Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bad Movie, Great Opening Credits - Thirteen Ghosts

Thirteen Ghosts works OK enough as a fx-filled haunted house story. It's darker and more painful than I expected. I can't wait for Monk to get canceled so Tony Shalhoub can go back to being to stealing scenes in good movies and being the best thing about mediocre ones. It does boast an uncommonly effective and powerful opening credits sequence. Using only offscreen sound effects and dialogue and a 360-degree visual montage, it establishes back story, character arcs, and the general tone of the film in about three-minutes. Those moments and the initial introductory scene buys quite a bit of capital for the rest of the picture.

Scott Mendelson


Anonymous said...

Were you with me when I went to see this at the Regal and the framing on the projector was so off that I could see the hands of the crew moving pieces of the set around, completely ruining the whole 7th Guest haunted puzzle house vibe?

Scott Mendelson said...

Yup... another classic WSU filmgoing experience. Of course, nothing beats the opening night of The Ring, where the full-blown fistfight broke out.


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