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The City of the Dead (1960)

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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... See full summary »

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Venetia Stevenson ...
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The Elder
James Dyrenforth ...
Garage Attendant (as Jimmy Dyrenforth)
Maxine Holden ...
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Storyline

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 John A Kostecki <jak@wbst207v.xerox.com>

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300 years old! Human blood keeps them alive forever! See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »

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12 September 1961 (USA)  »

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City of the Dead  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

Released in the U.S. on a double bill with the West German film The Head (1959) in June 1963. See more »

Goofs

Although it might be more cinematic, witches were never burned at the stake in New England. They were either hung or pressed (by large rocks being placed upon them by villagers). Burnings of witches happened in England. See more »

Quotes

The Elder: Jethrow Keane! Hast thou consorted with the witch Elizabeth Selwyn?
Jethrow Keane: No.
The Elder: Burn the witch!
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User Reviews

Surprisingly good! Atmospheric and imaginative witchcraft chiller.
9 November 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Horror Hotel' (sadly the copy I bought has this tacky title, which is the only thing I can fault about it) really surprised me at just how creepy and atmospheric it was. I was expecting some camp fun, but it is actually a very effective and inventive movie for such a cheap effort. The story sucks you in, and the acting for the most part is above average. Christopher Lee is billed as the star, which isn't exactly true, but he is excellent in his scenes, and Patricia Jessel is even better in a very enjoyable duel role. I also admire how director John Moxey (his movie debut. He also went on to make 'Circus Of Fear') was able to conjure up a spooky New England town with basically just a few sets and some fog. A great example of imaginative low budget horror movie making at its best! Highly recommended to fans of 'Carnival Of Souls', and 'Black Sunday'. 'Horror Hotel' isn't a great an achievement as either, but it shares some similarities in style and feel. This is one extremely underrated movie!


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