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The City Of The Dead (1960)
Horror Movies & Sci-Fi Movies Database
06.24.09

The City Of The Dead (1960) On 3 March 1692, in Whitewood, Massachusetts, the witch Elizabeth Selwyn is sentenced to be burned at the stake, and her partner Jethrow Keane asks Lucifer to save her. About three hundred years later, the college student Nan Barlow decides to spend her vacation in the town to research witchcraft. Her professor Alan Driscoll suggests Nan to lodge in the Ravens Inn, managed by Mrs. Newless. Once in the village, the naive Nan is advised by the local priest, Reverend Russell, to immediately leave the place, where devil has ruled over for three hundred years, but she decides to stay and find that she is in a coven of evil witches. Nan vanishes, and the granddaughter of Reverend Russell, Patricia Russell, pays a visit to Nan's skeptical brother, Richard Barlow, and her boyfriend Bill Maitland, and they decide to follow her steps. Once in New England, they realize that a group of immortal witches have to sacrifice two beautiful women per year, one on Candleman Eve on February 1st, and the other on the Witch Sabbath, to stay alive forever, and only the shadow of a cross would be able to destroy them.

Movie Tagline:
300 years old! Human blood keeps them alive forever!

Also Known As:
City of the Dead
Horror Hotel

Title: City Of The Dead, The
Release Date: September 12, 1961
Runtime: 75 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: UK
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Brimstone Pit Rating: 7.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With C

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated PG-13 for some violence.

Director(s):
John Llewellyn Moxey

Cast:
Dennis Lotis ...Richard Barlow
Christopher Lee ...Prof. Alan Driscoll
Patricia Jessel ...Elizabeth Selwyn / Mrs. Newless
Tom Naylor ...Bill Maitland
Betta St. John ...Patricia Russell
Venetia Stevenson ...Nan Barlow (as Venetia Stephenson)
Valentine Dyall ...Jethrow Keane
Ann Beach ...Lottie
Norman Macowan ...Reverend Russell
Fred Johnson ...The Elder
James Dyrenforth ...Garage attendant (as Jimmy Dyrenforth)
Maxine Holden ...Sue
William Abney ...Policeman
Nickolas Grace ...

Producer(s):
Seymour S. Dorner
Milton Subotsky
Donald Taylor
Max Rosenberg

Writer(s):
George Baxt
Milton Subotsky

Composer(s):
Douglas Gamley




Trailer(s):
The City Of The Dead Horror Film Trailer 1

More Movie Taglines:
  • 300 years old! Human blood keeps them alive forever!
  • SCREAM With Guests From The "Other World" When You Ring For DOOM SERVICE!
  • Alive forever!
  • Horror Hotel, next to the graveyard
Movie Quote(s):
  • Prof. Alan Driscoll: The basis of fairy tale is in reality. The basis of reality is fairy tales
  • Elizabeth Selwyn: I am Elizabeth Selwyn.
Movie Trivia:
  • "City of the Dead" aka "Horror Hotel" was the first film made by Amicus Productions, one of Hammer's most successful rivals in the 60s and 70s. At the time of this film, however, the company was known as Vulcan Productions.
  • Released in the U.S. on a double bill with the West German film Die Nackte und der Satan (1959) in June 1963.
  • Venetia Stevenson receives an "introducing" credit.
  • SPOILER: The Ravens Inn proprietress, Mrs Newless, who turns out in fact to be none other than witch Elizabeth Selwyn reincarnate, has a phonetically reversible surname that points to her true character. This is a trick frequently used in vampire film & literature.
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Keywords:
Inn, Sacrifice, Witch, New England, Coven  ...[more]


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