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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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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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Thirteen Ghosts  »

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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 Medea and Rush are looking at the portrait of Dr. Zorba, Medea is holding her hands behind her, but when you see their reflection in the glass of the painting, Medea's hands are in front of her. See more »

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Van Allen: Oh Cy, where are you?
Cyrus Zorba: Explaining how man survived the Pleistocene age.
Van Allen: How did he? And why?
Van Allen: All you have to do is find Elaine Zacharides.
Cyrus Zorba: I don't have to find her. She's the housekeeper.
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Better With Those Tinted Glasses
13 August 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I still remember as a kid all the publicity surrounding 13 Ghosts and how when you went to see the film you were given tinted cardboard framed plastic glasses. The better to see the ectoplasm on the screen.

Sadly my VHS copy doesn't have the ghosts in color. They just appear very pale on the screen and the film has to carried by the players who don't look too motivated by the lines they have to utter.

Dr. Zorba played by Donald Woods inherits an old haunted house with a witch housekeeper, Margaret Hamilton, to go with it. Woods moves in his family which consists of Rosemary DeCamp, Charles Herbert, and Jo Morrow. The lawyer handling the estate, Martin Milner, takes quite a shine to Ms. Morrow, but he also has a whole other agenda as well.

Of course after they move in, various apparitions start appearing and it's pretty disconcerting believe me. Action has to be taken and it's took all right.

If you're interested by all means see the film. It's acquired a cult status over the years. The special effects, impressive back then, don't quite hold up as well as say DeMille parting the Red Sea in The Ten Commandments.


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