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This month on the Guilty Pleasures podcast, put on your ghosts glasses and stay out of the basement; we’re talking 2001’s “Thir13en Ghosts”!

We ran a poll on social media platforms to see which film we would look at in our “Ropey Remakes” episode of the series. It was between 2006’s “The Wicker Man” and 2001’s “Thir13en Ghosts.” The vote was close, but in the end, it was Steve Beck’s directorial debut Thir13en Ghosts that came out on top! 


Alongside NHE host Scott Murphy, we have a great former guest in Knuckleball director Michael Peterson. And unlike last time he was on (talking about Evil Aliens), he actually saw this film in English!

In the episode, Scott and Mike talk about the incredible production design and creature makeup effects in Thir13en Ghosts and why this provides the movie’s greatest strength, while also working against it at times. Plus, we discuss how F. Murray Abraham and Matthew Lillard seem to be in a different movie as everyone else — and how director Steve Beck wastes the potential of the opening scene. On top of which, the pair get frustrated by the fact that the most interesting aspects of the movie happen off screen.

You can watch the trailer for Thir13en Ghosts here. The film is available to watch for free on Tubi in the United States. 


Guilty Pleasures is a monthly spin-off show of the popular New Horror Express (NHE) podcast. Each month, NHE host Scott Murphy, alongside some former guests on the interview podcast, takes a deep dive into a 21st Century “Guilty Pleasure” horror movie as chosen by you the listener in an online poll (based on a particular theme).

Host Scott Murphy is a freelance journalist, reviewer and podcaster. He got into horror in his early teens and has not looked back since. As well as reviewing on New Horror Express, he currently writes reviews for The Wee Review and has previously written for Slimehouse TV, Subtitled Online and The 405.  His favourite horror movie is The Shining, and his favourite horror novel is Interview with The Vampire.

Be sure to tune in the first Saturday of every month for new episodes of THE GUILTY PLEASURES PODCAST on the Morbidly Beautiful Network. 

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