"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?
See For yourself - If You dare! "
- from DVD
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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