The City of the Dead (1960)

PG-13  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  12 September 1961 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 3,489 users  
Reviews: 101 user | 82 critic

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 »


(as John Moxey)


(screenplay), (story)
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video




Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A skeptical college professor discovers that his wife has been practicing magic for years. Like the learned, rational fellow he is, he forces her to destroy all her magical charms and ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Hayers
Stars: Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair, Margaret Johnston
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the countryside of England, the Duc de Richleau a.k.a Nicholas welcomes his old friend Rex Van Ryn that has flown to meet him and Simon Aron, who is the son of an old friend of them that... See full summary »

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A wheelchair-bound young woman returns to her father's estate after ten years, and although she's told he's away, she keeps seeing his dead body on the estate.

Director: Seth Holt
Stars: Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd, Ronald Lewis
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the UK.

Director: Peter Duffell
Stars: John Bryans, John Bennett, Christopher Lee
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When his castle is exorcised, Dracula plots his revenge against the Monsignor who performed the rites by attempting to make the holy man's young niece his bride.

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson
The Gorgon (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In the early 20th century, a Gorgon takes human form and terrorizes a small European village by turning its citizens to stone.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Richard Pasco
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Aboard a British train, mysterious fortune teller Dr.Schreck, uses Tarot cards to read the future of five fellow passengers.

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Roy Castle
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young man, Paul Carlson, is on a trip and spends the night at count Dracula's castle. Needless to say, he is murdered. After some time has passed, the young man's brother Simon comes to ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley
Black Sunday (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl's brother and a... See full summary »

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Director: Herk Harvey
Stars: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough


Complete credited cast:
Dennis Lotis ...
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 ...
William Abney ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Alive forever! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

12 September 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

City of the Dead  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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


Venetia Stevenson's surname is spelled "Stephenson" in the opening credits. See more »


Elizabeth Selwyn: I am Elizabeth Selwyn.
See more »


Referenced in Psycho (1960) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

An Incredible Piece of Studio Bound Horror!
4 June 2000 | by (Bayonne, NJ) – See all my reviews

A true masterpiece and a perfect example of how imagination and desire can overcome a small budget in film making! "Horror Hotel", aka, "City Of The Dead" is one of my all-time favorite horror classics. Beautiful black and white photography, a stock pile of atmosphere, a literate script, terrific acting and chills galore! I have seen this gem many times, first when I was very young and caught it on the Late Show. It has had an effect on me everytime I see it. The plot seems familiar I am sure, a witches cult is operating in a small New England town but there is much more then that! From Christopher Lee to the chilling witch hunt and stake burning of the opening to the climatic battle with the coven in the graveyard. Outstanding! Mist and fog drown this small town and what strikes me most is that this entire production was studio bound!!! no location shooting, all done in a studio and it comes off without a hitch! I happen to have a copy of this film on video that I cherish. It's not a newly remastered, pristine copy. It's a copy that seems to have been copied from a television broadcast and I love it! It looks grainy, old, had pieces of hair and dirt on it and I wouldn't trade it for the world. It brings back great memories of films shown when I was young in the 60's and 70's and adds an extra dose of charm and atmosphere to the film. A true classic and one I highly recommend!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I was the Director johnmoxey
has anybody else seen this film Minkymouse
'I Am Elizabeth Selwyn!' marirabbit
I can't be the only one! ilikemoovies
Help needed!! erikbeale
Best DVD??? dkolo
Discuss The City of the Dead (1960) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: