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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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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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
Herbert Duncanson
as The Hammer
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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All Critics (92) | Top Critics (24)

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

Beck maintains a satisfyingly high level of heebie-jeebies throughout.

Full Review… | October 29, 2001
Top Critic

A nicely nasty Halloween treat.

Full Review… | October 26, 2001
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 26, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A B-grade horror picture seems to be a B-grade horror picture no matter how many studio bucks and digital effects you throw at it.

Full Review… | October 26, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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
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
Alex roy

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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.

Dean King
Dean King

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