Actors: Matthew Lillard, Shannon Elizabeth
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about 13 Ghosts|
|After his wife dies in a fire, Arthur Kriticos (Shalhoub) and his family have a tough time, but things seem to be changing for the better. His dead uncle's lawyer comes to tell him that his uncle left him everything, including an incredible glass house. However, the uncle, Cyrus (Abraham), had been capturing violent spirits and keeping them caged in the house, and events are set into motion that trap the family there and begin to let the ghosts free. No one can get out, and the only help they have comes from Rafkin (Lillard), the psychic who helped Cyrus capture the ghosts in the first place, and Kalina (Davidtz), a woman determined to set the ghosts free.
--Melissa Cookson, Resident Scholar
|In a desperate feat to survive 12 horrific ghosts, a family, trapped in a glass house (given to them by a 'supposedly' dead relative), are running for their lives in a supernatural game of cat and mouse.
--Charlie Jane Creber, Resident Scholar
|This film is a special effects feast; technological devices, and ectoplasmic beings and stunts. The story is original and tells of how one man brings together several very different characters.
A family who have lost everything including a mother in a house fire inherit a glass mansion from a dead eccentric uncle. They then meet Dennis (Matthew Lillard) a psychic who is owed money for his work with the uncle when he helped him capture ghosts. These ghosts, which are now trapped in the house like an exhibit at the zoo. And a woman who lost her lover because of one of the ghost captures went wrong. She now wants to release the trapped spirits.
They are all trapped inside the house when a mechanism is set-off sending the whole house in chaos. Walls moving and doors opening- the whole house is a machine, which has sealed them all inside.
While the group is split up inside the moving labryinth, the ghosts are slowly being released one by one. The ghosts aren't happy and try killing them in the gorest ways possible. The main questions are, what is the purpose of the house? And why let a family enter it with deadly ghosts inside? Can they stop the machine before it reaches its final stages which could lead to the ultimate control and power.
Dennis is a great character and totally loveable. His sarcastic humour lightens the horror and he explains what's going on. We especially feel sorry for him when he discovers that the Uncle didn't treat him like a freak because he was using him for his unique powers. A great performance by Lillard. A great film that has suspense, horror and gore, humour, romance and action.
--H Louise, Resident Scholar
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 46.7%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle - 36.7%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 16.7%
**Fantasy or Science Fiction?**
- science fiction story
Kind of Horror Story
- why do we stay in the haunted house?
Has special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- mind reading
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/medium straight
- average (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Black)
- average build (man)
- White (American)
- a deadline
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- 20th century (1970's to Present)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
- Occasional swearing
Kinds of F/X
- nasty human transformations
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