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Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts) (2001)

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 92
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 79

The production design is first rate, but 13 Ghosts is distinctly lacking in scares.

13

Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 21

The production design is first rate, but 13 Ghosts is distinctly lacking in scares.

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This haunted house chiller is the second feature from Dark Castle Entertainment, the mid-budget outfit put together in 1999 to remake the cheesy horror genre pictures of William Castle by his daughter, Terry Castle, and producers Gilbert Adler, Robert Zemeckis, and Joel Silver. Financially ravaged and widowed by a fire that is consuming him with guilt, Arthur Kriticos (Tony Shalhoub) is left to raise two kids on his own: beautiful teenager Kathy (Shannon Elizabeth) and grade school student Bobby

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Neal Marshall, Steve Beck, Neal Stevens

Apr 2, 2002

$41.6M

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All Critics (106) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (79) | DVD (31)

By any objective accounting, Thirteen Ghosts is exactly a baker's dozen too many -- this is a zero of a film.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The drop-dead fact is, this ornate but eerily unspooky production is designed by Hollywood vampires and powered by demographics.

December 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Beck maintains a satisfyingly high level of heebie-jeebies throughout.

October 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
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A nicely nasty Halloween treat.

October 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Mr. Showbiz
Mr. Showbiz
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Clever one-liners supplant the lack of frights with cackling -- which you might as well do since, by the end of the movie, it's clear that the joke's on you.

October 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A more fitting tribute to William Castle would have been to create a horror flick you could sit through without consistently squirming in abject loathing.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

It's junk, too, and while maybe it's not as much fun as the original, neither does it disgrace its parent.

May 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Brutally violent horror remake is a huge waste.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Still entertaining in spite of its number of faults.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

There isn't enough dry ice in the world to conceal the rot of stupidity hovering over "13 Ghosts." With Embeth Davidtz and Matthew Lillard both overacting to a lower power in supporting roles, there apparently also aren't enough acting coaches.

August 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Like the huge glass house that serves as its centerpiece, the film is shiny, sterile, bland, vacuous, and completely pointless.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Thirteen Ghosts is so bad it scared me more than the Evil Dead knock off ghouls.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: sbs.is

É impressionante que 13 Fantasmas tenha sido montado por três editores, já que a trama (na falta de um termo melhor) flui de maneira absolutamente caótica.

May 30, 2002
Cinema em Cena

At least his (Castle's) old films could be viewed as pure, innocent camp. Thir13en Ghosts can hardly be viewed at all.

April 15, 2002
Movie Metropolis

A loud, stupid and incomprehensible piece of junk

March 24, 2002

A high-budget spectacle of garish overkill.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

Substitutes the original's goofy camp for an orgy of gore, noise and mindless mayhem.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC

You don't like to see someone like F. Murray Abraham awkwardly hamming his way through a role. It's actually pretty sad.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Like that inscrutable pseudo-word 'Thir13en,' this film is a messy jumble.

January 3, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The film's biggest letdown is the almost complete absence of real scares.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Thrown together without any semblance of directing talent.

November 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

What's worse than being trapped in a house with an angry ghost? Trapped in a house with 13 of them. But the real shocker here is that 13 Ghosts is surprisingly decent.

November 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

The original was pretty crappy. The remake is not an improvement.

November 12, 2001 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts)

an update of an original classic b-movie which, despite better technology, fails to drum up much in the scare department and is actually irritating to watch.
September 26, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

This movie was Plainly terrible. The acting was horrible even by horror movie standards, and the story was just horrible. This film did have cool effects, which I did enjoy and kept my mind off the terrible story. In the end, not even the special effects saved this stupid ''horror'' film.
August 9, 2010
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Another cool Dark Castle entertainment horror re-make. Didn't know of the original until I saw some reviews mention it. This reminded me a lot of the House on Haunted Hill remake made 2 years earlier. It's fun, not too serious, has a good mix of humour and gore/kills. The cast is ok and well known with Shannon Elizabeth and Matthew Lillard, but it was a nice surprise to see Tony Shalhoub (Monk) appear in this. What really makes this film enjoyable in my opinion, along with House on Haunted Hill, is the set design, make up and ghoulish characters created. Both films have a great wacky house setting, good SFX and the ghosts in this look awesome. A great way to enjoy 90mins. So if you liked House on Haunted Hill you will like this just as much.
June 2, 2010
Deano78

Super Reviewer

This horror story makes no sense whatsoever, and the gory spectres in the haunted house are so scary by killing all its human inhabitants.
The direction is tawdry and pedantic. Jump cuts and abrupt scene changes only carry so far. The lack of emotional involvement dooms this film from the start. It fails to establish an emotional connection with the main characters, and the ghosts are shown as evil, rather than victims.
Horror remake of 1960's 13 Ghosts.
May 16, 2010
deano
Dean McKenna

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    1. Rafkin: I'm sure as hell hope I don't bleed to death. That, would suck.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. Rafkin: If you hadn't noticed, I'm a little bit of a freak! I come within ten feet of anything dead I go into seizures. I touch somebody, and a whole life full of shit flashes in front of my eyes! Alright? So yeah, I'm depraved. But Cyrus was my friend and he accepted me.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
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