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Old 8th August 2016, 02:54 PM
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13 Frightened Girls (1963)

The penultimate film in the Mill Creek William Castle Horror Classics set (I'm saving The Old Dark House until October). 13 Frightened Girls could never be classed as a horror film, it's barely a thriller, in fact this is actually a light hearted espionage tale about a diplomats daughter who attends a special school for diplomats girls and becomes involved in a Cold War spy ring against the Chinese.

Director William Castle often uses gimmicks in his film but i can't recognize any here, unless it's an attempt to lure the viewer into thinking it's some sort of a slasher film with the 13 Frightened Girls being 13 victims as suggested by the lurid poster. If that's the case then Castle definitely pulled a fast one on me.

Kathy Dunn who plays lead school girl Candy is a breath of fresh air throughout with her bubbly, enthusiastic performance (She reminds me of someone that i can't put a name to) and is ably backed up by Murray Hamilton and Hugh Marlowe with star to be, Alexandra Bastedo as one of the other frightened girls.

As with much of Castle's more (in)famous out put the film is camp and garish in colour with dialogue often so stilted but charming in equal standards as is the dubious xenophobic outlook the film sports. With another actress 13 Frightened Girls could have been a proper mess but it isn't and it's one i think i recommend. Certainly better then 13 Ghosts and Homicidal but not up with the best of Castle ie - Mr Sardonicus and The House on Haunted Hill.
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Old 8th August 2016, 04:22 PM
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Patricia Tallman's constant whining and screaming makes this completely unwatchable for me. Horrible performance and a pointless remake. I'd prefer to watch the old colourized vhs than this remake.
I would disagree. Each to their own and all that but I really like the way Tallmans character takes charge in spite of the squabbling between Ben and Harry. I would also much prefer this to some bastardised version of the original with glowing green zombies.
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Old 8th August 2016, 06:33 PM
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Old 8th August 2016, 06:55 PM
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Supportably your local sheriff

Jason McCullough(James Garner) is passing through the small town of Calendar (on his way to australia) which has just discovered gold and has made the town a rough and lawless place, needing money he decides to take the job of town sheriff he soon upsets the local outlaws the Danby family by arresting the youngest son Joe(Bruce Dern), who set their sites on freeing him and killing our good sheriff. we also have a sub story of the budding romance between McCullough and the mayor's (Harry Morgon), clumsy daughter Prudy. McCullough is joined in his fight by Jake (Jack Elam) who becomes his reluctant Deputy who is one of the highlights of the film, which also include a jail with no bars and inept attempt to brake Joe out of jail. a wonderful fast paced and very funny film, with lots of great scenes and characters looking forward to watching the sequel 8.5/10

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Old 8th August 2016, 07:15 PM
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Support your local sheriff

Jason McCullough(James Garner) is passing through the small town of Calendar (on his way to australia) which has just discovered gold and has made the town a rough and lawless place, needing money he decides to take the job of town sheriff he soon upsets the local outlaws the Danby family by arresting the youngest son Joe(Bruce Dern), who set their sites on freeing him and killing our good sheriff. we also have a sub story of the budding romance between McCullough and the mayor's (Harry Morgon), clumsy daughter Prudy. McCullough is joined in his fight by Jake (Jake Elm) who becomes his reluctant Deputy who is one of the highlights of the film, which also include a jail with no bars and inept attempt to brake Joe out of jail. a wonderful fast paced and very funny film, with lots of great scenes and characters looking forward to watching the sequel 8.5/10
Just saying Treb, it's Jack Elam not Jake Elm.

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Just saying Treb, it's Jack Elam not Jake Elm.

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Fixed
Well, half fixed.

Jack not Jake.
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Well, half fixed.

Jack not Jake.
Jake's the name of his character, DOH!

I was close!
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Old 8th August 2016, 07:58 PM
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Jake's the name of his character, DOH!

I was close!
I knew you'd get there in the end.
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Old 8th August 2016, 08:06 PM
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Watching Superman the move. Screw Henry Cavill, Christopher reeve is Superman!
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