The supernatural sits at the heart of horror and mystery, but just because something looks like a ghost and walks like a ghost doesn't mean it's always going to say, "Boo!" One of the most fun twists filmmakers have employed since the advent of the moving picture is the last act reveal that what's been presented as a haunting has a completely rational explanation.
The horror genre doesn't have a stranglehold on the ol' supernatural switcheroo. Science fiction, fantasy, and even straightforward dramas have employed this technique to varying degrees of success over the years. Some of the rational reveals collected here not only work, but make the film even more conceptually interesting as a result. That's not to say all of these surprisingly rational supernatural movies pull off their twist perfectly.
Which of these not-so-supernatural movies work, and which of them are a little too grounded for their own good? That's up to you to decide.
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