  that was once a place of dreams to a place of nightmares. She became so terrified about the dimension that fellow Furies used their powers to make her forget she even had the power.

Elisa lost memories and had her brain twisted erased and changed by various enemies and "allies". She disappeared for weeks and was only left with the fragmentation of memories and suggestions when she was found again by the Furies who reformed her mind with more false memories and convinced her she was a real ghost.

 Malevolence
6/10
Though she is a "good guy", she isn't afraid to kill her enemies.

Spookiness
2/10
She's not particularly spooky, but she does wield guns, which makes her a bit scarier, I guess.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 23, 2013, 07:31:46 PM
With her hands.

Duh.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 23, 2013, 07:33:22 PM
 
Number 48c
The Overlook Hotel
(http://mindlessones.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/overlook02dailyicon.jpg)
(22 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #4 Johnny Unusual)

The Overlook Hotel was a secluded hotel located in the Rocky Mountains. During its history it was the site of many unsavory activities, including suicides, gangland hits, and many suspicious changes of ownership, yet the hotel remained a luxurious destination known for its sumptuous grounds and spectacular mountain view.

The Overlook was destroyed when the hotel's winter caretaker, Jack Torrance, allowed the outmoded boiler to go untended until it exploded, burning the Overlook to the ground. Jack's wife Wendy and his son Danny Torrance, along with hotel cook Dick Halloran, were the only survivors of the destruction.

Years later, Andrew Pomeroy, an amateur painter, was employed by a magazine to sketch the ruins of the hotel. Pomeroy disappeared during the assignment.

 Malevolence
10/10
This one buried the needle

 Spookiness
10/10
Usually, you will find the spookiness meter is based on first impressions.  In some cases, a ghost may have a higher rating than expected due to the fact of how startling and unnerving they are on first blush.  Haunted locations, however, are marked the opposite way.  You need to spend time with a location understand how spooky it is.  This one is possibly the spookiest haunted house of all time.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 23, 2013, 08:44:41 PM
Number 48d
Joey Mallone
(http://charlottegeeks.com/wp-content/uploads/joeyexpressions.gif)
(22 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #4 Pak Man)

Joey Mallone is a ghost who haunts the Blackwell family of mediums.  He helps the Blackwell (first Lauren, then her niece Rosa) family solve mysteries related to the supernatural and helping other ghosts move on.  Joey is the ghost who taught Rosa about her powers and acts as her spirit guide which is essential for a medium to have.  Joey has most recently helped Rosa solve several cases and has recently been helping Rosa with her new Ghost Investigation Agency

Malevolence
2/10
He's a nice guy

 Spookiness
1/10
And he's not really scary
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 23, 2013, 09:02:10 PM
Number 48e
Tomás Escobeda
(http://tormentedfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/the-orphanage-thomas.jpg)
(22 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #4 ScottotD)

In life, Tomás was a deformed boy who hid his face under a burlap mask.  Growing up in an orphanage in Spain with his mother Benigna, Tomás one day had his mask stolen by the other children and, humiliated, hid in a sea cave near the orphanage, only to drown after the tide had risen. In revenge, Benigna murders all of the children in the orphanage.

Years later, all of the children began haunting the orphanage.  After a family moved in with the intent of making the orphanage into a home for disabled children, Tomás made friends with the family's son Simón.  Most thought that he was merely Simón's imaginary friend, but after Tomás revealed that Simón was not his mother's biological son and Simón would die soon.

Currently, Tomás is still haunting the orphanage with his friends, as well as a new friend and a new caretaker...

Malevolence
1/10
He's not evil, just playful.

Spookiness
7/10
He was spooky when he was alive.  Burlap masks will do that for ya.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 23, 2013, 09:26:07 PM
Number 48f
Nip Sui-Sin
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5066/5649496247_df164a777a.jpg)
(22 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #4 Stethacantus)

Ning Choi-san is a timid debt collector whose job requires him to travel to rural areas. He arrives at a town but is forced to seek shelter in a deserted temple in the forest on the outskirts because he ran out of money in the first place due to his inability to collect the debt as initially planned. That night in the temple, Ning meets a beautiful and alluring young maiden called Nip Siu-sin and falls in love with her. However, when he later recalls last night's events the next day, he becomes increasingly fearful and superstitious because a Taoist told him that the people he saw at the temple were ghosts. That night, he returns to the temple to spend his night there and confirms his theory that Nip is actually a spirit.

Nip tells him her story of how she became eternally bound to the servitude of a sinister Tree Demoness. She explains that as long as her remains are buried at the foot of the tree, her spirit will be forever enslaved by Tree Demoness. Ning attempts to free her from her suffering. He seeks the help of a powerful Taoist priest and master swordsman called Yin Chik-ha, who he met earlier. Yin battles the Tree Demoness and attempts to free Nip's soul but fails. Nip's soul is taken to the Underworld for betraying her master.

Ning is unwilling to give up on Nip and insists that Yin helps him. Yin manages to open a temporary portal to the Underworld. Ning and Yin enter the Underworld and attempt to free Nip's soul from suffering. They are unable to find her in the midst of thousands of other spirits. Eventually, Ning and Nip are able to see each other briefly near dawn when they come back from the Underworld after the fight. Sunlight shines on the urn containing Nip's cremated remains, but Nip cannot be exposed to sunlight or her soul will disintegrate. Ning holds on to a curtain to shield the urn from sunlight as he has a final conversation with Nip. Nip tells Ning that the only way to save her soul is to place her remains to rest at another more auspicious burial site before she returns to the darkness. Ning follows her instructions and with Yin's advice, Ning buries Nip's remains near the crest of a hill. He burns a joss stick for her and prays for her soul while Yin watches solemnly behind him.

 Malevolence
3/10
She does have song fun scaring Ning with wolf howls.

Spookiness
2/10
She does have the flowing white robes, but they just make her look pretty
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 23, 2013, 09:28:54 PM
 
Number 48g
Herne the Hunter
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3b/Herne_the_Hunter.jpg)
(22 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #4 Tripe)

In English folklore, Herne the Hunter is a ghost associated with Windsor Forest and Great Park in the English county of Berkshire. His appearance is notable in the fact that he has antlers upon his head.

The first literary mention of Herne is in William Shakespeare's play, The Merry Wives of Windsor, though there are several theories attempting to place the origins of Herne as predating any evidence for him by connecting his appearance to pagan deities or ancient archetypes.

The earliest written account of Herne comes from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor in 1597:

Sometime a keeper here in Windsor Forest,
Doth all the winter-time, at still midnight,
Walk round about an oak, with great ragg'd horns;
And there he blasts the tree, and takes the cattle,
And makes milch-kine yield blood, and shakes a chain
In a most hideous and dreadful manner.
You have heard of such a spirit, and well you know
The superstitious idle-headed eld
Receiv'd, and did deliver to our age,
This tale of Herne the Hunter for a truth.
— William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor

This records several aspects of Herne's ghost which is said to have haunted Windsor Forest (covering all of East Berkshire and parts of south Buckinghamshire, northeast Hampshire and northwest Surrey) and specifically the Great Park ever since his death. Further details have entered local folklore from reported sightings , such as those in the 1920s. He appears antlered, sometimes beneath the tree on which he was hanged, known as "Herne's Oak", but more often riding his horse, accompanied by other wild huntsmen and the captured souls of those he has encountered on his journey. He is thus a phantom of ill omen, particularly for the country and, specifically, the Royal Family. He has a phosphorescent glow and is accompanied by demon hounds, a horned owl and other creatures of the forest.

Two hundred years later in 1792 Samuel Ireland slightly expands on Shakespeare as follows: “The story of this Herne, who was keeper in the forest in the time of Elizabeth, runs thus: – That having committed some great offence, for which he feared to lose his situation and fall into disgrace, he was induced to hang himself on this tree.”

William Ainsworth’s romantic novel Windsor Castle which began serialisation in 1842 contains a fictionalised account of the origins of Herne the Hunter set during the reign of Richard II. This fabrication was popular with the Victorians, and has come down to the present day as being the legend.

 Malevolence
?/10   
Difficult to determine.  Though his appearance is an ill omen, it does not mean he himself is necessarily evil.   However, it is very probably that, intentionally or unintentionally, he is dangerous due to his reported wild nature (and a participant in the wild hunts), his sign as an ill omen and his appearance around hellhounds.  Still, nothing can be proven at this stage.  If you see him, be very cautious.

Spookiness
6/10
This is based on the Shakespeare quote above.   Again, he is a bit of a mystery and there are few accounts of encounters in the modern age and those that have been made vary in tone.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 23, 2013, 09:30:51 PM
That's it for tonight.  There will be three more tomorrow, and a couple more on the weekend, but not too many until Monday, and I'll make sure to have it done by Halloween day.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: MightyJack on October 23, 2013, 10:39:48 PM
Number 48b
Elisa Cameron
(http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/g/ghost1.jpg)
(22 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #4 George Harrison)

Enjoying the list Johnny. Good work.

BTW, the current Ghost is an actual Ghost. From the excellent Kelly Sue DeConnick mini-series...

Elisa Cameron was an old-school reporter, the kind that cared about truth and justice and being the voice for the voiceless. In the midst of an investigation into the disappearance of thirty people in the Chicago area, she falls victim to the same monster she was hunting. Her ghost is brought back by Tommy Byers, an amateur ghost hunter, and his partner, a retired reporter named Vaughn Barnes. Tommy bought a piece of stolen experimental equipment in the hopes that he could use it to summon the woman in white known as Resurrection Mary, but instead summons Elisa. Together the three go on the run, evading the people that want back the stolen equipment, and trying to put together the missing pieces of Elisa’s memory. Along the way they discover mad doctors and demons and an evil greater than anyone knew at the heart of the Windy City.

A new regular series from DeConnick is coming this November. Yay! (yeah I'm a geek, so what  ;)

Oh, and a Ghost can wield guns the same way they can throw chairs or kick a can in a subway.

As for the supplemental list. I've been watching the original Kolchak series on DVD, I've always liked the show and I can't believe I forgot Carl on my list. I guess I was thinking more paranormal folk, psychics and sorcerer's, rather than reporters.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 24, 2013, 07:25:24 AM
Yeah, I was tempted to lump them in together since they are rather closely related, but in the end I decided against it.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Quantum Vagina on October 24, 2013, 03:07:34 PM
Oh snap, list is going. Interesting so far. The mere IDEA of the Overlook Hotel creeps me out.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 24, 2013, 04:46:17 PM
 
Number 41a
Ghost of Christmas Present (modern)
(http://www.themakeupgallery.info/images/horror/dead/ghosts/scrooged2.jpg)
(23 points on 1of 12 lists. Top Vote #3 Raven)

The more modern Ghost of Christmas Present is a woman dressed as a pixie who delighted in beating up sleazy media mogul Frank Cross, while at the same time, showing him events of his friends, family and acquaintances in order to convince him to become a better person.

It is unclear what relation this newer ghost might have to the original ghost, except that they play similar roles in trying to convince a cruel person to become more sympathetic and empathetic towards other people.

Malevolence
6/10
Not evil, but very violent and delights in it.  Still, it is for a higher purpose… mostly.

Spookiness
2/10
She only gets an extra point because you will be afraid she will learn that the calls are coming from inside the house.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 24, 2013, 05:29:31 PM
 
Number 41b
Merlyn Temple
(http://images.tvrage.com/cguide/13/8161.jpg)
(23 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #3  Stethacantus)

Merlyn is a spirit/angel who haunts the town of Trinity, South Carolina and acts as a guide to help keep her brother Caleb on the straight and narrow while he tries to escape the clutches of Sheriff Lucas Buck. She when she was 5 years old, she was present for her mother's rape by Buck and became emotionally disturbed. Her mother eventually committed suicide some time after giving birth to an illegitimate child.  On Caleb's tenth birthday, she “cast a spell" by saying "Someone's at the door" (a key word connected the event of the rape) over and over again until her father, Gage, who became demented after his wife's death, came after her with a shovel. The sheriff arrived, and finding Merlyn still alive, "put her out of her misery" by breaking her neck. Her father was accused of the killing and Lucas convinced him to kill himself in jail, leaving Caleb with no known family.

Merlyn usually has been visible only to Caleb and no one knew he was in contact with her until she "borrowed" the life of an unborn infant and came to life briefly. Merlyn is sometimes a bit vindictive, and still has not mastered the subtleties of being an angel, but she's trying.

Malevolence
5/10
For the most part, she is trying to protect her little brother from beyond the grave, but is not afraid to do some dirty work of her own if it means she can stop Sheriff Buck.

Spookiness
3/10
For the most part, she’s not too scary to look at but she certainly has a dark side to her.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 24, 2013, 06:16:02 PM
Number 41c
Eva Galli/Alma Mobley
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_bSk6yN_RU3Q/S3I5cup2AcI/AAAAAAAAGKA/iC9177sri08/s400/ghost-story.jpg)

(23 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #3  George Harrison)
Eva/Alma is a manitou, an evil spirit that can take many forms, including that of a beautiful woman that haunts a group of elderly friends known as the Chowder Society.  In the 1920’s, it took the form of a young woman named Eva Galli and made men fall head over heels for her.  After a night where she both flirted with and belittled the Chowder Society (and not generally not acting like the woman they knew), its members accidentally killed her in a struggle.  The men conspired to hide her body but as they drove to hide it, the body disappears.
Years later a writer and teacher named Donald Wanderley (a nephew of one member of the Chowder Society) meets and falls for a grad student named Alma Mobley.  However, over time he begins to sense an inexplicable feeling of something not being right with her.  He decides to stop seeing her and she eventually just vanishes.  When Donald decides to look her up, he discovers much about her was fabricated.   Eventually, Donald’s twin brother David marries Alma and mysteriously dies.
After Eva/Alma returns to kill more the Chowder Society years later, Donald and the surviving members of the society learn of the truth and work to defeat it.  Eventually they do, but Alma/Eva escapes.  Later Donald finds her in Florida in the form of a little girl and when she tries to escape in the form of a wasp, she is destroyed.

 Malevolence
9/10
This one does seem pretty darn evil   

Spookiness
2/10
I dunno she doesn’t seem so bad.
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_bSk6yN_RU3Q/S3AwilFkmgI/AAAAAAAAGFY/0v95xRMX_mo/s400/Ghost%2520Story_header.jpg)
Yeesh, OK, 7/10
(http://www.best-horror-movies.com/image-files/ghost-story-faceless-eva.jpg)
Gah! 9/10
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 24, 2013, 06:18:31 PM
Sorry for it being so short today.  Starting Sunday/Monday morning, I'll post some more so that we'll have almost 10 a day, leading to Halloween. 
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Darth Geek on October 24, 2013, 07:50:18 PM
(http://www.best-horror-movies.com/image-files/ghost-story-faceless-eva.jpg)

HOLY MOTHERFUCKING SHIT! Well, no sleep for me tonight.  :speechless:
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: ScottotD on October 24, 2013, 10:34:41 PM
(http://www.best-horror-movies.com/image-files/ghost-story-faceless-eva.jpg)

HOLY MOTHERFUCKING SHIT! Well, no sleep for me tonight.  :speechless:

What movie is this from!? I MUST SEE IT!
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 24, 2013, 10:57:57 PM
It's called Ghost Story.  I haven't seen it, but reviews were sort of mixed.  Still, it is interesting since it actually has a cast largely comprised of old, stately actors like Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and John Houseman.

The vote was based on the book that inspired it (also called Ghost Story) by Peter Straub, which was better received.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Malt on October 25, 2013, 12:17:45 AM

(http://www.best-horror-movies.com/image-files/ghost-story-faceless-eva.jpg)

Someone needs a kiss goodnight.

Loving the list so far btw.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: MightyJack on October 25, 2013, 12:52:11 AM
Ghost Story the movie was okay, but the book is better. I remember reading it all in one night and part of the day, I couldn't put it down. Scared the crap out of me.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Tripe on October 25, 2013, 05:38:08 AM
Wow I forget how long a career Alice Krige has had, must rewatch that. :)

Also, the overlook is spooky, especially if one is reading the novel while manning the night-desk of a hotel. Good reading choices me!
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Raven on October 26, 2013, 10:15:30 AM
Number 41a
Ghost of Christmas Present (modern)
(http://www.themakeupgallery.info/images/horror/dead/ghosts/scrooged2.jpg)
(23 points on 1of 12 lists. Top Vote #3 Raven)

The more modern Ghost of Christmas Present is a woman dressed as a pixie who delighted in beating up sleazy media mogul Frank Cross, while at the same time, showing him events of his friends, family and acquaintances in order to convince him to become a better person.

It is unclear what relation this newer ghost might have to the original ghost, except that they play similar roles in trying to convince a cruel person to become more sympathetic and empathetic towards other people.

Malevolence
6/10
Not evil, but very violent and delights in it.  Still, it is for a higher purpose… mostly.

Spookiness
2/10
She only gets an extra point because you will be afraid she will learn that the calls are coming from inside the house.

Here's a pic
(http://www.empireonline.com/images/image_index/original/56852.jpg)
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 27, 2013, 05:40:00 PM
 
Number 38
Miss Jessel and Peter Quint
(http://www.mvdaily.com/articles/2002/09/britten4.jpg)
(23 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #11 Tripe)

In life, Miss Jessel and Peter Quint were employees at a Bly House in Essex.  Miss Jessel was a housekeeper, while Peter was a valet.  The two had a sexual relationship and it is believed that Peter may have molested several members of the household, including a boy named Miles.  It is recorded with certainty that Miss Jessel and Peter Quint had spent a lot of time with Miles and his little sister Flora before their passing.  The cause of death for both is vague, though some have said that Peter died in a car accident involving an icy road.

Years later a governess (who name has yet to be determined) became the guardian of the two children who were seemingly abandoned by their uncle.  Overtime, the governess sees two figures on the ground of Bly House that she does not recognize.  The governess, after hearing stories from the current housekeeper, becomes convinced that these are the ghosts of Miss Jessel and Peter Quint.  She also believes that the children are aware of this and are keeping it from her.

At one point, the governess confronts Flora about her relationship with Miss Jessel, which causes a schism between them.  Flora is taken to her uncle by the housekeeper, leaving the governess with Miles.  As they are talking, the governess sees Peter Quint’s ghost and tries to convince Miles that he is free from the ghost’s power.  However, she soon finds that he had died in her arms.

 Malevolence
8/10
The motivations of these spirits are not exactly clear, but whether by intent or accident, the ghosts had done serious damage by killing one child and almost driving another mad.

Spookiness
5/10
Though they look like normal people, they have an aura to them that gives others an unnerved reaction.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 27, 2013, 07:47:46 PM
Number 37
Starscream
(http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/attach/7/1/5/9/0/Masterpiece_ghost_starscream_1268916900.jpg)
(23 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #6 Pak Man)

In life, Starscream was a transformer (a robotic alien) and a former scientist who joined a faction of rebellious robots called the Decepticons (led by a transformer named Megatron) with gusto after the loss of his friend Skyfire. He quickly decided that the Megatron's leadership was old and outdated, and that he was the one who should be in charge. Cue nine million years of backstabbing, treachery, cowardice, coups and general disobedience, which continued when the war moved from Cybertron to Earth. In fact, it was Starscream's refusal to listen to Megatron that kept the war going, when a petty parting blast that he delivered to the Autobot's (the Decepticons’ enemy) crashed starship jostled the body of Autobots leader Optimus Prime into the path of Teletraan I's restoration beam. Starscream's scheming was a constant throughout the Earth-based conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons, and it culminated in his expulsion from the Decepticon ranks, following which he created the Combaticons to serve as his personal army, only to have them turn on him, forcing him to rejoin Megatron's ranks.

Even in death, Starscream was unstoppable. Following Megatron's climactic battle with Optimus Prime in 2005, Starscream set his commander's battered body adrift in space and promptly appointed himself the new Decepticon leader. In the midst of a grandiose coronation ceremony, however, Megatron returned, recreated as Galvatron by the power of the giant transformer Unicron, and promptly blasted Starscream to ashes. Surprisingly, Starscream's lifeforce persisted as a ghost, which continued to bedevil the Transformers, even across the gulf of time.

Sometime after his death, the ghost of Starscream confronted exiled Decepticon Octane to help take revenge on  Galvatron.  Eventually, he possesses other Decepticons in secret, still scheming against Galvatron right under his nose (or nose-like area).  Eventually he teams with a disabled Unicron in order to gain a new body, but his body is destroyed and his ghost is shot into the void.  Eventually, he ends up travelling through time to ancient Earth and tries to control the also-time lost descendants of the Decepticons, known as the Predacons by possessing one of their own, only to be blasted into space once more, vowing revenge.

Malevolence
9/10
He would probably put himself at a 10, but still, he is a solid 9.

Spookiness
2/10
He’s evil, but he’s not particularly scary.  He does have that high pitched voice, though.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 27, 2013, 08:03:01 PM
 
Number 36
The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future
(http://content8.flixster.com/question/41/53/34/4153346_std.jpg)
(24 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #2 Pak Man)

The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future is a crazy robot who claims that he is the Ghost of Christmas Past. He first shows up in New Jersey in the house of a man named Carl Brutananadilewski (in February) and tells Carl "what Christmas was like" when Carl was eight, in which he was made to eat carpet by his father and his house was destroyed by robots and lasers (Carl remembers eating carpet, but not the robots and lasers). He then proceeds to fill Carl's pool with elf blood as an excuse to tell Carl and his neighbors Frylock, Master Shake and Meatwad about the original Santa Claus, an ape named "Sir Santa of Claws", and elves from Mars. He has a penchant for telling drawn-out stories such as this with absolutely no factual basis or consistency. He says that the only way for Carl to get rid of the blood is for Carl to have sex with the Great Red Ape in Space. Carl eventually gets rid of him by selling his house to musician Glenn Danzig, who buys the house specifically for the blood, and whom the Ghost can't stand.

He may be related to the robot Turkatron, who once claimed to be the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future but was later discovered to be a defective toy from the present. Still, the Cybernetic Ghost and Turkatron have the same voice and same penchant for telling convoluted stories. He says he has something to do with Sigourney Weaver and that he survived the "Quickening of the Dragonoids". He is a becomes a member of the failed revenge-based organization Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday...

In fact, it is later discovered that he is a robot created by a mad scientist named Dr. Weird and that the Ghost doesn't know anything about the past and future, and instead randomly strings words together.  However, despite this revelation, it is hard to claim that he is not a ghost due to his unexplained supernatural powers.

He later fell in love with an alien named Oglethorpe.

Malevolence
4/10
He’s more of an annoyance than a threat, but he is an incredibly persistent annoyance.

Spookiness
1/10
He's a robot duck skeleton.  David Lynch could sell that as terrifying but this doesn't work.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 27, 2013, 09:01:47 PM
Ha!  Technically, I got to fix that, but I wish I didn't
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 27, 2013, 09:03:06 PM
 
Number 35a
Ammeline Hamstring
(http://akvis.com/img/examples/artwork/nymph/original-photo.jpg)
(visual approximation)
(25 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 Tripe)

Ammeline Hamstring, also known as 'Goodie' Hamstring was a witch from Lancre, the Ramtops in the Discworld. She was Mort's first "collection" as Death's apprentice. She had a grey cat.

As with all Discworld magical practitioners, she knew in advance when her death would be and again would be personally visited by Death (or had a right to be anyway) so she had time to prepare.
When Mort arrived she was an elderly lady with a hooked nose wearing a grey woolen dress. After Mort cut the line connecting her soul to her body, she realised it was no longer bound by the body's morphic field, and with much more control than most people her soul's form settled into the shape of her "inner self". Her hair unwound itself from its tight bun, changing colour and lengthening, her body straightened up. Wrinkles dwindled and vanished, and her dress turned into something green and clingy.
Rather than go on to an afterlife, she remained at her home, intending her spirit to get thinner and spread through the forest.

Malevolence
?/10
Sorry, I’ll edit the correct information in when someone tells me, but based on what I read, there’s no reason to think that she is in any way malevolent

Spookiness
5/10
Well, she is a witch.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 27, 2013, 09:12:19 PM
 
Number 35b
The Blair Witch
(http://thegalleryofmonstertoys.com/90swing/mcfarlaneblairwitch.jpg)
(25 points on 1 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 Stethacantus)

The Blair Witch is a legend in Burkittsville, Maryland, commencing with a woman named Elly Kedward who, after being accused of witchcraft, was tried, found guilty, and then banished into the Black Hills Forest where the townspeople left her, hanging from a tree, to succumb to the elements. Although her precise fate was never determined, it is assumed she died from exposure. However, in 1786, Elly's spirit returned and manifested itself into the area.

In March 1886, an eight-year-old girl named Robin Weaver was out in the Black Hills Forest when she got lost and met a woman, whose feet, according to Robin, "did not touch the ground." She was initially frightened, but then she came to trust the old woman, who acted in a seemingly generous manner, and she followed the old woman deep into the wood to an old, abandoned house, which she entered. Robin followed the woman and entered the house, and followed the woman down to a basement down in the bowels of the house. The old woman said she would depart, and left promising to return. Hours passed, as Robin sat in the basement, afternoon faded into evening. Robin grew more and more frightened: she had been feeling a growing feeling of evil ever since she stepped into the basement. As she pictured herself all alone in the woods, which were becoming swamped in the darkness of the evening, Robin stood up and found a window in the basement, through which she squeezed herself and then ran through the darkening woods, and out of the woods completely, racing back to Burkittsville, to which she returned safely. A search party was organized for her before she returned home. After they noticed that the search party did not return to the village, another was organized to look for them. They found the first search party close to Coffin Creek. All of them were brutally murdered and thrown into the shape of a star. Their organs and reproductive systems in the center of the star. On their bellies, feet, and hands were carvings indicating witchcraft. The second search party ran back to the village to gather weapons. When they came back, the bodies were gone, but evidence of the murders were still there. Robin, after leaving the woods, claimed to feel an evil presence about the area.

Published in 1879, and following the hysteria which the people of Burkittsville had spread about Elly Kedward, The Blair Witch Cult, is an allegedly true story revealing all the evil acts of the Blair Witch and her despicable actions against the people of Blair, Maryland. This book is meant to be written in blood and has a faded green cover, and reveals some surprising facts about the Blair Witch, such as that she is not only confined to the Burkittsville woods - she apparently ventured into Blair itself to attack, kill and harm citizens. It also revealed other mysterious aspects about Elly Kedward; such as that the river supposedly ejaculated some remains of her victims, and many of her most mysterious acts in the documentary The Blair Witch Project, are revealed, as The Blair Witch Cult reveals "She controlled the animals of the forest: even the trees seemed to do her bidding." 

In late 1940, a hermit named Rustin Parr began abducting children from Burkittsville, having been previously ordered by the evil spirit of Elly Kedward to walk into Burkittsville and take the first group of children he found. He accomplished this by promising candy to the children. As Rustin was already being driven mad by the spirit of Elly stumbling about the woods at night and chanting foreign phrases in his sleep, this was an easy task for him to accomplish. He took the children back to his secluded house and brutally disembowelled them, just as Elly Kedward had done with the search party, with the exception of Kyle Brody. The Blair Witch commanded Parr to go to town and announce what he had done. Rustin followed out this order and he walked into town, claiming "I'm finally finished." Initially no-one knew what he meant, but the police ventured into the woods, seeking his abode, and found the seven corpses of the children in the cellar. They removed them, taking them into Burkittsville, and this revelation tore up the community. The citizens of Burkittsville proclaimed Rustin Parr guilty as charged, and desired to have him executed. Parr did not deny anything - he confessed to the last degree, informing the authorities of Burkittsville that he was merely doing what an old woman dressed in black had told him to do. Parr was convicted and later executed.

Eileen was the youngest of her siblings in one of the first families of settlers in Burkitsville, Maryland in 1824. A year after the founding of the town, at the time when the crops came in, the town held the first annual Wheat Harvest Picnic near Trappy East Creek. During the picnic, Eileen wandered off towards the water and drowned. Eleven eye-witnesses claimed to have seen a ghostly white hand reach up, out of the water and pull her down.

The creek was searched, but Eileen's body was never recovered. Several days later, the creek mysteriously became clogged with oily bundles of sticks. Rendering the water useless for thirteen days.

Malevolence
10/10
She’s mean.  Like, “make you stand in the corner” mean.

Spookiness
10/10
This is based entirely on the reactions of others.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 27, 2013, 09:46:52 PM
 
Number 33
The Lonesome Ghosts
(http://images.wikia.com/disney/images/d/d3/Lonesome_Ghosts.jpg)
(25 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #11 Malt Dismal and Stethacantus)

The Ajax Ghost Exterminators are hired by telephone to drive out four ghosts from a haunted house that has long been abandoned. Unbeknownst to them, they were hired by the ghosts themselves, who are bored because nobody has visited the house they had long been haunting (they had scared all the locals away, as one ghost puts it: "Guess we're too good!"). They wish to play tricks on the living, and do so through a series of inventive, annoying pranks.

The exterminators arrive, enter and announce themselves, but there is nobody to receive them. Mickey decides they should get to work anyway, and the three split up to hunt the ghosts individually. The exterminators are toyed with at every turn; Mickey is driven upstairs and tries to open a door, which opens in a splash of water. Donald, meanwhile, is whacked with a wooden board and is scared away by the sounds of banging chains and dishes. Goofy, in a bedroom, becomes tangled in a dresser and stabs his own rear with a pin, mistaking his blue pants for a ghost. In the end, the three exterminators accidentally become covered in molasses and flour, making them look like ghosts and consequently scaring the actual ghosts out of the house in a panic. The ghost hunters stand victorious, having driven the spirits out of the house, although not exactly certain how. Donald smugly assumes the ghosts fled in capitulation to their superior tactics.

Malevolence
5/10
They aren’t evil but they love nothing better than to pull mean pranks on the living.

Spookiness
2/10
They are actually pretty adorable.  But in the right light, those smiling faces could be creepy.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Malt on October 27, 2013, 10:46:27 PM
I love that this is number 33. :)
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 27, 2013, 11:30:40 PM
 
Number 32
The Ghost of Christmas Past
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wbzgtZ0eRuY/TQ-Qjn3wCxI/AAAAAAAABQY/MyO2ElOhmiE/s1600/Ghost+of+Christmas+Past.gif)
(27 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #8 Malt Dismal)

The Ghost of Christmas Past was the first of the three spirits that haunted the miser, Ebenezer Scrooge in order to prompt him to repent. It showed him scenes from his past that occurred on or around Christmas, in order to demonstrate to him the necessity of changing his ways, as well as to show the reader how Scrooge came to be the person he was and his particular dislike for Christmas – most of the events which negatively affected Scrooge occurred around the Christmas holiday season.

The Ghost of Christmas Past appears to Scrooge as a white-robed, androgynous figure of indeterminate age. It had on its head a blazing light, reminiscent of a candle flame, and carried a metal cap, made in the shape of a candle extinguisher. Dickens describes the Ghost of Christmas Past only as “it”, and gives a curious description of it "being now a thing with one arm, now with one leg, now with twenty legs, now a pair of legs without a head, now a head without a body: of which dissolving parts, no outline would be visible in the dense gloom wherein they melted away."

Malevolence
1/10
This one is pretty benevolent.  Plus, free trips through time.

Spookiness
1/10
It’s also pretty unspooky.  Also, you can be rid of it with a giant candle snuffer, which is rare but still makes it seem unthreatening.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 27, 2013, 11:34:16 PM
 
Number 31
Rowland and Paine, the Dead Boy Detectives
(http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110707183639/marvel_dc/images/e/e6/Dead_Boy_Detectives_001.jpg)
(28 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #6 Johnny Unusual)

Edwin Paine was murdered at his boarding school in 1916, after which he went to Hell, where he was stalked by an unseen menace through a long corridor for several decades. In December of 1990, Hell was emptied of its residents due to Lucifer’s abdication. As a result of this, the boarding school was overrun by the souls of its past teachers and pupils who have escaped Hell. Charles Rowland was the sole living student at the school during these events, as all the other students had gone home for the holidays. A few of the teachers who stayed behind were supervising him, but one by one they fell victim to various horrors. Paine aided Rowland in avoiding most of the dangers, such as a murderous gang of students. Ultimately, however, Rowland did not survive. He next appeared as a ghost and decided to forego going to the afterlife with Death in preference for prospective future adventures with Paine.

After rejecting the afterlife, the boys spent time studying the school's library books and films (mostly children's adventure fiction) in the hopes of learning how to become detectives. In their first case, they were hired by a young girl to discover what happened to the children of a small British town ("Flaxdown") who have all disappeared.  Later, they were briefly seen tracking down the magician Tim Hunter whilst he was hiding out at one of the Inns Between the Worlds, but were captured and supposedly returned to Death's domain by a coachman - although the coachman actually promised to allow them to escape as he didn't force any spirit to return to death against its will.

The boys continue to solve mysteries to this day.

Malevolence
2/10
They are good kids, basically.

Spookiness
1/10
They are pretty unthreatening and friendly.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 27, 2013, 11:35:30 PM
That's it for tonight everyone!  The next 10 will go up tomorrow!
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: ScottotD on October 27, 2013, 11:51:40 PM
Number 31
Rowland and Paine, the Dead Boy Detectives
(http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110707183639/marvel_dc/images/e/e6/Dead_Boy_Detectives_001.jpg)
(28 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #6 Johnny Unusual)

This looks pretty cool.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 28, 2013, 12:46:36 AM
Yeah, the issue of Sandman they were first introduced in was great and I love the idea of making them ghost detectives, but up till now, there hasn't been a REALLY interesting story with them in that role.  They are getting a new series though, so I'm hoping that will change.

But I love the idea that these are kids who use their undead time every kid wishes they could: playing around and solving crimes.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Tripe on October 28, 2013, 03:28:31 AM
(visual approximation)
No, this is a visual approximation:

(http://akvis.com/img/examples/artwork/nymph/original-photo.jpg)

The picture you have would be her at the end of her life.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 28, 2013, 03:44:37 AM
Which is when she became a ghost, right?
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Tripe on October 28, 2013, 04:09:22 AM
Yes but, as the text you quoted shows, was not what her ghost looks like, and that difference is the reason she's my top choice.

What we appear to be physically is often at odds to our "true self", especially when considering the elderly.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 28, 2013, 04:14:54 AM
Ah, I see. Will correct.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Tripe on October 28, 2013, 05:18:47 AM
Number 31
Rowland and Paine, the Dead Boy Detectives
Interesting, didn't know there had been more of them after that Sandman story. Are the other stories collected anywhere?

Ah crap, I forgot about discworld ghosts.
Goodie Hamstring's the only one I had though there were a couple of others I considered.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 28, 2013, 05:32:47 AM
They appeared in the Children's Crusade crossover, which was the only attempt that Vertigo ever did to have a crossover in their title.  Then they made little appearances in spin-off books and finally reappeared in "Sandman Presents: the Dead Boy Detectives" by Ed Brubaker, which has been collected (probably because Brubaker is a big deal now).  It was OK, but I just wish it was more fun (I think present day Brubaker might have done a better job).  There's a current series just starting up I'm more jazzed about the new series written by novelist Toby Litt and co-written and drawn by comics veteran Mark Buckingham.  I'm hoping this new book finds potential in the premise.

(http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111212001940/marvel_dc/images/c/c2/SP_Dead_Boy_Detectives_Vol_1_1.jpg)
Also, I think that the problem I have with how other people handle it comes up again in a later entry: I think it would be more interesting if they are the one supernatural thing in the story.  Sometimes, some supernatural characters work best in otherwise non-supernatural settings.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Quantum Vagina on October 28, 2013, 07:59:21 AM
I have a feeling that every ghost possible from the Christmas Carol is going to show up, which is fair. I personally tried to include only one ghost from the IP's I could think of. If I hadn't, I'd have felt like I was weighing too heavily on some aspects.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: ScottotD on October 28, 2013, 08:15:37 AM
I think I only included one 'historical' ghost in my list.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 28, 2013, 05:33:59 PM
 
Number 30
Booberry
(http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120706151246/protagonist/images/a/a6/Boo.jpg.gif)
(28 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #5 Pakman)

Boo Berry is a ghost that promotes (and perhaps haunts) Boo Berry cereal.  His origins are unknown except that he loves Boo Berry cereal and he is in competition with the undead Count Chocula and the patchwork man-mockery Franken Berry.  It is unclear is Franken Berry and Boo Berry are related or perhaps Franken Berry was created with Boo Berry’s body after he died.  Or perhaps Boo Berry was the scientist who created Franken Berry, they argued about cereal and Franken Berry broke Boo Berry’s spine.

As initially seen, Boo Berry wore the chain he forged in life! He made it link by link and yard by yard! He gartered it on of his own free will and by his own free will, he wore it!  And there’s cereal at the end of it, which is convenient.  However, currently, he no longer has chains, perhaps being freed after teaching an old miser the true meaning of breakfast.

Malevolence
2/10
Mostly nice, but he doesn’t get along with the other cereal monsters.
Spookiness
2/10
Those nipple clamps are kind of unsettling.
http://www.youtube.com/v/ZF_Dhgisbys
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 28, 2013, 06:32:03 PM
Number 29
The Deadites
(http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_small/5/53336/1533884-deadite_2.jpg)
(28 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #2 ScottotD)

Deadites are creatures, most commonly people, that have become possessed by evil spirits (demons) invoked by The Necronomicon Ex-Mortis (AKA the Book of the Dead, not to be confused with the Tibetan Book of the Dead). However, monsters and creatures released by The Necronomicon Ex-Mortis can be referred to as Deadites as well.

Human beings that have been possessed by a Deadite will exhibit white, pupil-less eyes, dark grey skin, and will also appear to decay rapidly. When people became possessed, they continued to decay indefinitely. It can be assumed that eventually the host body will decay completely from the demon's corruption. Former Tobin Spirit Guide contributor Professor Knowby warned via his tape recordings that he feared the only way to stop those possessed by the demons (Deadites) was through the act of bodily dismemberment. He also warned that the book said that these enduring creatures may lie dormant but were never truly dead.

When a human becomes a Deadite, it is assumable that they have no control over their physical body. Their souls are apparently taken to Hell and tortured, although this might just be the demons' threat to scare those not possessed. The only people recorded to have overcome their possession by the spirits are Ashley Williams and Mia (no last name given), both possessions having taken place in Michigan.

The Deadites also apparently have complete recall of the lives of their vessels, their memories, their emotions, and their relationships, and are able to temporarily appear as fully human again to communicate with those not possessed. This has only been used to escape from certain death or indefinite confinement. Through this trickery, the Deadites provoke an irrational and emotional response in their captors or would-be killers to allow them an opportunity either for escape or to catch them off-guard.

  The Deadites as creatures appear as beings of pure debauchery, lust, and insanity. They enjoy self-mutilation, swearing, and relishing the fear of their prey. In some cases, it has been recorded that the Deadites inflict terrible bodily damage to themselves before they even begin attacking others. It is unknown if they do this as a scare tactic or simply because they enjoy the pain. Oddly enough, after being a Deadite for several hours, suffering various injuries (mostly self-inflicted) including forking her tongue with a box-cutter, and being buried alive, Mia was completely unharmed after release from her possession. Similarly, Ash Williams had become deformed when possessed but regained his normal features once the spirit was exorcised.  This may imply that while possessing a human any harm on the body is inflicted on the demon rather than the possessed.

Malevolence
10/10
Face it, they just hate you.
Spookiness
10/10
Yeah, they ugly and they want you to know it!
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 28, 2013, 06:37:29 PM
Then maybe he's making up for all the kids he murdered.

http://www.youtube.com/v/VCjc_OllHdE
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 28, 2013, 09:09:33 PM
Number 28
King Hamlet
(http://www.english.emory.edu/classes/Shakespeare_Illustrated/Fuseli.ghost.jpg)
(30 points on 5 of 12 lists. Top Vote #10 Imrahil)
King Hamlet (AKA Old Hamlet) is the spirit of the former king of Denmark who haunted his son Prince Hamlet before his death.  King Hamlet was described as a warrior, as he led Denmark's forces to victory against Norway, and personally defeated its King Fortinbras in hand-to-hand combat. His son respected him, saying Claudius paled in comparison to him, and frequently reflected on him in an endearing manner.

The Ghost appeared first to a duo of soldiers—Barnardo and Marcellus—and a visitor to Denmark, Horatio. The men drew their swords and stood in fear, requesting that Horatio, as a scholar, address the ghost. Horatio asked the ghost to speak, and reveal its secret. It was about to do so when the cock crowed, signaling morning, and the ghost instead disappeared. The Ghost was clearly recognized by all present as the King, dressed in his full armour. It is also said that he had appeared to the castle guards at least twice before at exactly the same time.

In his second appearance, Horatio talked Prince Hamlet into staying up with the guards to see if the ghost would return. At midnight, it appeared, and beckoned Hamlet to follow. Horatio and his friends begged him not to go alone, but he did anyway, driven by curiosity. Once alone, the ghost described his wanderings on the earth, and his harrowing life in purgatory, since he died without receiving the ordinances of the Catholic Church, such as Extreme Unction. He told the young Hamlet that he was poisoned and murdered by his brother, Claudius, the new King of Denmark, and asked the prince to avenge his death. He also expressed disgust at his wife, Gertrude, for marrying Claudius, but warned Hamlet not to confront her, but to leave that to Heaven. Later, Prince Hamlet returned to his friends and had them swear on his sword to keep what they have seen a secret. When they resist, the ghost uttered the words "Swear" and "Swear on the sword", until his friends agreed.

The prince Hamlet, fearing that the apparition may be a demon pretending to be King Hamlet, decided to put the ghost to the test by staging a play that re-enacts the circumstances that the spirit claimed led to his death. Claudius's reaction was one of guilt and horror, and Prince Hamlet was convinced that the ghost is, in fact, his father. However, due to his over-analytical mind and the complexity of the ghost's conditions, much time passed before Hamlet carried out his orders.
In the third appearance, Hamlet was confronted by the ghost (in his nightgown) in his mother's closet, and was rebuked for not carrying out his revenge and for disobeying in talking with Gertrude. Hamlet fearfully apologized. Gertrude, however, could not see the ghost, and thought Hamlet was mad, asking why he was staring and talking to nothing.

Though Claudius was killed by Prince Hamlet, it is unclear if King Hamlet found peace, seeing as it cost him the lives of his wife and son, among many others.  Still, there are no reports of any trace of the King since then.

Malevolence
5/10
The five is merely a guess as it is difficult to determine whether he is seeking justice or vengeance (if it is the latter, then it should be bumped up two points)

Spookiness
6/10
He gets points for sorrow.  The fear you feel doesn't come from menace, but rather sympathy for his plight.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Darth Geek on October 28, 2013, 09:18:15 PM
I would love to see a version of Hamlet where his father's ghost gets fed up with Hamlet's uselessness and just decides to haunt Claudius himself. In the end only Claudius dies, and Hamlet accidentally dies from wandering off a balcony because he wasn't paying attention.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 28, 2013, 09:57:35 PM
Number 27
The Library Ghost
(http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091224190803/ghostbusters/images/c/c9/Libraryghost01.png)
(31 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #8 Pak Man)
The Library Ghost (aka The Grey Lady, Gray Lady, Librarian Ghost) was the ghost of librarian Eleanor Twitty and the very first ghost that the Ghostbusters (a famous paranormal investigation and removal team) encountered. She appears to be a very odd reader as she likes to stack books up in the air.

In 1984, disturbances were being reported as coming from the New York City Public Library. More recently, a librarian, Alice, fainted due to the disturbances. It is revealed that the trouble is coming from a ghost. A team of three paranormal scientists (Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman, and Egon Spengler), are brought in to conduct an investigation. Based on eyewitness descriptions, Ray believed the entity to be a Free-Roaming, Vaporous, Full Torso Apparition. When the future Ghostbusters were about to act out Ray's plan to "get her", she changed into a terrifying form and scared them away. She was never seen or heard from again until 1991, though it doesn't mean that the Ghostbusters weren't trying to capture her again.

In 1991, due to the research of Winston Zeddemore, it was revealed that she was the ghost of former Head Librarian of the New York Public Library, Dr. Eleanor Twitty. A new paranormal threat surfaces in New York, and en route to the Museum, the Ghostbusters heard of a ghost outbreak happening at the Library, and stopped to settle an old score. Ray, in particular, was still bitter about their first encounter, and hints that they may have had trouble capturing Eleanor's spirit throughout the years.

Malevolence
6/10
She’s not overtly evil but she is very aggressive and doesn't like to be disturbed.

Spookiness
7/10
Word of advice; don’t get her.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 28, 2013, 11:14:36 PM
 
Number 26
Zero
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3289/2464309026_65eef2e7c0.jpg)
(31 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #4 Quantum Vagina)
Zero is a ghost dog who belongs to supernatural entity Jack Skellington. After his master Jack found the door to Christmas Town, a world of perpetual Christmas, while taking Zero for a walk, Jack decided that he wanted to celebrate Christmas too, but choosing to do it by kidnapping Santa Claus and replacing him. Later, when Jack wanted to take off to deliver presents, Zero had to light the way because of the thick fog, using his Jack O’Lantern nose.  Zero also has a doghouse gravestone.
   
Malevolence
1/10
He’s a loyal pet.

Spookiness
1/10
He’s got a pumpkin nose.  Just TRY to make that scary.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 28, 2013, 11:26:36 PM
 
Number 25
The Ghost of Christmas Present
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_6BX8iu7bUQ/TuwlxvDXO6I/AAAAAAAALos/_TdXr8tXgzs/s640/christmas+present.jpg)
(31 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #3 Quantum Vagina)

The Ghost of Christmas Present was the third of the four spirits (after the visitations by Jacob Marley and The Ghost of Christmas Past) that haunted the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, in order to prompt him to repent. When he first appeared before Scrooge, he invited him to "come in and know me better, man." According reports, the Ghost of Christmas Present appeared to Scrooge as "a jolly giant" with dark brown curls. He wears a fur-lined green robe and on his head a holly wreath set with shining icicles. He carries a large torch, made to resemble a cornucopia, and appears accompanied by a great feast. He stated that he had "more than eighteen hundred" brothers and later revealed the ability to change his size to fit into any space. He also bears a scabbard with no sword in it, a representation of peace on Earth and good will toward men.

The spirit transported Scrooge around the city, showing him scenes of festivity and also deprivation that were happening as they watched, sprinkling a little warmth from his torch as he travels. Amongst the visits are Scrooge's nephew, and the family of his clerk, Bob Cratchit.

The spirit also shared a vision of Tiny Tim's crutch, carefully preserved by the fireplace. Scrooge asked if Tim will die. The Ghost first stated that "If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, the child will die" (i.e., Tim's illness is not incurable, but the Cratchits lack the funds for Tim to receive proper treatment, courtesy of Scrooge's miserliness), then – quick to use Scrooge's past unkind comments toward two charitable solicitors against him – suggested he "had better do it, and decrease the surplus population." Scrooge was disgusted at his own words and was concerned for Tiny Tim and his family.

The spirit finally revealed to Scrooge two emaciated children, subhuman in appearance and loathsome to behold, clinging to his robes, and named the boy as Ignorance and the girl as Want. The spirit warned Scrooge, "Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased". The spirit once again quoted Scrooge, who asked if the grotesque children have "no refuge, no resource," and the spirit retorted with more of Scrooge's unkind words, "Are there no prisons, no workhouses?", filling Scrooge with self-loathing.

The Ghost of Christmas Present, having already aged, revealed that he will only exist on Earth for a single year's Christmas holiday. He finally disappears at the stroke of midnight on Twelfth Night, and left Scrooge to face the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, as it approaches "like a mist along the ground".

Though you may see a ghost of Christmas Present, it is never the same ghost, merely a brother of the ghosts from the years prior.   

Malevolence
1/10
He's a bit sassy, but he's a cool guy to party with, even when he tries to teach you a lesson.

Spookiness
1/10
Dude, he looks like an old school Father Christmas with the edge removed.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 28, 2013, 11:37:04 PM
Number 24
Sam Wheat
(http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130618233815/protagonist/images/f/f5/SamWheat.jpg)
(33 points on 4 of 12 lists. Top Vote #7 Cole Stratton)

Sam Wheat, a banker, and Molly Jensen, a talented potter, were a loving couple who move into a New York City apartment. At work, Sam discovered a major discrepancy in a couple of bank accounts (too much money) and confided in his good friend and colleague Carl Bruner (Tony Goldwyn). Carl offered to investigate the matter, but Sam decided to investigate himself. Later that night, Sam and Molly were attacked by armed thug Willie Lopez (Rick Aviles) and Sam was killed by a gunshot during a struggle with Willie.

Sam's ghost arose from his dead body, which lay next to the distraught Molly. He gradually realized that he was a ghost whose presence could not be seen or heard. One day, Sam was alone at the apartment (testing his ability to walk through doors) when Willie came in, looking for something. Sam was unable to stop the killer but spooked Molly's cat, Floyd, causing Willie to get scratched and flee. Sam followed the killer to his place in Brooklyn and heard that he would return to Molly's house. He also met Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg), a local con artist posing as a medium and realized she could hear him (not see him), although Oda Mae had been faking her abilities until then. He persuaded Oda Mae to tell Molly that she is in danger, but Molly was disbelieving and Carl later convinced Molly that Oda Mae was a fraud preying on her grief.

 Molly talked to the police about her concerns but they confirmed that Oda Mae was a known con artist with a lengthy record whereas Willie Lopez had none. Sam discovered that Carl was involved in a money laundering scheme at the bank and that the attack was an attempt by Carl to acquire Sam's security codes, so he could transfer the money from the many accounts to one at another bank. He learned how to move solid objects by willpower from an aggressive New York City subway poltergeist he met in the subway. He persuaded Oda Mae to thwart Carl's money laundering scheme. Following his instructions, Oda Mae impersonated the owner of Carl's fake bank account, closed the account, and reluctantly gave its $4 million contents to a homeless shelter. Carl, due to transfer the money to a correspondent bank overseas, became desperate when he found the account closed and empty. Sam taunted him in the deserted office by moving objects and making accusations appear on his computer screen, typing MURDERER, then his name (SAM), making it repeat.

Carl visited Molly and declared to Sam that he would kill Molly unless the money is returned that evening. He and Willie then go to Oda Mae's apartment to find her. Sam managed to get there first and warned Oda Mae and her two sisters, who quickly escaped and took refuge in a neighbor's apartment. Sam uses his powers to separate and distract Carl and Willie, who are ransacking Oda Mae's apartment in search of the money. Horrified by the experience, Willie fled and was killed in a traffic accident. Willie's ghost arose, saw his body, and was told by Sam that he's dead. A group of howling demons emerged from shadows of ordinary things and pulled a screaming Willie into the shadows, while Sam watched in horror.  Afterwards, Sam and Oda Mae returned to Molly's apartment to warn her about Carl, but she refused to let her in and broke down in grief. Sam finally convinced her that Oda Mae was genuine and he was truly present as a ghost by having her push a penny underneath the front door and Sam levitating it in front of Molly.

Astonished, Molly lets Ode Mae inside and while waiting for the police, Sam uses Oda Mae's body to share a final dance with Molly. Carl arrived, prepared to murder Molly and Oda Mae, but they fled. Sam was left momentarily weakened, as possession wipes a ghost out. In the storage room, Carl managed to get a hold of Oda Mae and threatened to kill her, but Molly came to her aid and held Carl off long enough for Oda Mae to escape his grasp. Carl grabbed Molly and held her at gunpoint for the money but was unsuccessful and as Sam recovered, he was able to disarm Carl and attack him. As Carl attempted to flee through a plate glass window, he flung a scaffolding hook in Sam's direction which swang back and partially shattered the glass in the upper part of the window; the window slid down and killed Carl as he climbed out. Carl became a ghost himself, much to his astonishment and to Sam's grief. Sam then watched in silence as the shadowy demons arrived to drag a screaming Carl away into the darkness. As Sam went to Oda Mae and Molly and asked if they are all right, Molly suddenly realized that she could hear him. A heavenly light filled the room and Sam became fully visible to both Molly and Oda Mae. Sam looked behind him and saw hundreds of people, presumably angels, in a portal to Heaven. His task was completed and he could move on. Sam said an emotional farewell to Molly, thanked Oda Mae for her help, and departed to the afterlife.

Malevolence
2/10
He's did attack some bad guys, though they only died because they were dumb.

Spookiness
1/10
Unless by spooky, you mean sexy.  Then he's a solid 8.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 29, 2013, 03:33:22 AM
Number 23
The Vanishing Hitchhiker
(http://americanfolkstories.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/hitchhiker.jpg)
(35 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #4 Raven)

The Vanishing Hitchhiker (AKA the ghostly hitchhiker, the disappearing hitchhiker, the phantom hitchhiker or simply the hitchhiker) story is an urban legend in which people traveling by vehicle meet with or are accompanied by a hitchhiker who subsequently vanishes without explanation, often from a moving vehicle. Vanishing hitchhikers have been reported for centuries and the story is found across the world, with many variants.

A common variation of the above involves the vanishing hitchhiker departing as would a normal passenger, having left some item in the car, or having borrowed a garment for protection against alleged cold (whether or not the weather conditions reflect this claim). The vanishing hitchhiker can also leave some form of information that allegedly encourages the motorist to make subsequent contact.

In such tellings, the garment borrowed is often subsequently found draped over a gravestone in a local cemetery. In this and in the instance of "imparted information", the unsuspecting motorist subsequently makes contact with the family of a deceased person and finds that their passenger fits the description of a family member killed in some unexpected way (usually a car accident) and that the driver's encounter with the vanishing hitchhiker occurred on the anniversary of their death.

Not all vanishing hitchhiker reports involved allegedly recurring ghosts. One popular variant in Hawaii involves the goddess Pele, traveling the roads incognito and rewarding kind travelers. Other variants include hitchhikers who utter prophecies (typically of pending catastrophe or other evils) before vanishing.

Paranormal researcher Michael Goss in his book The Evidence for Phantom Hitch-Hikers discovered that many reports of vanishing hitch-hikers turn out to be based on folklore and hearsay stories. Goss also examined some cases and attributed them to a hallucination.


 Malevolence
1/10
There are very few cases of spectral hitchhiker hurting anyone.

Spookiness
1/10
Not really, though after the fact they jump up a few points.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Tripe on October 29, 2013, 04:02:51 AM
There are a couple of examples of this trope really close to one another (page count wise anyway) in the bible. One of them features Mary's boychild himself.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 29, 2013, 05:19:02 AM
Number 22
Deadman
(http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/nadams6.jpg)
(36 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 Johnny Unusual)
Deadman is a ghost, formerly a circus trapeze artist named Boston Brand who performed under the name Deadman, a stage persona including a red costume and white corpse makeup. Brand also basically ran the circus, and while he was a just man, he was also known for his surly attitude and short temper.  When Brand is murdered during a trapeze performance by a mysterious assailant known only as the Hook (in fact his last words were "Gee, from up here it almost looks like that guy with the hook for a hand has a gun..."), his spirit is given the power to possess any living being by a Hindu goddess named Rama Kushna (a corruption of Rama-Krishna), in order to search for his murderer and obtain justice.  He comes to believe that his assassin was hired by someone else in the circus, since his bad attitude had made him many potential enemies and began to investigate them one by one by possessing them or people around them.

As a ghost, Deadman had the powers of intangibility, invisibility, and flight. He was also able to possess any sentient being. The people he possessed retained no memory of the experience. As a living human, he was an Olympic level athlete well-trained in acrobatics and a former boxer.


 Malevolence
5/10
He’s a just man, but he has a short temper and is generally grouchy.

Spookiness
4/10
He does have a bit of a spooky look to him.  That said, very few people can actually see him, so it’s not that big a deal.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 29, 2013, 06:18:38 AM
 
Number 21
The Stewart Family
(http://morestarsthanintheheavens.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/the-others-nicole-kidman-scared.png)
(38 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #10 George Harrison)
The Stewarts are a family of ghosts living in a remote country house in the British Crown Dependency of Jersey.  The mother, Grace was a devout catholic and her two children, Anne and Nicholas, suffered from xeroderma pigmentosa which made them very photosensitive.  The Stewarts were long unaware that they were ghosts, a fact that was revealed to them after a group of people moved into the house and the children started to see them. For some reason, Grace was unable to see the houses new residents for the longest time and had difficulty understanding what was happening, believing they might be ghosts or demons.  She left the house to find a priest to exorcise the ghosts and ran into her husband, who was declared in killed in the second world war.  She brought him home, but he was distant.  Eventually, Grace saw an old woman and became convinced she is a ghost.  However, she finally learned the truth from her servants (also ghosts) that the family had died 50 years prior at Grace’s hands after a psychotic breakdown.  Angry at the fact, she scared away the living residents of the house and vowed not to let anyone else have the house.


 Malevolence
5/10
Not evil, but very territorial and based on her vow, probably will aggressively haunt anyone who tries to take the house.

Spookiness
5/10
It’s the damned British accents and speaking only in whispers.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 29, 2013, 06:19:40 AM
Oh, and you know, spoiler alert.

That's it for tonight!  (or for most people, morning).  I'll post more tomorrow morning (tonight).
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Darth Geek on October 29, 2013, 07:38:04 AM
Number 26
Zero
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3289/2464309026_65eef2e7c0.jpg)
presents, Zero had to light the way because of the thick fog, using his Jack O’Lantern nose. 
I've watched this movie soooo many times. But it wasn't until I got the BluRay that I actually noticed is nose was supposed to be a jak-o-lantern.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Tripe on October 29, 2013, 01:37:48 PM
One popular variant in Hawaii involves the goddess Pele, traveling the roads incognito and rewarding kind travelers.
I want to find a collection of this version, sounds fascinating.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 29, 2013, 06:38:27 PM
 
Number 20
The Grady Twins
(http://scene2scene.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/image13.jpg)
(38 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #5 SicGirl)

The Grady twins were the daughters of Charles Grady, former caretaker of the Overlook Hotel. The twins appear to young Danny Torrance to serve as a macabre warning of exactly what happens over the winter - people go crazy and people die.  They apparently were killed by their father at the hotel and are now looking for people to play with.

 Malevolence
1/10
Dude, they just want to play with you.  Is your heart so twisted as to misconstrue an invitation to a game as some kind of threat.

Spookiness
1/10
Aw, aren’t they the sweetest?  And they even finish each other’s sentences.  At the same time!
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 29, 2013, 07:25:41 PM
 
Number 19
Santi
(http://www.slantmagazine.com/assets/film/devilsbackbone.jpg)
(39 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #5 George Harrison)
Santi is the ghost of a young boy in an orphanage in Spain in the middle of nowhere during World War II.  Santi was murdered by the orphanage’s caretaker Jacinto who was trying to opening a safe of gold.  Santi later haunts another boy named Carlos and tries to warn him many people will die.

When the residents of the school are all forced to leave when they fear that fascists are coming, the attempt to leave is thwarted by Jacinto, who kills many of the orphans in an explosion.  He then locks up the boys in their dormitory and holds everyone hostage while he looks for the gold.  Eventually, Jacinto is killed by the surviving children and Santi, who drowns him.

Malevolence
5/10
He does want revenge, but mostly he’s trying to warn Carlos and stop bad things from happening

Spookiness
8/10
It’s the flowing wound that really sells it.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 29, 2013, 07:55:04 PM
 
Number 18
LeChuck
(http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs43/f/2009/159/9/6/Lechuck___Palette_swap_by_Salvini.jpg)
(41 points on 2 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 Pak Man)

An undead pirate captain, LeChuck is obsessed with pursuing the affections of Elaine Marley, and exacting revenge upon Guybrush Threepwood, who is responsible for consistently thwarting his plans. LeChuck is not limited to one incarnation; he has become has a ghost, a zombie and a demon among other forms. While sometimes gullible and naïve, LeChuck is a powerful and intelligent villain, making extensive use of voodoo magic in his megalomaniacal plans.

A ghost pirate captain of a ship of undead pirates, LeChuck had been in a brief but unsuccessful relationship with Elaine Marley, the governor of Mêlée Island. After Elaine spurned his advances, LeChuck made an effort to impress the governor by sailing off in pursuit of the secret of Monkey Island. The exhibition ultimately cost LeChuck his life, but he returned as a ghost and began to terrorise the Caribbean, operating out of Monkey Island. Having scared most of the pirates in the Caribbean into staying in port, LeChuck began to plan kidnapping Elaine and forcing her to marry him. Upon learning of Guybrush Threepwood, a new pirate-in-training on Mêlée Island who could cause problems to his plan, LeChuck traveled to Mêlée Island to personally dispose of Guybrush, disguising himself as the island's sheriff. LeChuck confronted Guybrush, tied him to a weight and pushed him into the harbour waters. Leaving Guybrush for dead, LeChuck and his crew raided the island and kidnapped Elaine, and took her to their Monkey Island hideout. Guybrush survived, however, and having become smitten by the governor himself, mounted a rescue mission to Monkey Island. Guybrush was unable to reach Elaine in time, as LeChuck's ship returned to Mêlée Island for the wedding. Nevertheless, Guybrush gate crashed the wedding, intent on killing LeChuck using an anti-ghost potion based on a voodoo root. Infuriated, LeChuck attacked Guybrush, but his spirit form was destroyed when he was sprayed with root beer.

LeChuck returns in many different forms, including a zombie, a demon and a human.

Malevolence
8/10
He’s pretty villainous

Spookiness
4/10
I guess he’s kind of spooky, but he’s far more silly.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 29, 2013, 08:12:21 PM
Number 17
Boo
(http://ih0.redbubble.net/image.11289842.7358/sticker,375x360.u1.png)
(42 points on 4 of 12 lists. Top Vote #9 Quantum Vagina)
Boos (AKA Boo Diddleys) are ghosts common to the Mushroom Kingdom.  They are named after the onomatopoeia of the sound that one might make when trying to frighten someone ("boo!"), whereas their Japanese name comes from the verb 'tereru' (照れる), meaning 'to be shy'.

A Boo's most common pattern of attack is to sneak up on a victim from behind while they are facing away from them; however, they hide their faces (thus turning 'invisible') if looked at, hence the connotations of their Japanese name. Being ghosts, they are usually invincible, and unable to be defeated without certain items or conditions.

It has been implied that Boos may have been other living species before they became boos, but this has not been made clear. There are also sub-species of Boo based on other species; for example undead Shy Guys become "Boo Guys" while undead Lakitus become "Fishin' Boo"s.

Malevolence
8/10
They will try to kill you, but the second you look at them they freeze.  They are, in essence, Weeping Angels.

Spookiness
1/10
Yeah, they’ll try to get you, but they are cute.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 29, 2013, 08:54:42 PM
Number 16
The Woman in Black
(http://relishreads.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/woman-in-black.jpg)
(44points on 4 of 12 lists. Top Vote #3 Tripe)
Jennet Humfrye (AKA The Woman in Black) is a ghost who haunts Eel Marsh House in England.  She was an unmarried and pregnant woman disowned by her wealthy family. Her married sister, Alice Drablow, offered to adopt Jennet’s child, on condition that Jennet not see him.

At her wits' end, Jennet agreed, but found it hard to stay away. So, she started stalking the child. Eventually, she came to Eel Marsh House, but was still not allowed to acknowledge that she is Nathaniel's mother.

Jennet decided to abduct her son from her sister. But before she could, he was drowned in an accident on the marshes in a pony and trap. She watched it happen from the nursery window of Eel Marsh House.

Jennet died of heart failure twelve years after her son, Nathanial Drablow.

Years later, solicitor Arthur Kipps visits for the funeral of Alice Drablow.  At the funeral, he and some children saw Jennet’s ghost (though he didn’t realize it was a ghost) dressed in black.  Kipps stayed in Eel Marsh House and experienced various disturbances and strange noises, including a child’s scream.  Kipps later learned of the Woman in Black’s history and the news that seeing her means a death of a child in the family, which later comes true for him.

 Malevolence
9/10
The Woman in Black has become so bitter that she just wants to cause misery.

Spookiness
8/10
She really is a foreboding presence.  Try not to cross her path at all costs.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 29, 2013, 09:17:15 PM
 
Number 15
The Winchester Mystery House
(http://montaraventures.com/blog/wp-content/2009/06/winchester-mystery-house.jpg)
(45points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #8 Johnny Unusual)
The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion in Northern California, once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. The property and mansion have been claimed to be haunted—including by Winchester herself—since construction commenced in 1884. Under Winchester's day-to-day guidance, its "from-the-ground-up" construction proceeded around the clock, without interruption, until her death on September 5, 1922, at which time work immediately ceased. The cost for such constant building has been estimated at about US $5.5 million (equivalent to over $75 million in 2012). It now serves as a tourist attraction.

The Boston Medium told Winchester, supposedly by way of her late husband, that she had to leave her home in New Haven and travel West, where she must continuously build a home for herself and the spirits of people who had fallen victim to Winchester rifles. Winchester left her New Haven home and headed for California. In 1884 she purchased an unfinished farmhouse in Santa Clara Valley, and began building her mansion. Carpenters were hired and worked on the house day and night until it became a seven story mansion.

The June 1937 issue of Modern Mechanix relates the story from then-current accounts:

"Winchester and the baby girl died suddenly and Mrs Winchester, stunned by the tragedy, fell into a coma so serious that physicians despaired of her life. Finally she recovered and, at a friend’s suggestion, visited a medium. During a séance, according to those familiar with her story, she received a communication from her dead husband in which he said: 'Sarah dear, if our house had not been finished, I would still be with you. I urge you now to build a home, but never let it be finished, for then you will live.' "

In fact, her daughter died in 1866 and her husband in 1881, neither suddenly.

In a Discovery Channel account, "She believed her only chance of a normal life was to build a house, and keep building it. If the house was never finished, no ghost could settle into it. The house contains many features that were utilized to trap or confuse spirits. There are doors that are small or lead nowhere and windows that look into other parts of the house. The mansion may be huge but there are only two mirrors in the whole place. This is because Sarah believed that ghosts were afraid of their own reflection."

Winchester inherited more than $20.5 million upon her husband's death. She also received nearly fifty percent ownership of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, giving her an income of roughly $1,000 per day, equivalent to about $30,000 a day in 2012. These inheritances gave her a tremendous amount of wealth to fund the ongoing construction.


 Malevolence
?/10
It really is hard to say, but you got to assume high considering that almost all the ghosts died violent deaths

Spookiness
9/10
It’s like Aaron Spelling’s house, but built on the blood of those who fell to bullets, rather than 38 year olds playing 17 year olds.  The latter is actually more unsettling.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 29, 2013, 11:45:55 PM
 
Number 14
The Spectre
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/42/Spectre01.jpg/250px-Spectre01.jpg)
(45points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 George Harrison)
The Spectre appeared when hard-boiled cop Jim Corrigan was murdered by being stuffed into a barrel (which was then filled with cement) and drowned. His spirit was refused entry into the afterlife however, instead being sent back to Earth by an entity referred to only as "The Voice", to eliminate evil. He saw his body when he appeared at the bottom of the waterfront.
The Spectre began by seeking bloody vengeance against Corrigan's murderers in a grim, supernatural fashion. One of them turned to a skeleton upon touching him. The Spectre was eventually awarded charter membership in the first ever superhero team, the Justice Society of America. Jim Corrigan was resurrected a few years later, after which the Spectre's ghostly form enters and emerges from him, though he also functions independently. Occasionally, the Spectre was subjected to "occult occurrences" such as dislocation an hour back in time, with no explanation.

Later, the Spectre was reduced to playing the role of guardian angel to a bumbling character called "Percival Popp, the Super Cop". When Corrigan enlisted in the military and departed to serve in World War II, the Spectre became permanently invisible and disappeared for a while.  Eventually, the Spectre re-emerged in the 60’s with far greater power.

In the 1970’s, the Spectre became a far more vengeful figure, doling out cruel and unusual death sentences to criminals and murderers with his vast supernatural power.  Eventually, it was revealed that the Spectre had far more divine origins, but often needed to be merged with the spirit of a dead human as a sort of anchor, lest he become far too dangerous and zealous.

 Malevolence
8/10
Though he fights for justice, he seems to relish the opportunity to hand out death sentences to evil-doers.

Spookiness
9/10
He’s a pretty scary dude, despite being in underpants.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 30, 2013, 02:14:33 AM
Number 13
Space Ghost
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AcBUSVxs82w/TTKyM20qN-I/AAAAAAAAkfI/LTYV3I7CbNE/s1600/Space-Ghost.jpg)
(48 points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 Malt Dismal)
Space Ghost is an interplanetary super-hero who fights crime across the universe with his sidekicks, Jan and Jace, and his monkey Blip.

Later in his life, Space Ghost hosted a talk show, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, which began broadcasting in 1994 on Cartoon Network. One-time villains Zorak (a giant Praying Mantis or Locust, depending on the particular episode) and Moltar (a lava creature inside a metal suit) were Space Ghost's sidekicks (with guest appearances from many other old  villains, most notably Brak). The show, as well as the short-lived Cartoon Planet, was late-night show that netted Space Ghost more attention than he had in years, which may or may not have been responsible for his erratic behaviour in his later years. Celebrities interviewed by Space Ghost included Beck, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Magicians Penn and Teller, Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira, Joel Hodgson, Carrot Top, Jim Carrey, Jon Benjamin, Conan O'Brien,Thurston Moore, Pavement, Thom Yorke, Björk, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Goldie Hawn, Timothy Leary, and Mark Hamill.

He also may or may not be a ghost.  He certainly seems convinced he is, though he may simply be mad.

 Malevolence
5/10
He's not malevolent, but in his later years he became increasingly belligerent.

Spookiness
1/10
He himself isn't spooky, but his show went to some unsettling places.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 30, 2013, 05:31:16 AM
Number 12
Nearly-Headless Nick
(http://www.executedtoday.com/images/Nearly_Headless_Nick.jpg)
(49 points on 3 of 12 lists. Top Vote #5 Cole Stratton)
Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, known after his death as Nearly Headless Nick, (d. 31 October, 1492) was a wizard who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was Sorted into Gryffindor House. He was a wizard of the royal court as an adult. He was executed by an improper decapitation, after he had a magical mishap with Lady Grieve, in which he tried to straighten her teeth but it backfired and she grew tusks. Since then, he is the resident ghost of Gryffindor Tower at the Hogwarts Castle.

Little is known about Sir Nicholas's childhood. He lived in the fifteenth century and was born into the noble Mimsy-Porpington family somewhere in the British Isles.  When he turned eleven, Nicholas attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he was Sorted into Gryffindor.  It is unknown at which subjects he excelled in, but he was apparently poor at Transfiguration.   In his adulthood, Sir Nicholas openly associated with Muggles. He was knighted and was a courtier at King Henry VII's royal court.

Sir Nicholas met Lady Grieve while strolling in the park on the evening of 30 October, 1492. She was certain he could straighten her crooked teeth, but his attempt to do so backfired, causing her to grow a tusk.

Sir Nicholas was immediately taken into custody and sentenced to death as a result of this mistake. Before being locked in a dungeon, his wand was taken from him, thus preventing him from using magic to escape. Throughout the night he cried that he would soon undo the damage done to Lady Grieve.

A priest came to Sir Nicholas's cell to comfort him and escort him to the execution site at dawn the following day. He became a "gibbering wreck" when the executioner told him to kneel before the block. However, the executioner's axe was blunt, as the grindstone used to sharpen it had been misplaced. Thus, it took forty-five hacks to kill Sir Nicholas, and even then his head was only partially severed.

Sir Nicholas chose to linger as a ghost rather than "go on", because, by his own admission, he feared death. He became the resident ghost of Gryffindor Tower at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. "Nearly Headless Nick", as he was called by the majority of the student body, was always happy to point new Gryffindors in the right direction when late to class.

 Malevolence
1/10
Heck, he might be the most helpful ghost on the list.

Spookiness
4/10   
He's not too spooky except for the nearly headless bit.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 30, 2013, 05:54:22 AM
Number 11
Casper, the Friendly Ghost
(http://i-love-cartoons.us/snags/clipart/Casper-Friendly-Ghost/Casper-Friendly-Ghost-2.jpg)
(54 points on 6 of 12 lists. Top Vote #5 Raven)
Casper the Friendly Ghost is, as his name indicates, a ghost, yet he is quite personable. According to some sources, his family name is McFadden, making his "full" name Casper McFadden.

Though there are other "friendly ghosts", Casper's friendliness is still unique among ghosts, since even more benevolent ghosts are shy, pranksterish or mysterious, but Casper is warm, friendly and polite.  However, Casper's visage is so horrifying that some people's bodies have been warped and twisted in bizarre ways, simply by looking at him.  However, despite this impediment, Casper's determination usually win out and humans can overcome their deep seeded instinctual repulsion to his hideous features and see the sweet little boy deep, deep down inside.

Given that Casper is depicted as a ghostly, portly little boy, there is a controversy among fans and critics of the series as to whether or not he is a dead child. Early reports seemed to suggest this, as they portrayed him residing beside a gravestone.  Casper's death (as well as the reason why he became friendly) has been long disputed.

This other reports surmise ghosts like Casper are merely a type of supernatural beings, similar to ghouls, goblins, etc. He was reported to have feet and is thought to have ghostly parents and became slightly slimmer from the early tales. The stock answer provided by the ghost experts at Harvey Comics, in response to those wondering how Casper died, was that he was a ghost simply because his parents were already ghosts when they were married. Other reports suggest that Casper was a young adolescent who went sledding all day and died of pneumonia.

 Malevolence
1/10
If there was  a zero setting, I'd put it here.

Spookiness   
10/10   
To see him is to know fear in its purest form.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Tripe on October 30, 2013, 06:08:13 AM
Given that Casper is depicted as a ghostly, portly little boy, there is a controversy among fans and critics of the series as to whether or not he is a dead child. Early reports seemed to suggest this, as they portrayed him residing beside a gravestone.  Casper's death (as well as the reason why he became friendly) has been long disputed.

This other reports surmise ghosts like Casper are merely a type of supernatural beings, similar to ghouls, goblins, etc. He was reported to have feet and is thought to have ghostly parents and became slightly slimmer from the early tales. The stock answer provided by the ghost experts at Harvey Comics, in response to those wondering how Casper died, was that he was a ghost simply because his parents were already ghosts when they were married. Other reports suggest that Casper was a young adolescent who went sledding all day and died of pneumonia.
I thought that in life he was Richie Rich and then committed suicide due to the emptiness that not even extreme wealth could fill.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 30, 2013, 06:23:59 AM
No, no, common misconception.  Richie went down the Daniel Plainview route of mad wealthy person, went to Hell and eventually returned in a new form.

(http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/de/c3/50/dec35057ca0eecaebe41a1b3cd331868.jpg)

Anyway, that's it for tonight.  I'll finish this tomorrow!
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Tripe on October 30, 2013, 08:37:16 AM
That was the reference, yes. :)
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 30, 2013, 04:52:19 PM
 
Number 10
Dr. Malcolme Crowe
(http://i500.listal.com/image/1559638/500full.jpg)
(61 points on 5 of 12 lists. Top Vote #5 ScottotD)

Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist in Philadelphia, returned home one night with his wife, Anna Crowe (Olivia Williams), after having been honored for his work. As Anna was telling Malcolm that everything is second to his work, a young man appeared brandishing a gun, and accused Malcolm of failing him. Malcolm recognized him as Vincent Grey, a former patient whom he treated as a child for hallucinations. Vincent shot Malcolm in the abdomen before turning the gun on himself.

The next fall, Malcolm began working with another patient, eight year old Cole Sear, whose case was similar to Vincent's. Malcolm became dedicated to the boy, though he was haunted by doubts over his ability to help him after his failure with Vincent. Meanwhile, his wife hardly paid any attention to him. At the same time, Malcolm had repeated difficulty opening the door to his basement office. Cole eventually confided his secret to Malcolm: he sees dead people, walking around like regular people, not knowing they're dead.

At first, Malcolm thought Cole is delusional and planned to drop him. Remembering Vincent, Malcolm listened to an audiotape from a session with Vincent, then a child. On the tape, Malcolm is heard leaving the room, and when he returned, Vincent was crying. Turning up the volume, Malcolm hears a weeping man instead of a child, and now believes that Cole was telling the truth and that Vincent may have had the same ability. He suggested to Cole that he should try to find a purpose for his gift by communicating with the ghosts and perhaps aid them with their unfinished business. At first, Cole was unwilling since the ghosts terrified him, but finally decided to do it.

Learning to live with the ghosts he sees, Cole started to fit in at school and got the lead in the school play, which Malcolm attended. The doctor and patient departed on positive terms and Cole suggested to Malcolm that he should try speaking to Anna while she is asleep.

Malcolm returns home, where he found his wife asleep with their wedding video playing. Asleep, Anna asked her husband why he left her, and dropped Malcolm's wedding ring, which he suddenly discovered he has not been wearing. He remembered what Cole said about ghosts and realizes that he was actually killed by Vincent that night, and was unknowingly dead the entire time he was working with Cole. Due to Cole's efforts, Malcolm's unfinished business—rectifying his failure to understand and help Vincent—was finally complete. Malcolm fulfilled the second reason he returned: to tell his wife she was never second, and that he loved her. His goal complete, he was free to leave the world of the living.

 Malevolence
2/10
He’s very helpful.

Spookiness
2/10
It’d be less, but everyone whispers in this movie.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: RoninFox on October 30, 2013, 07:13:56 PM
Dude!  Spoilers!
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 30, 2013, 07:34:10 PM
That's true, it is an obscure movie that few people know the ending to.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 30, 2013, 07:35:07 PM
 
Number 9
Blinky, Inky, Pinky and Clyde
(http://www.toplessrobot.com/blinkypinkyinkyclyde.jpg)
(63 points on 7 of 12 lists. Top Vote #10 Raven)
These ghosts live in a nightmarishly endless maze located in a black void, constantly chasing the creature known as the Pac Man, in a recurring cycle of murder and gluttony.

Despite the seemingly random nature of the enemies, their movements are strictly deterministic, which Pac Man has used to his advantage. In an interview, ghost creator and mad god (?) Toru Iwatani stated that he had designed each enemy with its own distinct personality in order to keep the game from becoming impossibly difficult or boring to play. More recently, Iwatani described the ghost’s behaviors in more detail at the 2011 Game Developers Conference. He stated that the red enemy chases Pac-Man, and the pink and blue enemies try to position themselves in front of Pac-Man's mouth.  Although he claimed that the orange enemy's behavior is random, a careful analysis reveals that it actually chases Pac-Man most of the time, but also moves toward the lower-left corner of the maze when it gets too close to Pac-Man.

Blinky is a red Ghost that is bad-tempered, bossy, crude, bratty, grouchy, dangerous, sarcastic, wimpy, and greedy. In the "Pac-Man World", this ghost is Clyde.

Inky is a cyan Ghost that is goofy, shy, and unpredictable.

Pinky is a pink Ghost that is mischievous, persistent, and tricky.

Clyde is an orange Ghost that is ignorant, and goofy. The ghost also goes by Sue and Tim

 Malevolence
10/10
It’s eat or be killed!

Spookiness
1/10
Like the Boos, they are cute, yet deadly.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Darth Geek on October 30, 2013, 08:01:10 PM
Number 9
Blinky, Inky, Pinky and Clyde

These ghosts live in a nightmarishly endless maze located in a black void, constantly chasing the creature known as the Pac Man, in a recurring cycle of murder and gluttony.
That was hilarious! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Tripe on October 30, 2013, 08:03:41 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/OTZHI6TxD5A
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 30, 2013, 08:39:58 PM
 
Number 8
Bloody Mary
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_uecPzAtRNOg/TRDVExJ03NI/AAAAAAAAAZ4/7YkJKY1m98E/s1600/bloody-mary.jpg)
(Visual approximation)
 
(66 points on 7 of 12 lists. Top Vote #2 Johnny Unusual)
Bloody Mary is a folklore legend consisting of a ghost or spirit conjured to reveal the future. She is said to appear in a mirror when her name is called multiple times. The Bloody Mary apparition may be benign or malevolent, depending on historic variations of the legend. The Bloody Mary appearances are mostly "witnessed" in teenage group participation games, often as part of a game of truth or dare.

Historically, the ritual encouraged young women to walk up a flight of stairs backwards while holding a candle and a hand mirror, in a darkened house. As they gazed into the mirror, they were supposed to be able to catch a view of their future husband's face. There was, however, a chance that they would see a skull (or the face of the Grim Reaper) instead, indicating that they were destined to die before they married.

A modern ritual addition of taunting Bloody Mary regarding her baby indicates the legendary figure's tenuous connection to Queen Mary I, also known as "Bloody Mary", whose life was marked by a number of miscarriages or false pregnancies.

Bloody Mary allegedly appears as a corpse, a witch or a ghost; sometimes covered in blood. The lore surrounding the ritual (if she is summoned properly) states that participants may endure the apparition screaming at them, cursing them, strangling them, stealing their body or soul, drinking their blood,[4] or scratching their eyes out.

Troxler's fading, self-hypnosis, and the Caputo Effect have been posited as explanations for the Bloody Mary phenomena.
 Malevolence
?/10
Really hard to say even if there’s only 1 Bloody Mary
Spookiness
10/10
See, I always imagined her looking sort of like a more human of Augra from the Dark Crystal mixed with a podling, but covered in blood and with a wicked smile.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: MightyJack on October 30, 2013, 09:29:53 PM
Bloody Mary was on my mind and made my list because she recently showed up in issues of Batwoman.

And I always preferred Spooky over Caspar, because he was a tuff little hard ass. If they ever make a Spooky live action film I hope it's directed by Martin Scorsese.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 30, 2013, 10:34:19 PM
"Ever since I was a little boy, I always wanted to be a ghost.  Luckily it happened sooner than expected."
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 30, 2013, 10:36:24 PM
Number 7

The Flying Dutchman
(http://www.photoshopcreative.co.uk/users/8408/thm1024/flyingdutchman.jpg)
(73  points on 4 of 12 lists. Top Vote #2 Stethacantus and Tripe)
The Flying Dutchman is a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. The myth is likely to have originated from 17th-century nautical folklore. The oldest extant version dates to the late 18th century. Sightings in the 19th and 20th centuries reported the ship to be glowing with ghostly light. If hailed by another ship, the crew of the Flying Dutchman will try to send messages to land, or to people long dead. In ocean lore, the sight of this phantom ship is a portent of doom.

Spoilered for length.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Malevolence
?/10
It’s a mystery.  There are reports of it being punished for a crime or in league with the devil, but there’s little to confirm.  However, as a portent of doom, it should be avoided.

Spookiness
9/10
There is something deeply unsettling about the boat and the knowledge that something bad is going to happen.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 30, 2013, 11:04:27 PM
 
Number 6
The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come
(http://www.fcpablog.com/storage/Dic2Chr148.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1292803542827)
(75 points on 5 of 12 lists. Top Vote #6 Imrahil)

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, also known as The Ghost of Christmas Future, or sometimes just Christmas Future (if you are dumb and lazy) or Pointy the Spooky Pointing Ghost, is the ghost that haunts the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, in order to prompt him to adopt a more caring attitude in life and avoid the horrid afterlife of his business partner, Jacob Marley.

Scrooge found the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come the most fearsome of the spirits; he appeared to Scrooge as a figure entirely muffled in a black hooded robe, except for a single gaunt hand with which he points. Although the character never spoke, Scrooge understood him, usually through assumptions from his previous experiences and rhetorical questions. The Ghost's muteness and undefined features (being always covered by his robe) may also have been intended to represent the uncertainty of the future

When the Ghost made his appearance, the first thing he showed Scrooge is three wealthy gentlemen making light of a recent death, remarking that it will be a cheap funeral, if anyone comes at all. One businessman said he would go only if lunch is provided, while another said he did not eat lunch or wear black gloves, so there was no reason for him to go at all. Next, Scrooge is shown the same dead person's belongings being stolen and sold to a receiver of stolen goods called Old Joe. He also saw a shrouded corpse, which he implored the ghost not to unmask, and a poor, debtor family rejoicing that someone to whom they owed money was dead and thinking his successor creditor wouldn't be as harsh as the deceased creditor was. After pleading to the ghost to see some tenderness connected with death, Scrooge is shown Bob Cratchit and his family mourning the passing of Tiny Tim. Scrooge was then taken to an unkempt graveyard, where he was shown his own grave, and realized that the dead man of whom the others spoke ill was himself.

Moved to an emotional connection to humanity and chastened by his own avarice and isolation by the visits of the first two spirits, Scrooge was horrified by the prospect of a lonely death and by implication a subsequent damnation. In desperation, he queried the ghost:

“Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point,” said Scrooge, “answer me one question. Are these the shadows of the things that will be, or are they shadows of things that may be, only?”
Still the Ghost pointed downward to the grave by which it stood.
“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,” said Scrooge. “But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!”

And in an epiphany in which he understood the changes that the visits of the three spirits have wrought in him, Scrooge exclaims:

"I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope! ... I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!”

His transformation complete, Scrooge was ready to re-enter the world of humanity as a changed man as he does in the almost immediately.

Tee-hee.  Intercourse.

Malevolence
1/10
Not evil, just the facts.

Spookiness
10/10
The future can be a scary place

Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 31, 2013, 02:07:37 AM
Number 5
Large Marge
(http://static.fjcdn.com/comments/Large+Marge+_89cfadf51b99c713ec3aa17c8919d66c.jpg)
(79 points on 4 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 Cole Stratton)


http://www.youtube.com/v/RryZV8NK9-Q

 Malevolence
1/10
She gives rides and her passenger seat smell like musty blankets and stale coffee.  Nice!

Spookiness
10/10
GAH!  CLAYMATION!
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 31, 2013, 02:31:02 AM
Number 4
Samara Morgan/Sadako Yamamura
(http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/CdHRewSFSDY/hqdefault.jpg)
(88 points on 6 of 12 lists. Top Vote #2 George Harrison)
Sadako Yamamura (山村 貞子) is a ghost who haunts people also over Japan though a videotape and kills them 7 days after they watched it.  There are also ghosts similar to her in Korea and America, though have different names.

Early reports say that Sadako is intersex. It has also been hinted that she is the daughter of some oceanic based entity, making her a quasi-oceanic demigod.

Her Japanese name combines the Japanese words for "chaste" (sada) and "child" (ko).

The American girl who is uncannily like her is Samara Morgan, an otherworldly little girl (Born 1970, died 1978) responsible for the creation of the cursed videotape. Her usual appearance is of a girl with long, dark hair covering her face and wearing a white dress. Samara possesses the power of nensha (thoughtography), capable of burning images onto surfaces and into the minds of others. Using these powers, Samara makes the cursed videotape with her own thoughts, and imbues it with the power to kill the viewer within seven days. She also has other abilities such as possession, water manipulation, and the power to climb out of electrical screens like television sets.  One person tried to prevent Samara's escape from a television set by breaking the screen, but she then tried to emerge through the screen of a video camera as the victim recorded her appearance.

Samara’s mother, a woman named Evelyn, believed that her daughter had a demon inside her and tried to drown the girl, but she was prevented by nuns. Evelyn was sent to an insane asylum, while Samara was put up for adoption.

Samara was adopted by Anna and Richard Morgan, who owned a horse ranch on Moesko Island, Washington. As Samara grew older, her powers burned horrible images into her adoptive mother's mind, nearly driving her insane. Richard banished Samara to live in the ranch's barn, but she used her powers to drive Anna's beloved horses to suicide. At some point, Samara was taken to a psychiatric hospital but the doctors were unable to explain how she created the images. During a family vacation on Shelter Mountain, Anna attacked Samara as she stood before an old well, suffocating her with a garbage bag and then dropping her down the well. Anna then committed suicide by jumping off a cliff. However, Samara clung to life for seven days alone in the well before dying of hypothermia.

Eventually, a set of rental cabins were built near the well, with one on top of it. This allowed Samara to project her visions into a VCR tape, creating the seven-day curse. Samara's curse killed Katie Keller, the niece of journalist Rachel Keller, who investigated the tape's origins. Rachel, her ex-boyfriend Noah Clay  and their son Aidan all watched the video. Rachel met Richard, who warned her to stay away and then killed himself. Rachel and Noah eventually found Samara's corpse in the well and buried it, but this released a corporeal form of Samara's spirit and she later killed Noah. Rachel destroyed the original video cassette in a fit of rage, but used a copied version of the video to continue the curse in order to save Aidan.

Samara deliberately manipulates the tape to get back to Rachel, having decided to make Rachel her new mother. After Rachel burned the tape, Samara possessed Aidan. Rachel drugged Samara and then nearly drowned Aidan to pull Samara out of his body. Samara retreated to a television set, Rachel being willingly pulled into Samara's visionary world and down the well. Rachel climbed out of the well with Samara pursuing her, but Rachel covered the seal on the well just in time.

 Malevolence
10/10
Though, to be fair, this eight year old dead girl is a better film maker than James Ngyen.  And her film made more sense.

Spookiness
10/10
She does go down a few when we see her face.  It’s like an angry monster face, while when it’s just hair covering her face it looks FAR more unsettling.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 31, 2013, 03:06:23 AM
 
Number 3
Slimer
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_QJDOQQGmSDU/TMPSK2OTT3I/AAAAAAAAEgA/9r54X_oOrvk/s400/G-973+-+Slimer.jpg)
(118 points on 8 of 12 lists. Top Vote #2 Cole Stratton)
Slimer (also known as Onionhead and Little Spud) was a ghost made up of pure Ectoplasm and the first ghost successfully captured by the Ghostbusters. Slimer is well known for his gigantic appetite and the slime he leaves behind when he passes through solid objects.

Slimer was a legendary ghost to all on the original staff of the Sedgewick Hotel. His usual territory was the twelfth floor, but his outings were usually non-violent and simply involved eating food. As a result, the hotel was able to keep a lid on the supernatural problems (for a while). For some reason, Gozer's approaching time of arrival provoked Slimer (and many other ghosts) into being much more active than usual. Eventually the staff couldn't keep the ghost a secret anymore and called the Ghostbusters. However, the Ghostbusters had not yet fully tested their equipment and weren't completely prepared for a full capture. Ray was the first to find Slimer, but missed him and Slimer escaped into the next hall, where he slimed Peter Venkman. After many errant shots and the resulting destruction, Slimer flew into the Alhambra Ballroom where the Ghostbusters made another attempt at capture. Though Slimer is at first tossed around by some more missed shots, the Ghostbusters eventually manage to get him in the streams. Slimer was then caught in the Trap and put in the storage facility. However, he was released with the many other ghosts when the storage facility was shut down. Slimer occupied a hot dog cart on on 1221 Avenue of the Americas in front of the Rockefeller Plaza. When the Hot Dog Vendor opened the cart, he was naturally shocked to see a ghost. After the Ghostbusters defeated Gozer and left Central Park West, Slimer was sighted in the area.

Slimer seemed to be a pet to the Ghostbusters, though it's unknown what he had been doing since the Ghostbusters were put out of business years ago. Slimer did resurface after the Ghostbusters started up again and had apparently gotten much fatter in the span of five years. Throughout the Vigo incident of 1989, Slimer interacted with Louis Tully. The two first met when Louis caught Slimer eating his lunch, to which the two of them fled in fear. On New Year's Eve, Louis decides to take up a Proton Pack and help the Ghostbusters. In an attempt to patch up their initial misunderstanding, Slimer helped an exhausted Louis by giving him a ride to the Manhattan Museum of Art (to which Louis wonders how he got his license). It seems likely Slimer had simply commandeered an abandoned bus from the havoc resulting from Vigo's Mood slime assault.

At some point, Slimer was recaptured and kept in a Paranormal Containment Research Tank in the Firehouse in the lobby. Egon Spengler used him for various paranormal studies (sometimes noted that this is a nod to The Real Ghostbusters shows take on Slimer). On Thanksgiving weekend 1991, Slimer was playing with Peter Venkman's ESP cards inside Paranormal Containment Research Tank.
 
Malevolence
4/10
He can be aggressive, but is harmless and just wants to eat.

Spookiness
2/10
He’s weird looking and gross, but in a cute sort of way.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 31, 2013, 03:33:12 AM
 
Number 2
The Headless Horseman
(http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/Libraries/Content_Images_throughout_Website/The_Headless_Horseman_Pursuing_Ichabod_Crane.sflb.ashx)
(122 points on 11 of 12 lists. Top Vote #2 Imrahil)
The headless horseman has been a motif of European folklore since at least the Middle Ages.
The Irish dullahan or dulachán ("dark man") is a headless fairy, usually riding a black horse and carrying his head under one arm (or holding it high to see at great distance). He wields a whip made from a human corpse's spine. When the dullahanstops riding, a death occurs. The dullahan calls out a name, at which point the named person immediately perishes. In another version, he is the headless driver of a black carriage. A similar figure, the gan ceann ("without a head"), can be frightened away by wearing a gold object or casting one in his path.

The most prominent Scottish tale of the headless horseman concerns a man named Ewen decapitated in a clan battle at Glen Cainnir on the Isle of Mull. The battle denied him any chance to be a chieftain, and both he and his horse are headless in accounts of his haunting of the area.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a Middle English poem which utilises a decapitation myth.

The German Legends of the Brothers Grimm (Deutsche Sagen) recount two German folk tales of a headless horseman being spotted with their own eyes.

One is set near Dresden in eastern Germany. In this tale, a woman from Dresden goes out early one Sunday morning to gather acorns in a forest. At a place called "Lost Waters", she hears a hunting horn. When she hears it again, she turns around she sees a headless man in a long grey coat sitting on a grey horse.

In another German tale, set in Braunschweig, a headless horseman called "the wild huntsman" blows a horn which warns hunters not to ride the next day, because they will meet with an accident.

In some German versions of the headless horseman, he seeks out the perpetrators of capital crimes. In others, he has a pack of black hounds with tongues of fire.

The American legend of the Headless Horseman begins in Sleepy Hollow, New York. The Horseman was a Hessian of unknown rank, one of many hired to suppress the American Revolution. During the war, the Horseman was one of 51 Hessians killed in a battle for Chatterton Hill, wherein his head was severed by an American cannonball. He was buried in a graveyard outside a church. Thereafter he appears as a ghost, who presents to nightly travelers an actual danger (rather than the largely harmless fright produced by the majority of ghosts), presumably of decapitation.

It was said that an apparition of an actual headless rider on horseback had once been seen in Winfield, West Virginia. On an unrelated but interesting note, on the third season episode of the TV series Haunted Collector it was confirmed that during the Battle of Stones River in Murfreesboro, Tennessee during the American Civil War, Union Lt. Col. Julius Garesché was actually decapitated by a cannonball while riding alongside Union Major General William S. Rosecrans.

 Malevolence
7-10/10
Though at this point the exact number cannot be calculated, based on his actions it is between these numbers

Spookiness
9/10
GASP!  HE HAS NO HEAD!  GASP!  HE’S ALSO INTO PUMPKIN CARVING!
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 31, 2013, 03:34:21 AM
And your NUMBER 1 Pick...

 
Number 1
Beetlejuice
(http://cdn.bleedingcool.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/beetlejuice.jpg)
(170 points on 9 of 12 lists. Top Vote #1 Raven, ScottotD)
Beetlejuice, is a freelance "bio-exorcist" ghost who specializes in scaring humans on behalf of other ghosts.  Though he treats it like a job, there is no sign that he “charges” anybody, and is most likely more in it for the pleasure of scaring humans.  He has a very bad reputation in the afterworld, where those who manage it warn people against using his services.  However, most times he is in a powerless forum unless he is invoked.  The only way to summon him is to say his name three times in a row, which is also the only way to banish him (though the latter must be done in his presence).  He is unable to say his own name, but he is not forbidden from given clues.

One of his most famous hauntings (and a cautionary tale to ghosts who would summon him) was being haunted by a pair of relatively new ghosts named the Maitlands, who asked for Beetlejuice to scare away a new family, the Deetzes, who had occupied their house and had attempted to turn the house into a tacky nightmare and the Maitlands into an attraction.  The Maitlands hired Beetlejuice to scare the Deetzes, only to discover that Beetlejuice’s unique brand of haunting too mean-spirited and dangerous. Beetlejuice is summoned once more to save the Maitlands by the Deetzes’ daughter Lydia in exchange for her hand in marriage.  He fulfills his promise and fights the Maitlands in a supernatural battle (sort of) and is forced to return to the afterworld after being eating by a Saturnian sandworm.

Beetlejuice was last seen in the afterworld, waiting for his turn to enter the afterlife, though there are rumours of his return.


 Malevolence
7/10
Though he has never been reported as killing anyone, his style of haunting is dangerous and reckless.  He also seems uninterested in the plight of anyone but himself and is only interested in having fun through extreme haunting.

Spookiness
4/10
Unlike a lot of these ghosts, Beetlejuice is very away about this kind of scale and should he choose to, could easily spike to 10.  When he is talking to other ghosts, he’s at a 4 (off putting and rude, like that drunk guy at a party you don’t know how to deal with), but often spikes to 8 when haunting with shown potential (to the Maitlands) to 10.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 31, 2013, 03:38:09 AM
That's it everyone!  Have a happy Halloween and a delightful Día de Muertos!  Thanks for contributing to the new edition of Tobin's Spirit Guide!  Hope everyone picks up a copy this Christmas.  My next project will be a new edition of How I Did It by Victor Frankenstein.

Now enjoy this spooky short film!

http://www.youtube.com/v/7_Okf__vMI4
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: ScottotD on October 31, 2013, 04:53:37 AM
Thanks Johnny, great work!

1. Beetlejuice (Beetlejuice)
2. The Deadite(s) (Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness)
3. Samara/Sadako  (The Ring)
4. Tomás (The Orphanage)
5. Dr. Malcolm Crowe (The 6th Sense)
6. Large Marge (Pee Wee's Big Adventure)
7. The Headless Horseman (Sleepy Hollow)
8. Santi (The Devil's Backbone)
]9. Alice (Lake Mungo)
10. The Ghost House (Ghost House)
11. The Stewart Family (the Others)
12. The Sisters (A Tale of Two Sisters)
13. The Librarian (Ghostbusters)
14. The Grady Twins (The Shining)
15. The Spirits (Insidious)
16. Rebecca (Rebecca)
17. The Poltergeist (Poltergeist)
18. Miss Jessel and Peter Quint (The Innocents)
19. School Bus kids (Trick ‘R Treat)
20. The Ghost of Christmas yet to Come (Scrooged)
21. The Amityville Ghost (The Amityville Horror)
22. Candyman (The Candyman)
23. Elizabeth Dane crew (The Fog)
24. Bathsheba (The Conjuring)
25. Susie Salmon (The Lovely Bones)

Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Tripe on October 31, 2013, 05:24:20 AM
1.   Ammeline Hamstring (because her brief passage makes me tear up still)
2.   The Flying Dutchman
3.   Jennet Humfrye (The Woman In Black)
4.   Hearne the Hunter

5.   Edgehill : http://www.real-british-ghosts.com/edgehill-ghosts.html
6.   50 Berkley Square : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_Berkeley_Square
7.   Timothy Claypole : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rentaghost
8.   Borley Rectory : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borley_Rectory
9.   The Sorrel Weeed House : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorrel_Weed_House (the stuff they tell you on the tour is less spooky than the things experienced by people who’ve owned it, I know a couple of them)
10.   The Winchester Mystery House (since the building has stopped the inhabitation has to have occurred by now ;) )
11.   Miss Jessel and Peter Quint

12.   Old Jeffrey : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epworth_Rectory_haunting
13.   La Llorona : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Llorona
14.   The Headless Horseman
15.   Blackbeard’s Ghost : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbeard%27s_Ghost
16.   “Pipes” : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostwatch
17.   Banquo : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banquo
18.   Joseph Carmichael : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Changeling_(1980_film)
19.   The Enfield Poltergeist : http://www.real-british-ghosts.com/enfield-poltergeist.html
20.   Traverse City State Hospital : http://www.michigansotherside.com/Articles/Traverse_City_Hospital.htm
21.   Taskerlands : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stone_Tape
22.   Blake et al : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_fog
23.   Silverpilen : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverpilen
24.   Old Hamlet
25.   Moaning Myrtle (film version only because Shirley Henderson is hot) : http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Myrtle


And here are my selections for the mini-list.

1.   Egon Spengler
2.   Madame Arcati
3.   Dean & Sam Winchester
4.   Madame Flora
5.   Frank Bannister


I think I reddened and bolded all the ones that made it yes?
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: MightyJack on October 31, 2013, 03:47:02 PM
Much fun, thanks for the invite...

Mine...

1.   The Spectre
2.   Samara Morgan (The Ring)
3.   Eva/Alma from Peter Straub’s Ghost Story
4.   Elisa Cameron, Ghost (Dark Horse comic character)
5.   Santi (From the Devil’s Backbone)
6.   Beetlejuice
7.   Bloody Mary
8.   Space Ghost

9.   Fenny Bates from Peter Straub’s Ghost Story
10.   The Stewarts from the movie “The Others”
11.   Spooky, the Tuff Little Ghost (Harvey Comics)
12.   The Canterville Ghost (surprised this didn't make it. Fun Charles Laughton flick as well)
13.   Izabel from the comic Saga
14.   The Ghost of Humphrey Bogart in Woody Allen’s “Play it Again Sam”
15.   Deadman (DC comics)
16.   The Twin girls from the Shining
17.   Dr. Malcolm Crowe (The 6th Sense)
18.   The Dead Boy Detectives from Gaiman’s Sandman

19.   The Black Knight in the Kolchak episode “The Knightly Murders”
20.   The Headless Horseman
21.   The Bell Witch (used to live in Nashville, we heard a lot about this one)
22.   The White Lady
23.   The Pacman Ghosts, Inky, Pinky, Dinky, and Clyde
24.   Hamlet’s Father

25.   Vi from Tormented

Suplimental list
1.   John Constantine
2.   Tangina Barrons (Poltergeist)
3.   Peter Venkman (Ghost Busters)
4.   Father Merrin (The Exorcist)
5.   Adrianne the angry Psychic from Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Darth Geek on October 31, 2013, 04:23:09 PM
Great list, Johnny. Loved the write-ups.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Johnny Unusual on October 31, 2013, 05:22:26 PM
1.   Deadman
2.   Bloody Mary
3.   The Spectre
4.   The Overlook Hotel
5.   The Woman in Black
6.   Roland and Paine, The Dead Boy Detectives
7.   Sai
He's the go (as in the 4,000 year old board game) playing ghost from the manga/anime Hikaru No Go, a go master from long ago who committed suicide after his reputation was ruined when he tried to expose a rival's cheating and was blamed himself.  Since then, he's been only seen by two humans, both who learned from him and became go masters themselves.  The character is great and I love the way the series plays out with the main character (Hikaru) acting as a proxy for Sai, then finding out that he loves the game and decides to play for himself.  This causes problems when a young aspiring go genius who was completely trounced by "Hikaru" suddenly finds his rival's skill take a tremendous drop.  It's a really good series and is drawn by the artist behind Death Note.

Interestingly, the series created a surge in the popularity of Go among young people, which was long considered an old man's game.
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7wnev5OmV3E/TWgzsmG4DVI/AAAAAAAAAFs/_vkVs0Kgoc8/s320/Sai07.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/v/qewJwOxXn68
8.   The Winchester Mystery House
9.   Beetlejuice
10.   The Headless Horseman

11.   Candyman
Shame, I was really hoping he would make it.
12.   The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come
13.   The Hitchhiker (as in the Vanishing Hitchhiker)
14.   Emeric Belasco
From the Legend of Hell House
15.   Teke Teke
A Japanese ghost who was split in half in a train accident and hunts people while saying "teke teke" (which is the onomatapeia for a train)
16.   Samara/Sadako
17.   Slimer
18.   Hamlet’s Father
19.   Jacob Marley

20.   Hill House (The Haunting is a pretty great movie)
21.   Vi (Tormented)
22.   Cyrus (The Frighteners)
23.   Candlejack
"I'm going to need more rope."
24.   the High Plains Drifter
To be fair, this is ambiguous, but it is heavily hinted he's a ghost.  He might have been higher on my list if it wasn't for that rape scene that's not played as such.  Icky.  Other than that, you totally revel in his revenge and watch him subvert the usual western tropes.
http://www.youtube.com/v/Ek9CwmjisLE
And if you ever wondered where the recurring reference on MST3k to "WHHHOOOOOOOO ARRREEEEEE YOOOOOOOU!", it's in this.
25.   BOB (AKA Killer Bob)
Even though he was at the bottom, I was really praying Starman would come in and put him on the list.
http://www.youtube.com/v/iN02pNRqgM8
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Tripe on October 31, 2013, 05:47:38 PM
See I'd include BOB as a demon but not a ghost, none of the residents of the Black Lodge really seem like ghosts.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: ColeStratton on October 31, 2013, 05:52:46 PM
This list was BOOOOOOOOOOtiful!

Here's mine:

1.   Large Marge (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure)
2.   Slimer (Ghostbusters)
3.   Beetlejuice (Beetlejuice)
4.   Dennis Pearson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
5.   Nearly Headless Nick (Harry Potter series)
6.   Dr. Malcolm Crowe (The Sixth Sense)
7.   Sam Wheat (Ghost)
8.   Subway Ghost (Ghost)

9.   Johan Krauss (Hellboy II)
10.   LeChuck (The Secret of Monkey Island)
11.   Zero (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
12.   Boo (Mario Bros. video games)

13.   Ghost Rider (Ghost Rider comics)
14.   Elliot Hopper (Ghost Dad)
15.   Samara (The Ring)
16.   Casper the Friendly Ghost
17.   The Headless Horseman (Sleepy Hollow)
18.   Jacob Marley (A Christmas Carol)
19.   Grace Stewart (The Others)

20.   The Scoleri Brothers (Ghostbusters II)
21.   Cyrus (The Frighteners)
22.   Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde (Pac-Man
23.   Starscream's Ghost (Transformers)
24.   Space Ghost (Space Ghost)

25.   Johnny Bartlett (The Frighteners)
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: CJones on November 03, 2013, 07:32:55 AM
I wish I could have participated in this list, but my hard drive crashed a few weeks ago, and I only just recently got it replaced. Still in the process of reinstalling everything.

But if I had submitted a list, The Winchester Mansion would have been my #1. I've been there, and it's insane. Staircases that go nowhere. Doors that open to the outside, that aren't on the ground floor. Trap doors, secret passages, one of which leads to a seance room. There's even a pair of cabinets, facing each other, one of which just opens to a wall, while the other opens to an entire room. Sarah Winchester served as her own architect, and it's clear she had no idea what she was doing.

Unfortunately, the top two floors were destroyed by an earthquake in 1906. There used to be a bell tower too, but it's not there any more. I really wish I could have seen the place as it was when she died.
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Tripe on November 03, 2013, 07:35:21 AM
it's clear she had no idea what she was doing.
No, no I think she had a very clear and definite idea of what she was doing.....
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: stethacantus on November 03, 2013, 01:59:58 PM
My list vanished. In true ghost fashion, my ghost list vanished. I cut and pasted it onto the PM and completely forgot to back it up. Now the list is no longer on my WordPad. I still have the preliminary list from a different WordPad with my 25 ghosts in alphabetical order, so I know which ghosts I submitted, just not the final ranking I gave them.

I know my top 4 were the following:
#1 Blair Witch
#3 Merlyn Temple
#2 Flying Dutchman
#4 Nip-Su Sin


And the bottom 4 were the following:
#22 Inky
#23 Blinky
#24 Pinky
#25 Clyde


The following ghosts on my list made the final 50

# Large Marge
# Booberry
I always found it intriguing that monsters were the mascots of their own individual cereals. Especially Count Chocula, who as a vampire would have needed the blood of victims to survive. In other words, a cereal based on a mass murderer. For the longest time it was just the Count and his nemesis Frankenberry hawking their individual cereals, then after a few years they were joined by a third monster, Booberry, who I am assuming was the ghost of one of Count Chocula's many victims. One summer the monster cereals began offering a free record as a prize. There were three records, "The Monsters Go Disco", "The Monsters Go To Hollywood" and the elusive "The Monsters In Space". My mother frowned upon buying us cereal coated with sugar ( which were all technically clumps of sugar coated with cereal ) and we usually ate Raisin Bran or Cheerios instead. But once she got us one monster cereal with the free record, she had to get more so everyone had their own record. Everyone got the Disco and Hollywood record, but for some reason the Space record never showed up. In the end we had three spare Disco records and five spare Hollywood records, but the Space record was as rare as Bigfoot. We rotated the monster cereals, and Booberry was the one I liked eating the most. But they still owe me that f*&king record.
# Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come ( which I listed as The Ghost of Christmas Future )

and

# Jasper
# Grubb
# Boo
# Moss

which are the names of the Lonesome Ghosts.


Here is what did not make the Top 50:

# Babe Ruth
With the recent World Series win by the Boston Red Sox, it seems ridiculous that just a decade ago Bosox fans believed that their team was the victim of the Curse of the Bambino. Way back in 1919 the owner of the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the NY Yankees. Ruth went on to be one of Baseball's greatest players, while the Red Sox went through a 96 year drought where they were unable to win another World Series title. The idea that Babe Ruth had somehow cursed the Red Sox only dates back to 1990, but soon after the legend expanded to include Babe Ruth's Ghost causing things like Bill Buckner to allow the game winning run to roll through his legs. 
# Brown Lady of Raynham Hall
This ghost is reported to have haunted Britain's Raynham Hall. She is suspected to be Lady Dorothy Walpole, the sister of Robert Walpole, Great Britain's first Prime Minister.  Various accounts had Dorothy imprisoned in her room at Raynham Hall until her death by smallpox in 1726. Starting in 1865 visitors at the hall reported to have seen the ghost of a woman wearing a brown dress who looked a lot like Lady Walpole's portrait. In 1936 photographers for Country Life magazine photographed the ghost walking down a staircase.
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j138/shawleechan/thl.jpg)
# Ghost from Ren & Stimpy episode "Haunted House"
# Grant Pritchard

Grant and his wife Claire were enjoying a leisurely drive in the country when they were both simultaneously killed in a car wreck. Returning to his home as a ghost, Grant was forced to put up with the obnoxious Mike Dooley and his equally annoying family that moved into his house. He was eager to use his Ghostly powers to haunt the Dooley into leaving, but his wife ( also a ghost ) browbeat him into promising not to scare anyone.  Grant and Claire remained invisible and undetected by the Dooley's, until Liz Dooley's father Jack Garrett moved in. Jack could not only hear but see the Pritchards, and being an old codger could not care less that he was living among ghosts. This was the premise for the NBC sitcom "Nearly Departed" which was created for British comedian Eric Idle. Six episodes were shot, and according to Idle NBC had asked him to shoot 8 more episodes. Then came the sudden unexpected cancelation. The fifth episode was still on the schedule as of 7:00 pm on May 8 1989. A promo for that nights episode aired at 7:55 pm. But at 8:00 what aired instead was a rerun of "Gimme a Break". NBC announced that the series was canceled due to low ratings, and the remaining two episodes never aired.
# Horatio Primm
During the American Revolution, Horatio Primm and a female friend Melody Allen are shot to death by Colonial soldiers who mistake them for British spies. They were on their way to warn George Washington of a plot against his army when they were killed trying to cross his lines. Mistaken for traitors, their bodies are thrown into a well, and cursed by a colonial commander to spend the rest of eternity haunting the estate. Unable to leave the perimeter of the estate, Horatio and Melody are trapped for 166 years, until in 1946 when the manor house is restored and for the first time in over 100 years a group of people stay over for the night. If he can somehow make contact with them and get them to find a lost letter that proves Horatio's innocence, then the curse would be broken and they both could move on to Heaven. Abbott and Costello had broken up as a comedy team in 1945, but were still under contract to make films for Universal Studio. As a result they made films like "The Time of Their Lives" where they were not featured as a team, but as separate characters in the same film. Shortly after this film was completed Abbott and Costello settled their differences and reteamed.
# Harry Houdini
This is a ghost that no one has ever seen or heard, but millions believe exists and spend every Halloween attempting to contact. This all stems from an incident in the late 1910's. Still grieving the death of his mother, Houdini was talked into visiting a spiritualist who could contact the dead.  Houdini immediately recognized the magic tricks of the spiritualist which was suppose to be his mother signaling him from beyond the grave. Outraged, Houdini decided to prove that all of the so called spiritualists were frauds, and spent the next decade exposing their tricks. Eventually psychics refused to perform seances in Houdini's presence. So he began visiting them in disguise. He was so determined to continue debunking spiritualists that he made plans to continue even after he died. Houdini gave his wife Bess a secret code phrase that the psychics were to repeat should they legitimately contact him. On Halloween 1926, Houdini died from a ruptured appendix. For the next 10 years Bess attempted to contact her husband on seances held every Halloween, but none of the psychics ever produced the secret phrase. Although Bess officially gave up trying to contact Houdini in 1936,  magicians worldwide continue to hold seances every Halloween.
# Jonathan Wellington Muddlemore aka  The Funky Phantom
The thing I like most about this ghost, is that he is a character in a Saturday morning cartoon for kids, and yet he had what must have been a horrific agonizing death. Jonathan and his cat managed to get themselves locked in a grandfathers clock back in 1776, and it would not be opened again for another 200 years when a group of trespassing teenagers decided to investigate his now abandoned house. Once the clock was opened the ghost of Muddlemore and his cat popped out, and now finally freed decided to join the teenagers on their cross country trek to solve mysteries. But the fact remains that Muddlemore and his cat died from being trapped in a box. No one responded to his desperate screams for help, and for the next week or two they both slowly starved to death. But at least their horrific tragedy was the perfect set up for a zany Saturday morning cartoon show.
# "Uncle" Lewis Vendredi
In a deal with Satan, Lewis Vendredi sold cursed antiques from his shop. One night Lewis decided he no longer wanted to work for the devil, therefore reneging on his side of the deal. He was promptly pulled down an elevator shaft and directly to Hell. Thus began the first episode of "Friday the 13th: The Series". Now that Lewis was dead, the antique shop went to his closest living heirs, his nephew Ryan and his niece Micki. Unaware that the antiques were cursed they quickly sold most of them off in a fire sale as an attempt to convert their inheritance into cash as soon as possible. After discovering what they had done, they spent the rest of the series tracking down each individual antique, each of which had it's own dark magic. Lewis would return a few times during the run of the series as a malevolent ghost. He was given a new deal with the devil to steal Ryan and Miki's soles in trade of having his own soul released from hell, and possibly even being granted a new life. Uncle Lewis was the best and only recurring villain of the series.
# Lucy Muir
SPOILER
One of my earliest memories was of the television shows I watched as a kid. In the afternoons the local channels usually aired cartoons beginning at 2pm Then beginning around 4:00 there was a gradual segue into more adult programming, first with live action shows that appealed to kids like "The Little Rascals", "Batman" or "Lost in Space", followed by fantasy based sitcoms like "Bewitched", "I Dream of Jeannie" or "The Nanny and the Professor", then into high concept sitcoms like "Gilligan's Island", "Get Smart" or "The Beverly Hillbillies", then shows that still appealed to young adults like "The Partridge Family" or "The Brady Bunch", followed by zany adult sitcoms like "I Love Lucy" or "The Honeymooners" before heading into something like "Adam-12" by 7:00. There was also a similar segue of programming in the morning hours.  Somewhere in that mix was a sitcom called "The Ghost & Mrs Muir" which which featured the widow Lucy Muir and her two kids living in a house that was haunted by a friendly ghost of a captain.  There was also Charles Nelson Reilly who played the goofy landlord who was often chased off by the captain. The series was based on an old Hollywood movie which one of the stations decided to air one night. My mother was eager for us to be exposed to classic films other than "The Wizard of Oz" and thought we would be interested in seeing the movie one of our favorite sitcoms was based on. While there were some major differences, such as the cast and the year the movie was based in, and a romance between Mrs Muir and the Captain, we all soon accepted that these were the same characters we loved from the sitcom. But then the movie ended showing Lucy Muir old and living alone in the house, and finally dropping dead of old age. The Captian's ghost shows up to reunite with Mrs Muir who is now a ghost. A nice romantic ending to the film, but a complete shock to kids between the ages of 5 and 8 who were associating the movie with the zany sitcom of the same name. We just watched a beloved character die. My sister left the room in tears and spent the rest of the night crying. I myself spent the rest of the evening stunned. My mother was also shaken because she had either forgotten how the movie ended, or had never seen it before, and was not yet ready to have that talk with us about what death was. It did make it easier for her to take us to see Bambi a couple of years later now that the topic was behind us.
# Spike
The vampire Spike had been killed in the final episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", but then turned up as a ghost in the season 5 opener of "Angel". About halfway through the series he is returned to a mortal, or at least undead, status.

 
I have to protest that the rules of the ghost hunter list where you could only list individuals. So basically you could not count the entire Ghost Busters as a single unit, but rather list the individual characters. The problem being there are not that many likable ghost hunters that work as individuals, and many likable ghost hunting groups. So if you liked the Ghost Busters then that was four positions on your list gone. I was forced to list the members of the Ajax Ghost Exterminators as separate individuals, knocking two other rankings including the Ghost Busters off my list. And the only reason I am complaining now is that I noticed that their target, The Lonesome Ghosts, were all bunched as a single ranking on the final list. ( I gave them all separate rankings, but with an * that they were really tied for the same place. )


My ghost hunter list was as follows:

# Carl Kolchak
# Sherlock Holmes

He counts. The Hound of the Baskervilles was reportedly a ghost dog for most of the novel. BTW, the basic plot of this book was the model for every Scooby Doo cartoon.
# Mickey ( from Ajax )
# Goofy  ( from Ajax )
# Donald ( from Ajax )
Title: Re: List of Crap #75: Top 50 Ghosts Countdown
Post by: Raven on November 03, 2013, 07:04:04 PM
Let's put this in the right place.

Here's mine.  My browser glitched while I was reading through the thread and for a second I thought Slimer didn't make the list at all.  lol

1.  Beetlejuice
2.  Large Marge- Pee Wee's Big Adventure
3.  Ghost of Christmas Present- Scrooged
4.  The Vanishing Hitchiker Urban Legend
5.  Casper the Friendly ghost
6.  Stay Puff Marshmallow Man Ghost Busters
7.  Slimer-Ghost Busters
8.  Headless Horseman
9.  Ghost and the Darkness- African Lions
10. Clyde- Pac Man
11. Nearly Headless Nick-Harry Potter
12. Jackyl -Thirteen Ghosts
13. Amityville ghosts
14. Lalaurie House-New Orleans
15. Moaning Mertle- Harry Potter
16. The Girl from the Ring
17. King Hamlet-Hamlet
18. R. Lee Emery in Frighteners
19. The Flying Dutchman
20. Jacob Marley - Christmas Carol
21. "Boos" - Super Mario series
22. Patrick Swayze in Ghost
23. the Brown Lady
24. Bloody Mary
25. Anne Boleyn