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13 Sins (2014)Rating:
- Horribly Hooched = 8 / 10;
- IMDb = 6.3/10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 6.3/10.
13 Sins (2014) Synopsis:
A man receives a mysterious call telling him that he was selected to play a series of game that will if successfully achieved, make him win $6.2M instantly.
13 Sins (2014) Review:
If you don’t immediately recognize the director, Daniel Stamm, you should – although, that also likely means you haven’t seen The Last Exorcism, and you need to rectify that immediately or I’ll personally have 8 pounds of elephant shit shipped to your door. Stamm was the reason we were first excited about this one. Obviously, the star-studded cast (Perlman, Webber, Taylor Vince, Rutina Wesley) is a HUGE draw, but we have a lot of faith in Stamm and his crew – and the premise is so exciting I pitched a tent halfway through the red band trailer.
The first thing most people find is that this a remake of the Thai horror/comedy 13: Game of Death. While that may be true, and the movies share the same core premise, beyond a few of the 13 challenges, the similarities end there.
The idea is simple: a contestant, selected seemingly at random, has the chance to participate in a game, one that offers exponentially increasing sums of prize money for completing challenges, of which there are 13. The catch – if you do not complete all 13, you forfeit all money earned.
Basically, its a fucked up version of ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’.
Elliott Brindle, played by Mark Webber, is stuck in a hard place. Freshly fired, new wife (played by the super sexy Rutina Wesley) pregnant, asshole racist father kicked out of his home, and an autistic brother on the edge of being sent back to the nuthouse. Pretty shitty situation. So when he gets a call out of the blue by some all knowing and all seeing group, offering him a grand to kill a fly and more to eat it, he readily accepts the terms.
After being forced to eat the fly, our lead is pushed to all of his limits, in sometimes comical but generally increasingly terrifying ways. The plot begins to thicken when a detective, played by the inimitable Ron Perlman, takes on the case.
When Elliott gets into the final 5 challenges, the shit really hits the fan, and its only a matter of time before everything comes to a head in one explosive fucking finale that will have you shitting bricks and questioning your sanity.
Conclusions: “Anyone can be turned into a monster.”
WHEW. FUCK YEAH. I literally held my breath for most of the last 30 minutes of the movie (not an easy feat while drinking mind you). Cold sweat, the whole nine yards – I was actually physically on the edge of my seat, and believe me, I WANTED to hate this movie. With the rash of quality indie horror we’ve had the pleasure of viewing here at Horribly Hooched, I figured it was high time to shit on something mainstream.
But bend me over and fuck me sideways, Daniel Stamm and crew managed, once again, to deliver well above and beyond all our expectations. The last note I made was ’13 sins just came all over my mind grapes’. And while that’s not the most poetic or quotable note, I stand by it.
However, the real story here is the journey of Mark Webber’s character. What starts out as a sad, desperate, spineless little man turns into a beast who begins to enjoy the horrible work set before him, while all along maintaining his goal of providing for his family.