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Nightmare on the 13th Floo

Michele Greene , John Karlen , Walter Grauman    VHS Tape
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nightmare on the 13th Floor Jan. 31 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Nightmare on the 13th Floor is a rather creepy, very riveting and very suspenseful television movie with some cheesy transition effects, "different" cinematography, and a few rather amateur actors.
Elaine Kalisher is a writer for a travel magazine and is sent to the Wessex Hotel in Los Angeles to write an article. While exploring the hotel, the service lift breaks down on an unmarked 13th floor. There she witnesses a murder, but is assured (when she is awake) by the hotel doctor, that there is no 13th floor. What she discovers is actually really disturbing and very creepy.
This is really not the best movie, nor is it even a good TV movie. But, it does deliver some creepy bits, some good suspense and good set design. I like how this movie sort of gave us extremely good hints to solving the mystery of the masked murderer on the 13th floor and still was impossible for us to really guess who it was.
Overall, I'd say this is a decent film, though I'd really like to change a few things if I could. I'd give it three stars for it's overall good production values, even thought it has some flaws. Pretty good.
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Format:VHS Tape
This movie is no doubt one of the best mystery/horror movies ever made. It is a real television rarity and I appreciated the fact that it wasn't just about blood and gore. I recently viewed it with my aunt, and now she talks about it all of the time.
'Nightmare on the 13th Floor' revolves around Elaine Kalisher, a strong, determined young woman with hopes for her new article on the elegant Wessex Hotel. She is sent by her boss to write the article for a popular travel magazine, but then her article takes on a new subject...
While riding the service elevator, she discovers a floor in between 12 and 14. It is illuminated by gas lamps. As she watches in terror, a man is murdered. But before she can do anything, he is dragged away, blood being stained into the carpet.
However, after telling the hotel doctor about the murder, he doesn't believe her because there is no thirteenth floor. But Elaine must find out if she hallucinated it or what. So, with the help of arrogant Sargent Mathan, she and him go in search of the axe murderer and a thirteenth floor.
Delightfully creepy and even scary at times, Nightmare on the 13th floor is one you must view...or else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good -- But doesn't show anything! Aug. 9 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I have no idea whether it is because I watched this movie on television and it was edited, but there is know visual violence in this movie! I mean, there is the odd chop off somebody's fingers and there is a bit of blood. But, when you think an intense part is coming up, you see an ax raise and then come down quick and then the scene ends and that is it! Come on! But otherwise, I love this movie! I love especially the plot. This movie is about a woman who comes across a hotel and plans to write a book about it. One day at the hotel, she went in the elevator and accidentally stumbled across a thirteenth floor on the hotel! There she discovers a psycho killer on the lose up there, but hotel staff try to convince that the woman's story is not true because there is no thirteenth floor on the hotel! For those who'd like to know what I'd rate this movie in MPAA ratings, I'd rate it a PG because there is bearly a gorey, violent, visual part through-out, which is good in a way for a children's first horror movie. Excellent choice for a first horror flick! Plus, for a second I'd recommend Poltergeist III (1988). Excellent movie!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Movie These Days! Dec 9 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
NIGHTMARE ON THE 13TH FLOOR is a great, television rarity. It managed to grab me and my mother through-out the entire time it was on. The acting is great, the sets are amazing and the suspense is hard on you! Walter Grauman is the director. Starring: Michele Greene, Louise Fletcher, James Brolin.
A writer books into an old Victorian hotel. She is on the elevator when she is dropped off at the 13th floor. There, she witnesses a murder, goes unconcious and wakes up in front of staff. They tell her that she has dreamed all that has happened and that she will be okay. But when guests start to go missing, it's up to Elaine to prove that there is an existing 13th floor.
I really guarantee that if you watch this film once, you'll want to watch it again. Really. One question, for all the Canadian peoples who reviewed this, where on earth did you manage to rent this film?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old-Fashioned Horror At Its Best! June 5 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
9/10"This means that Nightmare on the 13th Floor" is a good movie especially for fans of the genre.
Nightmare on the 13th Floor is a movie that remained with me
after I watched it on TV. The 13th Floor and James Brolin make
the movie devilishly good and wickedly scary. The acting is
good, although some people in the movie were amateur like Kerry
Noonan as Gale Myers. Michele Greene, James Brolin and John
Karlen all show good spirit in their roles.
This movie should not be missed and is very rare. So order it
here from Amazon.com like I did.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nurse Ratched Now Works at the Wessex Hotel!! Feb. 29 2004
By Kyler
Format:VHS Tape
As usual, there's too much everybody else, not enough Louise Fletcher. Everything is so mediocre about this film, but at last we get closure to that burning, unresolved question: what happened to Nurse Ratched after she got fired from the crazy house?
Answer: She is now deep into a new, successful career in hospitality administration, managing a team of hotel employees and fulfilling important secretarial duties for Master Satan.
Louise Fletcher's performance is THE reason to watch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A TV rarity!
I was surprised to find that this made-for-cable hotel chiller was creepy...even scary. Although acting may be a little dry, the special effects and action in this mystery make up... Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2002 by Caleb
2.0 out of 5 stars pedantic
Elaine Kalisher is about the only thing that dredges this movie up from a 1 star as you're really pulling/hoping for her. Read more
Published on July 8 2001 by Paul W. Kunkel
5.0 out of 5 stars You should watch 'Nightmaer On The 13th Floor'
Nightmare on the 13th floor was one of the best movies of its kind I have ever see. Not seeing it at all would be a crime! If you don't want to wait for the price drop, go rent it. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2000 by William Slavin
4.0 out of 5 stars A REALLY GREAT MOVIE !
This is truely a great movie. It had me scared to death. The movie setting takes place in this hotel, but not even the guest knows that there is a 13th floor. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A TV rarity - it' s scary.
I was pleasantly surprised by this eerie TV-movie; it managed to scare me. -This is a rarity on TV these days, ofcourse. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 1999 by Daisy Ghostly
I rented this movie about 8 times and it is one of those movies you will never get sick of. Must be a super-film because my mom likes it! Read more
Published on Aug. 21 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars A good idea gone awry.
Guests at a posh hotel begin disappearing and draws the attention of a columnist (Michelle Green). Saying that the movie is predictable and routine would be an error. Read more
Published on July 24 1999
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