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First off, this is a remarkably directed film! This film really has something for everyone. Surprisingly enough this was a direct to video release. I had just recovered form seeing the film "Saw" and thought "13 Seconds" most definitely should have been in its place! This film has countless especially cool monsters,bloody walls and ceilings,upside down crucification, big sharp medal things through body parts, body chopping, axes, Ouija-board, disemboweling, and much much more! Horror fans are going to love the campy dialogue. And the intelligent are going to get the script! Hold on to your seats! It all makes perfect sense in the end!
13 Seconds isn't just "another one of those 'scary' movies." It's a movie that you pull the blankets over your eyes when you watch, the one nobody should watch alone, and the one that your terrified to put your feet on the ground in fear of whats hiding under your bed. The best part of this movie is there's no dumb people who get themselves killed by doing stupid things (i.e. running up the stairs, constantly tripping, throwing pointless objects etc.), and is so incredibly written, that it's like nothing you've ever seen before...its totally original and you cant expect anything to happen, because anything can. Though some people may try to say its "low budget" and "unreal", the fact that even if it were, it would still scare the s*** out of you. The ending of this movie is totally unexpected and totally brilliant and it takes a director/producer/writer like Jeff Thomas to think of something so incredible. 13 Seconds, no matter what others say, is a terrifying, thrilling, brilliant movie...and will turn out to be a classic.
This is one of those movies that starts off simply enough, then just
escalates and escalates until the very moment it ends, twisting every
which way and meanwhile scaring the hell out of you, keeping you
guessing the whole time. The premise may sound trite (rock band in a
haunted house!), but believe me this movie isn't one of those flicks
where people start dying one by one, and the killer is confronted at
the end. No way. Instead, we're treated to one of the best, seriously
scary shot-on-video features since THE DIVIDING HOUR, showcasing huge
talent that has just begun to assault our nerves.
Writer/Director Jeff Thomas scores with not only a competently paced film and a well-constructed story, but also by assembling a very capable cast, an unusually good fx team, some of the best photography and lighting I've ever seen on an indie production, and a fleet-fingered editor that keeps the tension high by never letting our eyes rest for more than, well, 13 seconds, it would seem. If you like the atmosphere and themes of the original EVIL DEAD, you'll be delighted to see a lot of influence here, though not in obvious ways. Additionally, a lot of surreal and nightmarish qualities are present, taking cues from such varied sources as DORIAN GRAY, JACOB'S LADDER and even the first ELM STREET film.
This is much more than a haunted house movie: it's cerebral and terrifying all at once. Definitely a praise-worthy achievement in low-budget film-making.
This is by far the best independent film I've ever seen!!! A friend of
mine suggested that I see this. He saw this at a film festival in
California. He had heard that is was one of the better films and
decided to go to this screening. I had to get to another on screening
that evening and wished that this film was the one I saw after hearing
so much about it afterwords.
I rented it a while back and finely got a chance to say something about it. Great job to all those involved in the film! Outstanding script and special effects! Jeff Thomas has decided to turn every horror cliché upside down-including the ending. Id love to see what this guy could do with a bigger budget! Keep making movies Jeff Thomas because I'll be anxiously waiting for to see the next one theatrically!
When I first heard about this film, I wasn't too sure if I'd like
it...but my friend recommended it to me, so I thought I'd give it a
shot. Was I surprised? Are you kidding me? I thought this was a great
film. Sure the acting is pretty bad, but the creepiness, story and gore
sure does makes up for that.
I have to give Jeff Thomas the highest regards for this film. Being the director and the star, I thought he did an excellent job. I hope I'm not alone in this, but I thought his acting reminded me of Emilio Estevez. Man...he has got to do more films and I mean that!
Now, let's talk about the gore. For an independent film, it had some of the best gore effects that I have seen in quite some time. The make-up on some of these ghouls were so effective that I thought I was watching a film with a high budget. I wish more indie films had gore effects like this.
The setting for this film was quite effective and some of the scenes made me jump a few times, which is rarely done. Hell...it's been a very long time since a horror film scared me at times and this one did the job.
All in all, this independent film was awesome and if you haven't gotten the chance to see it yet, then do yourself a favor and find this one. You won't be sorry!
I went walking through my local Blockbuster and saw the box for this
film. After reading the back, I thought it didn't sound too horrible.
After the first 15-20 minutes I thought the film was one of the worst made. Then killings started to happen, and it got a little better, just to slow down again. If you can make it through this movie, the ending is honestly one of the best I have ever seen. Although the acting, make-up, and effects are lousy, the ending makes up for it. Would I rent it again? Probably not! The ending didn't hold that much water for me to re-rent this.
Basically, the film is about a group of people who get together to shoot a rock video, take drugs, and have sex. A lot of those films out already, you say? Maybe so. However, the thing that separates those films from this film is the fact that this is a horrible B-movie, and even Bruce Campbell wouldn't have made it better.
I can understand why the majority of viewers will instantly trash this film, as the typical consumer's expectations necessitate the Hollywood production standards of the major industry players. What I found most interesting about 13 Seconds is what was accomplished independently and with an obviously limited budget. The do-it-yourself approach is endearing, but specific elements have resultantly suffered (such as the acting/cast and audio of the film) and most people will have a problem with this. The cinematography, editing, and writing suffice for an enjoyable genre indulgence, but only one that I could overall recommend to core horror fans. I'd like to see what what Jeff Thomas could accomplish with the right resources.
This movie had a couple truly eerie moments and a couple good gore
scenes.It also was scary at least twice, that is pretty darn good for a
horror movie nowadays.
Still I thought the acting was at best average and generally on the poor side.
The lighting was way to dark for my taste, but still it was stylishly filmed, and I eventually got used to the overly dark look.
The special gore effects were pretty good as were the "monters".
The story is interesting enough and gets better as the movie goes on.
For an Inderpendent film, this is way above what is being put out lately.
Recently, I had the opportunity to view this low-budget horror flick. I would like to share my thoughts regarding this film. With many lower budget films, sacrifices are made to be able to complete the film within their budget allowed, and this film is also subject to just that. I must admit, that the acting was definitely the weakest part of this film. As I viewed the film, I was particularly annoyed with the actor/director, Jeff Thomas who portrayed the character "Davis". As a lot of indie film makers also act in their first movies, Thomas did just that. However, I found that every time Thomas' character would speak, it seemed as if he was 'overacting' and making love to the camera! His performance seemed 'wooden'. He would do a FAR better job being focused behind the camera, rather than in front of it. April Cole - (Keira) she also seemed scared to be on camera, and it was hard to hear her speaking in several scenes of the movie. I actually enjoyed the monsters - they were menacing. The performances by Rob Miller, Daniel Rain, and Kevin Kuras were the best in this film. They actually acted while the others just seemed to 'be there'. The one and only great part of the movie that I have found, was hands down - The Special/Visual effects that were done by Malefactor Studio. Rob Miller and his team created nail biting scenes that made you just cringe - and not mention jump out of your seat! There was a scene in the movie that created such a visual of 'Sidetracks' character, where he actually bites at you - sending chills down your spine. The spfx were visually effective, and scary. It seems as if all the money that they used for this low budget film, must have been with the SPFX... all I can say is that it was money well spent! I hope to see another film done by Ravencroft with Jeff Thomas directing, as well as Malefactor Studios and Rob Miller's creative concept team making more intense creepy visuals! I would like to see what this "Dynamic Duo" come up with, if they were given a large budget for another film! I do recommend this film for all you die-hard horror buffs. It is a must-see - just for the visuals alone! You will enjoy the "living art museum" and "the upside-down crucification where the gent gets tangled with his own innards!" You have to see it to believe it! Get past the so/so acting and the story line is solid, and it is worth the rental.
I just recently saw this movie--my boyfriend rented it because we've
seen a lot of good indie films lately, and this one came with high
regards (awards, etc.).
So, what do I think of it? Welll......it's alright. Obviously it was low-budget, but I think the lighting and effects were good for it's class. In fact, I will go so far as to say that the blood scenes were the best I've seen in such low-budget movie. The acting however was awful. I don't know if these guys agreed to do the movie for free, or what, but I think it would have been preferable to wait until raise the cash to pay good actors. The plot was interesting. I have to admit that I was really ticked through the whole thing b/c it didn't make sense. Then the ending comes and I thought it was alright. Did the movie deserve awards? I don't think so, but that's my opinion, and I don't know what other films it went against.
Now, this is a personal note to some other reviewers: You are entitled to your own opinion. So is everyone. Everyone has their own tastes. If you don't like something, that's fine, but you should have a reason. Don't say people are stupid b/c they liked this film.
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