Thir13en Ghosts

Thir13en Ghosts

Steve Beck (2001)

87min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The second of master showman William Castle's low-budget chillers to get overhauled and refitted - after the favourable recycling of House on Haunted Hill in 1999 - is all fabulous production design and nothing else. Failing to capture the frightening fun of the 1959 original, director Steve Beck's conventional treatment is a slick package of special effects with too few shocks or surprises included. Recently widowed Tony Shalhoub inherits the spectacular house of his late uncle Cyrus (F Murray Abraham). But when his family arrive to set up home in an architectural wonder constructed of glass panels and etched with arcane symbols, he learns that the 12 ghosts of the Black Zodiac are imprisoned there as part of Cyrus's plan to unlock the gateway to hell. Saddled with predictable twists and a plodding pace, this is just another dreaded remake.

Summary

A family inherits an unusual glass house from an eccentric relative. The deceased was a ghost hunter, and created the house to contain the dangerous spirits he caught. When the ghosts are unleashed, the family must uncover the secrets of the bizarre house before it is too late. Horror remake, starring Matthew Lillard, Tony Shalhoub, Shannon Elizabeth and F Murray Abraham.

Cast & Crew

Dennis Rafkin Matthew Lillard
Arthur Kriticos Tony Shalhoub
Kathy Kriticos Shannon Elizabeth
Cyrus Kriticos F Murray Abraham
Kalina Embeth Davidtz
Bobby Kriticos Alec Roberts
Ben Moss JR Bourne
Maggie Jones Rah Digga
Director Steve Beck
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama