13 Seconds Release Date:20 August 2003 Genre:Horror | Fantasy | Mystery Director: Jeff Thomas (upcoming Fallen Angels) Writer: Jeff Thomas Starring: April Caine, Daniel Rain, Kevin Kuras, Robert Yensch, Sarah Corbin, Spencer Stevens U.S. Distributor: Silver Nitrate, 2004 There are two types of films that I find it difficult to get into; sci-fi and supernatural. […]

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13 Seconds
Release Date:20 August 2003
Genre:Horror | Fantasy | Mystery
Director: Jeff Thomas (upcoming Fallen Angels)
Writer: Jeff Thomas
Starring: April Caine, Daniel Rain, Kevin Kuras, Robert Yensch, Sarah Corbin, Spencer Stevens

U.S. Distributor: Silver Nitrate, 2004

There are two types of films that I find it difficult to get into; sci-fi and supernatural. The reasoning for not liking these two boils down to rationalization. Way too many times in these genres, writers feel that they’re free to throw in whatever scenes they want without penalty, because most people will write it off as it happening simply because they’re watching a sci-fi or supernatural movie.

So we come to 13 Seconds. A film festival favorite, 13 Seconds is a supernatural film that, for the lack of a better word, is ballsy. Not only does the production go way beyond the typical supernatural film (Long Time Dead for example) with the storyline, but it also brings the gore thanks to an impressive special effects team that help the film immensely.

Completely symbolic and metaphoric, 13 Seconds has a simplistic storyline that’s made entirely intricate thanks to the writing. A band of twentysomethings go off to an abandoned building to record their third album, only for all that supernatural juiciness to come into their lives after one character uses heroine. From there, demons, possessions, and everything else you’d expect enter their lives.

While the directing is quite remarkable, especially considering that it was done over a year’s period in about ten different locations, I wasn’t big on too much of the writing beyond the twist. While the symbolism and such are revealed to be perfect once the surprise ending comes, I just absolutely hated the demonic possession angle. It’s exactly why I hate most supernatural films. While it can be justified by what happens later, it made me lose my interest, which I didn’t get back until the final fifteen minutes.

Pretty much a mixed bag for myself, but anyone who enjoys supernatural movies will likely love it.

DVD: There’s an interesting commentary track with the director, producer, special effects man, among others.

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