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(William Castle, 1960)
Release date: 26 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.


  • 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
EAN: 5060697921397