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It Happened at Nightmare Inn (1973)

Una vela para el diablo (original title)
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)

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Complete credited cast:
Aurora Bautista ... Marta
Judy Geeson ... Laura Barkley
Esperanza Roy ... Verónica
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
Montserrat Julió Montserrat Julió ... Beatriz
Fernando Villena Fernando Villena ... Médico
Fernando Hilbeck ... Alcalde
Herminia Tejela Herminia Tejela
Mery Leyva Mery Leyva ... (as Mari Leiva)


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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Release Date:

14 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dread Stop at Nightmare Inn See more »

Filming Locations:

El Paular, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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shots of locals seemingly truly amazed at the scantily dressed invaders
13 August 2008 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

I have no idea where the English title comes in and the movie is a little heavy handed and obvious but so very enjoyable. Moves at a good pace and if Geeson is a bit weak, the same could not be said of the killers or the kills. Set in a small Spanish village two sisters run modest hotel and take exception to the influx of mini skirted and hot panted 'dollies' from England. Murder seems a bit of a harsh reaction but with God on your side and the Catholic church much can be justified. Excellent performances by the mature sisters who seem harmless enough initially but then we learn one has secret liaisons with a youngish boy and the other takes to spying on boys bathing in the nude. So carried away does the most villainous sister get watching the kids splashing about that when she finally begins her return to the hotel there is an amazing scene where she is caught running through rough vegetation and she becomes almost ecstatic under the self imposed flagellation. Excellent stuff with time for shots of locals seemingly truly amazed at the scantily dressed invaders.

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