If this film couldnt take itself seriously, why should I? Thir13een Ghosts has three things going for it: K, N, and B. The make-up work and gore is the only thing that makes this remake worth revisiting. The characters are all annoying, but none more so than Matthew Lillard playing a pseudo-intellectual ghost hunter and token black chick playing the comic relief. Apparently, no one told Shannon Elizabeth that this wasnt a skin care commercial, but thankfully she and her on-screen brother disappear half-way through the film, only to reappear in the final scene. The film is about a family that inherits their uncle's strange mansion, which turns out to be a machine built to open the gateway to hell once the 13 ghosts imprisoned within its walls are gathered to power the engine. After some surprisingly vicious gore and action sequences in the first act, the film falls into average teenie-horror tedium that is entirely without suspense. The few creepy scenes are built entirely on KNB's make-up work, with no credit due to the acting or directing. The film is a guilty pleasure that only manages to get dusted off every couple of years as a reminder of the failed late 90s, early 2000's attempt to modernize the campy 50s haunt features using current FX and jump scares. Dont expect much.
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