In this undermentioned British Horror film, a young college student, Nan, sets off to investigate the small New England village of Whitewood on her professor's lead with the hope of uncovering new information on witchcraft for her term paper. After her disappearance, her boyfriend and brother return to the town only to discover that she has been chosen to be sacrificed by the town's evil inhabitants! Director John Moxey creates all of the same stunning atmosphere found in Mario Bava's BLACK SUNDAY and the Hammer films through the dark Gothic settings and brilliant lighting effects. Whitewood is drowned in eternal darkness and an unsettling fog that settles on the weathered streets, buildings, and central graveyard of the village, as figures creep in and out of view in the nightmarish town. Christopher Lee's manipulative grasp on the characters provides him with another sinister and imposing role as the film's heavy. CITY OF THE DEAD is one of the most beautifully shot, atmospheric, and eerie British Horror films outside of the Hammer series, making it a must-see Gothic Horror entry.
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**It is important to note that the film is widely available in the public domain under its American release title HORROR HOTEL, however VCI's release of the film is the only fulled restored version in America, and has been completely remastered with brilliant picture and sound. This is the only way to view the film.