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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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Alan Driscoll
Patricia Jessel ...
Tom Naylor ...
Bill Maitland
Betta St. John ...
Venetia Stevenson ...
Valentine Dyall ...
Ann Beach ...
Norman Macowan ...
Fred Johnson ...
The Elder
James Dyrenforth ...
Garage Attendant (as Jimmy Dyrenforth)
Maxine Holden ...
Sue
William Abney ...
Policeman
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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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Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 September 1962 (USA)  »

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City of the Dead  »

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(uncut)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film's American release under the title of "Horror Hotel" OMITS the following lines during Elizabeth Selwyn's burning at the stake in the first scene, which are critical to fully understanding the plot but apparently offended American censors:

Elizabeth Selwyn: "I have made my pact with thee O Lucifer! Hear me, hear me! I will do thy bidding for all eternity. For all eternity shall I practice the ritual of Black Mass. For all eternity shall I sacrifice unto thee. I give thee my soul, take me into thy service."

Jethro Keane: "O Lucifer, listen to thy servant, grant her this pact for all eternity and I with her, and if we fail thee but once, you may do with our souls what you will."

Elizabeth Selwyn: "Make this city an example of thy vengeance. Curse it, curse it for all eternity! Let me be the instrument of thy curse. Hear me O Lucifer, hear me!" See more »

Goofs

When they are waiting in the cemetery for the clock to strike thirteen, the clock actually strikes 14 times. See more »

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Elizabeth Selwyn: I am Elizabeth Selwyn.
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Featured in Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) See more »

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CREEPY CREATURE FEATURE
24 June 2003 | by (Chicago, Il., U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

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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