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. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
We take well written stories for granted. This movie definately deserves a place in Horror history. It keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. It is as fresh as the day it was recorded. Timeless.
I remember this one from the late 60s/early 70s watching it on Creature Features. As I've read elsewhere, it is among the few of those old horror flicks that really can scare the pants off of you. It scared me back then in the way the original Night of the Living Dead did. And it is still true to form. Its well cut and filmed and acted. Rent this and share with your older kids to show them what horror movies are really supposed to be all about.
Good old fashioned Gothic horror... with interesting hip jazz soundtrack music in (appropriate) places. No surprises in this tale but you'll love the look. You'll also notice the director's deep love for fog.