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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 »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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

The exterior of the Cyrus Zorba House that the family inherits is in reality the Winchester Mystery House located in San Jose California. This is not the main entrance "street view", but is from one of the other many entrances of the house. Notice the handrail running up the middle of the steps so that it's easier (and safer) for public use. See more »

Goofs

When Buck puts on the glasses and sees the lion, its roaring is not synchronized with its mouth movements (from 51:59 to 52:05). This could be a ghostly phenomenon chosen for its spooky effect. 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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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 Thir13en Ghosts (2001) See more »

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This movie actually scared me!
8 June 2001 | by stargazer24See all my reviews

The reason I watched this film in the first place was because one of my favorite actors (Martin Milner) is in it, but now it's one of my favorites. I don't generally like horror films, but this one is great. It has everything: ghosts, spooky little people, screaming women, weird special affects, and people who are more than they seem. I actually laid awake that night listening to noises in my house! Plus the little boy in this movie is a pretty good actor.

The one complaint I have is that the ghosts are hard to see. I'd like to see this released either on DVD or again on video, but this time with the special illusion affects William Castle put in it in tact, and special glasses could come with the DVD/video.

This may look to some like a typical cheesy 50's & early 60's horror film, but it's one of the best.


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