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Haunted

The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now.

Ghost stories, tales of possession and psychic disturbance have enthralled audiences since the before film was invented, and continue to exert a dread fascination. Film's first and perhaps still its most compelling special effect is the ghostly image, but television's unique intimacy has equally made the creepy story-telling and taught psychological power of haunting tales unforgettable on screen. Out at the crossroads, or drifting through old dark houses, unquiet spirits of the corrupt, the bereft, the lost, the damned, and the murdered return to the present to take their revenge.

"I believe even the most rational mind can play tricks in the dark."

Mr Daily in The Woman in Black

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Haunted

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