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13 Ghosts (1960) was a Horror Film directed by William Castle and produced by William Castle.

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Classic Films in Focus: 13 GHOSTS (1960)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 30, 2016 From Virtual Virago

Modern viewers probably won't watch this William Castle haunted house feature with Illusion-O viewers, the way original audiences did, but 13 Ghosts (1960) is still a treat for classic horror fans. It's quintessential Castle fare, with low-budget thrills, a nutty gimmick, and all the features - or f... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: 13 GHOSTS (1960)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 30, 2016 From Virtual Virago

Modern viewers probably won't watch this William Castle haunted house feature with Illusion-O viewers, the way original audiences did, but 13 Ghosts (1960) is still a treat for classic horror fans. It's quintessential Castle fare, with low-budget thrills, a nutty gimmick, and all the features - or f... Read full article


13 Ghosts (1960)

on Oct 2, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

Originally published October 20th, 2012 One of the lesser William Castle films, 13 Ghosts?doesn’t have the clout or acclaim as something like House on Haunted Hill?(1959). Regardless, there’s something fun about 13 Ghosts (and before you ask, no I haven’t seen the remake but I̵... Read full article


13 Ghosts

By Barry P. on Jul 29, 2013 From Cinematic Catharsis

(1960) Directed by William Castle; Written by: Robb White; Starring: Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow and Martin Milner Available format: DVD Rating: *** ½ “When the actor took off his goggles, the audience would remove theirs – and voil? – the ghosts would disa... Read full article


13 Ghosts

By Barry P. on Jul 29, 2013 From Cinematic Catharsis

(1960) Directed by William Castle; Written by: Robb White; Starring: Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow and Martin Milner Available format: DVD Rating: *** ½ “When the actor took off his goggles, the audience would remove theirs – and voil? – the ghosts would disa... Read full article


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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
[takes off apron and storms out of the kitchen]
Hilda Zorba: .


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.


Buck Zorba: [making a birthday wish] I wish we owned our own house, and all our furniture that nobody could take away.
[wind blows through the windows and blows out the candles, somebody knocks at the door]


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The last feature film of Charles Herbert.
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.
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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