Entertainment Weekly - 02/03/1995
"A cult film that genuinely deserves its cult....The very model of an intelligent low-budget shocker..." -- Rating: B+
USA Today - 10/25/1996
"...This creepy mood piece has a surprisingly large following..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
College student, Nan Barlow is researching the history of witchcraft. Taunted by her brother and fiance, who have voiced their concern over her silly notions, Nan arms herself with resolve and drives into the small New England village of Whitewood. She is glad that at least she was able to count on the support of her professor. A bit anxious but consumed with curiosity, she will soon embark herself on the journey of her life!
The fetching Venetia Stevenson stars in this excellent horror film as Nan Barlow, a young college student who is writing a paper on witchcraft. On winter break, Nan travels to New England to do some research and, on one of her professor's recommendations, stays in a small hotel run by the spirit of an undead witch. Soon, Nan finds that rest of the hotels boarders are witches as well and that she is about to become their annual Candalmas Eve sacrifice. Atmospheric and genuinely scary, HORROR HOTEL not only stars the inimitable Christopher Lee, but boasts direction by John Llewellyn Moxley, who would later go on to direct episodes of classic TV shows such as THE AVENGERS, HAWAII FIVE-O, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, CHARLIE'S ANGELS, KUNG FU, MAGNUM P.I., and MIAMI VICE. The 78 minute uncut version is titled CITY OF THE DEAD.
A student of witchcraft arrives in a small New England town to do research, and discovers a deadly new coven ready to wreak havoc on the village.
Brit View of New England - City of the Dead
Movie Lover: Laura Demilio from
Pittsburgh, PA US -- January, 31, 2006
My husband and I remembered this movie as a regularly featured "chiller" on late-night weekend TV years ago, in the respective cities we grew up in. It's amusing to hear Christopher Lee speak in a clipped, mid-Atlantic American accent - he does it quite well - but some of the actors sound veddy British indeed. The plot is cleverly spooky, without giving away what happens to the heroine, and the scenes very fog-laden and atmospheric, although February and March in New England, especially in pre-global warmed 1960, would have been MUCH snowier winters than depicted in this film. This movie is very worth watching; nothing lags, even if it hasn't quite the splash of a Hammer film of the period.