13 Ghosts (1960)

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Cyrus Zorba and his family are broke and their furniture is being confiscated once again. When a charming, young lawyer comes along and tells them that they inherited a big mansion from a distant uncle, they couldn’t happier. When they hear that the uncle was a supposed ghost collector and his collection of 12 ghosts resides at the mansion, they think it’s nothing but a joke. However, shortly after moving in, they get warned during a Ouija board session, that one of them will die and become the 13th ghost. Unsure what to make of it, they stay and only after a couple of days at the mansion, their smiles truly turn into terrified screams…


Genre:
Horror

Country:
USA

Language:
English
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Full Plot:
The 1960 horror movie “13 Ghosts” begins with Paleontologist Cyrus Zorba holding a lecture at his work place, the Los Angeles County Museum, when his wife Hilda calls and informs him that the moving men are once again in their home and taking away their furniture. Cyrus has forgotten to pay the bills for 3 months and the couple is broke, with his next salary coming up not before a month and being too low to pay their debts anyway.

Cyrus and Hilda have two children: Medea, a teenage girl and Buck, a boy who happens to turn 11 on this very day. The family gets together in the evening and celebrates his birthday by eating a cake on the floor. Medea has given Buck a book filled with ghost stories as a present and the boy is immediately immersed into the content. When asked to make a wish, Buck wishes for a house with furniture in, that no one can take away from them.

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The Uninvited (1944)

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An appealing old house leads two siblings to impulsively buy it, seeking to escape their urbanesque existence in inner London. They quickly discover a ghostly sobbing which recurs ever so often and which they can’t get rid of. Desperately requesting clues that might help them, they unwind a grand mystery involving the family they bought it from, and since their continuous efforts to interrogate the current head of the family do not help them, they realize they are pulling themselves closer to a shocking truth they would’ve never expected.


Genre:
Horror

Country:
USA

Language:
English
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Full plot:
“The Uninvited” from 1944 takes place at the “haunted shores” – a misty coastline stretching over Devonshire, Cornwall and Ireland, known for its many spooky tales. Two siblings from London, Roderick Fitzgerald and Pamela Fitzgeral, have taken a “brother and sister” holiday, and are driving through Devonshire (what is now known simply as Devon). They come across a beautiful, deserted manor, named Windward, and are touched by its similarity to a house they knew in their childhoods. Their dog spots a squirrel, sitting before the front door, and follows it into the manor through an open window, forcing the siblings to venture inside as well in order to get their dog back. The two siblings are swept away by the wonderful mix of Victorian and Baroque impressions and can’t beat the feeling of nostalgia. They “pretend they’re buying it” as they venture up the rounded stairs and past the grand chandelier. All doors in the house are open, except one door upstairs which is locked, so they begin to ponder that the room beyond might be in such a bad condition that the owner doesn’t want anyone to see it. Pam suddenly decides that she wants it and tells rod that he should quit his job as a music critic and compose his own music instead (and old dream of his). They seek out Commander Beech, the owner of the house, in his estate, where they are greeted by his granddaughter, Stella Meredith. In spite of Stella’s wishes, Beech offers them Windward for £1200. –An offer which they gladly accept.

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The Ouija Board (1920) [Short]

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This short film composed of animation and live action tells the story of Max, an animation artist who gets annoyed by his colleagues for playing with the Ouija board. After drawing Koko the clown and a haunted house, he gets up to check on his colleagues – and suddenly, spooky events start to unfold.
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Genre:
Comedy

Country:
USA

Language:
English
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Full Plot:
The short film “The Ouija Board” from 1920 takes place at an animation studio. Max walks in and starts animating Koko the clown, who is now excitedly running around all over the paper. His colleague and the janitor are currently taking a break and spend their time playing with a Ouija board.

Max draws a haunted house for Koko and then gets up to check on what the two are doing. He seems quite annoyed with them for playing with the board.

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