Top Grossing Horror Films of All Time Part V

Rounding off the top-grossing horror (and similar movies), Ghost dealt with ghosts and communicating with the dead. Other themes included someone from the afterlife trying to help a loved out of a threatening situation, as well as the ability of a psychic to speak with ghosts. In this article, you will learn some of the background and trivia regarding the 1990 hit that starred Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze.

5. Ghost (1990)

Adjusted Gross: $338,641,200
Unadjusted Gross: $217,631,306

Main Subject: Seeing and hearing ghosts. Communicating with the dead.

‘Ghost’ isn’t exactly a horror movie, but I suppose it made the list because of its fantasy/mystery/supernatural qualities. What was supposed to be a mugging turned into a murder that tore apart the lives of Sam and Molly , a deeply in love couple who just moved into a new apartment in Manhattan. After attending the theatre, the two loves are walking back to their new apartment when a thief in a dark alley attacks them. Sam is murdered in the process.  

The movie goes on to show Sam being trapped as a ghost. When he learns that his death was not an accident, he makes attempts to warn Molly about danger lurking around the corner. He finds a way to communicate with his love with the help of Oda Mae Brown, a psychic who didn’t even know that the powers she advertised were actually real.

Facts About Ghost

Ghost took home two Oscars for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Whoopi Goldberg) and Best Writing, for a Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

The scary sounds made by the “shadow demons” are actually the sounds of babies that are played at an extremely slow speed.

Ghosts are described as absorbing the material they are going through when they are passing through solid objects. Jerry Zucker had a hard time telling people how he wanted the effect to turn out until he used a napkin by dipping it in a cup of coffee.

When the movie was shown in theaters in Monterrey, Mexico, women in the audience were given envelopes marked “Solo para mujeres” (for women only). Inside, the envelopes contained tissues.

Although it seems natural for her personality, the part of Oda Mae Brown was not written with Whoopi Goldberg in mind. However, Patrick Swayze, admired her work and was successful in convincing the producers that she would be perfect for the role.