13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil (2002) Movie Review

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13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil (2002)

2002 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
99 minutes / 1h 39min

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13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil Plot Synopsis:

People are being killed by someone or something using superhuman strength. A clever DA Assistant is sent to investigate. Is this just a way to commit the perfect murder or will the legend of the Jersey Devil prove to be true?

13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil (2002) Review

13th Child (2002) is a 1h 39-min rate R American mystery thriller horror movie that is also known as The 13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil (2002) and is based on the Jersey Devil. 13th Child was shot in Port Republic, New Jersey, USA; Batsto State Historic Site - 4110 Nesco Road, Hammonton, New Jersey, USA and at Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village, New Jersey. First-time directors Thomas Ashley and Steven Stockage should have taken some directing classes before directing this movie because it was gut wrenching awful to see. 13th Child contains sexual content, nudity, violence, blood, monster attacks and mild language.

Murphy (Lesley-Anne Down - Sunset Beach (1997-1999), The Bold and the Beautiful (2003-2012), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), The Great Train Robbery (1979)) is an attorney general in New Jersey. She sends Kathryn (Michelle Maryk - Happy Hour (2003), Pillowfighter (2002), Russia, Land of the Tsars (2003)) on an assignment to investigate the deaths/killings in the woods. We learn that Murphy’s father went into the woods about twenty years ago looking for the Jersey Devil which is a local mythical monster. Murphy’s dad went with Riley (Robert Guillaume - Benson (1979-1986), The Lion King (1994), Big Fish (2003), Half-Life 2 (2004)) who is his police partner. Murphy’s dad went missing in the woods while Riley ‘s gone mad. It is believed that The Devil has resided in the woods for over two hundred years, and it is the thirteenth child of a Native American shaman who is bent/determined on avenging his death by shapeshifting into whatever he wants to be. The movie progresses to being an annoying watch which I do not want to bore you with.

There was too much switching/jumping back and forth, and it was done too quickly which made the movie into a confusing flick. The Devil resembles a scarecrow in the dark, and the monster was mostly seen in the dark so I cannot say much about it except that maybe it was meant to be kept in the dark because of how unrealistic it might have looked. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions but what scares me most of all is that there is room for a part 2 which is so not needed. I could not believe what I read at the end of the credits which was that real/actual roadkill deer was used in some scenes.

  • 13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 2
  • Overall Score: 2.98
  • IMDB: 3.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.0

About 13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil 2002

Title: 13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil
AKA: 13th Child
Year: 2002
Runtime: 99 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 1 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.49/5 stars from 726 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 726
MPAA Rating: R
13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil Cast Starring: Peter Jason, Cliff Robertson, John Wesley, Ronn Munro, Rudy Jones, Lesley-Anne Down, Jeff Buckner, Gano Grills, Robert Zappalorti, Robert Rocque, Martin Tuchman, Stephen Allen Friedman, Melvin L. Cauthen, Jack Luceno, Ethan Kent, Michael Tearson, Christopher Atkins, Lori Funk, Brie Sterling, Frank F. Calo, Robert Guillaume, Paul Badome, Michelle Maryk, Rochelle Stempel, John Otis, John McDermott, James A. Jaworski, D.L. Shroder, Nick Malespina, Jon Daly
13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil Writers: Michael Maryk, Cliff Robertson
13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil Director: Thomas Ashley, Steven Stockage
Production: MTI Home Video
Website: http://www.13thchild.com
Language: English
Country: USA