YMMV / Thir13en Ghosts

  • Complete Monster: Cyrus Kriticos is a multimillionaire occultist and ghost hunter who desires nothing less than omnipotence and is responsible, in one way or another, for all the deaths in the film. He uses his wealth to construct the Ocularis Infernum (The Eye of Hell), a huge mechanical device originally designed in the 15th century that will give its bearer infinite power. He captures 12 tormented spirits, whom he traps in the basement of his mansion to drain their souls and fuel the engine. He then lures the family of his nephew Arthur Kriticos to the house in the hopes that Arthur will die and become the 13th ghost to complete the ritual, arranging this by kidnapping Arthur's two children and putting them in a death trap so Arthur will sacrifice himself in a futile attempt to save them. When Cyrus's lover Kalina, who initially worked as a spy for him and helped him to manipulate Arthur, balks at killing the children too, Cyrus has her crushed between two glass walls, sneering that she lacks the will to achieve greatness.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Dennis is commonly regarded as the best part of the movie, primarily for Matthew Lillard's lively performance and being the Only Sane Man in a house full of idiots. Some fans wish that he had been the film’s protagonist instead of Arthur. Most viewers also wish he was the Sole Survivor of the movie. Or that he at least survived the movie.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Maggie. Primarily on account of being an incredibly unfunny of every black woman stereotype known to man
  • Nightmare Fuel: THE MOVIE POSTER. Another image that shouldn't be viewed before sleeping. It's a screaming face made from pictures of other scary faces, notably the ghosts.
    • Even the link's website, IMP Awards, gave it the Creepiest Poster award the year the film was out, with this description:
    "Definitely not a poster the IMP would put up on his bedroom wall. Imagine running into that in the middle of the night."
  • Also The Jackal, called the "Charles Manson" of ghosts no less.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Mr. Monk Inherits a Haunted House...
    • And Shaggy has psychic powers!
      • Which makes things a bit Hilarious in Hindsight when you think about it, considering he went from portraying one character getting mixed up with ghosts to one of the best known fictional characters for doing so (whether they be real or not).
    • There was also a show called The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, which counts as Hilarious in Hindsight.
    • The Listener is the Torn Prince!
  • So Okay, It's Average: One would be extremely hard pressed to find somebody who's seen this film, let alone care about it.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The titular ghosts. Despite being the namesake of the movie who are central to the plot and the only draw of the movie, they get little screen time and their intriguing back stories are All In The Manual. Most of the ghosts in fact only get a few minutes of screen time and don't actually do anything during the entire movie, while the more prominent ghosts like The Juggernaut get little more than that. Then in a horror movie where these ghosts are built up as such tremendous threats, after the opening scene with The Juggernaut, the only characters directly killed by the ghosts were Dennis and Cyrus, with Moss killed indirectly after backing away from The Angry Princess into the door, and there's only a few scenes where a ghost actually directly attacked someone. You would figure in a movie like this at least a few Red Shirts would be thrown in to show what the ghosts could do and why the characters should be so wary of them.
  • The Woobie: Arthur and his family, especially his poor wife Jean, the Withered Lover. Also, the Dire Mother.
    • Also Dennis, his powers make his life a living hell.
    • Jerkass Woobie: The Torn Prince and the Pilgrimess, who became jerks after death for obvious reasons and the Angry Princess and the Bound Woman, who were tragic and bitchy victims.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Even critics who didn't like the film (like Roger Ebert) agreed that the production design for the house and the machinery within it was fantastic.