Sunday, April 14, 2019

Spooky Fun - Thirteen Ghosts

There's no such thing as a bad William Castle film. 13 Ghosts (1960) is no exception. What else but fun can it possibly be when ghosts pour flour all over the kitchen, then throw a cleaver at your head for good measure?

This film takes the (now tropey) idea of moving into an inherited house full of ghosts and balances the antics of the ghosts with some truly terrifying moments, which is what makes a Castle film a Castle film. There's also some other gothic tropes in the mix here, with an uncle conducting cryptic experiments, a housemaid that doesn't stay after dark, and the charming lawyer who's always around when you need him, and even when you might not. The question of the whether the ghosts are real (I'm not telling) is also handled very well. It's a quite thoughtful plot for a horror movie that you can laugh your way right through.
Loved the way they introduced her - LOVED IT!

The presence of a bona-fide witch was a pleasant surprise. It was a very cheeky way to handle a movie icon like her.
If you're looking for a popcorn film with thrills of all kinds, check this one out - you won't regret it!

K.Rating: 4/5

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