13 Ghosts

Released 1960


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William Castle , Steve Beck
"13 Ghosts" is a horror film written by Robb White and directed by William Castle. It first came out in 1960 and was remade in 2001, directed by Steve Beck. The original horror story begins when Cyrus' uncle Dr. Plato Zorba leaves behind his house to his nephew and impoverished family, which used to be the place for his clairvoyant practices. Cyrus and family move in to find the house is haunted by lingering evil characters. Some spirits include the following: one of a housekeeper named Elaine who wanders the house regularly, one of a decapitated man, one of fully grown lion, one of a wailing lady, and one that belongs to a scary skeleton. 13 horrifying ghosts are trapped in the household and need one more ghost to free them. Dr. Zorba has conveniently left behind a set of goggles that are the only way one can see the ghosts for the one who dares to search for these souls. Cyrus' family searches for the ghosts and the buried treasure in hopes of getting rich but they will be shocked to realize that they are not the only souls in the home who are searching for treasure.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Although not for the faint of heart, it's a potent -- and very tricky -- treat.

  • 50

    Variety Joe Leydon

    The actors manage to keep from being upstaged by the sets, though just barely. Abraham goes over the top, then further still.

  • 20

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    All it has in common with the original is a few dumb fun scares. In the new version, what we're left with after the scares is just plain dumb.

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Drama, Horror, Suspense


Classics, B-Movie Horror, Supernatural, Cult, 60s