Films with Real Ghosts in Them

Most of us probably know the story of the ghost boy that appears briefly in the background during a scene in 1987’s laugh-a-minute Three Men and a Baby. As the story goes, the film was shot in a house where, just five years before, a 9-year-old boy died in a shotgun accident. But that’s not the only motion picture where apparitions make a cameo. Here are a few more.


Ghost – 1990

There’s a scene in the Demi Moore vehicle where the ghost of recently deceased Patrick Swayze appears to assist Moore with making pottery. The photo is a little grainy, but you can definitely make out a shirtless Swayze (did he ever wear any shirts?) sitting behind Moore at the pottery wheel. Spoo-kee!


Empire Strikes Back – 1980

Sir Alec Guinness, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel to Empire Strikes Back – 1977’s Star Wars – was actually killed on camera in a freak lightsaber accident. But if you look closely in the scene where Luke Skywalker is on the snow planet you can see Guinness’ ghost among the swirling snow. And if you listen really close, you can make out what sounds like his voice saying “Luuuuukkkeeee”.


The 6th Man – 1997

After The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World was cancelled due to the untimely death of its breakout star Kadeem Hardison, who played Dwayne Wayne, some say you could see Hardison’s ghost helping Marlon Wayans’ character make the basketball team in this comedy. In this screenshot you can see what looks like Hardison with a ghostly blue light around him.


Furious 7 – 2015

This one blows my mind. Within months of the popular film franchise’s star Paul Walker dying in a horrific car accident, his image can be seen throughout this entire film. And no one ever seems to talk about it! That little shotgun boy from Three Men and a Baby appears on screen for a half second and there’s entire blogs about it. But this… nothing. He’s literally in almost the entire movie, even speaking. It’s fuckin’ creepy, man.

About Chris Durant

Chris Durant has worked at not working for decades. He has held roughly 100 jobs through his employment career, from a driving range ball picker upper to a door to door film salesman. He started his first magazine, Mean Spirited Willie, in Sacramento around 1997. Since then he has been the publisher of Slow Kids Playing, First Draft, Notes From an American Nobody, Fat Llama Spit and Short Bus Magazine. Durant and co-founder Sarah Godlin created Savage Henry after he was shoved aside as the editor of his local daily newspaper’s entertainment magazine. In the early meetings Durant's wife, Monica, and another writer for Northern Lights, Josh Duke, laid down the groundwork for what the magazine has evolved into. Durant writes, edits, sells ads, manages ad clients and delivers the magazine as well as books stand-up comedians for Savage Henry's monthly comedy shows and its annual Savage Henry Magazine Comedy Festival (formerly SHITS and Giggles Comedy Festival). He also co-produces and co-hosts the magazine's weekly podcast, the Savage Henry Magazine Radio Program. He lives in McKinleyville, California with his wife, three of his children, two dogs, two cats and his Playstation 3.

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