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The City of the Dead

The frights of Horror Hotel are back in an improved presentation in this 2018 Limited Edition. Set in New England but filmed in Old England, this creepy shocker is a favorite not just for the presence of Christopher Lee, but also the wonderfully mortiferous Patricia Jessel and the cadaverous Valentine Dyall.

The City of the Dead

Remastered Limited Edition Blu-ray


1960 / B&W /1:66 widescreen / 78 min. / Horror Hotel / Street Date March 27, 2018 / 12.89

Starring: Venetia Stevenson, Patricia Jessel, Christopher Lee, Betta St. John, Valentine Dyall, Dennis Lotis, Tom Naylor, Ann Beach, Norman Macowan.

Cinematography: Desmond Dickinson

Production Designer: John Blezard

Film Editor: John Pomeroy

Original Music: Douglas Gamley, Kenneth V. Jones

Written by George Baxt from a story by Milton Subotsky

Produced by Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky, Donald Taylor

Directed by John Moxey

Vci has released an improved Blu-ray of The City of the Dead, hereby designated their Remastered 2018 Limited Edition. Having been
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DVD Review – The City of the Dead (1960)

The City of the Dead, 1960.

Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey.

Starring Patricia Jessel, Dennis Lotis, Christopher Lee, Tom Naylor, Valentine Dyall, Venetia Stevenson, Fred Johnson, and Norman Macowan.


A student travels to a remote New England village to research a paper on witchcraft, only to discover that the old legends of sacrifice may not be as in the past as she would like.

By 1960 Christopher Lee had already played his most iconic role for Hammer Films in Dracula, as well as appearing as the creature in The Curse of Frankenstein and the titular monster in The Mummy, and although he would go on to become a huge box office star in various other genre outings it was in this period during the early ‘60s (i.e. before he was churning out Dracula sequels on a regular basis) that he made some quite interesting little movies, and The City of the Dead
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Catalog From The Beyond: The City Of The Dead (1960)

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Christopher Lee isn’t only an icon for the horror community. He’s an actor who has crossed over so many genres that you’d be hard-pressed to find a circle of geekdom that doesn’t hold him in high regard. He’s wielded lightsabers against Yoda and bested Gandalf in a wizard’s duel. But guess what, non-horror nerds? He was ours first. Taking the torch from Bela Lugosi to become the definitive Dracula of his era, Lee has a bevy of horror roles to his credit which, let’s face it, he makes iconic just by playing them. So the question is, what role would be a good fit for my little column? After quite a bit of searching, I decided to go with a movie in which Lee uses something that I’ve never seen him use before: an American accent. So let’s take a look
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The City of the Dead

This horror almost-classic has Christopher Lee and great atmosphere. Keep a sharp lookout for All Them Witches: they're not easy to spot... if you're as unobservant as Venetia Stevenson's sexy grad student. Were she studying sharks, this girl would wrap herself in fresh meat and jump into the middle of a mess of 'em. The City of the Dead Blu-ray Vci 1960 / B&W /1:78 widescreen / 78 min. / Horror Hotel / Street Date March 29, 2016 / 24.99 Starring Patricia Jessel, Dennis Lotis, Christopher Lee, Tom Naylor, Betta St. John, Venetia Stevenson, Valentine Dyall, Ann Beach, Norman Macowan. Cinematography Desmond Dickinson Production Designer John Blezard Film Editor John Pomeroy Original Music Douglas Gamley, Kenneth V. Jones Written by George Baxt from a story by Milton Subotsky Produced by Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky, Donald Taylor Directed by John Moxey

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Interest has been high for Vci's new The City of the Dead, a movie
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Doctor Who: the film careers of William Hartnell & Jon Pertwee

Feature Alex Westthorp 28 Mar 2014 - 07:00

In a new series, Alex talks us through the film roles of the actors who've played the Doctor. First up, William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee...

We know them best as the twelve very different incarnations of the Doctor. But all the actors who've been the star of Doctor Who, being such good all-rounders in the first place, have also had film careers. Admittedly, some CVs are more impressive than others, but this retrospective attempts to pick out some of the many worthwhile films which have starred, featured or seen a fleeting cameo by the actors who would become (or had been) the Doctor.

William Hartnell was, above all else, a film star. He is by far the most prolific film actor of the main twelve to play the Time Lord. With over 70 films to his name, summarising Hartnell's film career is difficult at best.
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Doctor Who complete reviews: Enlightenment

I love cartoons - the escapism, the fun, and most of all, the nostalgia factor from my childhood days. In particular, the Hanna Barbera cartoons were a staple part of pre-teen youth as much as Grifter bicycles, space hoppers, and of course, Doctor Who.

If you're a fan of Hanna Barbera cartoons, then try and spot the parallels with some classic Who adventures. Terror Of The Autons features a bearded fiend, a quaking wimp and dozens of failed inventions - just like Dastardly And Muttley In Their Flying Machines. The Web Of Fear, The Robots Of Death and The Monster Of Peladon are all examples of the Scooby Doo-esque whodunnits. And then Enlightenment comes along with its homage to Wacky Races in space.

Ok, so the competitors are racing along in boat spaceships rather than cars, but they're an eclectic mix including blank-faced Edwardians, Greeks and bwa-ha-ha-ing pirates. And naturally the latter example,
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Doctor Who complete reviews: Mawdryn Undead

The early 2010s are not happy times. Especially if you don't like the Royal Family. Yes, in Spring 2011, it's street party and tacky memorabilia time as Kate and Wills get hitched to the tune of several million pounds and the out of tune of Jls and Take That, who will no doubt perform at some half-arsed concert presented by some fawning non-entity like Fearne Cotton. And then the following year, whasserface will celebrate yet another milestone jubilee. Heaven for the Royalists, a nightmare for those who are finding it a bit harder to make ends meet...

Pardon the crass soapboxing - it's just that it seems hard to get away from the hee-haw-ing Royals at the mo. At the time of writing, they're on telly, they're in the papers, and now to make matters worse, they've just mentioned the 1977 jubilee in Mawdryn Undead, one of the key season 20 stories in Doctor Who.
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Doctor Who complete reviews: The Armageddon Factor

The Armageddon Factor. Hmmphh. Sounds a bit like a cross between Gladiators and The X Factor in which Simon Cowell, Many Faces Of Louis Walsh, a Minogue Sister and People’s Pop Princess Cheryl Cole decide which bicep-bulging goons go head to head in mortal combat. In fact, it turns out to be both an orchestrated war between the planets of Zeos and Atrios.

Oh, and more crucially, it’s the last instalment in the Key To Time saga.

The past 26 weeks have boasted some of the best examples of late 1970s Who - witty snowbound Hustle prototype The Ribos Operation, explosion in imagination factory The Pirate Planet and summery Zenda update The Androids Of Tara. One of the good things about the season is that the linking theme isn’t always crowbarred in at inopportune moments. That’s the great thing about the quest motif - you simply start
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Brief Encounter: No 1

David Lean, 1945

In how many other countries would a poll pick Brief Encounter as the best movie romance of all time? Even in Britain, I wonder how many people born since, say, 1975 would rate it so highly. But for a generation that remembers when the trains ran on time and station buffets were as tidy and inviting as the one in this movie, Brief Encounter is etched in nostalgia for an era when trapped middle-class lives contemplated adultery but set the disturbing thought aside. On the face of it, it would seem that Britain has changed; but is it possible that the David Lean-Noël Coward film is still the model for repressed feelings as an English ideal? We are accustomed to attributing films to directors, but it's only proper to regard Coward as an equal author of this movie. He wrote the script, taking it from his own one-act play,
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Telegraph Giveaway Update

The Telegraph has released more details of its Audio Adventures give-away starting this weekend, first reported here.

On Saturday the paper will include a brand new adventure for the Eleventh Doctor, The Runaway Train read by Matt Smith, followed on Sunday by part one of Pest Control, read by David Tennant.

Over the following week the paper will print vouchers which can be exchanged in Wh Smith for a range of Doctor Who Audio Adventures.

Saturday 24th April

Free with paper

The Runaway Train - An original story, read by Matt Smith.

Arriving on Earth in the midst of the American Civil War, the Doctor and Amy must get a posse together to help them retrieve an alien artefact. The duo are chased across the Wild West by the alien race, their only hope of escape catching the 3.25 to Arizona.

Sunday, April 25th

Free with paper

Pest Control – Part One.
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