On the 13th of each month, I write about a movie whose title contains the number 13.
13 Frightened Girls, William Castle's schlock-horror classic 13 Ghosts was pretty much an inevitable subject for this feature (as is the 2001 remake). As gimmicky as any of his other well-known films, 13 Ghosts also manages to be mildly creepy at times, thanks to some relatively contained performances (at least for a horror B-movie) and a simple, straightforward plot that focuses on scares rather than outlandish twists (well, for a little while, at least). It's your basic haunted-house setup, with a down-on-their-luck family mysteriously and serendipitously inheriting a creepy old house that, oh yeah, is also populated by the titular ghosts. (Actually, there are just 12 ghosts, because the 13th ghost will be ... one of the family members!)
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
Ealy is a charismatic actor, but both of the main characters come off as smug and grating, thanks to the show's needs to play up their antagonistic (but ultimately loving) relationship. Kole, playing the more uptight character, fares worse, and it's hard to find anything appealing about his constant self-righteous nagging. As far as the crime-solving goes, it's entirely rote, which is to be expected from a show like this but is still tiresome to watch. The real appeal, as with almost all of USA's "blue sky" dramas, should be in spending time with the characters, but by halfway through the first episode I never wanted to see these guys again.
Premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on USA.
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