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The Haunted House

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Barney is sent into a reputed haunted house to retrieve Opie’s baseball. There, he sees things that make even the skeptical Andy wonder if there really are ghosts.  Until Andy discovers who’s really doing the haunting. Original airdate: 10/07/1963 

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The Old Dark House

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The Old Dark House (1932), starring Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

In The Old Dark House, a group of stranded travelers stumble upon a strange old house. There, they find themselves at the mercy of the highly eccentric, potentially dangerous, Femm family.

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The House on Haunted Hill (1958)

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The House on Haunted Hill (1958) starring Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal, Carolyn Craig, Elisha Cook Jr., Julie Mitchum, Leona Anderson, Howard Hoffman

The House on Haunted Hill is, simply, a delight. The basic premise has millionaire (Vincent Price) invite a group of individuals to spend the night in a haunted house. A house where numerous murders occurred. All to amuse the millionaire”s bored wife (Carol Olmart). Each invitee is being offered a small fortune … if they survive the night.

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The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow

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The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow (1959)

Synopsis of The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow

The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow – Hot rods, monsters and rock’n’roll… In this teen-oriented picture, a gang of greasers hole up in a reputedly haunted mansion after getting evicted from their clubhouse.

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13 Ghosts

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13 Ghosts (1960) by William Castle

The 1960 version of 13 Ghosts is a classic B-movie horror film by William Castle — it has little relationship to the 2001 remake,  Thir13en Ghosts, starring Tony Shalhoub. For one thing,  13 Ghosts is actually enjoyable to watch 🙂

Synopsis of  13 Ghosts

Reclusive occult expert Dr. Plato Zorba has died, leaving his furnished mansion to his penniless nephew Cyrus and his family — along with the ghosts that he’s managed to collect, who seemingly are out to kill someone in the house.

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Thir13en Ghosts

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Thir13en Ghosts (2001) starring Tony Shalhoub, Shannon Elizabeth, F. Murray Abraham

The 2001 film, Thirteen Ghosts, is a remake of the 1960 William Castle film, 13 Ghosts. The two films have the following in common:

  • A penniless family inherits a mansion from a deceased, eccentric relative
  • The mansion contains over a dozen ghosts
  • The ghosts can only be seen with special glasses

That’s pretty much it.

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