Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts)

2001

Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts)

Critics Consensus

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

15%

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Total Count: 94

48%

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User Ratings: 262,626
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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. 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.

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Cast

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
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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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