ELVIRA-TOBER Pt. 3: “City of the Dead” (1960) & the Salem Witch Trials in Cinema History

The City of the Dead (1960) - YouTube
THE CITY OF THE DEAD (1960) • Frame Rated
City of the Dead (1960) - Trailer - YouTube
The City of the Dead Review (1960) Worth Watching?
The City of the Dead (1960) - Movie Review : Alternate Ending
The City of the Dead (1960) | MUBI
The City of the Dead (1960) | City, Dead, OzuTHE CITY OF THE DEAD (1960) • Frame Rated

“City of the Dead” (1960) also known as “Horror Hotel” was directed by John Llewellyn Moxey and stars Christopher Lee, otherwise known as Count Dracula (from the Hammer Horror productions movies & seven total films). The film is about a young student who travels to Whitewood, New England to research the Salem Witch Trials – only to become a trap in the game being had by the local coven – which seems to be alive and well.

Below: The Elvira COORS Light Halloween campaign cut-out that I saw in the East Village right after reading about it in her book!!! (Note the lack of cleavage thanks to Mr. Zealot Jeffrey Coors)!

A montage that someone put together of all of Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson’s appearances in Federico Fellini’s ROMA:

Sources/Further Materials:

Book: “Yours Cruelly, Elvira” by Cassandra Peterson

Book: “The Feminine Mystique” by Betty Freidan

Movie: “The Crucible”

Movie: “City of the Dead”

  • The National Geographic documentary
  • Ted-Ed “What really happened during the salem witch trials”
  • Ted-Ed “The Ugly History of the Witch Hunts”
  • 25 Weird Things About the Salem Witch Trials

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