WILLIAM CASTLE DOUBLE FEATURE REVIEWED
“13 Ghosts” is probably the most popular Castle film. While WB remade it in the early 00s, the original brings the goods. Shot with the Illusion-O concept, Castle tried to use every ghost set-up to sell scares to the audience. While the film plays short, we get amazing setups for each haunting. Plus, the family is believable and we buy them as a unit. If you’ve seen the remake, then cut the budget and you’ve seen the original.
“13 Frightened Girls” is the real oddity. It’s been more than a decade since I’ve seen it and a second viewing has really changed the film for me. Basically, it’s a Disney murder mystery. A group of preteen girls come together across international borders to solve the murder of a Russian diplomat. It’s like an American Girl movie where people die and little girls face being stabbed to death. Why isn’t this movie more popular?
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- Dolby Digital 2.0
RELEASE DATE: 7/19/16
- Video - 88%88%
- Audio - 84%84%
- Supplemental Material - %0%
- Film Score - 89%89%
The Plot Thus Far
(1960) B&W 85 minutes Not Rated
Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Martin Milner, Rosemary DeCamp. Donald Woods, Margaret Hamilton
When an eccentric uncle wills a huge, ramshackle house to his impoverished family, they get the shock of a lifetime. Their new residence comes complete with a spooky housekeeper, plus a fortune in buried treasure and 12 horrifying ghosts.
13 Frightened Girls
(1963) Color 88 minutes Not Rated
Murray Hamilton, Joyce Taylor, Hugh Marlowe, Khigh Dhiegh, Charlie Briggs, Norma Varden
The girls of a Swiss boarding school have one thing in common they are all daughters of diplomats. One in particular finds out that she has a knack for espionage, and uncovers the murder of a Russian diplomat. Now she must escape using her girlish wiles.