'The City of The Dead: Limited Edition'
(Christopher Lee, Dennis Lotis, Betta St John, Patricia Jessel, Venetia Stevenson, et al / Blu-ray / PG-13 / (1960) 2018 / VCI Entertainment)
Overview: A young college student arrives in a sleepy Massachusetts town to research witchcraft; during her stay at an eerie inn, she discovers a startling secret about the town and its inhabitant.
Blu-ray Verdict: One of the common threads with this movie is that if you saw it when you were a kid it scared the heck out of you. No doubt you caught it on a creature features afternoon show back in the 60's or 70' and the movie stayed with you.
The basic plot is simple enough. A , basically made up of a coven of 300 year old witches, are looking for human sacrifices. A young student is guided to Whitewood for research and, well, anything else would just spoil it for you. Just expect the unexpected.
I love showing this movie to people and then telling them it was filmed in England with a British cast. The cast does an outstanding job with their accents.
This is a film that relies on mood and suspense rather than cheap shocks, but it does contain its share of shocking moments that aren't uncalled for.
It is also one of the foggiest films I've ever, but that just adds to the atmosphere. Great black and white photography and a director that got the most out of a limited budget, but stellar cast.
FYI: The film was not released in the USA until two years later (1962), albeit with the name 'Horror Hotel.' Important dialogue bits from the opening burning-at-the-stake sequence were censored from the American version and key scenes were used in the Iron Maiden video for their song "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter" (1990).
This classic of British horror has been painstakingly restored by VCI (with the cooperation of the British Film Institute), is now complete and uncut and in 1080 HD, enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Horror Hotel, the American Version of City of the Dead
Feature length Commentary by Bruce Hallenbeck
2nd Feature length Commentary with actor Christopher Lee
3rd Commentary by Director John Moxey
Interview with Christopher Lee
Interview with Venetia Stevenson
Interview with Director John Moxey
Liner Notes by Mike Kenny, Film Reviewer