ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
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Jancy Richardson

Thirteen Ghosts may be derided by critics, but it's adored by horror fans. It may be something to do with its great effects, a striking set, its own mythology, and amazing prosthetics, as well as a delightfully campy script and Matthew Lillard twanging around like a gibbon on speed.

Here's a reminder of the hugely enjoyable Thirteen Ghosts.

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1. House on Haunted Hill

Ali Larter & co. in 'House on Haunted Hill' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
Ali Larter & co. in 'House on Haunted Hill' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
  • Similarities: Almost everything!
  • Tagline: Six strangers have the chance to make $1,000,000 EACH. All they have to do is make it through the night alive.

This really is the closest you're going to get: same production company, writer, original director AND even same box office takings! The plot is similar too: a gaggle of innocents in a creepy, deserted property fight for survival against a bunch of disgruntled ghosts. Great fun.

2. House of Wax

It's like a Face... OFF in 'House of Wax' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
It's like a Face... OFF in 'House of Wax' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
  • Similarities: Same era, campy, remake
  • Tagline: The flesh is weak. Wax is forever.

A group of attractive youngsters (including Paris Hilton) fall foul of a maniacal waxwork-maker and his house of horrors. A marvelous romp serving Vincent Price via The CW, House of Wax never fails to capitalize on the trash cache of its star slasher fodder: one of the taglines on posters boasted "See Paris Die!"

3. Darkness Falls

Beware the wrath of Matilda in 'Darkness Falls' [Credit: Columbia Pictures]
Beware the wrath of Matilda in 'Darkness Falls' [Credit: Columbia Pictures]
  • Similarities: Same era, campy
  • Tagline: Stay In The Light!

Over a decade before 2016 hit Lights Out, the same plot was used in Darkness Falls: the boogeyman only gets you in the dark. Loaded with jump scares and plotted around a charming mythology of its own, this vengeful ghost is a fun watch.

4. Dead Silence

Some grisly SFX in 'Dead Silence' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
Some grisly SFX in 'Dead Silence' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
  • Similarities: Great SFX, varied enemies
  • Tagline: You scream. You die.

In the years between Saw and The Conjuring, James Wan and Leigh Whannell came up with Dead Silence, a jump-scare kill binge about a witchy woman and her hordes of nefarious puppets.

5. Cube

I'm tired of these muthafucken puzzles in this muthafucken 'Cube'! [Credit: Trimark Pictures]
I'm tired of these muthafucken puzzles in this muthafucken 'Cube'! [Credit: Trimark Pictures]
  • Similarities: Great SFX, futuristic facility
  • Tagline: Don't Look For A Reason... Look For A Way Out

It's a closed room mystery with futuristic elements, a sadistic puzzle that's satisfying even on rewatching. A true '90s classic.

6. Cabin in the Woods

Guts for lunch in 'Cabin in the Woods' [Credit: Lionsgate]
Guts for lunch in 'Cabin in the Woods' [Credit: Lionsgate]
  • Similarities: Great SFX, futuristic facility, varied enemies
  • Tagline: You think you know the story.

It may be sacrilegious to suggest that a modern classic like Cabin in the Woods was influenced by a shlock horror like Thirteen Ghosts, but there's an undeniable similarity in the visuals behind the Facility's glass booths, and in the wild inventiveness of the manifold ghoulies.

7. Rose Red

Through the eyes of a child in 'Rose Red' [Credit: ABC]
Through the eyes of a child in 'Rose Red' [Credit: ABC]
  • Similarities: Big house, ghosts, same era
  • Tagline: Every House Has A Story To Tell... This One Will Kill You.

At 255 minutes long, you get a lot of bang for your buck with ABC's ghostly mini-series adapted from one of Stephen King's lesser-known tales, which happens to feature a fab cast, including Heavenly Creatures's Melanie Lynskey and Bones's Emily Deschanel.

8. Ghost Ship

All hands on deck in 'Ghost Ship' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
All hands on deck in 'Ghost Ship' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
  • Similarities: Ghosts, SFX, same composer & production company, same era
  • Tagline: Sea Evil

A marvelous soundtrack from Thirteen Ghosts's John Frizzell underpins a riot of ghostly excess, including one of the greatest mass kill set-pieces ever produced by schlock horror.

9. We Are Still Here

Yep, they're still there in 'We Are Still Here' [Credit: Dark Sky Films]
Yep, they're still there in 'We Are Still Here' [Credit: Dark Sky Films]
  • Similarities: Ghosts, great SFX
  • Tagline: This house needs a family.

In the vein of The Evil Dead and The Innkeepers, the ghosts of We Are Still Here manage to be spooky without detracting from the comedy-horror angle of the movie. Horror legend Barbara Crampton also stars, just for added joy.

10. The Haunting

Lili Taylor explores the house in 'The Haunting' [Credit: DreamWorks Pictures]
Lili Taylor explores the house in 'The Haunting' [Credit: DreamWorks Pictures]
  • Similarities: Ghosts, big house, remake
  • Tagline: Some houses are born bad.

Prime Catherine Zeta-Jones era horror with some creative deaths and gleefully melodramatic moments, culminating in a climax that William Castle himself would have been proud of.

11. Ghosts of Mars

A lot more than 13 ghosts in 'Ghosts of Mars' [Credit: Screen Gems]
A lot more than 13 ghosts in 'Ghosts of Mars' [Credit: Screen Gems]
  • Similarities: Ghosts, great SFX, campy
  • Tagline: Terror is the same on any planet

There's camp and then there's Ghosts of Mars: not only are they ghosts, but they're aliens, too! Apocalypto-flavored make-up and outlandish costumes create a great spectacle. It'd be nine years until John Carpenter directed another picture.

12. The Ward

Mamie Gummer and Amber Heard face off in 'The Ward' [Credit: XLrator Media]
Mamie Gummer and Amber Heard face off in 'The Ward' [Credit: XLrator Media]
  • Similarities: Varied enemies
  • Tagline: Only Sanity Can Keep You Alive

John Carpenter again in this female-led madhouse ghost story, leading the viewer through a kind of horror movie Girl, Interrupted. You may catch the twist coming before the end, but that doesn't detract from your enjoyment of the film.

13. Fragile

Yasmin Murphy in 'Fragile' [Credit: Lightning Media]
Yasmin Murphy in 'Fragile' [Credit: Lightning Media]
  • Similarities: Great SFX, creepy building
  • Tagline: A Ghost Story

Honorable mentions of movies sharing either style, era or SFX that may appeal to fans of Thirteen Ghosts:

  • Orphan
  • Book of Blood
  • Jeepers Creepers
  • Crimson Peak
  • Tower of Terror
  • Goosebumps
  • The Gift
  • The Mothman Prophecies
  • What Lies Beneath
  • Gothika
  • Tombs of the Blind Dead
  • The Abominable Dr Phibes
  • Theater of Blood

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