Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts) 2001

Thirteen Ghosts

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

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A state-of-the-art remake of the classic William Castle horror film about a family that inherits a spectacular old house from an eccentric uncle. There's just one problem: the house seems to have a dangerous agenda all its own. Trapped in their new home by strangely shifting walls, the family encounters powerful and vengeful entities that threaten to annihilate anyone in their path.

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Critic Reviews for Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts)

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (79)

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

    March 22, 2002 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • Substitutes the original's goofy camp for an orgy of gore, noise and mindless mayhem.

    March 4, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

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

    December 6, 2001 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Beck maintains a satisfyingly high level of heebie-jeebies throughout.

    October 29, 2001

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
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  • A nicely nasty Halloween treat.

    October 26, 2001 | Full Review…
  • 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…

Audience Reviews for Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts)

  • Jun 22, 2016
    I'm pretty sure that filming yourself trying to shave your balls in a car driving on a street full of pot holes would be a better horror movie than this one. Effects are okay, but the plot is not exciting and typically not all that scary.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2014
    A rather gruesome horror film, Thir13en Ghosts delivers violence and gore aplenty. After his uncle's death Arthur Kriticos inherits a luxurious and elaborate house, but he soon learns that it's actually a machine that's powered by the dead and was designed by the Devil for the purpose of opening the Eye of Hell. Starring Tony Shalhoub, Shannon Elizabeth, Matthew Lillard, and F. Murray Abraham, the cast isn't half bad, but their performances are terrible. And, the ghost designs are pretty gratuitous. Additionally, the tone of the film is all over the place, from family drama, to wacky comedy, to supernatural horror. Thir13en Ghosts does some interesting things, but the execution is poor, resulting in a confusing mess that doesn't work.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2012
    Predictable, Silly and not scary but worth a watch.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2011
    Nursing production quality over substance or content, "Thirteen Ghosts" is still a hugely underrated horror film with a unique concept (based on a 1960s horror film) and enamoring set pieces. With an elaborate maze of a glass house standing as the centerpiece of the film, with its shifting walls and ghost laden basement, producer Terry Castle (with Robert Zemeckis) remakes her father's 60s horror film in a way he could have never imagined. Still cheesy and often poorly acted, the one thing keeping "Thirteen Ghosts" from being a success is a complete lack of scares. The ghosts are frightening and well-designed, the situations are eerie, yet there are no real spooks. Rather, the film follows a formulaic story arc with nothing to make it standout. Matthew Lillard is the shining star in an otherwise miscast endeavor. Tony Shaloub, Embeth Davidtz, and Shannon Elizabeth tend to phone in their performances while Lillard runs circles around them in one of his best showings ever. Had the film's tone been as dark and frightening as the set and the ghosts, "Thirteen Ghosts" would still be talked about today. Instead, it remains a miniscule cult classic for those that care to keep track.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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