William Castle Double Feature: 13 Ghosts/13 Frightened Girls! [Blu-ray]

Two screamers from horror showman extraordinaire and king of the gimmicks William Castle. In 13 Ghosts, a poverty-stricken family must search for treasure in a haunted house. And in 13 Frightened Girls, diplomat's daughter Candy Hull (Kathy Dunn) helps foil a plot against the United States with the help of a secret agent (Murray Hamilton).
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13 Ghosts
Gimmick-loving producer William Castle strikes again with this fun haunted-house thriller which invited audiences to find the hidden ghosts roaming about a haunted house through a special process called "Illusion-O" by which patrons could employ a special pair of red-and-blue-colored glasses to detect ghosts on the screen during the film's color-tinted sequences. The story is set in the mansion of the deceased occult scientist Dr. Zorba, whose nephew Cyrus and his family occupy the creepy estate and discover that they are not the only tenants. It seems the Doctor has been harboring 12 elusive specters on the premises, the appearance of which can only be detected through his final invention: a special pair of ghost-viewing goggles. To further complicate matters, it is learned that Zorba has stashed a small fortune somewhere in the house, and someone -- or something -- is determined to stop Cyrus and family from finding it. This film's original release featured an introduction from Castle, describing the "Illusion-O" process and demonstrating the proper use of the tinted glasses; he also appears in an epilogue stating that the glasses can be used to detect ghosts outside the theater! ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

13 Frightened Girls
An international bevy of beautiful teenage girls represent their countries as the daughters of diplomats. The teenage temptresses use their feminine wiles to steal some top-secret files vital to the survival of freedom-loving nations everywhere. Produced and directed by William Castle, the drawbridge of the film's plot falls between suspense and comedy and ends up mired in a moat of demeaning international caricatures. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Charles Herbert
    Charles Herbert - Buck Zorba
  • Jo Morrow
    Jo Morrow - Medea Zorba
  • Martin Milner
    Martin Milner - Ben Rush
  • Rosemary de Camp
    Rosemary de Camp - Hilda Zorba
  • Donald Woods
    Donald Woods - Cyrus Zorba

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