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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

13 Frightened Girls (1963)

William Castle in living color!  13 Frightened Girls is really NOT a horror film so be forewarned.  It can be best described as Patty Duke meets Scooby Doo: a mixture of comedy and mystery/suspense that doesn't do a great job of either.  The plot is predictable and offers no surprises.  It's supposed to be campy but it's sense of humor doesn't translate very well to modern viewers.
On a positive note, 13 Frightened Girls is well acted and well filmed.  Relatively unknown actress Kathy Dunn does a nice job as Candace "Candy" Hull; a teenage super sleuth with a heart of gold.  There are also solid performances from Hugh Marlowe  [The Day the Earth Stood Still, All About Eve] who plays Candy's father, as well as veteran TV actor Murray Hamilton [The mayor in Jaws, Father Ryan in The Amityville Horror] who plays a real secret agent whom Candy is way too fond of [The "ick" factor is high here.]
If you like your mysteries super sweet, then 13 Frightened Girls is for you.  If not, skip this one and opt for one of Castle's masterpieces: House on Haunted Hill or The Tingler.  Where is Vincent Price when you need him?
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

1 comment:

  1. I just came across it on GetTV today. I was wondering what became of Kathy Dunn, hence the google search. It appears she quit Hollywood a few years later.