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13 Ghosts (1960)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery | 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 13 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 Spooky "Shaggy Dog!" See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Several people call Elaine Zacharides (played by Margaret Hamilton) a witch. Margaret is even carrying a broom when she is first seen, which Charles points out. Margaret Hamilton played the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz (1939). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

Featured in Hollywood Horrors: 13 Ghosts (1960) (2018) See more »

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It did frighten me
1 September 1999 | by bodieSee all my reviews

I was 8 years old when this movie came out. We saw it as a family at the Baseline Drive-in. At the time it really scared me and my siblings. I just saw it recently on video and my impressions now are of course different. What I remember were the special glasses that you had to use to see or not to see the ghosts. William Castle at the time was the PT Barnum of horror movies and this was one of his latest gimmicks. Probably what I remember the most was finding for weeks afterward the discarded special glasses in our families orange grove since we lived about 1 mile from the drive-in and our road was on the way home for many people. My dad couldn't stand trash on our property and would pay each of us 5 cents for each one we brought to him.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,270,000
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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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