Thir13en Ghosts [2001] Movie Review Recommendation

Thir13en Ghosts [2001]

Thir13en Ghosts is a remake of a 1960 film 13 Ghosts, directed and produced by William Castle. In this version, he’s replaced by Steve Beck who also directed another movie with the word ghost in the title: Ghostship. They feature similar stories and visual styles, so if you liked the one, you will probably like the other. Almost everything about this movie is visual, with the story in the background. Like so many movies from the nineties, Thir13en Ghosts is above all an entertaining and thrilling movie, featuring some really frightening and juicy ghosts. This is an example of great commercial horror movie. It should not be taken too seriously, so if you are looking for something scary and jumpy, better move on. The original movie showcased ghosts with special glasses that were needed in order to see the ghosts. We might say that the CGI replaced them, but the general pulpy vibe is still there.

Thir13en Ghosts [2001] Movie Review Recommendation PosterCyrus Kriticos is an interesting man. Not only he lives in an extravagant mansion but his occupation is also exciting. He’s a ghost hunter. While trying to catch a particularly dangerous ghost, Cyrus unfortunately dies, leaving his huge mansion to his nephew Arthur, who doesn’t know that it holds many secrets. Arthur decides to move in with his two children and this is where the trouble starts…

Some people consider this movie to be a movie so bad that it’s good, but I wouldn’t go that far. I think it’s just a combination of the time it was made and underlining commercial pressure. The thing that made it were the visuals. On a personal note, Shannon Elizabeth was beautiful as always here. She established herself as the crush of the entire generation with her appearance in American Pie. Although this isn’t some masterpiece, it could serve as a nice intro to long night of ghosts movies from the same period: The Haunting, House on Haunted Hill, The OthersStir of Echoes, Sleepy Hollow…

Director: Steve Beck

Cast: Tony Shalhoub, Embeth Davidtz, Matthew Lillard, Shannon Elizabeth, JR Bourne

Fun Facts: The effect for “The Torso” was achieved using a double amputee wearing a special black hood that could be used to digitally remove his head.


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