November 30th, 2006


Thir13en Ghosts

Tagline: Terror has multiplied/Misery Loves Company

turned on tv to watch SR, this was on USA (then Carrie, is it still halloween?):

Thir13en Ghosts (also known simply as Thirteen Ghosts or 13 Ghosts) is a 2001 horror film directed by Steve Beck. It is a remake of the 1960 film 13 Ghosts by William Castle. It follows the remake of another one of Castle's films, House on Haunted Hill.

Following a house fire which claimed his wife, School Math teacher, Arthur Kriticos (Tony Shalhoub), his two children Kathy (Shannon Elizabeth) and Bobby (Alec Roberts), and babysitter/nanny Maggie (Rah Digga) are struggling to make ends meet. In a stroke of luck he inherits his uncle Cyrus's (played by F. Murray Abraham) mansion. The mansion itself consists of movable glass walls inscribed with Latin. Despite the strangeness, the family is excited, until Dennis Rafkin (Matthew Lillard), a neurotic psychic, who used to work for Cyrus, reveals that Arthur's uncle was a ghost hunter, and had imprisoned 12 spirits within the house [...] Kalina Oretzia (Embeth Davidtz), is a spirit releaser who claims to have entered the house through an opening when it shifted. She saves Arthur and his daughter from the Jackal and informs him, Dennis, and Maggie about the ghosts, the house, and about the thirteenth ghost, who is a "failsafe" meant to stop the others.

This house is not a house. It is a machine .... designed by the devil ... and powered by the dead. There should be spirits trapped inside. They represent the black zodiac. Each is a ghost Cyrus needed to catch.


Not one hurricane strikes United States

Not one hurricane strikes United States :: By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press Writer : 33 minutes ago : MIAMI - The mild 2006 Atlantic hurricane season draws to a close Thursday without a single hurricane striking the United States — a stark contrast to the record-breaking 2005 season that killed more than 1,500 people and left thousands homeless along the Gulf Coast. Nine named storms and five hurricanes formed this season, and just two of the hurricanes were considered major. That is considered a near-normal season — and well short of the rough season government scientists had forecast. "We got a much-welcome break after a lot of the coast had been compromised in the last several years, but this is a one-season type break," said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In May, scientists predicted 13 to 16 named storms and eight to 10 hurricanes, with four to six of them major [...] Only two storms, Tropical Storms Alberto and Ernesto, hit the U.S. mainland in 2006. Neither caused significant damage. The season effectively ended with Hurricane Isaac, the last named storm, which dissipated Oct. 2.