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(1960)

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Several people call Elaine Zacharides (played by Margaret Hamilton) a witch. Margaret is even carrying a broom when we first see here, which Charles points out. Margaret Hamilton played the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz.
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The last feature film of Charles Herbert.
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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.
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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.
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The spinning flame fx shown as a ghost was used as an incorporeal alien being on the popular TV show Star Trek (1966-1969)
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Film was released in 1960 - in a 1960 episode of "Leave it to Beaver" older brother Wally mentions seeing a haunted house movie with "about 15 ghosts running around"
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The creepy little man who delivers the telegram is played by David Hoffman, whom horror buffs remember for his appearances as the head inside the crystal ball in the "Inner Sanctum" movies.
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Director Trademark 

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.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The concept of a canopy bed which smothers its occupant was the central focus of Wilkie Collins' first major story, the appropriately named "A Terribly Strange Bed" published in April 1852
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