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This movie is an outstanding horror with a great story. It is one of the few good remakes there. You can watch it back to back with the original and it is still entrertaning. This is a modern cult classic.
Although it boasts an aesthetically magnificent scenic design, and earns points for giving distinctive traits and backstories to each of its apparitions, Thirteen Ghosts suffers from a suspense-free script that mistakes ineptitude for dark humor and choppy editing for energy.
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.
Thirteen Ghosts is a garbled mess of a film that it is incoherently terrible. The story makes absolutely no sense and the acting is pretty substandard. It does fit in that category of "so bad it's good" which is the only reason you may want to give it a chance. I will say that I haven't laughed as hard as I did during some of the kills in a long time.
10/27/2015: Meh. A bit disappointing since I thought the idea was pretty good. Shannon Elizabeth also didn't have a big enough role. It wasn't scary or full of gore, nor was it psychologically scary, so it missed in all areas.