The City of the Dead
by Gary Johnson
Horror film aficionados have long known about an underrated, little-recognized gem from the early '60s called Horror Hotel. For many years, this movie was only available in America in generally poor-quality video transfers, second- and third-generation dupes from worn theatrical prints. However, in 1995 Elite Entertainment discovered a decent print and released the movie on laserdisc (which they followed in 1998 with a DVD release).
Now, VCI Entertainment ups the ante further. VCI has uncovered a print in excellent condition of the British release version of Horror Hotel, titled The City of the Dead, and prepared a superb DVD package filled with extras. The disc contains interviews with director John Moxey and stars Christopher Lee and Venetia Stevenson (daughter of director Robert Stevenson of Mary Poppins fame); audio commentaries by Christopher Lee and John Moxey; a photo gallery; and other extras.
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