13 Ghosts (2001)

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Brutally violent horror remake is a huge waste.
  • R
  • 2001
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
Positive Role Models & Representations

Includes old stereotype of a "sassy black maid."

Violence

Extreme peril and gore.

Sex

Nudity.

Language

Strong language throughout.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mild

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the violence is extreme and very gory, with lots of blood and many graphic injuries. There is strong language throughout and one of the ghosts appears as a nude woman.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe May 26, 2010

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... Continue reading
Parent Written byPlague February 2, 2010

13 Ghosts (2001)

Predictable movie but has pretty cool killing scenes. Nudity is pretty extreme as well.
Teen, 16 years old Written bySomeKindofLove March 14, 2019

Great Ghost movie

This movie is one of the best haunted mansion ghost movies I've seen. Alot of jumpscares and scary imagery conveying the legends of the 13 ghosts. Give the... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bydavispittman February 10, 2017

You can find better, but it's not horrible

Thirteen Ghosts is an average horror movie. It's not great but I don't agree with the main review saying that it's a huge waste of time. It... Continue reading

What's the story?

In this remake of the cheesy William Castle movie (which required special glasses to enable the audience to see the ghosts),

Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham plays Cyrus, a wild-eyed ghostbuster type. We see him barking orders in an incoherent prologue, and then, following the credits, we see a happy family that falls on hard times after the mother is killed in a fire. The next thing you know, math teacher dad, Arthur (Tony Shalhoub), daughter Kathy (Shannon Elizabeth), death-obsessed son Bobby (Alex Roberts) and nanny Maggie (Rah Digga) find out that their rich uncle Cyrus has died and left them his home. The house is all made of glass etched with mysterious inscriptions. At first, the family is delighted. But then, with the help of psychic Daniel Rafkin (Matthew Lillard) and special glasses (a nod to the earlier version), they see that terrifying ghosts are in the basement.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about if the extreme level of violence is really necessary. Can you think of other movies that scared you without excessive gore? Families who see this movie should also talk about whether they believe in the supernatural and what makes some people want to control everyone around them.

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