I have always found the story goal and story antagonist to be a little more ambiguous in paranormal/supernatural mystery/thriller [SNT] type plots (e.g. The Eye, The Return [Sarah Michelle Gellar], Dark Water, The Grudge); not elusive, just a little different than e.g. a heist plot (Oceans 11) or a kill the monster plot (Alien), etc.. Curious what others think. Seems to me in an SNT the protagonist (e.g. Jessica Alba's character in The Eye) has a 'goal' of figuring out what the paranormal visions are all about, that she is experiencing; same with The Return, or with Dark Water. Thus they become 'solve the riddle' plots, goal is to figure out the supernatural visions as they escalate in intensity. But then who is the antagonist that opposes that 'goal'? The ghost? I have also wondered why the ghost does not just appear and tell the protagonist wtf is going on, where the ghost's body is, etc-- but of course that would make for a short storyline and there would no mystery. Is the 'antagonist' more so the hero herself, struggling with her own intelligence to solve the riddle? But then there often seems to be an intense 'Battle' plot point where hero and ghost collide, e.g. in The Grudge where the creepy girl with distorted limbs goes after Sarah Michelle Gellar as she tries to burn the house down, or in Dark Water where the creepy girl attacks Ceci and then Jennifer Connelly's character, or in The Ring where the creepy girl confronts Naomi Watts. (hmm, seems you better always have a creepy girl in an snt, a creepy wet ghost girl).