The City of the Dead

1960

Action / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

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Christopher Lee as Alan Driscoll
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1hr 18 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by GroovyDoom 7 / 10

Hugely enjoyable chiller

Some witches are just bad to the bone. Elizabeth Selwyn is one such witch, and she's executed in a witchly fashion for it. Right before she's burned at the stake, she vows revenge on her tormentors, which is probably a fairly typical thing to do when a bunch of people are burning you alive. Despite the fact that flames usually do nothing good for the complexion, Elizabeth apparently manages to return with all her witchly beauty as an immortal being who haunts the town of Whitewood, and her equally immortal coven lives there with her among the perpetually foggy streets. She and her cohorts are in the habit of sacrificing young girls on holidays that witches hold sacred, and she runs a spooky inn as a lure for this purpose.

This is an unfortunate reality for our damsel in distress, naive college student Nan Barlow, who goes to Whitewood to research the existence of witchcraft in its history. She learns the difficult way that old habits die hard, and our favorite witch, with the sly pseudonym of Mrs. "Newlys", is all too happy to welcome her to her creepy hotel, which is a lot like the Hotel California--you can check in, but you can't check out.

In a "Psycho"-esque change of protagonists halfway through the film, Nan's brother traces her to Whitewood when she turns up missing, and pretty soon everyone involved is on a collision course with the nastiest witch in Whitewood.

Oh, and Christopher Lee, too.

"City of the Dead", which also exists with the title "Horror Hotel" (which sounds a lot like something in a traveling carnival), is a deliciously spooky flick. Nobody's going to jump out of their seats watching this one, but it does have some excellent photography, especially in black & white, and the sets are truly eerie. Fans of more modern horror films will ultimately be disappointed, but genre aficionados will find this wicked black & white fun.

Reviewed by GroovyDoom 7 / 10

I'll get you, my little pretty!

Some witches are just bad to the bone. Elizabeth Selwyn is one such witch, and she's executed in a witchly fashion for it. Right before she's burned at the stake, she vows revenge on her tormentors, which is probably a fairly typical thing to do when a bunch of people are burning you alive. Despite the fact that flames usually do nothing good for the complexion, Elizabeth apparently manages to return with all her witchly beauty as an immortal being who haunts the town of Whitewood, and her equally immortal coven lives there with her among the perpetually foggy streets. She and her cohorts are in the habit of sacrificing young girls on holidays that witches hold sacred, and she runs a spooky inn as a lure for this purpose.

This is an unfortunate reality for our damsel in distress, naive college student Nan Barlow, who goes to Whitewood to research the existence of witchcraft in its history. She learns the difficult way that old habits die hard, and our favorite witch, with the sly pseudonym of Mrs. "Newlys", is all too happy to welcome her to her creepy hotel, which is a lot like the Hotel California--you can check in, but you can't check out.

In a "Psycho"-esque change of protagonists halfway through the film, Nan's brother traces her to Whitewood when she turns up missing, and pretty soon everyone involved is on a collision course with the nastiest witch in Whitewood.

Oh, and Christopher Lee, too.

"City of the Dead", which also exists with the title "Horror Hotel" (which sounds a lot like something in a traveling carnival), is a deliciously spooky flick. Nobody's going to jump out of their seats watching this one, but it does have some excellent photography, especially in black & white, and the sets are truly eerie. Fans of more modern horror films will ultimately be disappointed, but genre aficionados will find this wicked black & white fun.

Reviewed by dbborroughs 10 / 10

A movie to give you nightmares

This is the story of a college student who goes to do research in a small town and promptly runs into strange goings on. Its not giving anything away to say that the events involve witches of the not particularly friendly variety.

This movie creeps me out. Even if I hear the music in another room my skin crawls. I don't know what it is but there is something about it that does not sit well with me. Eerily filmed in suggestive black and white this film looks like a half remembered nightmare, perhaps a clearer version of Begotten.

I dread the prospect of ever seeing this again, despite owning several versions of it. (Hey, a good fright film has to be treasured)

10 out of 10.

Remember keep the lights on while you watch this.

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