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The City of the Dead ()


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A young college student arrives in a sleepy Massachusetts town to research witchcraft; during her stay at an eerie inn, she discovers a startling secret about the town and its inhabitants.

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Richard Barlow
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Alan Driscoll
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Elizabeth Selwyn / Mrs. Newless
Tom Naylor ...
Bill Maitland
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Patricia Russell
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Nan Barlow
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Jethrow Keane
Ann Beach ...
Lottie
Norman MacOwan ...
Reverend Russell (as Norman Macowan)
Fred Johnson ...
The Elder
James Dyrenforth ...
Garage Attendant (as Jimmy Dyrenforth)
Maxine Holden ...
Sue
William Abney ...
Policeman
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Andy Alston ...
Villager Lighting Pyre (uncredited)
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Coven Member (uncredited)
Nickolas Grace ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Anthony Lang ...
Coven Member (uncredited)

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John Llewellyn Moxey ... (as John Moxey)

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George Baxt ... (screenplay)
 
Milton Subotsky ... (story)

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Seymour S. Dorner ... executive producer
Milton Subotsky ... executive producer
Donald Taylor ... producer
Max Rosenberg ... producer (uncredited)

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Douglas Gamley

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Desmond Dickinson ... director of photography

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John Pomeroy

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John Blezard

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Barbara Barnard ... hairdresser
George Claff ... makeup artist

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Ben Arbeid ... production manager

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Tom Pevsner ... assistant director

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Richard Bird ... sound mixer
John Aldred ... dubbing mixer (uncredited)

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Cliff Richardson ... special effects

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Jack Atcheler ... camera operator
Ronnie Fox Rogers ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

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Freda Gibson ... wardrobe supervisor

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Douglas Gamley ... conductor
Ken Jones ... composer: jazz music

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Splinters Deason ... set continuity
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Plot Summary

A young coed (Nan Barlow) uses her winter vacation to research a paper on witchcraft in New England. Her professor recommends that she spend time in a small village named Whitewood. He originally came from the village , he also recommends she stay at the "Raven's Inn," run by a Mrs. Newlis. When she arrives at Whitewood, she notices macabre happenings, Soon, things begin to happen in earnest, and 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

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Taglines This key will answer your questions to these screaming mysteries...(next to a skeleton hand holding a key) See more »
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Also Known As
  • City of the Dead (United States)
  • Horror Hotel (United States)
  • Town of the Evil Dead (Japan, English title)
  • Horror Hotel (France)
  • La cité des morts (France)
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  • 78 min
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Budget GBP45,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The film's American release under the title of "Horror Hotel" OMITS the following lines during Elizabeth Selwyn's burning at the stake in the first scene, which are critical to fully understanding the plot but apparently offended American censors: Elizabeth Selwyn: "I have made my pact with thee O Lucifer! Hear me, hear me! I will do thy bidding for all eternity. For all eternity shall I practice the ritual of Black Mass. For all eternity shall I sacrifice unto thee. I give thee my soul, take me into thy service." Jethro Keane: "O Lucifer, listen to thy servant, grant her this pact for all eternity and I with her, and if we fail thee but once, you may do with our souls what you will." Elizabeth Selwyn: "Make this city an example of thy vengeance. Curse it, curse it for all eternity! Let me be the instrument of thy curse. Hear me O Lucifer, hear me!" See more »
Goofs Although it might be more cinematic, witches were never burned at the stake in New England. They were either hanged or pressed (by large rocks being placed upon them by villagers). Burnings of witches happened in England. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Horror Hotel/The Human Monster (1971). See more »
Quotes Prof. Alan Driscoll: The basis of fairy tale is in reality. The basis of reality is fairy tales
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