Who knows, maybe most haunted house ghosts are actually like the ones in "Beetlejuice," unwilling to share a home with living people whom they find tacky.

But usually, haunted house movies terrify us by showing the dwelling from the point of view of the hapless mortals who've irked the resident specters with their mere presence, and who will be punished for their trespassing by being frightened to death.

With "Sinister 2" opening on August 21, it's worth looking back at the many haunted house movies that have creaked, groaned, cobwebbed, whispered, and rotted their way into our nightmares.