13 Seconds (2002) – By Brian Morton

It seems to me that people making movies today think that they need a ton of computer effects to make things work. I don’t know if anyone noticed but the best movies often have the best stories and the people in charge of writing often aren’t the computer effects people, they’re generally the writers! When the writing is good and the story is strong, I can forgive a lot of bad special effects.

The people at Rainstorm-Pictures seem to understand that in their movie, 13 Seconds. The effects are kept simple and easy and the story is the star here. The story is of a band called Night Gallery…that’s a hint, by the way. Now, Night Gallery has rented an abandoned building to record their new album, what they don’t know is that the building seems to be possessed.

The first half of this movie will have you thinking to yourself that you’ve seen this movie before. It all seems pretty familiar, the group of people alone in the middle of nowhere in a big deserted house, people start dying, relationships become strained and when we figure out what’s killing everyone, it’s too late to save anyone! Sounds like a dozen other movies, doesn’t it? Well, there is an art gallery that seems to have pictures of the entire band dying in horrible ways. And the pictures keep changing every time someone goes into the gallery! In this creepy house, something is going on. Band members are possessed or killed, no one is safe, and something is trying to get everyone into the basement.

Then, just when you think you have it all figured out, there’s a twist ending to beat all twist ending. Here’s the clue, the title becomes apparent after you’ve seen the movie. My hat is so far off to writer/director Jeff Thomas for giving us this ending, that it might have actually achieved orbit! 13 Seconds has it all, the cast is great, the story is top notch and it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat…or maybe a little beyond that. It’s worth checking out. You can get more info on 13 Seconds at onto Rainstorm-Pictures.com. It’s worth your time, believe me. So, until next time, when I’ll remain here in my abandoned living room, remember that the best movies are bad movies.