13 Ghosts is a 1960 Adventure comedy horror film, produced and directed by William Castle, written by Robb White, and starring Jo Morrow, Rosemary DeCamp, Martin Milner, Donald Woods, and Charles Herbert. The film also co-features experienced character actress Margaret Hamilton. 13 Ghosts was released in 1960 on a double bill with either 12 to the Moon, The Electronic Monster, or Battle in Outer Space, depending on the film market.
When occultist uncle Dr. Plato Zorba wills a huge ramshackle house to his nephew Cyrus and his impoverished family, they are shocked to find the house is haunted. Their furnished residence comes complete with a creepy housekeeper, Elaine, plus a fortune in buried treasure and 12 horrifying ghosts. His family soon discovers that these spirits include a wailing lady, clutching hands, a fiery skeleton, an Italian chef murdering his wife and her lover in the kitchen, a hanging lady, an executioner holding a severed head, a fully grown lion with its headless tamer, a floating head (presumably belonging to the tamer), as well as that of Plato Zorba himself, all held captive in the eerie house looking for an unlucky thirteenth ghost to free them. Dr. Zorba leaves a set of special goggles, the only way of seeing the ghosts.
|editor||Edwin H. Bryant|
|genre||adventure comedy horror|
|keywords||bed canopy buried treasure canopy bed chef creepy house death end executioner haunt held captive hidden fortune impoverished family lion taming occultist older sister only way severed head skeleton suffocation tamer|
|producer||John A. Russo|
|publisher||Columbia Pictures New Line Cinema Paramount Pictures|