Thirteen Ghosts (2001) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Thirteen Ghosts (2001) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Thirteen Ghosts (2001) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

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Thirteen Ghosts (2001) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Steve Beck
Starring: Tony Shalhoub, Shannon Elizabeth, Embeth Davidtz
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

Awesome ectoplasmic specters populate Thirteen Ghosts, an effects-rampant remake of the 1960 William Castle haunted-house film from producers Gilbert Adler, Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis, who conjured up the equally terrorific House On Haunted Hill (1999). Tony Shalhoub leads a cast that includes Embeth Davidtz, Matthew Lillard, Shannon Elizabeth, Rah Digga and F. Murray Abraham. The house itself is a design marvel and a mysterious puzzle-cube whose eerie corridors, sliding walls, spinning floors and phantasmic fiends may allow no escape.

While some might point to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre as a turning point for the remake boom of the mid-2000s, you can actually point to the late 90’s early 2000’s William Castle remakes as a starting point for remakes. We had House on Haunted Hill and this one we’re taking a look at today from Scream Factory, 2001’s Thirteen Ghosts. This re-telling of the classic film uses elements of the old movie and improves upon it with new stuff to make one of the more solid remakes you’ll find out there. It is also one of the better horror movies of 2001. We open with a greedy man hunting ghosts and for what we don’t know yet. Stuff goes back and then his nephew (who has recently lost his wife) takes his family to his uncle’s house that he has just inherited. Of course, the house is full of ghosts and if things go according to the evil plan set forth, they’ll be more. It’s an interesting movie, to say the least.

There are moments of good gore here and thankfully this one doesn’t use CGI despite coming at a time when that was becoming popular. The ghosts in question are pretty cool looking and the characters are good, well written, and really help to hold things together. The casts are also full of folks who we’ll recognize and some (Matthew Lillard) give one of their perhaps more underrated performances. In the end, this is a movie I loved when I saw way back when it first hit home video and I enjoyed it just as much now if not more with the new Blu-ray release here. It looks good and it comes with a whole slew of new extras, such as a new commentary and a whole group of interviews that made for very fun viewing.

Extras

  • NEW Audio Commentary With Director Steve Beck
  • NEW Haunted In Canada – An Interview With Actress Shannon Elizabeth
  • NEW The Voice Of Reason – An Interview With Actor Matthew Harrison
  • NEW Sophomore Spookshow – An Interview With Producer Gilbert Adler
  • NEW The Juggernaut Speaks – An Interview With Actor John DeSantis
  • NEW The Hammer Speaks – An Interview With Actor Herbert Duncanson
  • Thir13en Ghosts Revealed
  • Ghost Files: A Haunted Houseful Of Poltergeist Profiles
  • Original Electronic Press Kit Featuring Interviews With The Cast And Crew And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Audio Commentary With Director Steve Beck, Production Designer Sean Hargreaves And Special Makeup Effects Artist Howard Berger
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots

Quality of Transfer: 96%

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