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The Best Ghost Parody Movies, Ranked

Updated August 1, 2019 265 votes 20 voters17 items

List RulesVote up your favorite movies that spoof the ghost movie genre.

This is a ghoulish list of the best ghost parody movies! Parodies of ghost films tend to play with the tropes of horror films involving ghosts and haunted houses, and the pottery scene from Ghost with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Funny ghost movie spoofs work since ghost/haunted house films tend to have little to no levity to them.

The seriousness of ghost films allows satirical ghost movies to take the wind out of their sails and allows the humor to not be beholden to those films, although that doesn’t mean they don’t play with ghost stereotypes. Mining humor from ghost films for parody or satire has proved to be a good idea as one of the most successful and popular ghost films ever made was created by some comedians. You might have heard of it; it’s called Ghostbusters and it’s listed on most lists of best ghost movies ever made. You will also find several famous actors on this list like Michael J. Fox in The Frighteners which was directed by Peter Jackson. There is also the Abbott and Costello movie Hold That Ghost on this list.

So, pass through to the other side with this list of top ghost parody films and share it with your friends and re-rank it to your liking. If you see a film missing from the list, feel free to add it!

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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as three...  more
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    17
    4

    Casper

    Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman

    Released1995

    Directed byBrad Silberling, Phil Nibbelink

    Casper is a 1995 American family comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, and Amy Brenneman, based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost comic books and...  more
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    15
    4

    ParaNorman

    Anna Kendrick, John Goodman

    Released2012

    Directed bySam Fell, Chris Butler

    ParaNorman is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion animated horror comedy film produced by Laika, distributed by Focus Features and was released on August 17, 2012. It stars the voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee,...  more
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    14
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    Scrooged

    Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum

    Released1988

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Scrooged is a 1988 American Christmas comedy film, a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The film was produced and directed by Richard Donner, and the cinematography was by Michael...  more
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    10
    4

    Beetlejuice

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1988

    Directed byTim Burton

    Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton. The spirits of a deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved...  more
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    10
    6

    Scary Movie 2

    Anna Faris, Tim Curry

    Released2001

    Directed byKeenen Ivory Wayans

    Scary Movie 2 is a 2001 American horror comedy film and the second film in the Scary Movie franchise. The film stars Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Shawn Wayans, and Marlon Wayans (all reprising their...  more
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    5
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    The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

    Don Knotts, Joan Staley

    Released1966

    Directed byAlan Rafkin

    The Ghost and Mr. Chicken is a 1966 American comedy-drama film starring Don Knotts as Luther Heggs, a newspaper typesetter who spends a night in a haunted house, which is located in the fictitious...  more
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    6
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    The Frighteners

    Michael J. Fox, Peter Jackson

    Released1996

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Frighteners is a 1996 New Zealand-American horror comedy film directed by Peter Jackson and co-written with his wife, Fran Walsh. The film stars Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John...  more
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    5
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    Haunted Honeymoon

    Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner

    Released1986

    Directed byGene Wilder

    Haunted Honeymoon is a 1986 comedy movie starring Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Dom DeLuise, and Jonathan Pryce. Wilder also served as the film's writer and director. The film also marked Radner's final...  more
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    5
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    Scary Movie 4

    Charlie Sheen, Shaquille O'Neal

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Zucker

    Scary Movie 4 is a 2006 American horror comedy parody film and the fourth film of the Scary Movie franchise, as well as the first film in the franchise to be released under The Weinstein Company...  more
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    5
    7

    House

    George Wendt, Kay Lenz

    Released1986

    Directed bySteve Miner

    House is a 1986 comedy horror film directed by Steve Miner and starring William Katt, George Wendt, Richard Moll and Kay Lenz. It was followed by three sequels: House II: The Second Story, House III:...  more
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    4
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    Hold That Ghost

    Lou Costello, Bud Abbott

    Released1941

    Directed byArthur Lubin

    Hold That Ghost is a 1941 comedy horror film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello and featuring Joan Davis, Evelyn Ankers, and Richard Carlson. On August 1, 1941, Abbott and Costello...  more
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    4
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    The Ghost Breakers

    Bob Hope, Anthony Quinn

    Released1940

    Directed byGeorge Marshall

    The Ghost Breakers 1940 is a comedy film directed by George Marshall and starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard. The film was adapted by Walter DeLeon from the play The Ghost Breaker by Paul Dickey...  more
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    5
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    Ghostbusters II

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1989

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Ghostbusters II is a 1989 American science fiction fantasy comedy film produced and directed by Ivan Reitman. It is the sequel to the 1984 film Ghostbusters and follows the further adventures of the...  more
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    7
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    Ghostbusters

    Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig

    Released2016

    Directed byPaul Feig

    Ghostbusters (alternatively known as Ghostbusters: Answer the Call and marketed as such on home release) is a 2016 American supernatural action comedy horror film directed by Paul Feig. It is the...  more
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    2
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    A Haunted House

    Marlon Wayans, Nick Swardson

    Released2013

    Directed byMichael Tiddes

    From the creators of "Scary Movie" comes another hilarious horror spoof, a parody of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise. When newlyweds Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) move into...  more
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    2
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    A Haunted House 2

    Jaime Pressly, Sophie Dee

    Released2014

    Directed byMichael Tiddes

    A Haunted House 2 is a 2014 American horror comedy film directed by Michael Tiddes and starring Marlon Wayans. The film is the sequel to the 2013 film A Haunted House. Produced by IM Global Octane...  more