13 Ghosts (1960)

  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 1960

Common Sense Media says

Cheesy -- and gory -- classic; no young'uns.
  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 1960





What parents need to know


A few scary surprises and special effects, child in peril, not very intense.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie does include occult material, including a Ouija board and a seance, which may be upsetting to some children. There is an attempted murder of a child, and another character is murdered. Some families may be uncomfortable with the father's irresponsibility about money.

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Kids say

What's the story?

A family inherits a haunted house and a mysterious pair of spectacles from a reclusive uncle. It turns out that 12 ghosts occupy the house, including a lion and his headless tamer, a jealous chef and the wife and her lover that he killed with a meat cleaver, a hanging woman, and the ghost of the uncle himself. A Ouija board tells them that a 13th ghost will be added soon. Who will it be?

Is it any good?


The special effects were low-budget even for their time, and today's audiences will find them more silly than scary. But there are a couple of jump-out-at-you moments and plot twists that still work pretty well. The DVD includes both the version that requires the glasses and the one that does not and a brief documentary about Castle that is as much fun as the movie, especially the selection from the movie's original introduction, which explained how to use the glasses.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the enduring popularity of horror movies. Why do people like being scared?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 5, 1960
DVD release date:September 11, 2001
Cast:Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Martin Milner
Director:William Castle
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Run time:85 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Adult Written bytommysportsgirl April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

A fun, scary movie!

Why is this rated R?? There's nothing really wrong with it- except for some mild scary scenes and frightening images.
Certainly nothing worse than what's shown on tv now.

Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe May 26, 2010

The remake was pretty good, I can't wait to view this version!

What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent Written byPlague February 2, 2010

13 Ghosts (1960)

Not the best horror of it's era, but its watchable and wont scare the kids.


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