Hollywood Goes to Heaven

Filmmakers are haunting theaters with a horde of afterlife movies. Is it a search for the Almighty, or just the almighty buck?

In Hollywood, a town that loves formula films about cops and buddies and fighter pilots, a hot new character has emerged. Meet a hero for the 1990s: the dead. Or nearly dead. Or just back from the dead. But don't be spooked. Hollywood believes this could be fun and meaningful at the same time. Just listen to the sales pitch for a script being peddled around the studios right now: "It's a Ghost kind of Die Hard. It's a Home Alone Ghost. Better, it's a Ghost Alone!"

This kind of thinking has created a jarring change in the buzz words of...

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