13 Ghosts

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Total Count: 14

41%

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Movie Info

Gimmick-loving producer William Castle strikes again with this fun haunted-house thriller which invited audiences to find the hidden ghosts roaming about a haunted house through a special process called "Illusion-O" by which patrons could employ a special pair of red-and-blue-colored glasses to detect ghosts on the screen during the film's color-tinted sequences. The story is set in the mansion of the deceased occult scientist Dr. Zorba, whose nephew Cyrus and his family occupy the creepy estate and discover that they are not the only tenants. It seems the Doctor has been harboring 12 elusive specters on the premises, the appearance of which can only be detected through his final invention: a special pair of ghost-viewing goggles. To further complicate matters, it is learned that Zorba has stashed a small fortune somewhere in the house, and someone -- or something -- is determined to stop Cyrus and family from finding it. This film's original release featured an introduction from Castle, describing the "Illusion-O" process and demonstrating the proper use of the tinted glasses; he also appears in an epilogue stating that the glasses can be used to detect ghosts outside the theater!

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Cast

Donald Woods
as Cyrus Zorba
Charles Herbert
as Arthur "Buck" Zorba
Rosemary DeCamp
as Hilda Zorba
Jo Morrow
as Medea Zorba
Martin Milner
as Ben Rush
Margaret Hamilton
as Elaine Zacharides
John Van Dreelen
as E. Van Allen
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Critic Reviews for 13 Ghosts

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Audience Reviews for 13 Ghosts

  • Apr 05, 2015
    A family moved into a house from inheritance, soon they learnt the house was haunted. However the ghosts are the least of their worry, someone is plotting something more sinister. More hilarious than scary, the acting was infuriating and the imagery were dreadfully amateurish. 13 Ghosts relied on cinematic gimmicks with no real substance.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This is a fun little horror movie from Castle, it's about a family that moves to a haunted house that has 13 ghosts, and it's fun for the whole family. I really like this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2009
    Its funny I enjoyed the Original one more then the remake 13 Ghosts.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2009
    fun, goofy, dated ghost story from William Castle, arguably the greatest "showman" director. A family who's furniture has just been repossessed inherits a haunted mansion, and for some reason has to live there or loses it the the county. The house is inhabited with 12 ghosts (who will be the 13th?). You have to get over the fact that all these crazy and homicidal things happen almost immediately and the family still doesn't move out. And it's got its share of plot holes. But, it does have a certain charm. They gave out glasses in the theater so you could choose whether you wanted to see the ghosts or not. Probably better if you didn't... unlike Cat People or The Haunting, where less is more, these ghosts are fairly cheesy.
    Grifty G Super Reviewer

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