9 non-terrifying ghost shows for scaredy cats

For those who are not the bravest of souls: You can watch these shows in the middle of the night and still sleep like a baby later

Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters
14 Jul 2016

Ghostbusters

Our childhood favourite movie is given a brand new facelift with four new—all-female—protagonists and a cute secretary (Chris Hemsworth!!!) to boot. Helmed by some of the “funniest women” from the entertainment industry i.e., Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, Ghostbusters is set to be a fun and funny romp imbued with all the nostalgic elements fans loved from the original movie – the green slime, Stay Puft Marshmallow man, and iconic Ecto-1 that is a revamped ‘80s Cadillac hearse wagon instead of an ambulance. Ready your proton packs because we’ve got some ghost busting to do!

The scariest thing about this movie: Stay Puft’s menacing expression (although we really think it is more kawaii than scary, seriously.) 

Ghostbusters opens in theatres July 14.

Photo: Sony Pictures


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Casper
Casper
14 Jul 2016

Casper

Before scoring a live-action movie, Casper enjoyed a long run as a comic and cartoon series for kids. If anything, the name of said ghost is itself a dead giveaway – with him being known as “Casper the friendly ghost”, you can expect the prota-ghost-nist to be anything but creepy. This feel-good movie revolves around an unlikely friendship between a kind-hearted ghostly boy and human girl and is bound to trigger the waterworks too, so don’t forget to keep a box of Kleenex within arm’s reach.

The scariest thing about this movie: Casper’s mischievous uncles, the ghostly trio, whose favourite pastime is pranking on and chasing away the human occupants in the old manor which they reside in.

Photo: Universal Pictures

Ghost
Ghost
14 Jul 2016

Ghost

The iconic 1990 Hollywood film probably depicts the most romantic human-ghostly encounter known to mankind (or the movie industry) so far – when a dead boyfriend Sam Wheat (played by Patrick Swayze) tries means and ways to protect his girlfriend Molly Jenson (Demi Moore) from harm by seeking the help of a medium. You know this show is more about love than horror when its most famous scene – the clay-moulding pottery wheel scene between Sam and Molly – goes down in history for being one of the most memorable kissing scenes too.

The scariest thing about this movie: When the baddie gets his comeuppance and is dragged to hell by a couple of lurking shadowy figures at the end of the movie.

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Just Like Heaven
Just Like Heaven
14 Jul 2016

Just Like Heaven

David Abbott, a widowed architect (played by Mark Ruffalo) moves into a brand new place, meets Elizabeth Masterson, a woman (played by Reese Witherspoon)—who exists in spirit form—and begins to bond with her after he ends up being the only human being she is able to communicate with. Love (not fear) is in the air 99.99% of the time in the movie which, thankfully, ends on a happy note. For all sappy romantics, Just Like Heaven has all the feels and is still a very watchable romcom flick today even though it was produced 11 years ago.

The scariest thing about this movie: Levitating household objects when David moves into Elizabeth’s house not knowing she’s still “around”.

Photo: DreamWorks Pictures

With You
With You
14 Jul 2016

With You

When Zhang Yang (Chen Han Wei) unexpectedly dies in a motorbike accident, he becomes a ghost and seeks the help of Zhou Wei An (Adrian Pang), who is able to see and communicate with him, to help him return home. The supernatural story takes a heartwarming twist when Wei An befriends Zhang Yang’s inconsolable wife, Ye Si Qi (Rui En) and under the guidance and advice of a persistent Wei An, he helps her step out of her loss and grief. The refreshing story material appealed to viewers and With You raked in strong viewership figures and became the top-rated drama of 2011.

The scariest thing about this drama: Nothing. We only felt pangs of sadness, a little joy, but no fear at all.

Watch past episodes of With You on Toggle.

Photo: Channel 8


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Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo
14 Jul 2016

Scooby-Doo

All 80s babies can identify with the inquisitive quartet, consisting of Velma, Fred, Daphne and Shaggy, their timid dog Scooby-Doo and hippie mystery machine ride. As per its same-name long-running cartoon series, the ghouls and supernatural creatures featured in the movie are fictional and often exist as a form of human manipulation. Watch this with your logic censors turned off and if you need a good laugh because the movie is anything but scary.

The scariest thing about this movie: Bad movie-making. As compared to the cartoon series, the live-action flick failed to live up to expectations, and, despite being a flop, the studios actually have grand plans to resurrect the series with another live-action film in the works. The horror!

Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

Maggie & Me
Maggie & Me
14 Jul 2016

Maggie & Me

What happens when a scam artist and/or “ghost buster” Johnny Tan (Adrian Pang), who goes round cheating old ladies about his supernatural abilities, befriends a harmless wandering ghost called Maggie/Emily (Fiona Xie)? Hijinks ensue when they strike up an unlikely collaboration – she haunts houses for him to exorcise on the pretext that he helps to solve the mystery to her death. You don’t need a heart of steel to enjoy this comedy which spans two seasons.

The scariest thing about this TV series: Nothing. This series is certified cute and cuddly. How are we supposed to take a ghost, who has a penchant for cute retro outfits, seriously?

Watch past episodes of Maggie & Me season 1 and season 2 on Toggle.

Photos: Channel 5

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Happy Ghost (the series)
Happy Ghost (the series)
14 Jul 2016

Happy Ghost (the series)

TV babies born in the 70s and 80s will definitely identify with this series produced by—and starring—Raymond Wong as the lead protagonist, a dead scholar-turned-reincarnated human called ‘Pik’, who has magical powers. The series starts off with a ghostly Pik befriending a bunch of high school kids in the first movie and continues with Pik as a reincarnated being. Despite having unrelated storylines, the campy movie series turned out to be a hit and remains a well-loved classic in the Hong Kong movie industry.

The scariest thing about this movie: The sight of Pik in his Qing dynasty robes will probably unsettle scaredy cats, but this is probably—hands down—the most un-scary vampire movie known to mankind.

Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice
14 Jul 2016

Beetlejuice

A couple, who, unfortunately, died in an accident and became ghosts, attempt to scare away occupants at their old house – but with little success. They resort to enlisting the help of Beetlejuice (or Betelgeuse), the “ghost with the most”, and chaos ensues when he unleashes a slew of supernatural shenanigans in the house.

The scariest thing about this movie: This dark humourous comedy by Tim Burton makes for an entertaining watch – one minute you’ll be humming along to the tunes of ‘Day O’ the next you’ll probably be belching at the sight of the wrinkled bloodied hands. But all in good fun.

Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

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