Watch or Don’t: 13 Sins

13 Sins is a thriller premise in a horror body. The ending was a little underwhelming, but let’s check it out.


Elliott (Mark Webber) has way too much on his plate: unemployment, debt, a wedding, a brother with special needs, and an evicted father. When he receives a text to play a game that will award him with money, he goes for it, but as the tasks demanded by the game grow in cruelty, it becomes harder for him to stop. If he stops early, he’ll lose all the money he’s won and go to jail for his crimes.

Entertainment Value

  • The escalating stakes make you ask what the next sin will be.
  • An empathetic main character. Any one of the financial pressure’s that Elliott faces we could understand. Taken all together, we can’t help but root for him to find freedom.
  • Elliott’s brother, Michael (Devon Graye) has some great one-liners.

Dark Muse Value

The film asks:

  • How does financial obligation shape our concept of freedom?
  • How far would you go for the ones you love?
  • If circumstances can justify crimes, do huge circumstances justify larger crimes?

Verdict: WATCH

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