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13 Ghosts (1960)

 -  Horror  -  July 1960 (USA)
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A family inherits what proves to be a haunted house, but a special pair of goggles allows them to see their ghostly tormentors.

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Storyline

Reclusive Dr. Zorba has died and left his eerie mansion to his penniless nephew Cyrus Zorba and his family. Along with the house, the Zorba family has also inherited the occultist's collection of 12 ghosts, who can only be seen through Zorba's special goggles. The family members, their lives at risk upon the discovery that Dr. Zorba's fortune lies hidden somewhere in the house, receive aid from unexpected quarters as the threat to their lives is revealed. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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IT'S FUN TO BE SCARED BY 13 GHOSTS (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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July 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Thirteen Ghosts  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William Castle:  [gimmick]  The movie was filmed in "Illusion-O" and a special viewer was needed to see the ghosts. This resulted in a number of sources incorrectly stating that the film was originally shown in 3D. The "ghost viewers" contained a red filter and a blue filter, but unlike 3D viewers/glasses, both eyes would look through the same color filter. The red filter would cause the ghostly images to intensify while the blue filter caused the images to fade. See more »

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When Buck is playing with The Great Shadrach's (the lion tamer's) props, he opens the cage then puts on the glasses. The image of the lion is far larger than the cage which supposedly contained it. Granted that a ghost need not be subject to physical limitations, the cage could not have contained a live animal that size. See more »

Quotes

Buck Zorba: [as Ben walks in the door] Ben, I found it!
[grabs the railing and shakes it to reveal the hidden area in the stairs]
Ben Rush: Good boy! Have you told anyone else about this?
Buck Zorba: Course not! Let's tell them now.
[Runs towards the dining room; Ben grabs his arm stopping him]
Buck Zorba: Ow! You're hurting!
Ben Rush: Sorry, Buck. We can't tell them yet.
Buck Zorba: But we're moving out tomorrow!
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Referenced in Homicidal (1961) See more »

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another great old classic
24 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Thirteen Ghosts is one of those great 'classic' horror films,that relied more on atmosphere and acting, then on 'gory' special f/x. I saw the re-make' and did not enjoy it at all; being a classic horror film fan, I was very disappointed. This movie features some pretty good actings; Donald Woods, Rosemary DeCamp, and Martin Milner of the classic "Route 66" TV show, Donald Woods as know to classic horror fans, appeared in the Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, and John VanDreelan in "The Leech Woman" so it was goods for us old 'classiclovers' to see them, and lets not forget Miss Margaret Hamilton, the 'Wicked "Witch of the West" from the great "Wizard of 0z' all in all an entertaining, fun family film It has its scary moments, but none of the 'gore' so prevalent in today's films.


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