Number 13 (2006 short)

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Summary

An academic lodges in room 12 of a drafty hotel in a small English cathedral-town where he was assigned to authenticate papers which appear to date back to the Reformation, awakens one night to find the door to the seemingly missing room number 13 has mysteriously appeared, prompting him to investigate with fearful consequences.

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  • Release Date: 2006
  • Country/Language: UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Mystery
  • Setting: Gaslight UK
  • Runtime: 40 min
  • Starring: Greg Wise, Paul Freeman, David Burke
  • Director: Pier Wilkie
  • Writer: Justin Hopper (adaptation), M.R. James (story)
  • Producer/Production Co: BBC
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MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: PG (PG)

Generally family-friendly; the hotel room contains a print of Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delights", with close-ups of its bizarre nude figures, but few viewers would find these particularly offensive, and the short should otherwise be a family-friendly weird ghost story.

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A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone)

The original story ("Number 13 (fiction)") might well have been a template for Lovecraft's "Dreams in the Witch House (fiction)", with a sinister British Bishop and the weirdly impossible Room 13 standing in for Keziah Mason and her equally impossible attic chamber.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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An academic lodges in room 12 of a drafty hotel in a small English cathedral-town where he was assigned to authenticate papers which appear to date back to the Reformation, awakens one night to find the door to the seemingly missing room number 13 has mysteriously appeared, prompting him to investigate with fearful consequences.


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