Horror Not Rated
Reclusive Dr. Zorba has died and left his eerie mansion to his penniless nephew Cyrus Zorba and his family. Along with the house, the Zorba family has also inherited the occultist's collection of 12 ghosts, who can only be seen through Zorba's special goggles. The family members, their lives at risk upon the discovery that Dr. Zorba's fortune lies hidden somewhere in the house, receive aid from unexpected quarters as the threat to their lives is revealed.
The cast contains many stars of both mid-level fame, and acting ability. Nobody really stands out too much, but I do think Charles Herbert, had the most entertaining character.
I am a bit embarrassed to admit that this is only my second William Castle experience, with the other being the classic "House on Haunted Hill". This was however the first time i had experience one of his famous/infamous gimmicks. The gimmick here is "Illusion-O Vision", which is basically like those kids book i used to read that had a bunch of red and blue dots on it, and you had to put on the glasses to actually read them. It really is a pretty lame gimmick, by today's standards at least. This film was remade on 2001 and i have to say that the remake is certainly the superior version. This was just not particularly interesting. The story's in the two are both similar, but also quite different, and the odd house which was featured in The remake, and is really one of the best characters, is not in this movie, which took away from it. The story in the original, just isn't too original and is not well drawn out, as we never really learn why there need to be 13 ghosts, or why that number is important. It also doesn't have the atmosphere or visuals of Castle's best work (from what i hear) House on Haunted Hill, never mind the lack of Vincent Price's presence. Still not a terrible movie, as it is solidly written with no awkward sequences or characters. It kind of bland, though watchable, but i say skip it and and watch the remake instead.