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Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts) (2001)



Critic Consensus: The production design is first-rate, but 13 Ghosts is distinctly lacking in scares.

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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. Down on his luck, the broke Arthur (Tony Shalhoub) is grateful when he learns that his eccentric, recently deceased uncle willed him his lavish home. Arthur and his daughter Kathy (Shannon Elizabeth) move into the odd house only to discover that its elaborate series of moving glass walls exists to contain 13 spirits trapped within. It seems that Zorba was a collector of paranormal entities, but the supernatural spooks want out, while an alleged hidden fortune keeps the new owners, as well as some fellow treasure seekers and a veteran ghost hunter locked inside. Thirteen Ghosts (2001) co-stars F. Murray Abraham, Embeth Davidtz, and Matthew Lillard.

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Tony Shalhoub
as Arthur Kriticos
Matthew Lillard
as Dennis Rafkin
Shannon Elizabeth
as Kathy Kriticos
Alec Roberts
as Bobby Kriticos
Rah Digga
as Maggie Jones
Embeth Davidtz
as Kalina Seyler
F. Murray Abraham
as Cyrus Kriticos
JR Bourne
as Benjamin Moss
Jacob Rupp
as Cyrus's Assistant
Mike Crestejo
as Team Member
Charles Andre
as Team Member
Mikhael Speidel
as The First Born Son
Daniel Wesley
as The Torso
Kathryn Anderson
as Jean Kriticos
John De Santis
as The Juggernaut
Aubrey Lee Culp
as Team Member
C. Ernst Harth
as The Great Child
Shawna Loyer
as The Angry Princess
Laura Mennell
as The Bound Woman
Craig Olejnik
as The Torn Prince
Xantha Radley
as The Pilgrimess
Laurie Soper
as The Dire Mother
Shayne Wyler
as The Jackal
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Critic Reviews for Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts)

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (29)

Brutally violent horror remake is a huge waste.

August 26, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Director Beck discards Castle's signature cheeky verve, saddling the film with a poor script rife with hilarious exposition, a literally painful sound design and uniformly bad acting.

December 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

By any objective accounting, Thirteen Ghosts is exactly a baker's dozen too many -- this is a zero of a film.

March 22, 2002 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Substitutes the original's goofy camp for an orgy of gore, noise and mindless mayhem.

March 4, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The drop-dead fact is, this ornate but eerily unspooky production is designed by Hollywood vampires and powered by demographics.

December 6, 2001 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

It wounds William Castle's inspired body of work to foist remakes of this substandard caliber on the man's name.

November 4, 2001 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts)


an update of an original classic b-movie which, despite better technology, fails to drum up much in the scare department and is actually irritating to watch.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This movie was Plainly terrible. The acting was horrible even by horror movie standards, and the story was just horrible. This film did have cool effects, which I did enjoy and kept my mind off the terrible story. In the end, not even the special effects saved this stupid ''horror'' film.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Another cool Dark Castle entertainment horror re-make. Didn't know of the original until I saw some reviews mention it. This reminded me a lot of the House on Haunted Hill remake made 2 years earlier. It's fun, not too serious, has a good mix of humour and gore/kills. The cast is ok and well known with Shannon Elizabeth and Matthew Lillard, but it was a nice surprise to see Tony Shalhoub (Monk) appear in this. What really makes this film enjoyable in my opinion, along with House on Haunted Hill, is the set design, make up and ghoulish characters created. Both films have a great wacky house setting, good SFX and the ghosts in this look awesome. A great way to enjoy 90mins. So if you liked House on Haunted Hill you will like this just as much.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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