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… See more details below


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."

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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.

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Warner Home Video
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[Wide Screen]
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Special Features

Commentary by production designer Sean Hargreaves and special makeup effects creator Howard Berger; Documentary Thirteen Ghosts Revealed; Ghost Files: A haunted houseful of poltergeist profiles; Tricky "Excess" club reel; Cast film highlights; Theatrical trailer; Enhanced features for your DVD-Rom PC; Languages: English & Français (dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

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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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Thirteen Ghosts
1. Playing God in a Junkyard [5:27]
2. Ghost #12 [3:57]
3. Family Tragedy (Credits) [2:54]
4. Cyrus's Will [4:51]
5. Your New House (Excess) [5:47]
6. Basement Welcome [5:10]
7. Rafkin's Warning [4:22]
8. Sliced Suit [3:07]
9. Bathroom Company [3:09]
10. Bobby Spooked [2:56]
11. Family Visions [2:26]
12. Behind Enemy Lines [5:06]
13. Inside a Machine [3:05]
14. Headed for the Library [3:41]
15. Spectral Cast [5:39]
16. The 13th Ghost [3:46]
17. Swinging for the Fences [3:56]
18. The Hammer Strikes [3:26]
19. Nothing Without You [2:27]
20. Master Plan [2:42]
21. Tossed Cyrus Salad [3:34]
22. Hold on Tight [1:07]
23. Love From Beyond [1:37]
24. End Credits (Mirror Mirror) [1:35]

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