2001 / Director. Steve Beck.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
In the late 90s Hollywood producers Robert Zemeckis, Joel Silver & Gilbert Adler created DARK CASTLE, a production company dedicated to releasing stylised genre movies (mostly horror). This followed their previous collaboration on TALES FROM THE CRYPT and offered a similar brand of entertainment. Some of their titles included HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, GHOST SHIP, GOTHIKA and HOUSE OF WAX... they're all guilty pleasures for me and I'm not ashamed to admit that I get a kick out of them. To horror buffs these are light weight movies but they still deliver stylish gore, creepy creatures and excellent production value. Another one is THIRTEEN GHOSTS. The movie is a remake of a schlocky B-movie by the legendary William Castle and it tells the story of a family who inherit a mansion, which is inhabited by 12 malevolent ghosts. The house belonged to an uncle who captured unrested spirits and his maniacal intensions are revealed as the family unravels the mansion's secrets. It's heaps of fun and the ghost creations are wonderful. This was made 11 years before CABIN IN THE WOODS and there are quite a few striking similarities. I actually rate this higher. In keeping the film somewhat respectable the cast has been cleverly chosen. Tony Shalhoub, F Murray Abraham and Embeth Davidtz are strong actors and they offer the movie as much tenability as is possible. Matthew Lillard is also well cast and holds his own alongside them. More than anything THIRTEEN GHOSTS is eye candy for genre fans. Most wont find it scary (non horror fans will) but if they're able to give it a chance they will find that there's a lot of fun to be had. It could have easily been an entry into the TALES FROM THE CRYPT movie franchise and perhaps would have been better received. The DARK CASTLE movies have copped far too much flack over the years. I say to hell with that. Who cares what others think? Go on... give it another shot.