13 Ghosts (1960)

Directors: William Castle
Genre: Horror

"13 Times The Thrills! 13 Times The Screams! 13 Times The Fun!

It's 13 Ghosts, a ghoulish fright-fest from producer/director William Castle. When an eccentric uncle wills a huge, ramshackle house to Cyrus (Donald Woods) and his impoverished family, they get the shock of a lifetime. Their new residence comes complete with a spooky housekeeper, Elaine (Margaret Hamilton), plus a fortune in buried treasure and 12 horrifying ghosts. As the terrified family soon discovers, these haunting ectoplasms include a decapitated man, a wailing lady and a flaming skeleton, who are held captive in the eerie house and must find an unlucky 13th to free them! Who'll be the final victim of these ghostly shenanigans?

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My oppinion:
This is a movie I didn't have very high expectations for, but I was really pleasantly surprised! I certainly didn't expect it to be spooky, but it was at certain points. At one point, it even made me jump quite a bit, and that doesn't happen every day! Though the story isn't very much to be proud about, it's got so many other positive sides. The atmosphere is very good and the fact that it's B&W makes it even better in that sense. All haunted house/Ghost movies should be in B&W in my opinion! The acting must also be mentioned. The kid really does a good job, as do the "witch". It had it's funny moments as well, like when the father of the house was wearing the "ghost glasses", I had to giggle a bit to that sight. The sounds made by the ghosts were also kind of ridiculous.. There's little, to no gore in this one, and it might even be suitable for kids, but also an enjoyable experience for adults! I certainly liked it. Better then the remake for sure!

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