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Nightmare on the 13th Floor (1990)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  31 October 1990 (USA)
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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:
Michele Greene ...
Elaine Kalisher
Sgt Madden
Letti Gordon
Mr. Rogas
Dr. Alan Lanier
Terri Treas ...
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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31 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pesadilla en el piso 13  »

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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 13th floor remains mysteriously hidden because it is inaccessible via elevator. However, the film entirely ignores the hotel's staircases - until the end when they are shown to be extremely easy to access on any given floor. Since the hotel has 16 floors, it would be impossible for the staircases to skip the 13th floor and still accommodate guests and comply with fire codes. Contrarily, the staircases would very readily reveal to all the hotel guests that a 13th floor does indeed exist, even if its entrances were sealed off. See more »


References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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Shame about the low budget...
30 July 2002 | by (Blackpool, England) – See all my reviews

Nightmare on the 13th Floor is an entertaining movie - the plot is good and the story moves at just the right pace to keep the viewer absorbed. There are definitely some tense moments in this creepy and suprisingly intelligent film that make it as exciting as a horror movie should be, but with an added mysterious twist - and it's trying to work out the mystery that keeps you watching! Unfortunately, there are a few things about this movie that let it down - namely the pathetically low budget it must have been shot on. The 'special effects' are practically non-existent and the few there are look embarrassingly fake, making a joke out of some of the scariest moments in the film. That said, the set design is pretty good, especially on the 13th Floor, with its tatty gothic furnishings and maze of dimly lit corridors. The characters are interesting and varied, and the script never seriously falters. The acting is satisfactory and what you would expect from a made-for-TV movie, but no one really stands out. Overall, I'd say that if you see Nightmare on the 13th Floor in the TV listings and make an effort to watch it, you won't be disappointed - just don't expect a masterpiece in terms of cinematography!

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