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A family inherits a spectacular old house from an eccentric uncle. There's just one problem: the house seems to have a dangerous agenda all its own. Trapped in their new home by strangely shifting walls, the family encounters powerful and vengeful entities that threaten to annihilate anyone in their path. Soon the family is joined by an offbeat ghost hunter.
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Review Below Average "The drop-dead fact is, this ornate but eerily
unspooky production is designed by Hollywood vampires and powered by
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Below Average "There's something eerily familiar about his motion
picture - like most horror movies that try to cash in on the mood of the
Halloween season, this one has more corn than scares. And, like the Jack
O'Lantern glowing feebly from the front porch, the script for Thirteen Ghosts
Review Poor "The experience of watching the film is literally painful. It
hurts the eyes and ears. Aware that their story was thin, that their characters
were constantly retracing the same ground and repeating the same words, that the
choppy editing is visually incoherent...''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Above Average "..., this efficient but soulless funhouse ride
eschews suspense in favor of frantic scrambling from disturbing specters, like
the naked female ghost who lurks around bloody bathtubs. But it zips along at a
brisk pace and some of the ghost effects are creepy.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
There were quite a few negative comments about this movie, but most rated it quite high. I see this every once in a while. It seems that people enjoy the movie, but make negative comments about it because it could have been even better.
Surprisingly, about half of the teen males rated this movie fairly low. That's not too good for this type of movie since it's targeted at teens. Teen females enjoyed it a bit more, but there were half as many of them as teen males so that might make a difference.
A little better than half of the older males enjoyed the movie a lot. The rest rated it pretty low. Some even hated it.
Females seem to be the ones who enjoyed "Thirteen Ghosts" the most. Better than three quarters of them in each age group really liked the movie. Only a few rated it just a bit on the low side with a rating of "Good" and "Fair."
This is a tough one to predict who might enjoy it. All I can do is suggest that you read all we offer for this movie before deciding to see it.
Arthur Kriticos (Tony Shalhoub) and his two children, Kathy (Shannon
Elizabeth) and Bobby (Alec Roberts), have lost everything but each other. Jean
(Kathryn Anderson), the wife and mother of the family, perished in a fire that
left its survivors with nothing.
Nothing, that is, until out of nowhere Arthur inherits a magnificent glass
house from his mysterious, eccentric Uncle Cyrus. Made entirely of glass and
steel, the house is a shining wonder of modern architecture, all dazzling open
spaces and clean, sharp lines. As they explore their new home, admiring its
elegantly etched glass walls, Arthur and the children can hardly believe their
What they don't know is that this house of light holds a dark secret within.
The new tenants soon discover that something hideous is imprisoned behind
those crystal-clear walls. They begin ominously shifting and reshaping the rooms
as they slide, trapping the family and unleashing 13 ghosts - horribly
disfigured by their deaths - to stalk them. One by one, the evil spirits are
released to hunt and terrorize their captives.
Assisted by tortured clairvoyant Rafkin (Matthew Lillard) and the beautiful
Kalina (Embeth Davidtz), a militant activist determined to free the
imprisoned spirits, Arthur and the children realize that they have been lured
into a deadly trap.
If they are to leave the house alive, the mortal inhabitants must solve its
ancient riddle - a puzzle that contains the key to their imminent salvation...or