There are 13 Days to Halloween and I said to myself,
I have the perfect movie in mind to watch to kick of the last couple of weeks before Halloween.
I am going to watch 13 Ghosts – the original version which was produced and directed by William Castle.
There of course is a reboot, which I did enjoy though it seemed like it wanted to be a horror film, but it didn’t quite make the leap so it really was like visiting a haunted house during Halloween where you get to run around and have some scares but in a safe way.
I actually don’t mind that in a film about the supernatural, but the special effects in the reboot were so good and so intense that I’d have liked a scarier ride, you know?
William Castle’s version actually reached for that level of fear but the technology wasn’t there.
And for no reason that I can put my finger on, the headless lion tamer and the lion in the Castle version is my favorite ghost. I still wonder what happened to the lion tamer’s head, did the lion eat it? Did they scoop up what was left of it and bury him with it?
What happened to the lion and why is he a ghost?
I also have to wonder, is the Dire Mother and the Great Child in the reboot a nod to this duo?
After all they are a pair and they are Circus performers and the Lion, The Lion Tamer the Dire Mother and the Great Child all came to their end at the Circus where they all performed.
I like to think so.
Anyway, I’m going to watch the 1960 version and I might watch the reboot in the next 13 days, I figure I’m going to have fun watching no matter what.