All too often, Hollywood relies on the sort of thinking that results in choosing product that’s “just like” somebody else’s product; the sort of thinking that if one writer is good, more writers are better; that producing a re-make with “bigger bangs” will produce box-office with bigger bucks. This thinking ends up giving us films like that miserable attempt to re-make Robert Wise’s classic film, The Haunting (from Shirley Jackson’s novel, “The Haunting of Hill House”).
---The dead want to come back.
---The person doesn’t want this ability.
--The dead want to talk to the living through the person.
---The dead can finish business left undone in life through the person.
---Amnesty should they survive a successful mission.
---A welcome release from prison life.
---Escape from a fate they feel is worse.
---They might be able to escape while on the mission.
---They can kill again, something from which they get pleasure.