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Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts) (2001)



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

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Movie Info

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. Down on his luck, the broke Arthur (Tony Shalhoub) is grateful when he learns that his eccentric, recently deceased uncle willed him his lavish home. Arthur and his daughter Kathy (Shannon Elizabeth) move into the odd house only to discover that its elaborate series of moving glass walls exists to contain 13 spirits trapped within. It seems that Zorba was a collector of paranormal entities, but the supernatural spooks want out, while an alleged hidden fortune keeps the new owners, as well as some fellow treasure seekers and a veteran ghost hunter locked inside. Thirteen Ghosts (2001) co-stars F. Murray Abraham, Embeth Davidtz, and Matthew Lillard.more
Rating: R (for horror violence/gore, nudity and some language)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Neal Marshall, Neal Marshall Stevens, Richard D'Ovidio, Steve Beck, Neal Stevens
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 2, 2002
Box Office: $41.6M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Tony Shalhoub
as Arthur Kriticos
Matthew Lillard
as Dennis Rafkin
Shannon Elizabeth
as Kathy Kriticos
Alec Roberts
as Bobby Kriticos
Rah Digga
as Maggie Jones
Embeth Davidtz
as Kalina Seyler
F. Murray Abraham
as Cyrus Kriticos
JR Bourne
as Benjamin Moss
Jacob Rupp
as Cyrus's Assistant
Mike Crestejo
as Team Member
Charles Andre
as Team Member
Mikhael Speidel
as The First Born Son
Daniel Wesley
as The Torso
Kathryn Anderson
as Jean Kriticos
John De Santis
as The Juggernaut
Aubrey Lee Culp
as Team Member
C. Ernst Harth
as The Great Child
Shawna Loyer
as The Angry Princess
Laura Mennell
as The Bound Woman
Craig Olejnik
as The Torn Prince
Xantha Radley
as The Pilgrimess
Laurie Soper
as The Dire Mother
Shayne Wyler
as The Jackal
Laura Mennel
as The Bound Woman
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Critic Reviews for Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts)

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (28)

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

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The drop-dead fact is, this ornate but eerily unspooky production is designed by Hollywood vampires and powered by demographics.

Full Review… | December 6, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Georgia Straight

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

Full Review… | May 27, 2013
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Brutally violent horror remake is a huge waste.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

Still entertaining in spite of its number of faults.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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.

Kevin M. Williams

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


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.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts) Quotes

Rafkin: I'm sure as hell hope I don't bleed to death. That, would suck.
– Submitted by Lea L (4 years ago)
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 (4 years ago)

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