Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Horror Hotel (1960) aka City of the Dead

 4 / 5
Tagline: 300 years old! Human blood keeps them alive forever!
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Written by: George Baxt, Milton Subotsky
Actors include: Christopher Lee, Patricia Jessel, Dennis Lotis
Genre: Horror
Length: 78 minutes
Banned: Finland
Country: UK

Christopher Lee plays a teacher who's attractive young female student wants to do more research on witchcraft. Lee tries to help her out by pointing her to the town of "Whitewood" as it apparently has quite a history with that sort of thing. Immediately the locals look really creepy and strange (great job with casting) and even the local Priest has told her to vamoose! It's a pretty interesting take on this premise and I was surprised how erm "evil" this movie actually was, especially for the time it came out. It's not an all out gorefest or something but it actually does contain a few surprises. It's very elegantly shot in black and white, plus Lee is always a treat to watch. Definitely a good little to the point film that nearly anyone should enjoy!

Availability:  On DVD

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