Had he not passed away of cardiac arrest back in 1977, I have no doubt Castle would have become one of today’s most popular guests of honour at film festivals and conventions everywhere. It’s a role I’m sure he would have enjoyed and would have played it to the hilt, to the immense pleasure of us all.The New York Times calls it "a simple, old-fashioned haunted house yarn". 1000 Misspent Hours says, "The story overall is not nearly as smart as it thinks it is, which can be a little grating, but that’s also part of the movie’s charm. Probably the most entertaining thing about 13 Ghosts is the palpable sense of how much fun the cast and crew had making it". DVD Talk says, "This subtle WEIRDNESS in 13 Ghosts is hard to describe."