- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 15 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: October 19, 2011
- Originally Released: 1960
- Label: Mr. FAT-W Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
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:
Nan Barlow, a student of the occult, is encouraged by her history professor, Driscoll, to visit the decaying village of Whitewood, Massachusetts. Mrs. Newless, proprietress of the Ravens Inn, is in reality Elizabeth Selwyn, a witch who was burned at the stake in 1692 but restored to life through a pact with the Devil. When Nan discovers the witch and her cove, including Professor Driscoll, performing human sacrifices on Candlemas Eve, she is killed as a sacrifice.
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.