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Thirteen Ghosts (2001)
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. There's just one problem: the house seems to have a dangerous agenda all its own. Trapped in their new home by strangely shifting walls, the family encounters powerful and vengeful entities that threaten to annihilate anyone in their path.



Neal Marshall Stevens

based on the screenplay by

Robb White

previous revisions by

Todd Alcott

Todd Alcott and Neal Marshall Stevens

Richard D'Ovidio

Richard D'Ovidio and James Gunn

current revision by

Richard D'Ovidio


November 4, 2000

THIRTEEN GHOSTS -Rev. 10/27/00

BLACKNESS. SUPERIMPOSE: "The most beautiful thing wecan experience is the mysterious." -Albert Einstein

"I do believe in spooks. I do believe in spooks.

I do, I do, I do believe in spooks." -The Cowardly Lion


Abstract images begin to form. They move beneath thetitles, brilliant against the darkness, the ghost-likeapparitions fighting a current as if caught in thewhirlwind of time.

Our IMAGE SHARPENS. The apparitions are no longer there.

Instead, police tape comes INTO FOCUS, the seeminglymiles of it entangled on stacks of derelict cars thatfill the void. The tape dances before us, undulating toa macabre rhythm, floating on the nocturnal winds. We


An auto wrecking yard at midnight. Empty, yet occupied.

Light slowly INVADES the FRAME, filling in the wreckingyard's cavernous shadows. A distant ROAR announces

itself above the SOUNDTRACK, the earth POUNDING CLAMOR

AMPLIFYING in with every second.

As if searching for its source, CAMERA PIVOTS AROUND.

Instantly, we find ourselves caught in the glare ofheadlights, and we've just enough time to make out thesemi truck before it plows through the yard's chain linkgate, shattering it like so much glass, the truck headingdirectly AT CAMERA, running it over as if it weren'tthere.

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