Thirteen Ghosts

Thirteen Ghosts

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Director: Steve Beck

Cast: Steve Beck, Tony Shalhoub, Embeth Davidtz, Matthew Lillard

     
 

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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, and producers Gilbert Adler, Robert Zemeckis, and Joel Silver. Financially ravaged and widowed by a fire that is consuming him with guilt, Arthur Kriticos

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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, and producers Gilbert Adler, Robert Zemeckis, and Joel Silver. Financially ravaged and widowed by a fire that is consuming him with guilt, Arthur Kriticos (Tony Shalhoub) is left to raise two kids on his own: beautiful teenager Kathy (Shannon Elizabeth) and grade school student Bobby (Alec Roberts). Good news suddenly drops into their lives when a lawyer visits and reveals that they have inherited a lavish home from a late uncle, Cyrus (F. Murray Abraham), an eccentric ghost hunter. The Kriticos family moves into the remote house only to discover its odd secret: the dwelling contains a state-of-the-art, elaborate system of moving glass walls that trap spirits inside. Soon the ghosts, which can only be seen through the use of special high-tech spectacles, are loose in the elaborate contraption and are none too thrilled about their predicament. With the exits sealed, the family members try to learn the secret of Uncle Cyrus' bizarre mansion and survive supernatural assaults with the help of sassy housekeeper Maggie (Rah Digga), neurotic psychic Rafkin (Matthew Lillard), and Kalina (Embeth Davidtz), an activist championing the civil rights of ghosts. The eyeglasses through which the spirits can be viewed in Thirteen Ghosts (2001) were part of a ballyhoo gimmick involving pairs of spectacles handed out to audiences for screenings of the 1960 original, which was presented in "Illusion-O."

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Shannon Elizabeth, Matthew Lillard, and F. Murray Abraham may be in the cast, but the real star of Thirteen Ghosts is a haunted house. It's a true spook house of the future, especially when compared to the deadly domicile in low-tech showman William Castle's 1960 horror classic. The simple story involves a family that inherits a legitimate haunted home from an eccentric, ghost-hunting uncle. Where the original 13 Ghosts abode was a traditionally creaky edifice, this film's ultramodern nightmare house is more like a gigantic puzzle box than a home. There are plenty of thrills to be had in this glass-walled house, and you can bet its unfortunate inheritors cast more than their share of stones. Apparitions appear early and often, running a grotesque gamut of gore as the film trades in suspense for nonstop action and top-notch special effects. The small ensemble cast -- including Tony Shalhoub as the mild-mannered father, Elizabeth as his daughter, Lillard as a the token psychic, and Rah Digga as a housekeeper -- spend most of the time screaming their hearts out and running for their lives. Abraham, on the other hand, plays the uncle with a kind of demonic calm. Ultimately, Thirteen Ghosts takes its unique contemporary flair from the restaging of a classic ghost chiller in a fresh setting. The DVD includes audio commentary and a making-of documentary.
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas
Thirteen Ghosts is in essence a classic haunted house story, given some terrifically ingenious and grisly twists, in which a decent family man, already afflicted with tragedy and loss, finds within himself the courage and selflessness to save his family from evil.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2002
UPC:
0012569688230
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Shalhoub Arthur Kriticos
Embeth Davidtz Kalina
Matthew Lillard Rafkin
Alec Roberts Bobby Kriticos
Kathryn Anderson Jean Kriticos
Shannon Elizabeth Kathy Kriticos
F. Murray Abraham Uncle Cyrus
J.R. Bourne Actor
Rah Digga Actor
Charles Andre Team Member
Jacob Rupp Cyrus Assistant
Matthew Harrison Damon
Craig Olejnik The Torn Prince
C. Ernst Harth The Great Child
Xantha Radley The Pilgrimess
Mike Crestejo Team Member
Aubrey Lee Culp Team Member
Mikhael Speidel The First Born Son
Daniel Wesley The Torso
Laura Mennell The Bound Woman
Shawna Loyer The Angry Princess
Laurie Soper The Dire Mother
Herbert Duncanson The Hammer
Shayne Wyler The Jackal
John De Santis The Juggernaut
Adam Stern Conductor

Technical Credits
Steve Beck Director
Gilbert Adler Producer
Dillon Armitage Special Effects
Matt Earl Beesley Asst. Director
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Roy Berkowitz Editor
Guy Bews Stunts
Derek Brechin Editor
Yves Cameron Stunts
Lynne Carrow Casting
Terry Castle Co-producer
Mira Caveno Set Decoration/Design
Lynn Christopher Set Decoration/Design
Dan Cracchiolo Executive Producer
Richard D'Ovidio Screenwriter
Dane A. Davis Sound/Sound Designer
Lyn De Fehr Makeup
Mike Duff Special Effects
Dominique Fauquet-Lemaitre Set Decoration/Design
Tom Fillingham Camera Operator
James B. Fisher Special Effects
John Frizzell Score Composer
Alex Green Stunts
Jenni Gullett Costumes/Costume Designer
Sean Hargreaves Production Designer
Dave Hospes Stunts
Kristine Kenworth Stunts
Derek Kraus Editor
Robert Kurtzman Makeup Special Effects
Mike Langois Stunts
Andrew Lee Set Decoration/Design
Deborah Macatumpag Stunts
Don Macauley Art Director
Sherry Miller Set Decoration/Design
Richard Mirisch Co-producer
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Fred Perron Stunts
Patrick Ramsay Sound Mixer
Steve Richards Executive Producer
Shealah Seaton Stunts
Albert M. Shapiro Asst. Director
Christine Sheaks Casting
Joel Silver Producer
Neal Stevens Screenwriter
Suzy Stingl Stunts
Eric P. Sundahl Set Decoration/Design
Gale Tattersall Cinematographer
Mike Vezina Stunts
Edward Warschilka Editor
Robb White Original Story
Andy Wilson Camera Operator
Ben Woolsey Stunts
Bev Wright Makeup
Robert Zemeckis Producer

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Thirteen Ghosts 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie took some brains to put together.The house was like some rubiks cube,with every twist and turn,that let out these horriffic ghosts. The one I thought was the scariest was the Hammer.....My most favorite one was the 4th. Watch the movie and you'll figure out who that is. You won't be disappointed!!!!! To sum it all up,this movie was a 5 star. I loved it!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie had great content but structural problems. It ended abruptly and left you wanting more, not in the good, ''come see part 2'' way. Even though, I highly reccomend you go rent this immediately. Also pay attention to where the father punches matthew lilards charecter. As he falls to the ground the camera goes back to the father and in the background behind the glass there's a man's face. Not a abstract blur that looks like a face but a gray haired older man is clearly seen if you're paying attention. He's not one of the ghosts so it's either a error in the film or a just something weird the director put in to keep your mind moving.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd give this no stars if I could; I'm mad at myself for wasting 4 bucks to rent this piece of junk (I almost took up Hollywood Video on their ''money back if you don't like it'' offer but didn't, fearing a possible argument with a clerk who might actually try to convince me it was good). Terrible, atrocious acting, almost incomprehensible plot, and the cardinal sin of a movie whose main claim to fame is its state of the art effects - you barely get to see the ghosts. From what I could see of them they looked pretty good, and I probably would have given it 2 or 3 stars just for the make-up alone. But for some unknown reason they appear for at most a few seconds per scene, not even enough time to focus, really. To me this is not only poor film-making but an outright rip-off of the audience, most of whom I am sure came to see the ghosts. I have no idea why they would do this. Watching/buying this would be an outrageous waste of time and money. By contrast, if you want to see how good a ghost movie can be, watch ''The Others''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thirteen Ghosts is a movie about a haunted house built by a ghost hunter named cyrus critacos. he gives the house to his nefu Author and his 2 kids Cathy and Bobby and the maid Magy. When they enter the house theres no telling if they'll get out....alive. Horror and spine tingling effects start off when the 12 containment cubes open and the ghosts roam the basement. Author, Cathy, Bobby, and Magy are soon attacked by the ghosts like The Angry Princess, The Hammer, The Jackyl, and The Juggeranlt. Soon they find out that Cyrus is not dead, he needs Author so he can become the 13th ghost but Magy soon spoiles Cyrus's plan and instead of making a 13th ghost the other 12 ghosts throw Cyrus into a machine chopping him up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its was freakin'great!I loved the characters except shannon elizbeth who can't act. But I adored, the Angry Princess and the Jackel, he was silly. I loved the house and I'd want to live there with the prince ^_-. But anyways great movie! its a Must see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
13 Ghosts is a really creepy movie.The events in the movie are dramafied for a true ghost lovers enjoyment.I suggest buying the DVD version,which includes a section that explains each of the 13 ghosts and how/why they were chosen for their part.It makes the movie seem better in my opinion. I deducted one point because the VHS version doesnt include the explaining section I mentioned before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I so loved thirteen ghost. Eespically my favorite part was when Matthew stuck his face up aganist the hammers glass and he got scared and told maggie he hate it when they do that. It was real funny to my sisters and I.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WHEN I SAW THIRTEEN GHOST I HATED IT WHEN ONE OF THE GRETEST ACTORS GOT KILLED IN ONE OF HIS BEST FILMS.APART FROM THAT I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
love it, great film, great house, great cast and of course great ghosts even if the prince has half of his face riped off, from the side hes hot!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE 13TH GHOST GHOST IS A GOOD MOVIE. IT KEEPS YOU GUESSING AND THINKING. IT WAS SCARY AND GOOD. MOST GHOST AND MONSTERS IN HORROR MOVIES JUST SNEAK UP ON PEOPLE AND KILL THEM. BUT YOU HAVE SOMEONE THAT IS ACTUALLY GOING OUT HAUNTING AND CAPTURING THE GHOST. AND THE WAY THE HOUSE WAS SET-UP, THE WAY EVERY THING CAME TOGETHER WAS MIND BOGGLING. ITS THE KIND OF MOVIE THAT WHEN YOU GET FINISH WATCHING IT YOU WANT REWIND IT TO SEE WHAT YOU MISS. TWO THUMBS UP!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thoght that the movie was interesting but what left me wondering how did all the ghosts die. and what led the to be there and how were they all captured??? other then that it was great if you can please send me the answers to these quwstions to Sammygurlay@aol.com thanx peace
Guest More than 1 year ago
I REALLY LIKE 13TH GHOST FROM THE FIRST TIME I SAW I JUST HAD TO SEE IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN I EVEN WENT TO THE MOVIES AND WACTH IT LIKE 8 TIMES, BUT THIS IS ONE SCRAY MOVIE . I REALLY HOPE THE DIRCTOR COME'S UP WITH 13TH GHOST 2.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Tony Shalhoub. I've been into him since Wings and his new show (Monk) is great too. Check out his only X-Files guest appearance, creepy and sympathetic. He's a great supporting actor but who knew that he could carry a film. This movie was a different kind of haunted house movie. Since you could only see the ghosts if you were wearing the glasses, it was creepy to see everyone walking around not knowing what was out there. Especially disturbing was the scene with Shannon Elizabeth in the bathroom enjoying the new place while all around her is blood and a ghost that she can't see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's not just the house that's freaky, it's THE JACKAL. The 11th ghost. The one with the cage on her head. She was FREAKY! It was like she was around every corner! I've seen it at least 100 times!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the movie was awesome! I still dont see y ppl say it is bad! It was neato!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never seen anything more scarier! The naked chic and the jackle scared me too death! It literally makes you jump in your seat!
Guest More than 1 year ago
great movie but like Samantha Earnest said, i wonder how they died etc. i havent seen the original so i dunno if its in there or not, but its still weird to think about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought this movie was stupid, it really didnt make any sense to me at all, it wasnt even scary and shannon elizbeth is a horrible actor and she cant act at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this movie was the best ive seen in a while. the sheer thought of not being able to see what's attacking you is just scary to think about and i think the jackal was the scariest ghost in the movie she just reeks of evil
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is awEsome. It kees you at the edge the whole time. It's full of suspense and action. It's a must see. John De Santis was great as the 13th ghost
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thirteen Ghosts kept me on the edge of my seat, with the gruesome posibility of reality lingering not far behind. The movie brought to light how eccentric individuals can tear at the very fabric of reality, and cause massive trama to those in which they are connected. AMAZING MOVIE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always loved ghost and scary stories, but not as scary as this movie. When I first watched this movie, I always hide under the cushion. What a STUPID movie! Not only is it like WAY too scary, it's also S-T-U-P-I-D. I'd give this movie below zero if I could! For those, who loved this movie, I recommend you to stop loving it and try another movie instead, such as 'The Others'. That's a sensible story, and much, much, much more CLEVER than this movie! What with the girl (dunno her name [didn't care, anyway]) gets killed because the moving glasses had 'stucked' her. Sorry Steve Beck (at least kind of me to even remember your name), but you are a totally minus 99-rated director!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watch horror movies all the time, it is the one type of movie I am always in the mood for. This movie was amazing! It had my heart pumping the first time and me hidding under a pillow, and I'm normally hard to scare with movies, this is not hte normal moive it is move with the pop-out scare, there is some blood, mature content, etc...but all in all this is an amazing move with a insanly twitsted plot.