13 Ghosts (1960)

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Cheesy -- and gory -- classic; no young'uns.
  • NR
  • 1960
  • 85 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


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

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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe May 26, 2010
The remake was pretty good, I can't wait to view this version!
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.
Kid, 10 years old April 6, 2012

Classic still scares

I loved this horror. Even though it was boring in the beginning, but then got interesting. I recommend this movie for people who like spooky classics.
Kid, 11 years old July 2, 2009

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

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