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Money certainly is the root of all evil in 13 Sins.
Based on the Thai psychological thriller 13: Game of Death, the film follows Elliot <Mark Webber>, an insurance salesman who just lost his job. And the timing couldn't be any worse , given that his fiancé Shelby is pregnant and they are planning a wedding. To alleviate the financial stress, Elliott agrees to participate in a game in which he must perform tasks for sums of cash. However, as the rewards increase, Elliot's morality is put to the test as each assignment becomes more twisted, disturbing and deadly.
How did you become attached to 13 Sins?
- Bryan Cairns
Elliot is playing a deadly game in 13 Sins.
Based on the Thai thriller 13: Game of Death, the Daniel Stamm-directed remake finds upstanding salesman Elliot <Mark Webber> deeply in debt, planning a wedding and his fiancé Shelby <Rutina Wesley> expecting a baby. When he gets fired from his job, a cryptic phone call gives a desperate Elliot new hope: Simply perform 13 tasks for increasing amounts of cash. However, what starts off with killing a fly quickly escalates as each sinister challenge tests Elliot's morality and he discovers he can't finish the game until it's finished with him.
Webber recently spoke to FEARnet about Elliot's dark journey in 13 Sins, staying away from the source material, what made him queasy and his next horror project, Jessabelle.
How did you become attached to 13 Sins?
The standard run-of-the-mill way. My agent was like, "Hey, read this script." I read it and was like, "Wow, this would be »
- Bryan Cairns
It's all too easy for movies to fall through the cracks these days. It doesn't matter how good they are, there's just a constant tide of movies coming out and there's always something new to overshadow the recently new. So when we come across a smaller movie we really dig, we try to consistently beat the drum for it and raise awareness. That's why you'll keep reading about 13 Sins leading up to its theatrical release on April 18, 2014. (Read our full review of the film here.) If you've missed our previous coverage, 13 Sins is Daniel Stamm's (The Last Exorcism) remake of the excellent Thai film 13: Game of Death. It's about a recently fired man (Mark Webber) who receives a phone call promising him lots of money if he completes a series of tasks...
- Peter Hall
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
Hollywood only makes action movies now. Hollywood doesn’t really make action movies anymore. Both of those statements can’t be true, and yet, they’re both basically accurate. It is very rare for Hollywood to release a major non-Oscar bait motion picture that doesn’t feature at least one and usually fifteen sequences where our conventional definition of “action” happens. “Action”: Gunfights, swordfights, bow-and-arrow fights, car chases, car crashes, car chases that flip into crashes, »
- Darren Franich
Having made his mark directing a couple of found footage horror films, director Daniel Stamm does his best to move over to a more traditional form of story-telling with 13 Sins, a film that while isn’t ground-breakingly original, offers viewers a fun and tense ride.
A remake of the Thailand-shocker “13: Game Of Death“, 13 Sins follows Elliot Brindle (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World‘s Mark Webb), a man with good intentions but highly down on his luck. His fiance’ is pregnant, his racist father is getting evicted, and when he’s fired for not being cut-throat enough, Elliot is in danger of losing his insurance, meaning that he won’t be able to pay for his mentally-handicapped brother’s care taking, which in turn might mean he moving him into a home. While deep in despair, Elliot gets a mysterious phone call, with a very robotic and cold voice on the other end, »
- Jerry Smith
Most people probably don't know that 13 Sins is a remake of a 2006 Thai movie called 13: Game of Death. And that's actually a great thing for both films. We're not talking about a movie that's been around for decades and that has a brand recognition that's automatically going to bring in an audience. The reason Game of Death is being remade is because the original film has an excellent story that could actually stand to be retold in a new light. And considering I'm a huge fan who owns an imported French Blu-ray of the original film, trust me when I say 13 Sins is a superb remake. Furthermore, what's great about 13 Sins as a remake is that there's utterly no requirement to know the original film even exists to appreciate this new one. All...
- Peter Hall
Back in the 2000s, a few years apart from one another, there were two breakouts in the niche cinema world that finally came together this year. The first was the Thai thriller 13: Game of Death. The second was A Necessary Death, or more specifically its director Daniel Stamm. The “death” in both titles was a nice tie-in, but it’s been dropped for 13 Sins, Stamm’s remake of the Thai hit. Worlds collide. It hit SXSW, and Rob found it underwhelming, but the movie has a lot going for it. Ron Perlman, for one. Mark Webber, for two. Stamm for three. Plus, it seems faithful to the concept of putting a man on his last leg through a mysterious game show of violence and degradation. So that’s four. Check out the trailer for yourself: Killing a fly is a sin now? That’s gonna be trouble. 13 Sins is in theaters April 14th. »
- Scott Beggs
Daniel Stamm and David Birke's English-language version of Chookiat Sakveerakul and Eakasit Thairatana's "13: Game of Death," has two trailers up, one for more mature audiences, and the other for the rest. Mark Webber, Ron Perlman, Rutina Wesley and Christopher Berry star in the film which Stamm directs. The thriller opens in theaters on April 18, 2014. The film is obviously rated R, and tells of Elliot a down-on-his-luck salesman who, after receiving a cryptic phone call, sets off on a dangerous game of risks. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last. Christopher Berry, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Devone Graye are also in the cast. »
A most dangerous game indeed tempts a meek, straight-laced insurance salesman to embrace the beast within in “13 Sins,” a creepy little diversion that ultimately unravels long before its hero’s fragile psyche does. Having made a commercially successful foray into religio-supernatural horror with 2010′s “The Last Exorcism,” German-born director Daniel Stamm here applies his relatively slick, straightforward genre smarts to a template provided by the 2006 Thai thriller “13: Game of Death” (also known as “13 Beloved”). The resulting remake achieves a modest degree of tension and dark humor before tilting into gory overkill, while its diffuse central ideas — about materialism, the dangers of playing God and the latent human capacity for violence — never really take plausible shape. Intriguing enough to appeal to younger thrill-seekers but unlikely to match the B.O. spoils of Stamm’s previous picture, these “Sins” will be paid for primarily through streaming and other home-viewing services following »
- Justin Chang
13 Sins is a remake of the 2006 title 13: Game of Death. This latest version is from director and writer Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism). And, the film stars Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Rutina Wesley and Ron Perlman. 13 Sins will have its World Premiere at the SXSW '14 Film Festival, before releasing through video-on-demand formats March 14th. Horror fans can view the film's brutal trailer here. 13 Sins tells a tale of a normal man with the common burden of debt. A mysterious caller rings Elliot (Webber) up and the caller has a solution for his money troubles. A series of tests, which become more and more violent, will provide Elliot with 6.2 million dollars. But, can Elliott go on killing and killing? And, can the local authorities stop Elliot's murder spree? The trailer for 13 Sins is one of the most bloody clips to come this way in quite awhile. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
The new poster is in for Daniel Stamm's "13 Sins" which Radius TWC is distributing. Rutina Wesley, Devon Graye, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Ron Perlman and Tim Bower also star. The script is written by Stamm as well as David Birke based on the 2006 Thai film "13: Game of Death" by Chookiat Sakveerakul and Eakasit Thairatana. Pic doesn't have any set release date as yet but is rated R for violence, bloody images and language by the M.P.A.A. In "13 Sins," a salesman who's riddled with debt and about to tie the knot, gets a mysterious phone call which tells him that he's on a hidden camera game show and, in order to win millions of dollars, must undertake 13 tasks. »
If you're a hard-core genre fan, the below list of movies just announced for the SXSW Midnight program is probably going to make you drool just a little bit. It's the kind of roster that should light up the eyes of anyone who actively seeks out genre movies from all over the world. If you're only a casual horror fan (and that's totally okay), let's give a little context to a few of the world premieres before we even get to the plot descriptions and cast lists. 13 Sins - Directed by Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism), a remake of the twisted Thai film 13: Game of Death. Among the Living - The latest from the mad Frenchmen who gave the world Inside. Exists - A horror movie about Bigfoot from the director of The Blair Witch Project and Altered. Late Phases - The...
- Peter Hall
12 items from 2014
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