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Writers:
George Baxt (screenplay)
Milton Subotsky (story)
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Release Date:
12 September 1961 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
300 years old! Human blood keeps them alive forever! See more »
Plot:
A young coed (Nan Barlow) uses her winter vacation to research a paper on witchcraft in New England... See more » | Full synopsis »
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One of the best B&W horror movies of the 60's. See more (98 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Dennis Lotis ... Richard Barlow

Christopher Lee ... Alan Driscoll
Patricia Jessel ... Elizabeth Selwyn / Mrs. Newless
Tom Naylor ... Bill Maitland
Betta St. John ... Patricia Russell
Venetia Stevenson ... Nan Barlow
Valentine Dyall ... Jethrow Keane
Ann Beach ... Lottie
Norman Macowan ... Reverend Russell
Fred Johnson ... The Elder
James Dyrenforth ... Garage Attendant (as Jimmy Dyrenforth)
Maxine Holden ... Sue
William Abney ... Policeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nickolas Grace ... (uncredited)

Directed by
John Llewellyn Moxey  (as John Moxey)
 
Writing credits
George Baxt (screenplay)

Milton Subotsky (story)

Produced by
Seymour S. Dorner .... executive producer
Milton Subotsky .... executive producer
Donald Taylor .... producer
Max Rosenberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Douglas Gamley 
 
Cinematography by
Desmond Dickinson 
 
Film Editing by
John Pomeroy 
 
Art Direction by
John Blezard 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Barnard .... hairdresser
George Claff .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ben Arbeid .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Pevsner .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Richard Bird .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Cliff Richardson .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Atcheler .... camera operator
Ronnie Fox Rogers .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frede Gibson .... wardrobe supervisor (as Freda Gibson)
 
Music Department
Douglas Gamley .... conductor
Ken Jones .... composer: jazz music
 
Other crew
Splinters Deason .... set continuity
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Horror Hotel" - USA
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some violence (re-rating)
Runtime:
Norway:75 min | USA:76 min | USA:78 min (uncut version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (1990) | Finland:(Banned) (1961) | Norway:16 (1971) | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating)
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Trivia:
"City of the Dead" aka "Horror Hotel" was the first film made by Amicus Productions, one of Hammer's most successful rivals in the 60s and 70s. At the time of this film, however, the company was known as Vulcan Productions.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The character played by Tom Naylor is called "Bill Maitland" in the dialogue but shown as "Tom Maitland" in the end credits.See more »
Quotes:
Prof. Alan Driscoll:The basis of fairy tale is in reality. The basis of reality is fairy talesSee more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

FAQ

Why was the title changed to 'Horror Hotel' for U.S. release?
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
One of the best B&W horror movies of the 60's., 23 October 2002
Author: Troy Ros (Rastacat1@hotmail.com) from Northfield, MN

I first saw this movie in the mid 70's late one Saturday night on Sinister Cinema in Portland, OR and it kind of scared the crap out of me. They replayed it about a year later and same thing: It scared the crap out of me. I have now seen it 6 or 7 times over the years including twice in the last few months with the VCI Entertainment version of the dvd.

The movie doesn't scare me like it used to, but it still amazes me how it transports me into it's own world of the fog shrouded town of Whitewood, Massachusetts. The story itself is common enough: A woman (Patricia Jessel) is burned at the stake for witchcraft and she leaves a curse on the people of the town as she is consumed by the flames. Forward 300 years to the present day and we have Nan Barlow (Venetia Stevens) as a self determined college student who decides to write a paper on witchcraft. Her professor, Alan Driscoll (Christopher Lee), gives her directions to the town of Whitewood where 300 years earlier an alleged witch was burned at the stake. She goes to the town and after a few days disappears. Her brother then goes to the hotel where she was last seen, and runs into all kinds obstacles, not the least of which is the innkeeper of the Whitewood Inn, who just happens to look exactly like the witch burned 300 years earlier, and also Christopher Lee who happens to be a long ago resident of Whitewood

There is an old, blind priest who stays in his church despite the fact that he has no congregation. His granddaughter, Betta St. John (Patricia Russell), who seems to not be a witch, and has just returned to the town to take care of her grandfather, runs the local used book and antique store. She had befriended Nan before she disappeared and is now working with her brother, Dennis Lotis (Richard Barlow), to try and find out what happened to Nan.

Of course they run into the witches along they way and there is a showdown of sorts. The strength of this movie is in it's crisp acting and smart script. Especially notable are Patricia Jessel, Christopher Lee and Venitia Stevens. Despite it's low budget, the director, John Llewellyn Moxey, has made an altogether unforgettable film. This ranks right up there with other unique horror movies such as Carnival of Souls (1962), The Wicker Man (1973), The Thing From Another World (1951), and Village of the Damned (1960).

The VCI Entertainment release is just what this movie has needed for years. An excellent transfer at 1.66:1 with two extra minutes of footage added from previous video and dvd releases. There is a commentary by director John Llewellyn Moxey and another separate commentary by Christopher Lee. There are also three interview segments with Lee, Moxey and Venetia Stevenson. Pretty impressive extras for a 40 year old low budget movie.

The commentary by Christopher Lee is interesting in that he has not seen this movie since it came out 41 years earlier. He is watching it with an interviewer from VCI who knows more about what is going on in the movie than Lee does. But Lee's ability to recall information about people and give anecdotal information is unsurpassed. He is literally a walking, talking encyclopedia of info on people he has worked with over the years.

This is one of my prize dvd's and I really cannot recommend it highly enough. The VCI version lists for around $25 but I have seen it cheaper. There are also several basic versions without the extras (or extra footage) of the movie along with another movie on one dvd. Most notably the Diamond Entertainment version where it is packaged along with Carnival of Souls for under $10.

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