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Horror Hotel

In "Horror Hotel” (1963), Nan Barlow travels to the small Massachusetts town of Whitewood to access original sources for research on the history of witchcraft. Following her professor’s recommendation, she checks into The Raven’s Inn, where the owner becomes all too willing to help Nan get a full understanding of what happened after the town burned one Elizabeth Selwyn as a witch in 1692. When Nan disappears, it’s up to Patricia, a descendent of one of the villagers, and Nan’s skeptical brother Richard and boyfriend Bill to learn the truth behind the terrifying traditions of this strange town.

Today’s audiences may recognize Nan’s history professor, Christopher Lee, who played Saruman in the "Lord of the Rings” trilogy and Count Dooku (a.k.a. Darth Tyranus) in "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” and "Star Wars: The Clone Wars”. Originally released in Europe as "The City of the Dead” (1960), the rest of the film’s cast is unlikely to spark recognition.

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Eric Hinderaker

Eric HinderakerHistory professor Eric Hinderaker of the University of Utah discusses the Salem Witch trials and the film "Horror Hotel.”

 

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