13 Ghosts (1960)



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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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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

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

Slender but fun.

Sep 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Amateurish and crude, William Castle's film is better known for its aggressive publicity campaign.

Jun 22, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Cheesy -- and gory -- classic; no young'uns.

Aug 26, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It falters just as most of today's movies falter: too much emphasis on effects and not enough on characters.

Oct 23, 2009 | Full Review…

A dull and crudely made haunted house tale.

Oct 14, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Too bad the ghost goggles didn't blind you from this horrid film.

Jul 23, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for 13 Ghosts

1960s-style fun as a normal family (back then people really believed there was such a thing, a normal family, maybe in Kansas somewhere, or maybe L.A.!) moves into a haunted house armed with only a pair of special glasses with which you can see ghosts! Yeah, so hokey it's cool. But back when I was a wee youngun I was sufficiently terrorized too.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

More funny than scary but for fans of old API films this one has a certain campy charm.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Another William Castle underachiever. A family on the edge of financial ruin inherits a fully furnished home....and some ghosts. I guessed the big climax 1/2 through the film. I fell asleep a couple of times and still wasn't lost when I woke back up. That says a lot, doesn't it? I must give credit where credit is due in that Castle went out on a cinematic limb and used actual hardwood boards as actors rather than people. And got pretty good performances out of them too. What was that? Those WERE people? Oh. Never mind then.

Cindy I
Cindy I

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