13B

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Director Vikram explores the possibilities for terror when the television becomes aware of the power it holds over the average family, and decides that it's time to take control. In a world that never sleeps, the only source of relaxation for many is the household television. Previously just another appliance like the refrigerator or oven, the television of the 21st century is thought by many to reveal the hierarchy of the family; whoever controls the television remote controls the family. But what happens when the television becomes sentient and decides that it's time for a change? This is what happens to Manohar and his family upon moving into their new home at 13B. Realizing to his horror that their television has stopped showing them the facts and started showing them the things that it wants them to see, Manohar must race to save his family from becoming unfortunate victims of the digital age.

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Critic Reviews for 13B

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  • Despite its near-total absence of subtlety, bloated running time and, yes, even the inclusion of a couple of out-of-place musical sequences -- does manage to change to a relatively new channel.

    Mar 6, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 13 B scores in keeping it slick and suspenseful, and almost-fresh.

    Apr 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There's a disarmingly benign, albeit decidedly precious, charm to the film.

    Mar 11, 2009
  • A rare example of a flat-out Indian horror movie [that] borrows liberally from The Amityville Horror playbook and familiar Asian horror tropes, but the haunted soap opera is a new wrinkle.

    Mar 6, 2009 | Full Review…
  • J-horror-styled supernatural thriller from India doesn't have the gore or intensity of the real thing, and for many in the mainstream, that's a relief. Low-budget-looking but effective, with a great central gimmick.

    Mar 6, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 13B

  • Jan 17, 2010
    In today's world, the major source of relief, information and entertainment is the TV. So much so, that it has moved up from its modest position of being just another 'household appliance' to actually determining the power equation in a family. It is easy to identify the hierarchy in the family depending on who controls the remote control. So what happens when the TV realizes this power and begins to take control? What happens when instead of showing you the facts, the TV, begins to show you what it wants you to see? What happens when Manohar (R. Madhavan), to his great horror, realizes that this is exactly what is happening with his wonderful family, who has just moved into their sweet new home at 13B. Well, just few days back Raaz 2 was released. Although the movie was a hit, but let us accept the fact that as usual, in all the previous horror movie in India, even Raaz 2 did not had anything much to offer other than it's fantastic music. But behold, Bollywood has it's own horror movie now, neither copied & neither it has some tacky storyline & also featuring some good performances. The problem with all the other horror movie in India are, they don't let you hooked up right till the end & they just deal with some weird faced ghosts wandering around the whole movie. But that's not the case with 13B. 13B not only does grips you till the end, but it also leaves you thrilled in the end. The director Vikram K. Kumar handled the movie so well that it does not seems as if it is his first movie. R. Madhavan has always been an amazing actor & he is yet again amazing in this movie with the correct expressions all the way. Neetu Chandra, Poonam Dhillon & all the other actors did performed very good. Thanks to amazing director, he made everyone act so naturally. The background music was just average & the music was disappointing though there is no scope of songs in such movies. The movie has got a different look, which does suits with the theme of the movie. The movie takes a bit of a time to build up the tension but the second half of the movie never lets you blink your eyes for a second. And it is impossible to guess what is going to happen next in the movie.The movie ends up in a pretty shocking way. But make sure that the makers of the film did not had in their mind to scare the audience, but they just had one thing in their mind & i.e. to keep the people hooked up & guessing till the end. Easily the best horror & thriller movie ever made in Bollywood & also one of the best ever in the history of cinema. Do not miss this one.
    Abhilash S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2009
    Bollywood never produce 'horror' type genre, wonders why? not they aren't capable of making it or no audience for it. 13B is the latest movie to hold a 'horror' genre, and shockingly it's concept is quite original. The 2 hours long movie, start with a close knit family moving into a luxurious apartment, things goes well, maybe too well. the brothers get a promotion, the sister passed her finale exam, etc. but things begin to look bizarre when, the new series that the family like to watch on TV, describing their days today's life! one of the younger brother realize this and begin following the series. events after events happen that lead him to believe that there is something in his house that wanted him to dig the past history of the place he is living now. Interesting enough to make me watch, but still many cliche things, like poor dialogue, songs in the middle of the movie, etc. 5/10.
    Cancelled U Super Reviewer

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