13 Sins Review

13 Sins (2014)

Starring: Mark Webber, Ron Perlman, Rutina Wesley
Directed by: Daniel Stamm

Everybody loves game shows, right? I mean, who wouldn't want to be on The Price Is Right? Besides me, of course, because I hate crowds and being on camera. Anyway, we all dream to hit it big some way, some how. In 13 Sins, down-on-his-luck Elliot is enrolled into a cryptic game involving 13 challenges with increasing monetary values for each challenge. As they become more bizarre and extreme, Elliot begins to realize he's made a serious mistake.

13 Sins is a movie that kicks you in the face right from the start, then holds you down until it's over. I loved it. I would love to see more movies like this, including the source Thai film it was remade from, 13 Beloved. There is a huge amount of mystery enshrouding the game Elliot (Mark Webber) is playing: who is the speaker on the phone? How many people are involved? What exactly are they getting out of it? How much of it is actually answered is, well...you'll have to watch the film to find out.

13 Sins is a very enjoyable horror movie not just for the plot, but also the various characters and situations that occur. Being in the position he's in, as Elliot completes his challenges, he becomes more and more confident things will work out in the end until he's asked to start doing things such as parade around town with a corpse (a fantastic scene, mind you) after such humble beginnings as killing and eating a fly.

As the game deepens, he attracts the attention of the police (which includes the legendary Ron Perlman), which increases the tension while he attempts to make his way to the final grand prize. While all this is taking place, he is also stuck trying to figure out how to not completely piss off his hot fiance (played by the oh-so gorgeous Rutina Wesley). That alone makes for a very interesting side story.

There are a lot of special effects used in the movie, mostly practicals. They are very well done and not overused, giving the movie a great balance between sensation and story.

This is one movie you should not miss out on. Pick up the DVD or Blu-Ray. Watch it on Netflix. I don't care! Just watch it and then watch it again! I recommend this movie to every horror thriller fan out there, hands down!




Special Effects

Overall Rating: Evisceration

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