When a desperate family inherits their uncle's lavish estate, it seems like all of their dreams have finally come true... But only if they can survive the mansion's 12 ghostly inhabitants! 13 GHOSTS may be more of a nostalgic piece of Horror cinema than anything else, since its hokey charms are mostly lost on modern audiences. Master showman William Castle introduces another goofy gimmick with his Illusion-O, which makes it so that the ghosts in the film can only be seen through a special viewer. When they do appear, they are silly red spooks that dangle before the camera like cheap marionettes. What is perhaps the most perplexing about the film is how jaded each of the characters are whenever they encounter one of the ghosts. No one seems the least bit stunned, but more curious than anything. Margaret Hamilton makes an appearance later in the film as the helpful housekeeper that holds a seance to put the spirits to rest. Like HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, 13 GHOSTS only produces mild scares in a family-friendly spook show with 1950's sensibilities.
If you liked 13 GHOSTS, check out:
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, THE HAUNTING.