Parents' Guide to

13 Ghosts (2001)

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Brutally violent horror remake is a huge waste.

Movie R 2001 91 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Silly Scary.

Despite what most people think, I actually like this movie. I am not a big fan of the horror genre, but this movie was almost silly. They tried so hard to make a horribly scary movie. Now, it is gory, very. And the nudity makes it not for children, but if you want to see something scary and yet not scary at the same time, watch this movie.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 17+

My favorite spooky movie of all times

Idk what the idiot who wrote the review saying this movie was a waste of time and talent is talking about. The movie was excellent and the acting was on point. Would definitely recommend. I watch it every Halloween it is on my Halloween must see list.

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Kids say (11 ):

This big-budget remake is a huge waste of time and talent. Basically this is a "boo!" movie. People get surprised by ghosts and get attacked by them. They run away and get chased by ghosts. They say a lot of cornball lines like, "Who are you to play God?" and "Wait right here!" And then they get chased and attacked again. No one seems to have paid much attention to the script. They mention that Arthur is a math professor, but then show him counting on his fingers. And a scene that requires Kathy to stay in the bathroom for quite a while leaves Shannon Elizabeth with nothing to do but stroke her hair and splash water on her face. The original had a dumb script, but it was unpretentious enough that it was more fun to watch than this mess. The remake steals from classics like The Shining, Poltergeist, and The Uninvited and still manages to be more tedious than scary. F. Murray Abraham should hock his Oscar before he ever agrees to do something like this again. The Maggie character is particularly offensive. The "sassy black maid" stereotype went out of style more than 50 years ago.

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