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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)

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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:

It Happened 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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A Worthwhile Horror-Thriller
20 January 2016 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

'Nightmare Hotel', 'It Happened at Nightmare Inn' or 'A Candle for the Devil' - the film is known by all three of these titles. I am not sure which one is the cut version but I have seen the film under the names 'A Candle for the Devil' and 'It Happened at Nightmare Inn' both version are good.

This one does have some creepy moments, plenty enough blood, some sadistic and perverted scenes. These two sisters running this hotel is enough to make you think twice before staying in one (similar to the way the film Psycho plays with your mind concerning Hotels/Motels).

I highly recommend this film for anyone that enjoys the older horror-thrillers - it's well worth your time watching.


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