Season 3 Episode 5

...Thirteen Years Later

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 30, 1998 on FOX
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...Thirteen Years Later
As Halloween approaches a killer stalks members of a production crew as they film a movie based upon Frank's cases. Frank and Emma investigate the murders and try to stop the killer before it's too late. But will they be able to stop the killer in time?moreless

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  • Nice directing, but definitely not the best of the series.

    ...Thirteen Years Later has Frank investigating murders that occur on the set of a movie that is being made about one of the cases that he worked on a long time ago. It's an interesting look at bad horror movies, and Hollywood's views on "reality."

    I thought that this episode's directing was very well done. The scenes are often set up in a way that is very corny, just like the movies shown in the show. This was a nice way to show that, while some of this series is much more serious (most of the time) and deeper than the movies portrayed in the episode, it is just a TV show which shouldn't be taken so seriously as to be compared to real life murders.

    However, despite serving a purpose in the episode, the really corny nature of the episode also hurt the episode. I really liked the comedy episodes in the second season, because they were very smart, and this episode definitely has its moments, but I didn't think that it was quite as good as many of the other episodes in the series.moreless
Stefan Arngrim

Stefan Arngrim

Hugo Winston

Guest Star

Morgan Brayton

Morgan Brayton

Assistant Director

Guest Star

Crystal Cass

Crystal Cass

Ramona Tangent/Mary O'Flanagan

Guest Star

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    • There are several allusions and references to famous horror movies during the episode. Hollis and Black sit down to watch Halloween, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. The first 'real' murder is a take-off of the shower scene in Psycho. Several of the bodies turn up in situation straight out of the above films and also Motel Hell, and at the very end, when the killer arrives at Hollis's door, he is brandishing a chainsaw, in an obvious reference to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.