This weekend, your antidote to R-Pattz/K-Stew gossip is the sure-to-be throwaway ghost flick The Apparition, starring the crumbling couple’s Twilight co-star, Ashley Greene. Serving as Greene’s first star vehicle, the new thriller tells of a haunting presence derived from a shady parapsychology experiment, and sees a young woman (Greene) and her hunk husband (Sebastian Stan) scream their guts out before, naturally, calling in an expert (played by Lucius Malfoy himself, Tom Felton). There are plenty of memorable movie specters who’ve preceded Greene’s floorboard-creaking houseguest, and they’ll still be planted in viewers’ minds long after The Apparition dissolves into oblivion. Who to expect on this week’s list? Let’s just say that Carmen Maura, Jennifer Jones, and Bill Cosby have more in common than you might have thought.
Herk Harvey in Carnival of Souls (1962). A surprisingly atmospheric and influential cult classic (David Lynch and George A. Romero are among its fans), Carnival of Souls is truly brought to life by its quadruple-threat creator, Herk Harvey, who wrote, produced, directed, and also stars as The Man, a pasty, highly eerie figure who appears to Candace Hilligoss’s mysterious crash survivor, Mary. Showing up everywhere from a park to outside Mary’s car window, The Man appropriately looks like death incarnate, for there’s more to Mary than meets the fearfully half-covered eye.