The City of the Dead (1960)
aka Horror Hotel

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In 1692, in the fictional Massachusetts town of Whitewood, a witch named Elizabeth Selwyn was burned at the stake. However, before her death, she managed to make a deal with the devil, he gave her eternal life in exchange for a promise to eternally create only evil.

In our days, Professor Alan Driscoll lectures at a university on witchcraft and medieval witches. One of his students, Nan Barlow, is particularly interested in this issue, so the professor advises her to visit Whitewood, where she can find many interesting things on the topic. Nan goes there on vacation. Having settled in a hotel owned by eccentric Mrs. Newlands, Nan begins to study the history of the town. She gets acquainted with the local resident, Patricia, and soon learns that the next day will be, in a centuries-old sequence, a day of the sacrifice. The victim has to be a young girl. Nan goes down to the basement of the hotel, which is actually a satanic shrine, and gets captured by Mrs. Newlands and her assosiates. Newland says that she is actually the immortal Elizabeth Selwyn. To sustain her immortality, virgins must be sacrificed to the witch every year and this year, the student is the chosen victim.

Two weeks later, concerned about Nan's absence, her brother Richard and her fiance Tom are on the lookout for Nan. Having overcome witches' machinations on the way (car crash), friends arrive to Whitewood. Here they find Patricia and get to know her father, a local priest, who tells them about demonic cult in the town. Soon, Patricia is kidnapped, and Richard finds her in the same basement where Nan died. The girl is ready to be sacrificed. To his great surprise, Richard learns that the leader of the satanic sect is Professor Driscoll himself, who sent Nan here. Richard is also captured and is soon to be killed. At the last minute, Tom gets involved and, with the help of the cross, burns the witches, although he himself is killed with a knife in the back. Newland escapes, but she is dying as the time of sacrifice is missed. Later, Richard and Patricia find her burnt body in the hotel.


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

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