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Thir13en Ghosts (2001)

R | | Horror | 26 October 2001 (USA)
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When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things dies, he leaves it all to his nephew and his family. All including his house, his fortune, and his malicious collection of ghosts!

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Steve Beck

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Robb White (story), Neal Marshall Stevens (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Shalhoub ... Arthur Kriticos
Embeth Davidtz ... Kalina Oretzia
Matthew Lillard ... Dennis Rafkin
Shannon Elizabeth ... Kathy Kriticos
Alec Roberts Alec Roberts ... Robert 'Bobby' Kriticos
JR Bourne ... Benjamin Moss
Rah Digga ... Maggie Bess
F. Murray Abraham ... Cyrus Kriticos
Matthew Harrison ... Damon
Jacob Rupp ... Cyrus' Assistant
Mike Crestejo Mike Crestejo ... Team Member
Aubrey Lee Culp ... Team Member
Charles Andre Charles Andre ... Team Member
Mikhael Speidel Mikhael Speidel ... Billy Michaels, The First Born Son
Daniel Wesley Daniel Wesley ... Jimmy 'The Gambler' Gambino, The Torso
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Storyline

Arthur and his two children, Kathy and Bobby, inherit his Uncle Cyrus's estate: a glass house that serves as a prison to 12 ghosts. When the family, accompanied by Bobby's Nanny and an attorney, enter the house they find themselves trapped inside an evil machine "designed by the devil and powered by the dead" to open the Eye of Hell. Aided by Dennis, a ghost hunter, and his rival Kalina, a ghost rights activist out to set the ghosts free, the group must do what they can to get out of the house alive. Written by ahmetkozan

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Misery loves company See more »

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence/gore, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

13 Ghosts See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,165,355, 28 October 2001

Gross USA:

$41,867,960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,600,000
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Shawna Loyer attracted a small cult following thanks to her brief role as the Angry Princess. A rumor circulated that the role was actually played by porn actress Aria Giovanni using a pseudonym, but this is incorrect (Ms. Giovanni was in an adult parody titled Thirteen Erotic Ghosts (2002). See more »

Goofs

As Arthur and Kalina discover that Kathy has disappeared, one of the walls moves when they lean on it. See more »

Quotes

Billy Michaels, The First Born Son: [giggles] I wanna play.
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The 'Black Zodiac' symbols are in the ending credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Region 1 DVD release includes extensive background information on each of the ghosts as a bonus feature, including footage not used in the final movie, and newly recorded narration by F. Murray Abraham. See more »

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Written by Tricky
Performed by Tricky
Backing Vocals by Alanis Morissette (uncredited)
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If you like the genre...
12 December 2004 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

'Thir13en Ghosts' is a movie with lots of flashing images and loud sounds. Most of the time that is a little annoying, although there are moments it adds something to the scary events that happen. I am not a big fan of the horror-genre, although I can appreciate it when it is done good. Here you have no real story, but there are some real scares. Since it is about ghosts those things can turn up anytime and anywhere. One of the characters even explains that "they like to do that".

To explain the story would be quite pointless. What I can say is that a family without a mother but including dad Arthur (Tony Shalhboub), daughter Kathy (Shannon Elizabeth), son Bobby (Alec Roberts) and nanny Maggie (Rah Digga) inherits a strange house, created by their uncle Cyrus (F. Murray Abraham). We learn that Cyrus was a ghost hunter, of course with a purpose and a thirteenth ghost as the answer to a mystery, and that twelve ghosts are locked in the basement of the house. Two other characters are in the house as well. Dennis (Matthew Lillard) who sees future and past when he touches people and who used to work with Cyrus, and an opponent of Cyrus named Kalina (Embeth Davidtz). When the ghosts are unleashed they have to save themselves.

I realize I actually have told you the story, but that is not what this movie is about. What makes it at least interesting is the visual style of the movie. The house looks great, the effects and art direction are very admirable. That there is hardly time to notice that is a shame. The scares might be stupid but they work enough to make this a real horror movie. Yes, there are many flaws and things go terribly wrong near the end, but if you normally like these kind of movies, you must be able to enjoy 'Thir13en Ghosts'.


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