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Nightmare on the 13th Floor (1990)

A reporter investigates the disappearances of guests at a hotel which she is writing a report about. Along the way, she will find an unmarked 13th floor where a murderer is on the loose.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elaine Kalisher
Sgt Madden
Letti Gordon
Mr. Rogas
Dr. Alan Lanier
Alan Haufrect ...
Hotel Clerk
Hotel Waitress (as Juli Donald)
Kerry Noonan ...
Gail Myers
Hotel Doorman
Norma MacMillan ...
Mrs. Beecher
Hotel Porter (as Jeff Marcus)
Harvey Vernon ...
Thomas Bergen
Michael Melvin ...


Elaine Kalisher is a journalist who is writing an article on the Wessex Hotel. The staff say that the hotel doesn't have a 13th floor. Suddenly people dissapear and a Satanic group starts to send people up to the 13th floor where there is a maniac killer. Written by Dennis Svedberg

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Release Date:

31 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pesadilla en el piso 13  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Judith is working at the reception desk of the skyscraper hotel in Seattle, Washington, a man named "J. J. McMahon" requires her attention. After all, he does "have a reservation". John J. McMahon, aka "J. J. McMahon" is the CEO of Wilshire Court Productions, the filming company that "created" (filmed, shot, designed, etc.) this film. Using his name is a fitting homage to a man that created an amazing company that created such an outstanding movie. This is also the reason that the credits list him as "Executive" rather than "J. J. McMahon". See more »


The Wessex Hotel throughout the movie is revealed to have sixteen floors, with a decorative freeze covering the sealed off 13th floor. However in the initial shot of the outside of the hotel at the first of the movie, only two floors can be seen above the freeze covering the 13th floor, when there should have been three, the 14th, 15th, and 16th. See more »


References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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Not too shabby
31 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll start by stating that Louise Fletcher makes this film.

Now before you watch this, keep in mind that this was a made for T.V. movie so there was only so much they could get away with showing. However, they did a fairly decent job building a creepy atmosphere.

In a way it tips its hat to horror classics such as The Shining, Rosemary's Baby, and The Omen. Had this movie been made 20 years earlier and with a larger budget it could have done quite well.

That being said, if you're a fan of films that leave more to the imagination without a lot of glitz and glamour you may dig this little film.

It has a touch a mystery, a bit of horror, and just enough suspense to keep you watching until the credits roll.

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