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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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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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Devil Worship in New England, Past and Present See more (95 total) »

Cast

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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
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Nickolas Grace ... (uncredited)
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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
 
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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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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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"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 »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Devil Worship in New England, Past and Present, 18 February 2004
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

******SPOILERS****** After listening to a lecture by Prof.Alan Driscoll, Christopher Lee, on the town of Whitewood Massachussetts back in 1692 where a local witch, Elizabeth Slwyn, was burned at the stake one of Prof. Driscoll's students Nan Barlow, Venetia Stevenson, decided to do a term paper on the subject. Nan drives to Whitewood to get whatever information she could get on the subject from whats available in the towns records dating back to the 17th Century about witchcraft in general and the Slwyn case in particular.

Getting instructions from a reluctant local living in the area Nan drives into the town of Whitewood and checks into the Raven Inn where she meets the owner Mrs. Newlis, Patricia Jessel, and her mute helper Lottie, Ann Beach. Nan, unknowing to her at the time, was to meet a fate reserved only for someone like her, an innocent girl, that was needed for the Witches Holiday of February 1, Candlemass Eve the Satanic mocking of the Church.

Early Witchcraft and devil movie that predated "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist" but despite it's small budget is as good as either of those movies and the dozens of imitations that followed them. Eerie and spooky film about Witchcraft in New England that covers some 300 years from the Salem Witch Trials in 1692 to the beginning of the Disco Swinging era of the 1960's.

The town of Whitewood is both in the dark and fog at all times in the movie with not a single ray of sunlight ever descending on it. This gives the town a really creepy look as well as unnerving everyone in the theater audience watching the film. It makes one feel that the movie was made in Northern Alaska during the time when it has six months of darkness instead of the state of Massachussetts.

Gripping as well as interesting movie with a great ending sequence where good overcomes evil despite the overwhelming odds against it.

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