So what a difference 40 years can make. Although they may share a name the original 13 ghosts (reviewed in my previous post) bears very little resemblance to the modern version. True, there are 13 Ghosts in both films and the initial set up is identical of a poor family suddenly being left an expensive house by a mysterious eccentric uncle, but it is about there that all resemblance stops.
In the original film the 13 ghosts are just trapped in the house and there is no explanation other than the Uncle collected them. This time round however its a much more modern, gruesome take. The mysterious uncle has been travelling the globe collecting 12 specific ghosts all died in violent manners and have remained on the earth angry at their entrapment. However this time round he’s collecting them to open up an eye to Hell so he can see the future, but when he dies its just left to his distant family to move in.
As you can expect not all is as it seems and it turns out the entire house is giant trap and machine which is switched on as soon as the family enter the house. The rest of the film is spent with the occupants trying to survive the ghosts and escape while trying to figure out exactly what is going on. Much more of a plot than some missing money and murder of the original.
Although like many modern horror films, the plot is ignored for most of the film to allow us to have plenty of visual treats. However at a 15 certificate the effects aren’t overly gruesome. There is plenty of blood on show and the actual ghosts have had some time and care taken on the make-up with particular favourites being the Jackal and the Hammer for pure killer ghost appeal. The supposed worst of the Ghosts, the Juggernaut is a little disappointing compared to the rest but is the only ghost who actually kills someone even if its not the most gruesome death you’ll see. In fact the most gruesome death belongs to the house in a fantastic scene where a set of doors slices the lawyer in half and a good couple of minutes are spent seeing his body slide down the glass with his eyes still moving before seeing the back half collapse to the floor. Oh and as you would expect for a 15 film made in the early part of the 2000’s there are boobs to be seen, even if they are what look to be fake boobs!
Overall the film is quite enjoyable, while not the most scariest of films (more reminiscent of a walk around scare event where people jump out at you and chase you but never touch you), it is still an enjoyable watch and is a definite kickback with a beer and watch with mates film.
Scare Factor: 5/10 (only for the Jackal ghost and the traditional jump scare)
Gore Factor : 7/10
A perfect film for having a few mates round and putting something not too complicated but fun to watch on while chilling