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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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Complete credited cast:
Alan Driscoll
Tom Naylor ...
Bill Maitland
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 <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)  »

Also Known As:

City of the Dead  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Scenes from this movie were used in the music video for the Iron Maiden song "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter" (1990). See more »


When Richard Barlow starts to go down the cellar stairs there is a wire, possibly to power his flashlight, clearly visible just behind him to his left. See more »


The Elder: Jethrow Keane! Hast thou consorted with the witch Elizabeth Selwyn?
Jethrow Keane: No.
The Elder: Burn the witch!
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"Burn the witch!!"
22 September 2002 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Strangers rarely come to Whitewood...and for good reason. For it's inhabited with witches and warlocks...and Christopher Lee! He's absolutely menacing in his role of Professor Driscoll. Horror Hotel (aka: The City of the Dead) is a just an old fashioned horror story, it's even kind of creepy. I think this one is all about the atmosphere; a dark and rickety hotel located in an aging New England town that boasts an excellent use of fog that would make John Carpenter envious. It's something to be seen. Horror Hotel is slightly dated, but not too shabby. After all, "the basis of reality is fairy tales, and the basis of fairy tales is reality"

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