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A young coed (Nan Barlow) uses her winter vacation to research a paper on witchcraft in New England. Her professor recommends that she spend her time in a small village called Whitewood. He originally cam from that village so he also recommends she stay at the "Raven's Inn," run by a Mrs. Newlis. She gets to the village and notices some weird happenings, but things begin to happen in earnest when she finds herself "marked" for sacrifice by the undead coven of witches. It seems that the innkeeper is actually the undead spirit of Elizabeth Selwyn, and the "guests" at the inn are the other witches who have come to celebrate the sacrifice on Candalmas Eve. As one of them said when Nan walked away, "HE will be PLEASED." Written by
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The last time I caught this one was on WGN's Creature Features many years ago. Last week, I found a DVD copy at Walgreens for $3.99 and snatched it up (amazing what you can find in the bargain bin). HORROR HOTEL was even better the second time around, some 32 years later. It's a low budget movie without the flashy special effects, blood & gore, or big name stars (other than Christopher Lee). Rather, it's the creepy atmosphere, complete with fog, dilapitated buildings, wierd people, and an overall clausterphobic feeling that make HORROR HOTEL a minor classic. Also, the final showdown in the village churchyard ranks among one of the finest climaxes in a movie of this kind.
Rating: **** out of *****
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