13 GHOSTS (1960) – Episode 111 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“Emilio! He killed his wife, his mother-in-law and his sister-in-law with a meat cleaver. Whack! Whack! Whack! You’d better stand over there. …He doesn’t mess up the kitchen often, but when he does, WOW!” This, from a kid explaining the facts of life-with-ghosts to his parental units. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they have fun with Margaret Hamilton and another set of William Castle gimmicks in 13 Ghosts (1960)… in ILLUSION-O!

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 111 – 13 Ghosts (1960)

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A family inherits what proves to be a haunted house, but a special pair of goggles allows them to see their ghostly tormentors.


Whitney has seen Thir13en Ghosts (2001) and wanted to check out the original so she chose 13 Ghosts (1960) for this episode. She loves the family’s chemistry, how nonchalant the family is about the ghosts in their new house, and the inclusion of Margaret Hamilton in the cast. For Daphne, 13 Ghosts was like a 1950s sitcom in a haunted house, adding that Margaret Hamilton is an awesome surprise. She also loves seeing Martin Milner from Adam-12 (1968-1975). Chad is a dyed-in-the-wool fan of William Castle and his marketing gimmicks and loves how fun and even scary 13 Ghosts is. He is not, however, a fan of Ouija boards and seances, which are included in the film, adding to the creep factor for him. Jeff agrees with Daphne on her comparison to a 1950s sitcom family and loves the wonderful cast, especially Margaret Hamilton and Rosemary DeCamp.

“Fun” is the operative word for the Classic Era Grue-Crew when it comes to describing 13 Ghosts but viewers can also expect a spattering of frights. As of this writing, 13 Ghosts is available to stream from the Classic Horror Movie Channel and various other subscription and VOD streaming services. It is also currently available on physical media as a double feature Blu-ray from Sony paired with another William Castle feature, 13 Frightened Girls (1963).

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule is one chosen by guest host Sammie Cassell: Herschel Gordon Lewis’s Two Thousand Maniacs (1964).

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk.

Jeff has written for Horrornews.net and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.