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13 Sins (2014)

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A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last.

Director:

Daniel Stamm

Writers:

David Birke (screenplay by), Daniel Stamm (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Webber ... Elliot Brindle
Devon Graye ... Michael Brindle
Tom Bower ... Father
Rutina Wesley ... Shelby
Ron Perlman ... Det. Chilcoat
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Vogler
Clyde Jones Clyde Jones ... Gerry
Deneen Tyler ... Joyce
Tom Lawson Jr. ... Prof. Edgar Solomon (as Tom S. Lawson Jr.)
Sharon Smith Sharon Smith ... Hostess
Greg Pearson Greg Pearson ... Security Guard
Ritchie Montgomery ... Apartment Manager
Brylee Kate Woodard Brylee Kate Woodard ... Little Girl
Sabrina Gennarino ... Mother
Hugh Ettinger Hugh Ettinger ... Priest
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Storyline

Elliot Brindle is a bright, meek salesman, drowning in debt - and desperate as he's about to marry the love of his life. Upon receiving a phone call informing him that he's on a hidden camera game show where he must execute 13 tasks to receive a sum total cash prize of $6.2M, Elliot dismissively follows through with his first two instructions: swat the fly that is currently bothering him, then eat the fly. With thousands of dollars suddenly appearing in his bank account, Elliot remains skeptical, though comforted by the knowledge that he can stop playing at anytime if only to lose every penny that he's won. Trapped into the horrors manipulated by unseen spectators, Elliot's need to complete the game escalates as the tasks grow more extreme, to a devastating point of no return. Written by Anonymous

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You don't play the game. It plays you.

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, bloody images and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2014 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

13: Game of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,134, 20 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,134, 20 April 2014
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Two endings were shot: a more upbeat ending and a highly nihilistic ending. The alternate ending is available on the Blu-ray release See more »

Goofs

When Elloit is sawing off his old school bully's arm, the strap that holds said arm disappears during the more aggressive sawing, and then reappears before the arm has been fully seperated. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Edgar Solomon: A bear taking a dump asked a rabbit, "Does shit stick to your fur as a habit?" "Of course not," said the hare, "It's really quite rare," so the bear wiped his ass with the rabbit. There once was a lady named Dot who lived off of pig shit and snot. When she ran out of these, she ate the green cheese... that she grew on the sides... of her twat.
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References Bridezillas (2004) See more »

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NEUVO AMOR
Written by German Baratto Callejas and Scott Gerow
Performed by Los Dos
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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How low can you go?
2 August 2014 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

"13 Sins" has a lot in common with another recent low-budget, independent film, "Cheap Thrills." In both, a down-on-his-luck young man, driven by extreme desperation, agrees to perform a series of unsavory/immoral/illegal acts in exchange for ever larger quantities of money.

The protagonist of "13 Sins," a psychological thriller written by David Birke and Daniel Stamm and directed by Stamm, is Elliot Brindle (Mark Webber), a harried and harassed insurance agent who has a number of people depending on him for their livelihood and support. These include his pregnant fiancé ("True Blood's" Rutina Wesley), his mentally- challenged younger brother (Devon Graye) and a cantankerous racist dad (Tm Power) who's been evicted from his home and now has to move in with Elliot and his black girlfriend. Then Elliot is summarily fired from his job, leaving him utterly bereft and desperate, until, that is, he receives a call from a mysterious stranger who offers to make Elliot a fortune if he successfully performs 13 tasks as part of a surreal "game show," the hitch being that he can't let anyone in on what he's doing or he'll lose all his winnings.

At first the tasks seem simple enough, but as they escalate in intensity, it quickly becomes apparent that the object of the game is to "show that anyone can be turned into a monster." And Elliot is only too willing to prove that point.

The mood is grim and the humor pitch-black in this Kafkaesque tale of an ordinary man caught in an incomprehensible nightmare from which he cannot awaken, a nightmare filled with shadowy figures and disembodied voices that hold him in their implacable grip - though, if truth be told, the lure of easy wealth can be awfully hard to resist, even when the price is as potentially dear as it is here. The movie is creepy and disturbing in its unflinching look at the morally depraved depths to which desperate people will sink in an effort to ameliorate their situation. It forces us to look at a lot of unsettling aspects of human nature - aspects we might not be all that willing to face - but that's what makes it an effective little horror film in the long run.


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