Horror Hotel, or City of the Dead (September 12, 1960)
Released on September 12, 1960: A young girl researching witchcraft in New England is marked for sacrifice by a coven of undead witches for their candlemass eve ritual (February 1).
Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey
Written by George Baxt and Milton Subotsky.
The Actors: Christopher Lee (Alan Driscoll), Patricia Jessel (Elizabeth Selwyn and Mrs. Newless), Dennis Lotis (Richard Barlow), Betta St. John (Patricia Russell), Venetia Stevenson (Nan Barlow),Tom Naylor (Bill Maitland), Valentine Dyall (Jethrow Keane), Ann Beach (Lottie), Norman Macowan (Reverend Russell), Fred Johnson (the Elder), James Dyrenforth (garage attendant), Maxine Holden (Sue), William Abney (policeman), Nickolas Grace (unknown).
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Be Afraid . . . Be Very Afraid ! ! !
When I was a teen in college, one of my friends was a Catholic boy who told me about a small Catholic church in his neighborhood that held a special 'black vespers' service on All Hallows Eve, Halloween, where the Priest would carry a large cross and lead his congregation in a parade around the outside of the church building three times, praying as they went. I wish I had asked more questions about it and maybe even gotten involved in one of the services, but my young mind just marked it off as something different, but not worth much more than a footnote in my life's experiences. Candlemass Eve is February first, the night before the pagan Candlemass, the night when the dead come to life, and that is where our story begins. Nan Barlow (played by Venetia Stevenson) is a college student in 1960 who is interested in witchcraft in New England during the early years of the United States. Professor Driscoll (Christopher Lee) tells his class about a witch that was burned at the stake in the 1600's in the small New England town of Whitewood. She decides to spend her spring break in the small town searching for relics and information on witchcraft for her college term paper. What she finds, and what those that later search for her find, and what you will find . . . my dear friend . . . is a tale about a demonic coven about to celebrate their Candlemass Eve ritual, which includes the sacrifice of a young virgin at the hands of a witch who was burned at the stake three hundred years earlier. Gather all of your courage, and watch with someone that you love . . . or better yet, someone that you trust . . . someone that you trust with your life . . . and travel to the small town of Whitewood, where witches still rule the night.When the clock strikes thirteen . . . the fun begins, and only one thing can save you . . . the shadow of the cross!
Ann Beach, as the mute Loggie, is killed
The coven of witches come after the girl
Ann Beach as the mute Lottie
Betta St. John, as Patrica Russell, is about to be sacrificed
Betta St. John meets Venetia Stevenson
Christoper Lee as Professor Alan Driscoll
Chrisopher Lee and Venetia Stevenson
Christopher Lee, as Professor Driscoll, tells his class about the witch Elizabeth Selwyn being burned at the stake in 1692
Dennis Lotis and Betta St. John
Dennis Lotis and Maxine Holden
Norman Macowan, as Reverend Russell, tells Denis Lotis about the coven of witches and their human sacrifices
Denis Lotis and Tom Naylor
Fred Johnson as the town Elder in 1692 who ordered Elizabeth Selwyn to be burned at the stake
James Dryenforth is the gas station attendant outside the small town of Whitewood
Norman Macowan as Reverend Russell, the blind minister in the small Whitewood church
Patricia Jessel and valentine Dyall discuss the upcoming sacrifice during the February first Candlemass ritual
Patricia Jessel and Venetia Stevenson
Patricia Jessel, as witch Elizabeth Selwyn, is about to be burned at the steak in 1692
Patricia Jessel, as witch Elizabeth Selwyn, is about to slay the young girl
Patricia Jessel, as the wicked witch, laughs demonically
Tom Naylor grabs a cross to use as a weapon against the witches
Tom Naylor and Venetia Stevenson in Horror Hotel
Valentine Dyall and Fred Johnson
Venetia Stevenson gets directions to Whitewood from gas station attendant James Dyrenforth
Venetia Stevenson is college student Nan Barlow