Not be confused with Lucio Fulci’s “City of the Living Dead” (aka “The Gates of Hell” in the US) or Umberto Lenzi’s similarly sounding “Nightmare City” (aka “City of the Walking Dead” in the US), this is actually the 1960 supernatural thriller “The City of the Dead” by John Llewellyn Moxey.
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Now, moving on…
Pillay-Evans Productions has announced today that they’ve teamed up with producer Adam Stephen Kelly to develop a remake of the Moxey film, which is also known as “Horror Hotel” in the States. The remake will be directed by S.J. Evans (“Dead of the Nite”), who promises:
The remake of THE CITY OF THE DEAD will stay true to the original and concentrate on atmosphere and good old fashioned storytelling, instead of relying on gore or CGI to move the plot along. I grew up watching the classic Universal horrors and was inspired by how the likes of James Whale created this sense of dread and unease with just a look. I want to bring that style of filmmaking back to the big screen instead of another music video, quick-cut horror film. We are all very excited by the prospect of bringing one of the greatest witchcraft films ever made to a new audience and know that fans of the original will be satisfied with the effort we are making to honour this classic.
The 1960 original starred Venetia Stevenson as a young college student who heads to a New England town to do research on witchcraft, only to come face to face with actual witches. Supernatural shenanigans ensue. The film also co-starred Patricia Jessel and Christopher Lee.
Take a gander at the promo poster for the remake and a trailer for the original below: