Investigation 13 – USA, 2019 – reviews

‘Such unspeakable things happened here’

Investigation 13 is a 2019 American science-fiction horror feature film about a group of students that discover a terrifying secret in an abandoned asylum.

Directed by Krisstian de Lara (short: The Whisper) from a screenplay co-written with Clay Smith and Rolando Vinas, the Gorilla Studios Miami production stars Meg Foster, Robert Paget, Patrick Flanagan and William Alexander.

Plot:

A group of science students has discovered how to scientifically explain the paranormal. The group’s goal is to present their findings to their school board and petition to launch the very first parapsychology credited course at their university.

Their thirteenth and final investigation lands them at Black Grove Psychiatric Asylum where they look into the urban legend of the so-called The Mole Man, an ex-patient who is thought to live within its walls…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Screen icon Meg Foster (Stepfather 2They LiveMasters of the Universe) was the draw that made me watch this film. Sadly, she only appears in the movie for a very short amount of time, but trust me. She’s the best part […] and you can also tell where they ran out of budget and had to resort to shooting the storyboards as animatics and decided to treat that as an intentional choice.” B & S About Movies

“The storyline is entirely predictable but there’s a certain charm and energy to this combination of found footage, high tech, animation and live-action that I found charming nonetheless. Well, with the possible exception of the overly long and amateurish animation sequences, that is.” Dave Taylor, Dad at the Movies

“While not the most blazingly original asylum based fright flick out there, Investigation 13 is an enjoyable enough jaunt into the ol’ horror biz… and with its strong villain, fun animation, and Fosters performance I can recommend slappin’ your eerie eyeballs upon it!” Horror Fuel

“With a Native American subplot, a scientific theme, and a new villain plastered against an unforgiving landscape, Investigation 13 had a lot going for it both in front of and behind the camera. It’s just a shame that the weird graphics and off-camera deaths ruined its chances of being anything other than average.” Michael Therkelsen, Horror Society

“This movie is a paranormal procedural, and we get way more backstory than we can take in. Investigation 13 will work for you if you’ll looking for difference over comfort. For such a small production, it’s surprisingly fleshed out.” Steve Hutchison, Tales of Terror

” …beyond the overly familiar plot Investigation 13 has two problems that would have killed it even if the rest of the script had been solid. Much of the film’s backstory is told via animation. Really bad animation that almost looks like slightly enhanced storyboards. It’s cheap-looking and wastes what could have been several good kills. Indeed, even the present-day kills tend to happen off-screen which is bad enough. Turning them into a bad slide show is maddening.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

Release:

Investigation 13 is released on VOD and DVD by Uncork’d Entertainment on September 10, 2019.

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Cast and characters:

  • Meg Foster … Layla Parrish
  • Robert Paget … Professor
  • Patrick Flanagan … Jerod Krauss
  • William Alexander … Terry Kelly
  • Giordan Diaz … Nate Mitchell
  • Troy Dovey … Asylum Staff Member
  • Stephanie Hernandez … Melanie Gates
  • Jesse Ramos … Ernie Gomez
  • Sylvie Sterlin … Student (background)
  • Peter Aratari … Leonard Craven / Mole Man
  • Michael J. Sanchez … Student (background)

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