A story of the supernatural cannot be taken apart and analysed too closely. The ultimate test of its rationale is whether it is good enough to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. If you submit it to a completely logical and detailed analysis it will eventually appear absurd. In his essay on the uncanny, Das Unheimliche, Freud said that the uncanny is the only feeling which is more powerfully experienced in art than in life. If the genre required any justification, I should think this alone would serve as its credentials.
Of course there is a danger that some audiences may misunderstand what you say and think that one can dispense altogether with reason, falling into the clouded mysticism which is currently so popular in America.
People can misinterpret almost anything so that it coincides with views they already hold. They take from art what they already believe, and I wonder how many people have ever had their views about anything important changed by a work of art?
Stanley Kubrick (in interview with Michel Ciment)
To have been a professional photographer was obviously a great advantage for me, though not everyone I subsequently worked with thought so.
‘Oui, il y a des revenants' , Michel Ciment, L'Express 18 Oct. 1980. Reprinted in Kubrick, Calmann-Lévy (1980). English version, edited by Kubrick, in Kubrick, HarperCollins (1982); Kubrick: The Definitive Edition, Faber & Faber [US] (2001).