5.7/10
723
39 user 37 critic

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.

Director:

Eugenio Martín (as Eugene Martin)

Writers:

Antonio Fos (screenplay), Eugenio Martín (screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

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)
Learn more

More Like This 

Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A group of tourists traveling on a bus take a detour to stay overnight in a castle owned by a family cursed with a history of Satanism and death.

Director: Jean Brismée
Stars: Erika Blanc, Jean Servais, Daniel Emilfork
Alucarda (1977)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After the death of her parents, a young girl arrives at a convent and brings a sinister presence with her. Is it her enigmatic imaginary friend, Alucarda, who is to blame? Or is there a satanic force at work?

Director: Juan López Moctezuma
Stars: Claudio Brook, David Silva, Tina Romero
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An axe murderer terrorizes a small Northern California mountain community, while two young computer-obsessed adults attempt to solve the killings.

Director: José Ramón Larraz
Stars: Barton Faulks, Christina Marie Lane, Page Mosely
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A serial killer uses a scythe to slash his murder victims--or maybe it's *her* murder victims?

Director: Juan Antonio Bardem
Stars: Jean Seberg, Marisol, Barry Stokes
Last Embrace (1979)
Mystery | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Harry breaks down and loses his job after his wife is assassinated - could it be his turn next ?

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Roy Scheider, Janet Margolin, John Glover
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Valentina, a beautiful fashion model, takes an experimental drug as part of a scientific experiment. While influenced by the drug, Valentina has a vision of a young woman being brutally ... See full summary »

Director: Luciano Ercoli
Stars: Nieves Navarro, Simón Andreu, Peter Martell
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A toxic spill revives a beautiful, dead heiress who, with the help of her childhood friend, must quench her insatiable thirst for blood.

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Marina Pierro, Françoise Blanchard, Mike Marshall
Evilspeak (1981)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An outcast military cadet taps into a way to summon demons and cast spells on his tormentors through his computer.

Director: Eric Weston
Stars: Clint Howard, R.G. Armstrong, Joe Cortese
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A serial killer is on the loose. His victims are unfaithful wives and he always leaves compromising photographs at the crime scene.

Director: Roberto Bianchi Montero
Stars: Farley Granger, Sylva Koscina, Silvano Tranquilli
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A pharmacist is murdered, and a woman happens to see the culprit leave the scene. She soon finds herself being stalked by the killer, and when her boyfriend tries to discover who the ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Bido
Stars: Corrado Pani, Paola Tedesco, Franco Citti
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Four women spend the night in an old deserted sanitarium on a mountain. They each in turn fall into the the evil hands of a doctor who forces them to suck each others blood and to whip ... See full summary »

Director: Javier Aguirre
Stars: Paul Naschy, Rosanna Yanni, Haydée Politoff
The Child (1977)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A newly hired housekeeper arrives to her employer's house in the countryside. She slowly discovers that the only child in the house, an eleven-year-old girl, hides a deadly secret.

Director: Robert Voskanian
Stars: Laurel Barnett, Rosalie Cole, Frank Janson
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

User Reviews

 
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.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 39 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

14 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Happened at Nightmare Inn See more »

Filming Locations:

Estudios Roma, Madrid, Spain See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed