13th Child

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Thirteenth Child
13th Child film poster.jpg
13th Child film poster
Directed by Thomas Ashley
Steven Stockage
Produced by Michael T. Murphy
Patricia M. Reider
Written by Michael Maryk
Cliff Robertson
Starring Cliff Robertson
Lesley-Anne Down
Christopher Atkins
Gano Grills
Robert Guillaume
Michelle Maryk
Nick Malespina
Music by Peter Calandra
Cinematography Howard Krupa
Edited by Thomas Ashley
Distributed by Unipix Entertainment
Release dates
October 25, 2002
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5,000,000

13th Child (or The 13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil) is a 2002 direct-to-video horror film, based on the Jersey Devil.[1] The screenplay was written by Michael Maryk and Cliff Robertson, who also stars in the film.[2] The story is based on The Jersey Devil by James F. McCloy and Ray Miller Jr.[3] The film was shot in New Jersey at Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village, and Hammonton in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.



In 1998-1999 Michael Maryk took his New Jersey background and remembered the legend of the Jersey Devil. He started to write a short story about it on nights and weekends. He tried to get his friend Michael Murphy who was a producer to be part of it but Murphy showed no interest. Then along came the successful film The Blair Witch Project, and everything changed. One day the two Michaels had a chat by their local post office and they agreed to produce 13th Child. In 2000 a budget was set with an estimated $5,000,000. In 2001 casting began, and Maryk's daughter Michelle was chosen to be "Kathryn Tatum". Filming began in 2001 at Batsto State Park in New Jersey.


Critical reception for the film has been negative.

Charles Tatum from eFilmCritic.com panned the film's script, and character development.[4] It currently has an extremely negative score of 3.0 / 10 on IMDb.[5]

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  1. ^ Barry, Dan (September 7, 2008), "In the Wilds of New Jersey, a Legend Inspires a Hunt", The New York Times 
  2. ^ Nash, Margo (October 13, 2002), "The Devil You Think You Know", The New York Times: 11 
  3. ^ Rosen, Judith (November 18, 2002), "Jersey Devil takes the screen", Publishers Weekly: 22 
  4. ^ Tatum, Charles. "Movie Review - 13th Child - eFilmCritic". eFilmCritic.com. Charles Tatum. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "13th Child (2002) - IMDb". IMDb.com. IMDb.com. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 

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