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For years, horror fans have fantasized about getting a television adaptation of Thirteen Ghosts . And at long last, this dream could be on the fast track to becoming a reality.
Patrick Mediate (Primordial Pictures), Ashley Robinson (co-producer, Fear the Walking Dead ), and Aaron McLane (SFX Supervisor, Fear the Walking Dead ) are teaming up to develop a fascinating and downright necessary TV version of Thirteen Ghosts . Now, this creative trio joins me for a new episode of the Development Hell podcast to discuss their pitch and unpack what it will actually take to get this show made.
Listen to the new episode here:
The filmmakers also recently shared an exclusive update with Dread Central announcing their partnership with Dark Castle Entertainment to develop and pitch a Thirteen Ghosts television series to Sony Pictures Television. While nothing has been officially greenlit yet, we’re still psyched at the idea of this new series.
Per the official pitch:
“Every culture in the world has its ghost stories, and this re-imagining of Thirteen Ghosts presents an international sampling of these supernatural tales. The ghost stories within each episode will have their own stylistic look and feel that will be explored and influenced by each individual director. This makes our ghost vignettes stand out stylistically as they set the theme for each episode.”
Lastly, what do you think of a potential series adaptation of Thirteen Ghosts ? Have you checked out the Development Hell episode about it? Let us know on Twitter via @DreadCentral . We’re always around to chat about all things horror TV!
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The ghosts are even creepier in this effects-laden remake of William Castle's 1960 horror film about a haunted mansion. A family inherit a home from an eccentric uncle. When they arrive, they discover trapped spirits that are just dying to get out.
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Thir13en Ghosts is a remake of William Castle’s 1960 classic 13 Ghosts that is better than it has any right to be. Updated for a millennial audience, the supernatural drama picks up when ghost hunter Cyrus Kriticos (a bonkers F. Murray Abraham) is killed trying to capture a vengeful spirit. He leaves his elaborate estate to his estranged, recently widowed nephew Arthur (Tony Shalhoub) and his two kids (Shannon Elizabeth and Alec Roberts). Once they move in, they encounter Cryus’s former psychic Dennis (Matthew Lillard, truly great here) who warns them to leave immediately. Before they know it, they are all trapped inside the house with 12 angry ghosts that Cryus imprisoned for reasons that soon become evident! Full of great performances, amazing special effects and genuine scares, Thir13en Ghosts deserves to be rediscovered on streaming.
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A state-of-the-art remake of the classic William Castle horror film about a family that inherits a spectacular old house from an eccentric uncle. There's just one problem: the house seems to have a dangerous agenda all its own. Trapped in their new home by strangely shifting walls, the family encounters powerful and vengeful entities that threaten to annihilate anyone in their path.
Rating: R (Horror Violence|Horror Gore|Nudity|Some Language)
Genre: Horror, Mystery & thriller
Original Language: English
Director: Steve Beck
Producer: Gilbert Adler
Writer: Neal Marshall Stevens , Richard D'Ovidio
Release Date (Theaters): Oct 26, 2001 wide
Release Date (Streaming): Jan 1, 2009
Box Office (Gross USA): $41.9M
Runtime: 1h 31m
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Co: Dark Castle Entertainment, 13 Ghosts Productions Canada Inc.
Sound Mix: Dolby SR, DTS, Dolby Stereo, Surround, SDDS, Dolby A, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
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I'm pretty sure that filming yourself trying to shave your balls in a car driving on a street full of pot holes would be a better horror movie than this one. Effects are okay, but the plot is not exciting and typically not all that scary.
A rather gruesome horror film, Thir13en Ghosts delivers violence and gore aplenty. After his uncle's death Arthur Kriticos inherits a luxurious and elaborate house, but he soon learns that it's actually a machine that's powered by the dead and was designed by the Devil for the purpose of opening the Eye of Hell. Starring Tony Shalhoub, Shannon Elizabeth, Matthew Lillard, and F. Murray Abraham, the cast isn't half bad, but their performances are terrible. And, the ghost designs are pretty gratuitous. Additionally, the tone of the film is all over the place, from family drama, to wacky comedy, to supernatural horror. Thir13en Ghosts does some interesting things, but the execution is poor, resulting in a confusing mess that doesn't work.
Predictable, Silly and not scary but worth a watch.
Nursing production quality over substance or content, "Thirteen Ghosts" is still a hugely underrated horror film with a unique concept (based on a 1960s horror film) and enamoring set pieces. With an elaborate maze of a glass house standing as the centerpiece of the film, with its shifting walls and ghost laden basement, producer Terry Castle (with Robert Zemeckis) remakes her father's 60s horror film in a way he could have never imagined. Still cheesy and often poorly acted, the one thing keeping "Thirteen Ghosts" from being a success is a complete lack of scares. The ghosts are frightening and well-designed, the situations are eerie, yet there are no real spooks. Rather, the film follows a formulaic story arc with nothing to make it standout. Matthew Lillard is the shining star in an otherwise miscast endeavor. Tony Shaloub, Embeth Davidtz, and Shannon Elizabeth tend to phone in their performances while Lillard runs circles around them in one of his best showings ever. Had the film's tone been as dark and frightening as the set and the ghosts, "Thirteen Ghosts" would still be talked about today. Instead, it remains a miniscule cult classic for those that care to keep track.
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‘Thirteen Ghosts’ TV Series Reportedly In The Works
The 2001 horror movie Thirteen Ghosts has maintained a secure place in pop culture over the decades. Now Dark Castle Entertainment is reportedly in the process of pitching a Thirteen Ghosts television series to Sony Pictures Television.
It’s worth noting that the series isn’t officially greenlit at this point. But there have been several conceptual images shared by Patrick Mediate and Aaron McLane via Dread Central . Fans can see the images below which include a teaser poster, concepts for ghosts, a page regarding “spectral viewers,” aka the special glasses required to see ghosts, and other exciting designs.
According to the pitch, it would be “a thirteen-episode run with an ensemble cast where each episode explores the origins of a different ghost.” The following logline goes further into detail:
“Every culture in the world has its ghost stories, and this re-imagining of 13 Ghosts presents an international sampling of these supernatural tales. The ghost stories within each episode will have their own stylistic look and feel that will be explored and influenced by each individual director. This makes our ghost vignettes stand out stylistically as they set the theme for each episode.”
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As mentioned, the film and its potential television series feature “spectral viewers.” Apparently these could be part of a viral marketing element for the show in the form of “a proposed AR component.” This “would allow audiences to download an app and see additional ghosts both on-screen and in their own homes as the series airs.”
In addition to Patrick Mediate and Aaron McLane, Fear the Walking Dead co-producer Ashley Robinson is attached to the series.
Stay tuned to ScreenGeek for any additional updates on the potential Thirteen Ghosts series as we have them. Fans have been particularly vocal over the years for a new Thirteen Ghosts project. It looks like the online popularity of the film and its various spectral foes have finally caught the attention of Dark Castle Entertainment.
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Thirteen Ghosts Television Series’ Creators Already Have Plans for Multiple Seasons
By Brandon Schreur
The minds behind 13 Ghosts: The Series already have begun making plans to extend the show to multiple seasons, even though Sony has yet to officially green-light the project.
In August 2023, Dead Central revealed a Thirteen Ghosts television series was reportedly in development by Patrick Mediate, Aaron McLane, and Ashley Robinson, all of whom are working with Dark Castle Entertainment .
According to Bloody Disgusting , Sony Pictures Television still owns some of the rights to Thirteen Ghosts, meaning Dark Castle Entertainment needs to get Sony’s approval before production can begin. Sony received the pitch for 13 Ghosts: The Series right before the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strikes began, meaning conversations between the two companies have temporarily ceased while actors and writers lobby for better wages, protection against A.I., and more .
Despite this, Mediate said they’ve already begun planning an “entire universe” for the series that could extend several seasons, so long as they get the proper sign-offs and renewals.
“We do envision an entire universe for the 13 Ghosts: The Series franchise that lives on eternally after the first season and goes on to explore different planes of mortal and Post-Mortal realities; it’s actually going to be something pretty profound that could be an enormous testament to the worlds we lay the groundwork for with the first season,” he said. “Long and short, this is absolutely going to be a series with stories and three-dimensional characters that fans are going to want to join up with for multiple seasons.”
Thirteen Ghosts: A property that’s been scaring audiences since 1960
Notorious B-movie filmmaker William Castle brought 13 Ghosts to life in 1960. The film, which utilized a unique “Illusion-O” gimmick where audiences received special glasses before walking into the theater allowing them to “see” the ghosts, follows a family as they move into a house only to discover it’s haunted by some unruly spirits who desperately want to be freed.
In 2001, director Steve Beck remade Castle’s film into Thirteen Ghosts (sometimes stylized as THIR13EN Ghosts), which starred Matthew Lillard , Tony Shalhoub , Embeth Davidtz , and F. Murray Abraham .
The idea behind 13 Ghosts: The Series, Mediate explained, is to give each ghost their own individual episode. “It had always been clear to us that there was so much to be explored in the backgrounds of the ghosts so it’s only natural that we created each episode to explore and examine their origin stories, personalities, plights, and fates,” Mediate said. “These stories act as through-lines that intertwine with the mysterious legacy of Cyrus Kriticos and his present extended family, who have just become caretakers of the Kriticos Compound.”
Brandon Schreur has been writing about comics, movies, television shows, and all things pop culture for roughly five years. He's a lifelong cinephile who spends way, way too much money buying Blu-rays and trade paperbacks. You can find him on twitter at @brandonschreur.
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Arthur and his two children, Kathy and Bobby, inherit his Uncle Cyrus’s estate: a glass house that serves as a prison to 12 ghosts. When the family, accompanied by Bobby’s Nanny and an attorney, enter the house they find themselves trapped inside an evil machine “designed by the devil and powered by the dead” to open the Eye of Hell. Aided by Dennis, a ghost hunter, and his rival Kalina, a ghost rights activist out to set the ghosts free, the group must do what they can to get out of the house alive.
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Developed by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman ‘Ghosts’ is a sitcom that revolves around a young couple who gain ownership of a country house . But all is not as it seems since the property is crumbling day by day. Moreover, it is home to several residents who happen to be dead. The comedy show features Rose McIver, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Brandon Scott Jones, Richie Moriarty, Rebecca Wisocky, Sheila Carrasco, and Danielle Pinnock, among many others. It is based on the British series of the same name. If you are curious about the show, allow us to share with you everything we know!
What is Ghosts About?
Samantha and Jay Arondekar, a married couple from New York, are over the moon when they learn that they are the new owners of a gorgeous country house. But it does not take them long to realize that what they had in mind could not be further from the truth. It turns out that all the people who died on the premises are still lingering as they have not been able to move on to the afterlife.
What makes things even more interesting is that Jay cannot see the ghosts while Samantha can, given that she has had a near-death experience. If this sitcom with a supernatural twist has caught your attention, it is not surprising that you want to watch the show. If that is the case, here are all the details you will need!
Is Ghosts on Netflix?
Unfortunately, the supernatural comedy is not available on Netflix. At the same time, there are some interesting alternatives that we can suggest, such as ‘ My Babysitter’s a Vampire ’ and ‘ The Order .’ It is worth noting that the latter show has a darker tone, but its comedic elements are what make it so much fun.
Is Ghosts on Hulu?
Apparently, ‘Ghosts’ is not a part of Hulu’s library, although it is available for live streaming. So, you can watch the series by accessing CBS on the platform. To know more about this option, you can head here . If are looking for other alternatives, we suggest watching ‘ The Thundermans ’ and ‘ Buffy the Vampire Slayer .’
Is Ghosts on Amazon Prime Video?
Although the series is not a part of Amazon Prime Video’s regular offerings, you can rent or purchase the episodes here . However, if you are looking for something similar, you might like watching ‘ Oh My Ghost ’ or ‘ H2O: Just Add Water .’ Both shows are an interesting mix of comedy and the supernatural.
Is Ghosts on HBO Max?
‘Ghosts’ is not available on HBO Max. However, you can catch the original show it is inspired by right here . Additionally, you may like to check out ‘ Wellington Paranormal .’
Where to Watch Ghosts Online?
Since ‘Ghosts’ is a CBS show, the best way to catch the series online is on CBS’ official website . You can even watch it on Paramount+ . Those who prefer live-streaming options can try Fubo TV , YouTube TV , DirecTV , and Xfinity . Moreover, the episodes are available on-demand on Vudu , Spectrum , and iTunes .
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Thirteen Ghosts: All the Ghosts of the Zodiac, Explained
Now a cult favorite among horror fans, renewed interest in 13 Ghosts has led to an exciting future for this once-forgotten horror film from 2001.
It's been well over 20 years since the memorably freaky horror film Thirteen Ghosts was first released. It was pretty underwhelming at the box office and fared horribly with critics, not even managing 20% with its critical rating. Given these disappointing metrics, it would be easy to give this one a pass if you've never seen it. However, for those who did watch the movie when it first came out, despite all the skewering it received from critics, many audiences will attest to the fact that there was a certain uniqueness about it that made it enjoyable.
Sure, it was cheesy at times and had some bad acting. However, what sometimes resonates with pop culture isn't always acclaimed, and so it was for Thirteen Ghosts. It seemed largely forgotten for a long time, until surges in Halloween popularity, and pop culture horror films saw horror fan pages and content creation platforms across social media begin featuring all manner of content that brought the film's very recognizable scenes vividly back to memory.
A remake of a classic horror from the '60s, the 2001 version of Thirteen Ghosts has since become a sleeper hit. Now a cult favorite, It was recently announced that the film is set for a spin-off series . Billed as a show that will give each of its spooky characters more attention this time, in preparation, here's a reminder of what the film was about, and some background information on all the ghosts of Thirteen Ghosts .
15 The Plot
Thirteen Ghosts sees a man named Arthur Kriticos (Tony Shalhoub) inherit a house from his uncle. In a precarious financial state, Arthur decides to move there with his children (played by Shannon Elizabeth and Alec Roberts) and their nanny. The house is unique but creepy since it's made of multiple glass panels, that are marked with Latin inscriptions.
It soon emerges that Arthur's uncle, Cyrus Kriticos, and his psychic partner, Dennis (Matthew Lillard) were ghost hunters. Cyrus and others were killed as they attempted to capture a particularly powerful ghost. The house, as it turns out, is actually an elaborately designed prison to keep the ghosts trapped.
Dennis meets the family at the house and realizes the Latin inscriptions are barrier spells that keep 12 captured ghosts sealed in their cells. However, a mechanism that keeps the seals intact is inadvertently released, allowing the angry ghosts to roam free and cause havoc. The family is later joined by Kalina (Embeth Davidtz), a ghost liberator, who helps them fight for their survival against the terrifying ghosts that can only be seen with specialized spectral glasses.
14 The Black Zodiac
As the film went on, we learned that Cyrus actually built an occult device that powered the entire house and was meant to open a gateway called the Ocularis Infernum. His goal was to use it to gain powers from hell, but needed to capture the ghosts, who all needed to have died under specific circumstances, in order to open it.
Their existence and their order were all part of a dark inversion of the astrological zodiac calendar. Known as The Black Zodiac, like the common zodiac, this one also features 12 signs. Only, whereas our zodiac is represented by the likes of Pisces, Sagittarius, and the others, commonly associated with their corresponding star constellations, the signs of the Black Zodiac are represented by the 12 ghosts from the film — with a 13th one that is meant to complete it.
The hook of the film therefore came from the novelty of there being so many unique spirits in it, but also that each ghost had tragic backstories that made them all interesting in their own way. So, in anticipation of the upcoming series, here's what you need to know about each of the ghosts of the Black Zodiac.
13 The First Born Son
Billy Michaels was probably one of the most tragic ghosts . He was a little boy who liked to play cowboy games. That was until another child challenged him to a duel. While Billy used a harmless cap gun, his assailant used a steel-tipped arrow.
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While Billy appears as the young boy he was, his appearance is frightening since he still has the arrow that killed him lodged in his head. He isn't particularly harmful, and mostly will just say, "I want to play." However, while he might not attack you himself, his frightening appearance is enough to scare you toward others who will.
12 The Torso
The stuff of nightmares and a cautionary tale for lovers of vices, The Torso is an aptly named ghost since that's exactly how he appears. Jimmy "The Gambler" Gambino lived during the early 1900s. His fondness for gambling would be his downfall when he made a boxing bet with members of the mafia. Unable to pay, he was hacked to pieces and had his body parts wrapped in cellophane.
He therefore appears as a shocking dismembered torso, often with his head somewhere close by. He can't actively attack you, but just the sight of him is terrifying enough.
11 The Bound Woman
Susan LeGrow may have been the epitome of a mean girl, but she still never deserved what happened to her. She was the quintessential rich girl, popular, desirable, and with many admirers. However, Susan was also narcissistic and thrived on the attention she received from boys.
Her flirtatious ways led her to toy with many of the boys from her school, and even men, seeking romantic encounters with many of them along the way. Naturally, she left many lovelorn boys in her wake. Her malicious games came to the fore on her senior prom night when Chet Walters, a star football player, caught her cheating on him.
In a jealous fit of rage, Chet took revenge. Her lover was later found bludgeoned to death and Susan disappeared. Her body would later be found buried under the 50-yard line of their school's football field; strangled with a tie. Like the first two ghosts, Susan isn't very dangerous, but can still scare the wits out of you.
10 The Withered Lover
If Jean Kriticos' last name sounds familiar in the film, that's because she's a ghost with a personal connection to the main family depicted in it. She was the wife of Arthur and the mother of his kids. Jean sadly died in a house fire while everyone else survived, leaving Arthur heartbroken.
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Cyrus Kriticos, rather than caring about his relatives' grief, realized the circumstances of her death made Jean an ideal match for one of the ghosts he needed to complete The Black Zodiac. Jean appears with burns on her face and wearing a hospital gown. However, she tries to actively help her family rather than terrorize them.
9 The Torn Prince
Royce Clayton once had it all going for him. He lived during the '50s and was a gifted baseball player as a teenager. His talent and fame caught the attention of colleges across the country and his future seemed set.
However, being young and famous also gave him a taste for reckless thrills. Back then, people of the lower classes were sometimes known as 'greasers' and one of them took a challenge for a drag race against Royce too seriously. Cutting his brake lines, Royce suffered a horrific death in the ensuing crash.
Still bearing his scars from the accident, his ghost carries a baseball bat, forever doomed to never fulfill his legacy as a star player. He may not be the most dangerous ghost, but won't hesitate to take a swing at anyone who gets too close.
8 The Angry Princess
By far one of the most popular of the 13 ghosts for obvious reasons, Dana Newman was a beautiful woman who lived up until the late 20th century. Despite her looks, she suffered abuse that tragically caused her to only see her perceived flaws but never her beauty.
Her obsession with plastic surgery took a dark turn when a clinic botched an experimental one. Left with a mutilated eye, Dana could not bear the sight of herself and killed herself in a bathtub at the clinic by stabbing and slicing up with a huge knife.
Her added cult popularity among the other ghosts from the film came from the fact that she was played by beautiful actress, Shawna Loyer. It's also pretty hard to miss her since she moves about with all her wounds on display. Her scars, the knife she carries, and her striking look should have made her far more frightening. Except, it's hard to focus on her frightening qualities alone since she's also a well-endowed woman who walks around stark naked in the film. However, pass a rude or racy comment at your peril as she won't hesitate to attack those who do — as the seedy lawyer in the film learned the hard way.
7 The Pilgrimess
An orphan from England, Isabella Smith traveled to the new world as a colonist. Seeking a new life, she found only rejection as she was ostracized by the close community she lived in. Soon accused of witchcraft , she was blamed when crops and livestock began dying.
Although claiming to be innocent of the charges, she was trapped in a burning barn but survived. This only offered more proof to her persecutors who then confined her to the pillory where she eventually starved to death. She still carries it around with her, giving her a haunting look, though inhibiting her ability to do much harm since her arms are bound.
6 The Great Child
Actually a grown man and enormously built, Harold Shelburne was a person with neurological differences. These stunted his emotional development and left him with the mind of a child.
Even as an adult, he was forced to wear diapers and was spoonfed by his mother, Margaret, who was a little person. After his mother was brutalized, and he was tortured, Harold later massacred most of the residents of the carnival performers they lived with.
5 The Dire Mother
Margaret Shelburne was a part of a previously so-called "freak show" carnival. A little person, after being attacked and sexually assaulted by the tallest member of the carnival, she was left with her son, Harold, but loved and raised her child on her own no matter how difficult their circumstances were.
While Harold was mercilessly mocked and taunted his entire life, Margaret was later kidnapped and murdered by other members of the carnival, and the carnival owner had Harold mutilated. Harold's rage caused him to use an ax to avenge the atrocities against him and Margaret. A pair of frightening figures, Harold appears in a diaper, covered in slime and vomit, with his mother at his side and his ax at the ready.
4 The Blacksmith
George Markeley lived during the 1890s. He was an honest man, simple, and hardworking as a blacksmith. George was also a family man and lived a decent life. Despite all this, he was later accused of stealing by a man of higher standing named Nathan.
Threatened with exile from his town, George stood up to Nathan and refused to accept the accusations. As retribution, Nathan and his brutal friends later accosted George's family and brutally murdered them. George was driven to rage and later used his blacksmith hammer to beat Nathan and the others to death.
For his troubles, he was chained to a tree by community members and had spikes driven into his body. His hand was severed, and his hammer was crudely attached to it. Sadly, as kind and gentle as he once was when he lived, George's ghost is one of the angriest, most vengeful, and most dangerous ones around.
3 The Jackal
Born in 1887, Ryan Khun was the son of a sex worker. He grew to develop a terrifying and morbid taste for women that later led him to sexually assault, brutalize, and murder stray women and other sex workers.
His one redemptive feature is that he wanted to cure himself of his sick perversions and compulsions, so he voluntarily committed himself to a medical facility. However, the doctors there left him in solitary confinement for years, causing his mind to slowly break down.
He was also bound in a straightjacket that was made tighter and tighter whenever he acted out. By his end, his physical deterioration from years of injuring himself and being abused left him with his head locked in a cage to stop him from biting at the jacket. Left alone in a basement, he grew to hate humanity and when the facility later burned down, he chose to stay behind as everyone else escaped.
His ghost still wears the remnants of the jacket and his head is still in the cage. The most violent and aggressive of the ghosts, he will brutally kill anyone in his vicinity without hesitation.
2 The Juggernaut
Horace Mahoney was born with physical differences that left him disfigured and forced him to live as an outcast his entire life. Abandoned by his mother, he was forced to work in a garage by his father from a young age.
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He had unusual strength, but after his father died , lost his faculties and went on a murderous spree where he would target hitchhikers and other motorists. Using his strength, Horace would tear his victims apart limb by limb. He was later killed by a SWAT team and left riddled with bullets. Haunting the junkyard where he lived, he's known for having the highest kill count of all the ghosts.
1 The Broken Heart
After featuring the first 12 ghosts of the zodiac, the film's finale threw up a huge twist. As it turned out, Cyrus was alive all along and needed one more ghost. Arthur, his own nephew, provided the perfect person to be "The Broken Heart", since he was left heartbroken by the death of his wife.
However, this ghost was never seen since Arthur survived and Cyrus was unable to complete The Black Zodiac . Although Cyrus does die in the end, he never returns as a ghost.
With all the reinvigorated interest in this cult film, fans are now eagerly anticipating what the spin-off series will be like. While Dark Castle's plans are ambitious and, frankly, sound great, between the recent strikes in Hollywood and a deal that hinges on Sony, there are still some kinks to work out before we get to see it.
"If Sony and Dark Castle can come to some kind of agreement – either Sony joins forces with Dark Castle on the series or they merely give Dark Castle the green light to do what they wish with the property – the plan on Dark Castle’s side is to essentially use the ending of the 2001 movie as the springboard for a deep dive into the mythology of each of the monsters."
The concept for now is certainly intriguing. After all the drama with Cyrus and his evil plan is revealed, the film ends with all the ghosts being released and wandering off. With an ending like that, there's plenty of scope to now build an amazing horror franchise from this once-forgotten movie.
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- Trivia Herbert Duncanson , who plays The Hammer, was not originally hired as an actor for the film but as a stand-in for reference and test shots. When the original actor cast for the role never showed up, he was given the role of that ghost as a last minute replacement, as there was no time to hold auditions for a recast.
- Goofs After Arthur punches Rafkin and they fall to the floor you can see the reflection of a crew member behind Arthur on the desk.
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Maggie : This basement?
Rafkin : Of course this basement! What is it with you people? If it was the basement next door I wouldn't give a shit, would I?
- Crazy credits The film's title logo is visibly shown at the very end of the end credits.
- Alternate versions Originally cut for theatrical release in the Canadian province of Ontario in order to receive a more commercial 'Adult Accompaniment' (under 14 must be accompanied by an adult) rating. The cuts were restored for the video release with the rating raised to 'Restricted' (No one under 18).
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Much like unwanted Christmas leftovers, some of the Huludays movies are sticking around until the end of January on Hulu . It’s a little out of season for Miracle on 34th Street , but Home Alone works pretty well all year. The good news for movie fans is that there’s not a lot leaving Hulu in January 2024. But there are a few titles that will definitely be missed when the end of the month comes around.
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Things Get Even Spookier for Sam and Jay in First 'Ghosts' Season 3 Images
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- Season 3 of Ghosts will premiere in February, picking up after the events of Season 2's cliffhanger.
- The premiere episode, titled "Owl," will address the mystery of the ghost who may have passed on.
- The images released for Season 3 focus on Sam and Jay, hinting at their business expansion and the owl problem they face.
CBS is finally gearing up for a return to Woodstone's B&B with new images from Season 3 of the hit comedy Ghosts . Following delays due to the SAG-AFTRA strike , the series is on track for a season premiere in February for Sam ( Rose McIver ) and Jay ( Utkarsh Ambudkar ) and their spirit pals who inhabit their idyllic country house. The first look comes from the premiere episode, titled "Owl," which involves a lingering mystery that the pair will get closer to finally solving.
Season 3 will pick up in the aftermath of Season 2 which reached a climactic finale with the crew having solved Alberta's murder and shaken off the greedy lawyer Dan ( P.J. Byrne ) who plotted to rip the Woodstone estate from Sam and Jay with a fake heir. Things ended on a cliffhanger when one of the titular ghosts was believed to have passed on to the afterlife , aka "sucked off," but there has yet to be confirmation of who finally made peace with their business among the living. "Owl" will see everyone immediately address that according to the synopsis, while also dealing with a pesky owl nesting in the barn which Jay hopes to transform into a restaurant.
The images shared directly relate to the plot of the premiere and, notably, don't include any of the ghosts to keep up the facade that any of the beloved specters could be gone this season. Instead, the shots focus on Sam and Jay as they look to expand their business and unravel the mystery. The only character outside the core couple to appear is Jay's friend Mark ( Tristan D. Lalla ), a contractor who's helped renovate the Woodstone Manor and looks to be heavily involved in the new episodes as he tries to aid Jay in opening his new restaurant . All three appear to be looking up at the meddlesome owl in one image, pondering how to relocate it without too much chaos.
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