Blu-rays for the Weekend: Ghost stories for the whole family

This weekend, Goosebumps launches in UK cinemas, as director Rob Letterman and Jack Black look to bring the classic series back to life in this feature length movie.

Black stars as R.L. Stine, the author of the original Goosebumps books, who keeps the monsters that he dreams about locked up in his books. However, when his daughter Hannah’s friend, Zach, inadvertently unleashes the monsters into the town, they must work together to get them back into the books where they belong.

To celebrate the launch of the film, we’ve compiled three of our favourite family-friendly ghost tales. Let us know in the comments if we’ve missed your favourite:


Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver team up in this cult classic about a team of disgraced scientists who form the Ghostbusters – a crack squad of occult specialists who catch pesky ghosts across New York City.

All is going well, until the team encounter a gateway into another dimension which, if left unchecked, will release evil across New York.

Ghostbusters I & II are available on Blu-ray, and come with a number of special features, including a roundtable discussion with director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, an art gallery, music video and all the special features from the first edition.


ParaNorman is the latest production by Laika, the company that bought you Boxtrolls and Coraline.

Starring the voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick and Casey Affleck, ParaNorman tells the story of Norman Babcock, a boy who grew up in the town of Blithe Hollow. Norman can speak to dead people, but nobody believes him apart from his best friend, Neil. That is, until, a magic storm threatens Blithe Hollow, bringing the dead back to life. Now, Norman and Neil must work with some unexpected new companions to save his town from the undead.

The Blu-ray edition comes with plenty of spooky special features, including audio commentary, a forty-minute look at how the movie was created, and hand-drawn storyboards.

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Monster House features a haunted house like no other. Twelve-year-old D.J. Walters lives next door to Horace Nebbercracker, an elderly man who terrorizes the young children in the neighbourhood, stealing all their toys. But there’s a twist…

D.J. has seen Nebbercracker’s house come to life and eat the toys. Of course, nobody believes him, but it won’t be long until they have no choice…

Starring Mitchel Musso as DJ and Steve Buschemi as Nebbercracker, this fun family flick will supply you with plenty of laughs. It also comes with a behind-the-scenes documentary, commentary by the filmmakers, and a HD art gallery.

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