Rent The City of the Dead (1960)

3.6 of 5 from 70 ratings
1h 17min
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Synopsis:
While researching a paper on witches, a female student (Venetia Stevenson) travels to a New England town. Whitewood: to find a place cursed and full of death and occultism. The beautiful student also finds that she has arrived on Candlemass Eve, the night of Satanic human sacrifice and numerous other evil goings on, with rather unpleasant results...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Donald Taylor, Max Rosenberg
Writers:
George Baxt, Milton Subotsky
Studio:
Salvation Films
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Horror
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/04/2007
Run Time:
77 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Commentaries by Christopher Lee and John Moxey
  • Interview with Christopher Lee
  • Interview with Venetia Stevenson
  • Interview with John Moxey
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Gallery
  • Star and Director Biographies
  • Redemption Trailers
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following special features:
- Interview With Christopher Lee
- Interview With Venetia Stevenson
- Interview With John Moxey
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Photo Gallery
- Star and Director Biographies
- Redemption Trailers
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/04/2017
Run Time:
78 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Two versions of the film: The City of the Dead and the alternative US cut, Horror Hotel
  • Audio commentary by film critic Jonathan Rigby, author of English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 and Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History, recorded exclusively for this release
  • Audio commentary by actor Christopher Lee
  • Audio commentary by director John Llewellyn Moxey
  • Interview with Lee
  • Interview with Moxey
  • Interview with actor Venetia Stevenson
  • Gallery
  • Trailer

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Reviews (1) of The City of the Dead

Spoilers follow ... - The City of the Dead review by NP

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29/03/2018

The first thing that strikes me about this studio-bound chiller is its cast of (mainly) British actors labouring under soft American accents. Presumably designed for ease of selling to an international market, it nevertheless seems an otherwise unnecessary distraction and slight deviation from the heady atmosphere of this Milton Subotsky-scripted production. Produced by an uncredited Max Rosemberg, this could be seen as a fledgling Amicus project. Amicus were to become rivals to Hammer’s horror output over the next decade.

Stunning Venetia Stevenson plays Nan Barlow, whose occasionally wooden performance is recompensed by her extraordinary screen presence. Her prolific acting career would be over the following year, and she remains something of a cinematic enigma. Here, she is joined by a scowling Christopher Lee and Valentine Dyall, as well as a formidable Patricia Jessel in the dual role of Elizabeth Selwyn and Mrs. Newless.

“I warn you, young feller. They don’t like strangers in Whitewood.”

Douglas Gamley and Ken Jones’ music score veers from traditional horror accompaniment, which enhances the gloom, and light jazz, which doesn’t; it does, however, lend a sense of laconic style to some scenes, especially those featuring Stevenson.

The ending is unlikely given the circumstances and I can’t imagine that didn’t dawn on the players and those behind the scenes. And yet everything is played very seriously and the low budget is used to fine effect, giving everything an ethereal, not-quite-real sense of displacement.

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