Since his wife died in a house fire, Arthur Kriticos (Tony Shalhoub) and his children, Kathy (Shannon Elisabeth ) and Bobby (Alec Roberts) have struggled to make ends meet. But things start looking up when Arthur is told he’s the sole inheritor of his eccentric Uncle Cyrus’ (F. Murray Abraham) estate. But Kalina (Embeth Davitz) tells them the house is really a machine that will open the all-seeing ‘Eye of Hell’ and give the owner power to see the future. Based on a classic horror film, this remake may attract fans of the stars, but its Halloween release is the main draw.
There is a certain thrill, particularly for young people, in the heart-thumping adreniline rush of a good scare. However, many horror films, this one included, substitute scenes of blood and gore for fright. Occultic elements, such as spells written on the walls and malevolent ghosts, add elements that supposedly play on our fear of the unknown. One female ghost is naked with deep cuts on her body, which adds a gratuitous nudity factor. Even without the numerous obscenities and God’s name in vain multiple times, THIRTEEN GHOSTS should be avoided.