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5.0 out of 5 stars Thirteen Ghosts = Thirteen Sleepless Nights, 17 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Thirteen Ghosts [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Thirteen Ghosts is a remake of a 1960's film of the same title created by the brilliant William Castle. The film follows a man and his children who become trapped in a ghost ridden house that they've inherited from Cyrus (the man's eccentric uncle.) Trapped along with them are a psychic, a lawyer, and a ghost hunter.

Thirteen Ghosts is a bit different from your standard horror, and it goes without saying that I doubt that this it's the kind of film that everyone will find scary. But for me at least it worked. As this is probably one of the greatest ghost films I've ever seen. The bathroom scene especially, which has been done really well comes to mind. Not to mention when the lawyer 'splits.' The plot is solid and progresses well, keeping you both scared and wanting to watch more at the same time. The film is full of suspense and tension and there are more than a few very good twists throughout. The ghosts themselves are nothing less than awesome. It's obvious that a lot of time and thought has been put in their creation. A few people have mentioned how we're not really giving a back story to the ghosts in the film itself. But there is a fantastic special feature on the DVD which goes into all the depth and detail you could possibly want. It would have been nice if the information was included in the film, but I doubt that the sheer amount of story surrounding the ghosts could have been successfully integrated. The house itself is brilliant in design. Labyrinth like and packed with sliding glass doors, shifting walls and endless passages, it really looks fantastic. The special effects are perfect and really enhance the film. I'm glad that they were not over the top. Thanks to the realism of the ghosts themselves, as well as the brilliant acting (by most) and script, I actually found Thirteen Ghosts very scary, and gory. I know that there are a lot of people who didn't like Thirteen Ghosts. I honestly can't imagine why. But remakes in general tend to be difficult because people will often compare them to the original.

But the only thing I can really fault is I thought that the ending was rather weak. It was a good enough ending, but I can't help think that it could have been done better. However Thirteen Ghosts is a seriously brilliant horror, and a film that I really enjoyed. If any film deserves five stars it's this one. It is up there with Poltergeist and The Sixth Sense which is saying something. So it's well worth a watch. Maybe I was being a bit unrealistic when I said that Thirteen Ghosts equals thirteen sleepless nights, but nevertheless this film is pretty much guaranteed to give you nightmares, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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