Paranormal Pop Culture: 13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil


13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil had a limited theatrical release in 2002, in addition to being immediately available on DVD.  It tells the story of an assistant district attorney who is sent to investigate a string of brutal slayings in New Jersey's Pine Barrens.  The movie was panned following its release for poor pacing and uninteresting performances.  Fans of the paranormal, too, are likely to be disappointed, since the film represents a significant departure from traditional folklore regarding the Jersey Devil.  The traditional story with Mrs. Leeds and her evocation of the devil is replaced with an entirely invented tale that sees the monster come as the result of a shaman who transforms his thirteenth child into a bestial creature in order to ward off the British army during the American Revolution.