13 ghosts backstory
Wow this movie it's amazing, I really like it because the ghost can came fro, everywhere and eveything in the house are halls haha. Thank you for the back stories, I wished there had of been more about the ghost past because they were interesting I would love a movie with a short story of each of the ghosts!
But they would've have made it interesting because they could've told use about the ghosts past, and how'd the'd died. If I was ever in that movie I would have been afraid of the Jackal he was really quick on his feet. And I loved the movie. There should really be a movie made about each of the ghosts and their lives and deaths that would be awesome!!! I know myself and lots of other people who would watch it!!
I would have liked to see it plus how and where they all got captured hopefully it'll be one movie if they decided to go back and make that part of the movie. The first born is always the scariest to me he dosent seam like he wants to hurt anyone but he just creeps me out he is small and he seams to prefer the ceiling and walls then the floor lol. Your spot on the first born son is my favorite character lol I would like to see him chase Arthur through the ceiling lol.
Enjoyed the backstories, thank you! Jackal is my "favorite" - the combination of madness and rage is truly horrifying! Post a Comment. The ultimate horror always occurs in darkness and with the unseen. Ironically they are cheap to make. I say, Mr. Moviemaker, spend your budget on a good script and actors and the scary movie is a success. Quit CGI and in-your-face guts spilling and give me real terror— the unknown. When I saw this movie, though the script was atrocious, the acting miserable, and the humor a huge clunker, I did appreciate the ghosts themselves.
I would rather have 13 individual movies about each ghost than one movie about all ghosts. Their individuality got lost in the muddled plot line. The twelve ghosts that make up the fictional "Black Zodiac" each have their own unique back stories.
Although these stories were not described in the film, on the DVD, the production and make-up teams explain their guidelines. The evil character, Cyrus who entraps them, narrates each ghost's back story. One day, a neighbor found a real steel arrow in his parents' closet.It is a remake of the film of the same name by William Castle.
It follows the remake of another one of Castle's films, House on Haunted Hill. Ghost hunter Cyrus Kriticos F. Murray Abraham and his neurotic psychic assistant Dennis Rafkin Matthew Lillard lead a team on a mission to capture a spiritcalled the Juggernautin a junkyard.
Several of the men are killed during the ensuing fight, including Cyrus himself.
However, the team is able to catch the ghost. Arthur and his financially insecure family plan to move into this mansion with his two children, Kathy Shannon Elizabeth and Bobby Alec Roberts. Dennis Rafkin, disguised as a power company employee, meets the family and Moss as they tour the mansion.
The residence is made almost entirely of glass. It contains Latin phrases etched on floors and movable glass walls, along with priceless artifacts. Arthur and his family are eager about inheriting this new home, and while Arthur is discussing financial matters with the attorney, Kathy and Bobby venture off on their own to explore the mansion. After seeing several ghosts in the basement, Dennis frantically runs upstairs to warn Arthur about the home he is about to own.
Moss assures Arthur that Dennis is crazy and should be ignored. Dennis tells Arthur that there are twelve spirits imprisoned in the house, held captive by the spells written throughout the residence. Ben Moss is seen sneaking off to collect a valise of money which was intended to be payment. However, upon taking the money, he activates a mechanism set up by Cyrus that seals the entrance and releases the ghosts, one by one.
Consequently, Moss encounters the first one to be released, the Angry Princessand backs up into an open doorway, which snaps shut and slices him in half. Later the existence of ghosts is proven to the skeptical Arthur, when he witnesses an attack on his daughter by the ghost known as the Jackal. Bobby, the younger of the two children, disappears after getting separated from Maggie and he wanders into the basement.
There he encounters several spirits, including the Torso and the Bound Woman. Arthur manages to find Kathy, and the two battle the Jackal. Kalina Oretzia Embeth Davidtza spirit liberator, helps Arthur free Kathy from the Jackal's grip, only to be lost again a few moments later. After this, Arthur's objective is clear—to find his children and leave this house as soon as possible. This becomes problematic for two reasons: only those equipped with special glasses are able to see the ghosts; and the walls continue to shift, making navigation difficult.
Arthur and Kalina then meet up with Dennis and Maggie and set off for the library. Dennis falls behind, though, hindered by one of his psychic visions. He comes to just in time to see the Jackal attack Arthur.
Dennis is able to toss one of Kalina's flares at the Jackal, knocking the ghost off Arthur who is wounded. In the library, Kalina explains that this is not a house - it is a complex machine built by Cyrus, designed by a possessed 15th century astronomer to open the " Ocularis Infernum " Eye of Hell.
Created by the Devil and powered by the dead, once this demonic device opens the Eye, the Eye would allow its user to see everything in the past, present and future, on earth, in heaven and hell. To Arthur's horror, he discovers the fourth ghost powering this machine is the spirit of his dead wife, Jean. Kalina goes on to tell Arthur that his children are in grave danger, and the only way to ensure their successful return is to offer his soul in exchange. If Arthur takes his place as the 13th ghost, his sacrifice of pure love would combat all of the evil contained within the machine, thus shutting it down.
Arthur and Dennis make another attempt to save Kathy and Bobby, using a detached pane of glass as a shield against the ghosts' attacks.Murray Abraham.
Say Something Nice: THIRTEEN GHOSTS (2001)
It was released to theaters on October 26,shot entirely around Lower Mainland, British Columbia. Ghost hunter Cyrus Kriticos and his psychic assistant Dennis Rafkin lead a team on a mission to capture a spirit called the Juggernaut. Several men, including Cyrus, are killed while the team is able to catch the ghost. Cyrus's nephew Arthur, a widower, is informed by Cyrus's estate lawyer, Ben Moss, that he has inherited Cyrus' mansion.
Financially insecure, Arthur decides to move there with his two children, Kathy and Bobby, and their nanny, Maggie. Dennis meets the family as they tour the mansion. The residence is made entirely of glass sheets inscribed with Latin phrases, which Dennis recognizes as barrier spells. He discovers that the twelve angry ghosts he and Cyrus captured are imprisoned in the house, held captive by the spells. As he warns Arthur, Moss unwittingly triggers a mechanism that seals the house and releases the ghosts.
He dies when a set of sliding doors cut him in half. Bobby sees several of the ghosts, including the Withered Lover - his mother Jean, who had died of injuries sustained in a house fire. He is knocked unconscious and dragged away. Dennis uses a pair of spectral glasses that allow the wearer to see the supernatural realm to avoid the ghosts. The Jackal, one of the most dangerous of the twelve, attacks Kathy and Arthur but they are saved by Kalina Oretzia, a spirit liberator who is attempting to free the ghosts.
Kathy disappears, and the four adults gather in the library, where Arthur learns that Jean's ghost is also in the house.
Kalina explains that the house is a machine, powered by the captive ghosts, that allows its user to see the past, present, and future. The only way to shut it down is through the creation of a thirteenth ghost from a sacrifice of love. Arthur realizes that he must become that ghost to save his children. Armed with the spectral glasses, Arthur and Dennis enter the basement to find the children. Dennis barricades Arthur behind glass to save him and allows the Hammer and the Juggernaut to beat Dennis to death.
It is revealed that Cyrus faked his death to lure Arthur to the house; Kalina is his partner. Cyrus has orchestrated the abduction of Kathy and Bobby so that Arthur will become the thirteenth ghost, which will not stop the machine as Kalina had claimed, but trigger its activation.
Cyrus kills Kalina and summons the ghosts to activate the machine. In the main hall, Arthur witnesses all twelve ghosts orbiting a clockwork device of rotating metal rings, with his children at the center. He fights Cyrus while Maggie disrupts the machine's controls, releasing the ghosts from its power and causing the machine to go haywire.
The ghosts hurl Cyrus into the moving rings, slicing him to pieces. With the encouragement of Dennis' ghost, Arthur jumps into the machine and saves his children. The walls of the house shatter as the malfunctioning machine rips itself apart, freeing the ghosts. Jean's ghost tells them she loves them before she disappears.
Maggie angrily declares she quits her nanny job, and the family peacefully leave the house. While the backstories for nearly all the ghosts are not mentioned in the movie, they are hinted at and are explicitly described in the "Ghost Files", a special feature on the DVD, with Cyrus as the narrator. With a few exceptions, they seem to become more dangerous as their numbers increase.
Reviews for the film were mostly negative. Praise was directed toward the production design but the film was criticized for its lack of scares and a number of strobe effects throughout that could cause seizures.When occultist uncle Dr.
Plato Zorba wills a huge ramshackle house to his nephew Cyrus and his impoverished family, they are shocked to find the house is haunted. Their furnished residence comes complete with a creepy housekeeper, Elaine, plus a fortune in buried treasure and 12 horrifying ghosts.
His family soon discovers that these spirits include a wailing lady, clutching hands, a fiery skeletonan Italian chef murdering his wife and her lover in the kitchen, a hanging lady, an executioner holding a severed head, a fully grown lion with its headless tamera floating head presumably belonging to the tameras well as that of Plato Zorba himself, all held captive in the eerie house looking for an unlucky thirteenth ghost to free them.
Zorba leaves a set of special goggles, the only way of seeing the ghosts. However, there is someone in the house who is also looking for the hidden fortune in money and is willing to kill for it. The villain turns out to be the lawyer, Benjamen Rush.
He attempts to kill Cyrus' son, Buck, using the falling bed canopy Rush had used to kill Dr. Zorba, whose ghost catches him in the act, driving the terrified Rush to his death in the bed just as Buck escapes. Rush becomes the 13th ghost, and the ghosts disappear.
The next morning, Cyrus and his family count the discovered money, Buck keeps the mask used by Benjamen Rush to scare Buck's older sister, Medea, and they decide to stay, with a fortune in cash.
At the end of the film the special goggles are blown into smithereens by an unknown force, witnessed by Elaine, who gets a broom and permits herself a small enigmatic smile. As with several of his more famous productions, Castle used a gimmick to promote 13 Ghosts. Audience members were given a choice: the "brave" ones could watch the film and see the ghosts in 3D.
In the theaters most scenes were black-and-whitebut scenes involving ghosts were shown in a "process" dubbed "Illusion-O.
Unlike early 3D glasses, where one eye is red and the other is cyan or blue, the Illusion-O viewer required people to look through a single color with both eyes. Choosing to look through the red filter intensified the images of the ghosts, while the blue filter "removed" them.
Howard Thompson of The New York Times called the film "a simple, old-fashioned haunted house yarn" that "would be a lot better off without this gimmick. The film was remade in with a spelled-out title, Thirteen Ghostsand was directed by Steve Beck. Like the original, the film was distributed by Columbia Picturesexcept in the United States and Canada, where it was distributed by Warner Bros.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the film. For the remake, see Thirteen Ghosts.
Theatrical release poster. British Board of Film Classification. May 16, Retrieved July 27, Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
Showmanship: The Cinema of William Castle. BearManor Media. San Jose [Calif. Jefferson, N.How Jaws set the standard for the summer blockbuster, and how Hollywood perfected a formula that has endured for decades. Watch the video. When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things dies, he leaves it all to his nephew and his family.
All including his house, his fortune, and his malicious collection of ghosts! The brutal stabbing murder of a justice-of-the-peace sparks an investigation of dark family secrets in a sleepy small town in Southern California.
A mysterious and cruel Baron, whose face has become frozen in a horrifying grin, demands that a prominent London physician apply experimental treatments on him to restore his face. An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host.
While attending a school for diplomats' daughters, the teen-aged daughter of the American ambassador uses her access to various embassies to engage in espionage. After a twenty-year stay at an asylum for a double murder, a mother returns to her estranged daughter where suspicions arise about her behavior.
A doctor's daughter is kidnapped and buried alive, and he is given just five hours to find and rescue her. Teenagers Libby and Kit innocently spend an evening making random prank calls. These calls lead to murderous consequences.
In England, an American car salesman ends-up spending a stormy night at the mysterious and deadly mansion of a client's family. A scientist discovers a formula enabling him to pass through solid surfaces, but he also rapidly ages, which forces him to kill humans in order to reverse the aging process by absorbing his victims' energies. Reclusive Dr. Zorba has died and left his eerie mansion to his penniless nephew Cyrus Zorba and his family. Along with the house, the Zorba family has also inherited the occultist's collection of 13 ghosts, who can only be seen through Zorba's special goggles.
The family members, their lives at risk upon the discovery that Dr. Zorba's fortune lies hidden somewhere in the house, receive aid from unexpected quarters as the threat to their lives is revealed.
Castle was known, at least during this time, for gimmicks - the gimmick for this movie was special glasses to see the ghosts.Does it always pan out? But its still exciting to have another look. Regardless, this second release for the film Originally on a double feature release with the House of Wax remake is quite loaded and given the typical loving touches that Scream Factory is known for.
You can pre-order now to secure a copy for the July 28th release date. A state-of-the-art remake of the classic William Castle horror film about a family that inherits a spectacular old house from an eccentric uncle.
Trapped in their new home by strangely shifting walls, the family encounters powerful and vengeful entities that threaten to annihilate anyone in their path. Well, it appears my feelings are mildly similar to how they were back in Retroactively, Thirteen Ghosts excels as a B-picture, but the original ambitions were to play just as well as an A horror title back in Everyone here in the cast was somebody and the budget for the film was rather large for a film of this type.
First off, the production design, make-up and effects work on this film are outstanding. At a swift 90 minutes, its absolutely worth watching for that aspect alone. Howard Berger and his team have done a doozy on these creatures in the film. Not your traditional spectres, but full fledged monsters nonetheless, they are hulking nightmares captured on celluloid.
Every one of them would make for a fine solo film of their own right. And the movie really cares about their look, performance and lore. The kills are also quite nifty and leave you begging for more as there are quite enough of them. While we have a notable cast, the big star of the film is the damn house at the center of everything.
This impressive glass laden monument is a gear shifting, nerdy delight. Its also quite enjoyable to just to sit and admire and watch characters simply wander through it. Looking at behind the scenes footage and hearing the actors discuss it, the interior was a sight to behold. There are plenty of shortcomings in the script, performances and editing of the film. Some stuff quite embarrassingly so. But, something interesting caught me when taking in the interviews on the bonus features.
This is the perfect R rated horror film for an underage kid to sneak in behind adults backs. I can easily see this scaring the living daylights out of them at that age. The reason being is that this movie excels where it counts. Scary monsters, graphic deaths and a wicked house of haunts. It also feels in step with the original William Castle spirit as well. Unlike the previous release, it moves from a BD disc to BD It also now carries its correct theatrical aspect ratio of 1.
The image looks well enough, with plenty of easily made out detail with solid clarity. Its sharp and has a nice film-like look to it. Looking at it, it does feel like a bit of an older, dated HD master that could use improvement. But, overall, this is well enough. Its not wildly three dimensional or having hallways that look pushed way back, but its clean and spacious enough to be fine.Impoverished Arthur Shalhoub thinks his prayers have been answered when he inherits everything from his eccentric ghost-hunter uncle, Cyrus Abraham.
A slimy lawyer leads the way, assuring Arthur that his troubles are all behind him. But, unbeknownst to Arthur, the basement of his new home contains twelve captured spirits, each more deranged than the last.
Cyrus devoted his life to catching them, with the help of his psychic assistant, Dennis Lillard. Once everyone arrives at the house, the film treads much the same path as Jurassic Park. Enclosures spring open, beasties escape and everyone runs like hell. The lawyer meets a sticky end too! By far the most compelling character of the bunch is Dennis. Matthew Lillard has lots of fun with the role, growing from whimpering idiot to reluctant hero. And so they should be! My thirteen-year-old self was thoroughly freaked out.
Who were the 13 ghosts in Thirteen Ghosts before they died?
Each ghost is beautifully designed: their costumes, make-up and prosthetics are dripping with detail. Gruesome but gorgeous. Interestingly, although a backstory was written for each — you can enjoy all twelve on YouTube — the filmmakers chose to leave them out.
I appreciate this wtf?! His fear ranges from politely backing away from The First Born Son to fleeing for his life from The Hammer, letting us know where they rank on the danger scale. One detail carried over from the original film is the spook-o-vision spectacles, which allow regular folk to see spirits.
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