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The City of the Dead -- Nan Barlow, a student of the occult, is encouraged by her history professor, Driscoll, to visit the decaying village of Whitewood, Massachusetts. The proprietress of the Ravens Inn is in reality a witch who was burned at the stake in 1692, but restored to life through a pact with the Devil.
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George Baxt (screenplay)
Milton Subotsky (story)
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Release Date:
12 September 1961 (USA) See more »
300 years old! Human blood keeps them alive forever! See more »
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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  (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
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Horror Hotel" - USA
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Rated PG-13 for some violence (re-rating)
Norway:75 min | USA:76 min | USA:78 min (uncut version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (1990) | Finland:(Banned) (1961) | Norway:16 (1971) | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Scenes from this movie were used in the music video for the Iron Maiden song "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter" (1990).See more »
Errors in geography: Patricia visits Whitewood on Candlemas, February 2. It is bitterly cold in New England at that time of year, but there is no snow on the ground.See more »
Elizabeth Selwyn:I am Elizabeth Selwyn.See more »


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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
"Burn the witch!!", 22 September 2002
Author: Backlash007 from Kentucky

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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