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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 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You'll believe in ghosts too when you see them thru the GHOST VIEWER. Turns 'em on, turns 'em off when they turn on you. 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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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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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

When Buck is playing with The Great Shadrach's (the lion tamer's) props, he opens the cage then puts on the glasses. The image of the lion is far larger than the cage which supposedly contained it. Granted that a ghost need not be subject to physical limitations, the cage could not have contained a live animal that size. See more »

Quotes

Hilda Zorba: The moving men are here again.
Cyrus Zorba: They won't wait?
Hilda Zorba: Nope.
Cyrus Zorba: Not till tomorrow?
Hilda Zorba: Nope.
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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 »

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Featured in Fright Night Theatre: 13 Ghosts (2016) See more »

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Unique Frightening Experience
31 March 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Cyrus Zorba (Donald Woods) works in a museum and is completely broken. His wife Hilda Zorba (Rosemary De Camp) calls him and tells that their furniture has just been takes since he has not paid the installments. During the night, Cyrus, Hilda and their teenage daughter Medea Zorba (Jo Morrow) celebrate the birthday of their son and brother Buck Zorba (Charles Herbert), who is a fan of horror books, and he wishes to have a house of their own with furniture. Out of the blue, Cyrus learns that he has inherited an old mansion from his uncle Dr. Zorba. He visits the lawyer Benjamen Rush (Martin Milner) that tells that the house is haunted and he can not sell it. Further, together with the house, he receives the weird housekeeper Elaine Zacharides (Margaret Hamilton), a hidden treasure and the collection of 12 ghosts that belonged to Dr. Zorba, who was a master of the occultism.

The family moves to the mansion and soon Cyrus discovers a set of special goggles that makes possible to see the ghosts. When Buck accidentally discovers the hidden fortune in the house, the ambitious Benjamin lures the boy with the intention of stealing the money for him. But Dr. Zorba's ghost is also in the house and will protect his family. "13 Ghosts" is an original movie directed by William Castle, actually a family entertainment. The plot is very simple but the greatest attractions are the ghosts in Dr. Zorba's mansion. The DVD delivers special goggles that allows the viewer to see the ghosts in a unique frightening experience. The only problem is to repeat the scenes to share the goggles since everybody wants to see the ghosts. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "13 Fantasmas" ("13 Ghosts")


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