Poltergeist (2015) Script

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Director:Gil Kenan
Written by:Steven Spielberg (Story), David Lindsay-Abaire (Screenplay), Kurt Van Der Basch (Storyboard), Simeon Wilkins (Storyboard)

Script Synopsis:Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.


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Director:Tobe Hooper
Written by:Steven Spielberg (Screenplay), Michael Grais (Screenplay), Mark Victor (Screenplay), Steven Spielberg (Story)

Script Synopsis:Steve Freeling lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken dishes and furniture moving around by itself. However, when he realizes that something truly evil haunts his home, Steve calls in a team of parapsychologists led by Dr. Lesh to help before it's too late.

Ghost Story Scripts

The horror genre is a unique genre because its sole purpose is to scare the living daylights out of a person. Throughout the last century, the genre has evolved to meet the increasing demands of the movie-going public. New techniques, plots and monsters are developed every day to shock people and bring out their innermost fears. Whether a person is afraid of demons, darkness or animals- there is a film maker who is dying to take that fear to another level.

One of the classic genres of horror films is based on ghosts. Ghosts are pure fodder to the horror film maker because it is something that cannot be understood. Some people believe that ghosts are good while others believe that ghosts are bad. Some believe that ghosts do not exist while others attest to the opposite.

The general indecision that people have about ghosts makes it easy for film makers to come up with new plots and reasoning as to why ghosts exist. They determine the level of power a ghost has as well as their ability to bend time, space or circumstances in their favor. There is no right or wrong answer, so the film maker has a lot of room to be creative.

Film makers and writers would do well to read some of the following scripts. These scripts are composed of some of the best ghost stories that have ever graced the cinema screen. They show the infinite amount of creative control that a film maker can have when making a ghost story film. It also shows how much more potential has been untouched by film makers, and are diamonds yet to be discovered.m maker has the freedom to change as much or as little as he wishes.

Keep in mind, not all of the films listed below are horror films. But the original ideas make them interesting tools for a horror film maker to learn from and build upon.


  1. (1939) Wuthering Heights Script [Transcript]
  2. (1980) The Shining Script
  3. (1980) The Fog Script
  4. (1982) Poltergeist Script
  5. (1990) Ghost Script
  6. (1995) Casper Script [Transcript]
  7. (2001) The Others Script  [Transcript]
  8. (2002) Dark Water Script  [Transcript]
  9. (2007) Paranormal Activity Script  [Transcript]