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13 Ghosts (1960)

Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

William Castle

Writer:

Robb White
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Herbert ... Buck Zorba
Jo Morrow ... Medea Zorba
Martin Milner ... Benjamen Rush
Rosemary DeCamp ... Hilda Zorba (as Rosemary De Camp)
Donald Woods ... Cyrus Zorba
Margaret Hamilton ... Elaine Zacharides
John Van Dreelen ... Van Allen
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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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A ghost for each member of your family! Pick your favorite spook! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thirteen Ghosts See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (black and white)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William Castle was able to get popular child actor Charles Herbert to play Buck by offering to give him top billing. Charles Herbert would appear in this and two other features in this year before roles in features completely dried up. He would complete his career in television roles. See more »

Goofs

When the wind starts to blow at 06:42 after Buck makes his birthday wish you can see from 06:45 to 06:46 that it is blowing from behind Mrs. Zorba and toward Medea, who is sitting across from Mrs. Zorba, consistent with the flames on the birthday candles blowing toward Medea as they are extinguished at 06:44. However, at 06:00 a large fire place was shown behind Mrs. Zorba (which appeared in an earlier scene at 05:12) rather than the double window with a phone and phone book sitting in front of it shown from 06:42 to 06:43 to be the source of the wind. At 08:30 Medea is kneeling by the phone with the double window to her left reading from the phone book and talking to her father who is returning from answering the front door, but for this window to have been behind Mrs. Zorba, the film frames must be flipped horizontally so that the window would be to her right. Without the frame-flip, this window would have to be in the position of the single window shown from 06:45 to 06:46 without a phone and phone book sitting in front of it. See more »

Quotes

Buck Zorba: That was Emilio.
Cyrus Zorba: Who?
Buck Zorba: Emilio! He killed his wife, his mother-in-law and his sister-in-law with a meat cleaver. Whack! Whack! Whack! You'd better stand over there
[points to wall]
Buck Zorba: .
Cyrus Zorba: Why?
Buck Zorba: He doesn't mess up the kitchen often, but when he does, WOW!
[meat cleaver hits the wall]
Buck Zorba: . Now Emilio is through.
Hilda Zorba: Now *I'm* through
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The original theatrical version had the main title/credits sequence in color. Subseqent 16mm and television prints were made only in black and white. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011) See more »

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Illusion-O
14 October 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

William Castle directed this amusing comedy/thriller about the Zorba family, who have just inherited a house from Cyrus's(played by Donald Woods) uncle, a reclusive inventor who created a set of special goggles that enable the viewer to see the 12 ghosts said to haunt the home. So wife Hilda(played by Rosemary De Camp) daughter Madea(played by Jo Morrow) and son Buck(played by Charles Herbert) move in, to discover that the ghosts are real, and that there is a hidden treasure in the house, and that someone will kill to find it, thus creating the 13th ghost... Fun film used the "Illusion-O" gimmick of giving film goers tinted glasses so that they can also see the ghosts with the characters. Margaret Hamilton and Martin Milner costar in effective roles.


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