Thirteen Ghosts 2002 was requested by my son as he loves this movie and it’s been a while since we’ve seen it.
You know what……I love this film. It’s fun. I love Matthew Lillard. I mean he is the quintessential Shaggy for goodness sake. In Thirteen Ghosts, he is a psychic helping the ruthless Cyrus capture 12 ghosts to help power his diabolical machine. He’s not a bad guy but misguided and soon becomes one of the heroes. Arthur is Cyrus’s nephew and is grieving the loss of his wife in a fire, and struggling to bring up his children, Kathy and Bobby with the help of nanny, Maggie. It’s a dream come true for them when they hear on the event of Cyrus’s unexpected death during one of his ghost hunts, they have inherited his house. Except the house is a prison for the ghosts he has captured and there are twists and turns in the story as Cyrus is obviously not the giving type.
The ghosts are horrifying and gruesome and each has a great backstory. It’s worth watching the extras on the DVD to hear the story of each one. I love the idea of the black zodiac and the choices for each ghost. Even the house itself is deadly if you’re not fast enough during the shifts.
It’s an 8/10. It might be cheesy at times, but visually great to watch. It has a good story and I know someone who peed themselves because they were too scared to go to the toilet afterwards, so when Wikipedia says that the reception was negative and not scary…well not true for everyone.