In the terminology of ghost hunting, an intelligent haunting (also known as a classic or traditional haunting) differs from a residual haunting, being a haunting in which a spiritual entity is aware of the living world and interacts with or responds to it. Ghost hunters and paranormal writers believe that such a ghost or spirit may be able to communicate with the living, not just by talking, but by moving inanimate objects such as furniture or toys. Study and classification of ghosts and poltergeists is regarded as pseudoscience because it does not use a system of controlled experimentation or scientific method.
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Borley Rectory is a Victorian mansion. Built in 1863, it was located in Essex County in England and was described by Harry Price in the 1930's as the "most haunted house in England". Incidents of intelligent haunting have been reported at the site. In particular, a nun was said to have been buried alive, but is claimed to have been seen gliding along the dark path, and tramping footsteps and ringing bells are claimed to have been heard at night. In 1930, when the Foysters moved in, they reported that objects flew in the air and fire randomly broke out around the mansion. They described being attacked by the forces with hot stones and vlaimed to have been spat at and levitated.  In 1944, a life magazine photographer was at the sight and took a photo of the Borley Rectory. The photo seems to show specks of white dust.
The story plot of Shutter includes Jane, the main character, involving in a car accident that severely injured and killed a girl. Jane’s boyfriend, Tun, suggested that they kept driving, leaving the girl behind. Tun was a photographer. Mysterious shadow figures of the girl appeared on his work. The spirit of the girl was malevolently trying to communicate with both of the main characters.
In Sixth Sense, the boy, Cole, was able to see dead people and was contacted by the ghost of a girl who was murdered, Kyra. Kyra wanted to reveal the truth about her murder, but needed Cole’s help. Cole showed the videotape of the murder to Kyra’s father. The videotape revealed that Kyra’s mother put floor cleaner fluid into her food.
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In the animated show Hey Arnold the episode Haunted Train features a phantom Engine and Engineer. The Engineer appears to be conscious of the world around him as while his phantom train drives along and picks up new passengers he rides on the cow catcher and sings a song he presumably wrote about the accident he caused that killed him and wrecked the original engine 25 when he went insane.