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It Happened at Nightmare Inn (1973)

Una vela para el diablo (original title)
PG | | Horror | 14 October 1974 (USA)
Two sisters running a small hotel in Spain kill female tourists whose morals do not meet their strict religious standards.


Eugenio Martín (as Eugene Martin)


Antonio Fos (screenplay), Eugenio Martín (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Aurora Bautista ... Marta
Esperanza Roy ... Veronica
Judy Geeson ... Laura Barkley
Víctor Barrera Víctor Barrera ... Eduardo (as Vic Winner)
Lone Fleming ... Helen Miller
Blanca Estrada Blanca Estrada ... Norma (as Blanche Estrada)
Carlos Piñeiro Carlos Piñeiro ... Luis (as Charley Piñeiro)
Loreta Tovar Loreta Tovar ... May Barkley
Montserrat Julió Montserrat Julió ... Beatriz
Fernando Villena Fernando Villena ... Doctor
Fernando Hilbeck ... Mayor
Herminia Tejela Herminia Tejela
Mery Leyva Mery Leyva ... (as Mari Leiva)
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Two sisters running a small hotel in Spain kill female tourists whose morals do not meet their strict religious standards. Written by Erik Adelfred <eca_97@edu.ats.dk>

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The film was submitted to the MPAA in 1974 under the title 'Dread Stop at Nightmare Inn' and was given a PG rating. See more »

Alternate Versions

The U.S DVD (released by Cheezy Flicks and titled "It Happened at Nightmare Inn") runs 67 minutes and features a heavily edited print which removes all shots of nudity, stabbings and dead bodies, and the entire relationship between Veronica and Luis. The UK Odeon DVD (released as "A Candle For The Devil") runs 83 minutes and is the full uncut version. See more »

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It's like some recent horrors, but the 70s, with a Spanish touch. . .
1 February 2009 | by Dragoneyed363See all my reviews

I couldn't help but think of Hostel, Frontière(s) and Vacancy after watching this film. It's not that this film is a rip-off or anything, how could it be? It was made 30 years before all of them, but it just inspires thoughts towards those similar titles because I saw them first, even though Frontière(s) and Vacancy were way better.

It Happened At Nightmare Inn was overall a very satisfying and fun film. It's about two sisters who run a family inn and they are secretly murdering everybody who they believe to be bad influences and or just bad people because of their religious beliefs, the sisters' beliefs, I mean. It's not the most profound plot, but who really cares about that with this kind of movie? The movie keeps you interested and it definitely entertains. The characters were good, plot was decent, acting was perfectly fine and the movie's atmosphere gave it that creepy, yet corny B-Movie touch that I felt comfortable with because I had felt this atmosphere before. This movie is pretty good for a low budget slasher and as a movie itself it is very enjoyable. Watch it when you get the chance, though don't be expecting too much and don't be too harsh on it if you have seen other, better, similar films.

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Release Date:

14 October 1974 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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