Don't listen to the Hype. It's awful
n my opinion it was a great movie with some interesting elements, even though having some plot holes and the ending probably was just too messy and crammed together, but still fun to watch and not your casual movie that is similar to all other ones.
This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.
The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful
Thirteen Ghosts is a very poorly done horror movie. The film gets just about everything wrong. I love Tony Shaloub in the show everyone knows him from, Monk. But in this movie, I really didn't care for his performance or his character. He didn't really make you care about him, and the other characters were kinda hard to care about too, since the film didn't develop them in any way. The actors didn't do their characters justice and the plot didn't allow for development of them, double failure. The plot itself is pretty poor and uninteresting too, you won't finish this movie and think that it was interesting, you'll think that it was an opportunity missed, a failed attempt. The movie did nothing to keep your interest, it simply told an uninteresting story filled with equally uninteresting characters. If you're looking for a scary movie that's actually worth watching, then I suggest The Others or something like that, because this one falls flat. The only thing I can say for it is that the visuals are kind of interesting but that's the only somewhat good thing about it. 3/10 for Thirteen Ghosts.
Nicolas F. Costoglou
This is the rare instant of a movie, where i have actually no idea what they were trying to do...This is the directorial debut of Steve Beck known for his incredible effect work on great movies like "Indiana Jones the last Crusade", "The Abyss", and "Hunt for Red October". And it shows, because the production-design, the special- and make- up-effects (by the legends Howard Berger, Gregory Nicotero and Robert Kurzman) all look very good. BUT this is also the reason that this movie never feels like a horror movie, because there is no atmosphere, because of the lighting in particular, which is very bright, so you can see all the work put on screen. I understand why they did that, but that's one of the reasons this movie never feels scary, it looks actually more like a Disney family movie with out-of-nowhere gore and violence...The actors all do their job fairly well, but the emotional center (and strongest point) of this film is Tony Shalhoub. His performance is the main reason the key-scenes of this film actually work.However, the real main protagonist of the movie is definitely the haunted house. It's a kinda steam-punk-puzzle-clockwork and the main setting for everything that happens. It's not particularly scary to be in that kind of environment, and especially things like (Hellraiser-) ghosts feel very much out of place, but like i said, the make-up is very well done, it just feels wasted.The soundtrack is also very bland and i can't remember one single note to be honest...So...this isn't a horror-, sci-fi-, comedy-, family-, or mystery movie...well at least it doesn't feel like on of these genres.But everything's solid, nothings really bad, just unfocused and confused, like a child in a history lesson.The only reason it works, is because of the chemistry between our protagonist and his family. The movie actually introduces them in the most effective scene in the whole film, while showing the opening credits, this little 360- shot tells us everything we need to know perfectly and emotional powerful. If you don't feel like watching this, the intro and opening credits are two scenes you should watch nevertheless.A confused and unfocused film, with some solid entertaining value and a strong emotional core...
Paul Magne Haakonsen
Having seen "Thirteen Ghosts" about four or five times already, I can say that the movie continues to be entertaining when revisited with some years in between. And I simply refuse to refer to the movie as "Thir13en Ghosts"; I am not a hipster having to include numbers in with letters.It is the story and ghost design that makes the movie being fun to watch again and again. The concept of trapping ghosts in a house and unleashing them to wreck havoc is just downright fun. And the designs of the ideas for the various ghosts is nothing short of visually great. They always impress me.The effects in "Thirteen Ghosts" are quite good and really adds to the enjoyment of the movie.It should be said that the acting in the movie was good, and especially Tony Shalhoub impressed in "Thirteen Ghosts". Normally I am not much fan of Matthew Lillard, but he was actually quite good in this movie. And F. Murray Abraham as Cyrus was just perfectly cast."Thirteen Ghosts" is not a scary movie as per se, but it is worth watching for the story and the special effects.
Greetings from Lithuania.I saw "Thir13en Ghosts" upon it original release back in 2001. It's not particularly scary, but has some nice makeup and special effects and the ghosts themselves are not badly done at all. The plot is simple, yet the premise is better then in you average horror flick.Overall, "Thir13en Ghosts" is enjoyable movie for while it lasts. The premise is much better than the final product, which could have been much better and bizarre. It's not the worst horror flick, but it's far from good. Given the budget at the time 20 million $ they should have focused more on direction and more sharp and tight script and not entirely on ghouls.