13 GHOSTS - BD
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(William Castle, 1960)
Release date: 19 April 2021
Standard Edition Blu-ray
When the Zorba family inherit a house from their late uncle, the occultist Plato Zorba, they didn’t expect it come with a host of ghostly houseguests, including a headless lion tamer (and lion!), an aflame skeleton, a murderous chef and his victims, and an executioner. Despite this collection of sprites, 13 Ghosts is one of the lighter efforts of shockmeister William Castle – but just as inventive as his best works, and is presented here in both its black-and-white and ‘Illusion-O’ versions.
INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES
High Definition remaster
Alternative feature presentations: the original ‘Illusion-O’ version (85 mins) and the original black-and-white version (83 mins)
On-disc ‘Ghost Viewer’ options
Original mono audio
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007, 82 mins): Jeffrey Schwarz’s acclaimed documentary, featuring interviews with John Landis, Joe Dante, Roger Corman, Stuart Gordon, Leonard Maltin, Budd Boetticher, Bob Burns and John Waters among others
Spine Tingler! audio commentary with Jeffrey Schwarz and Terry Castle
Larger Than Life: The Making of ‘Spine Tingler!’ (2011, 9 mins)
Stephen Laws Introduces ‘13 Ghosts’ (2018, 13 mins): personal appreciation by the acclaimed horror author
The Magic of ‘Illusion-O’ (2001, 8 mins): archivist Bob Burns and filmmakers Michael Schlesinger and Fred Olen Ray discuss the film
Isolated music & effects track
Theatre lobby spot (1960, 3 mins): promotional recording originally played in cinema foyers
Original theatrical trailer
Sam Hamm trailer commentary (2008, 3 mins): short critical appreciation
Image gallery: promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
BBFC cert: PG