13 Ghosts is a state-of-the-art remake of the classic William Castle horror film about a family that 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 who is determined to free the spirits imprisoned in the house. Caught in a frantic race to save themselves before it is too late, the human inhabitants realize the house is a riddle, which contains the key to their imminent salvation - or destruction.
A movie so monumental in its stupidity that it took two studios – Warners and Columbia – to wrestle this project to the big screen. This remake of the 1961 William Castle B-picture is about a glass-walled haunted house that's really a giant containment device for unruly spirits. Once these ghosts gets free, no good can come of it – for the cast or the audience. Tony Shalhoub, Shannon Elizabeth and Alex Roberts are the family foolish enough to move into the terror site after inheriting it from an evil uncle (F. Murray Abraham, who lays on more ham that you'd find in the entire Blimpie's chain). Matthew Lillard, playing a psychic ghost hunter, comes through with an extra-charged performance; he starts falling apart in his first scene. With Rah Digga as a nanny who seems to be in the film only so she can say she doesn't do windows, a joke that's both older and scarier than the original. – Elvis Mitchell
2001-10-26 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Thirteen Ghosts