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Horror Hotel
     

Horror Hotel

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Director: John Llewellyn Moxey, Ann Beach, Valentine Dyall, Patricia Jessell

Cast: John Llewellyn Moxey, Ann Beach, Valentine Dyall, Patricia Jessell

 

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George Baxt scripted this extraordinarily good chiller from a story by Milton Subotsky, who also co-produced. A college student (Venetia Stevenson) with an interest in witchcraft goes to the Massachusetts town of Whitewood. It's a foggy, spooky town which gets even scarier when Stevenson discovers that the owner of the Raven's Inn, Mrs. Newlis (Patricia Jessel) is in

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George Baxt scripted this extraordinarily good chiller from a story by Milton Subotsky, who also co-produced. A college student (Venetia Stevenson) with an interest in witchcraft goes to the Massachusetts town of Whitewood. It's a foggy, spooky town which gets even scarier when Stevenson discovers that the owner of the Raven's Inn, Mrs. Newlis (Patricia Jessel) is in fact a 268-year old witch. Jessel sold her soul to the Devil to regain her life after being burned at the stake. The whole town is her coven, including Stevenson's kindly history professor (Christopher Lee). Stevenson's boyfriend and brother arrive to look for her and discover human sacrifices and all sorts of evil goings-on. One of the few horror films of the period which still has the power to frighten, Horror Hotel is required viewing for genre fans.

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All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
The debut of director John Llewellyn Moxey (then billed only as John Moxey) is an atmospheric chiller filmed largely on studio sets with a cast that mixed veteran performers (Patricia Jessel and Christopher Lee) with young stars (the 22-year-old American Venetia Stevenson in the lead). It's a low-budget film that depends, like many of the horror films made for Britain's Hammer Studios, more on atmosphere than dazzling special effects. Released the same year as Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, it shares that film's setup, of a beautiful young woman checking into a hotel that's a front for evil doings. Stevenson's Nan Barlow is an inquisitive college student investigating a New England town which was the scene of witchcraft trials some 250 years before. The film is less interested in making sense (the town is only partly inhabited by witches, so why don't they just take over so that none of the "civilians" can tell the outside world?) than in creating a mood of foreboding. Stevenson isn't much of an actress, but Moxey gives her enough support and offers a rousing, fiery finale in a graveyard to compensate.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0886470245031
Original Release:
1960
Source:
Mr Fat - W Video
Sales rank:
35,253

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ann Beach Lottie
Valentine Dyall Jethrow Keane
Patricia Jessell Elizabeth Selwyn/Mrs. Newlis
Freddy Johnson Elder
Dennis Lotis Richard Barlow
Christopher Lee Prof. Allan Driscoll
Venetia Stevenson Nan Barlow
Norman MacOwan Rev. Russell
Tom Naylor Bill Maitland
Nickolas Grace Actor
Betta St. John Patricia Russell

Technical Credits
John Llewellyn Moxey Director
George Baxt Screenwriter
John Blezard Art Director
George Claff Makeup
Desmond Dickinson Cinematographer,Screenwriter
Douglas Gamley Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Freda Gibson Costumes/Costume Designer
Kenneth V. Jones Score Composer
John Pomeroy Editor
Cliff John Richardson Special Effects
Max Rosenberg Producer
Milton Subotsky Producer
Donald Taylor Producer

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Horror Hotel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie, has some really scary moments. The music was incredibly weird as a choice for this frightening film. I don't get it. There is a part in the film that shows a human sacrifice and that is the scariest part of the movie! I have the DVD version and the VHS. Enjoy!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Horror Hotel' is probably the most frightening witchcraft film of all time. It lacks the sophistication of Rosemary's Baby but makes up for that in simple terror.They didn't spend much in special effects, but the performances of Christopher Lee and Patricia Jessel carry the film to classic status.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first seen this movie back in 1969. I was about 12 years old. It scared the heck out of me. 30 years have past, and I found this movie in VHS form. Guess what, it still scares the heck out of me. I watched it at about 10am in the morning. Still scared the heck out of me. This movie is creppy to say the least. Watch it with a friend. 'Freddy Kruger, The Shinning, Cujo,Have nothing on this movie. The fog, The music,The actors,all should have gotten awards. I just got the DVD verison, I can't wait to see it. Be arafid, Be very Afraid