When first viewing Thirteen Ghosts, I perceived it more as a paranormal story more than a horror movie.
However, the tale itself collides with the horror mold we know for the genre.
Arthur and his two children, Kathy and Bobby, inherit his Uncle Cyrus’s estate: a glass house that serves as a prison to twelve ghosts.
When the family, accompanied by Bobby’s Nanny and an attorney, enter the house they find themselves trapped inside an evil machine “designed by the devil and powered by the dead” to open the Eye of Hell.
Aided by Dennis, a ghost hunter, and his rival Kalina, a ghost rights activist out to set the ghosts free, the group must do what they can to get out of the house alive. — Written by RuffJai, IMDb
Twelve monsters trapped inside the house, not much details explain the purpose of it all and leave space to mystery.
A machine, central to the movie, is related to the twelve ghosts that are mentioned along the story with a thirteenth one that remains a secret not to spoil the plot of the movie.
Despite the machine flashing the ghosts, nothing else is linked to the title. Three ghosts then become a focus point to the story because of their strength. Each ghosts becomes a representation of an emotion or a personality trait, which is quite clever.
Thir13en Ghosts is to me borderline velvet thriller and fails to come out as a horror movie. The overall look of the movie turned out quite cheesy despite the story that caught my attention. It is a good watch, but a little too vanilla in the horror department.
My score is 5/10
Now, shush, I’m trying to read,