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Trivia / City of the Dead

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  • Billing Displacement: Venetia Stevenson is only billed with 'And Introducing' despite Nan being the central character for the first half hour anyway.
  • Executive Meddling: The American release cuts out three lines in which characters invoke the name of Lucifer - despite being plot-relevant - because the censors found them offensive.
  • Fake American: Most of the cast were made up of British actors playing American characters. The exceptions are Venetia Stevenson, who plays Nannote  and actual American Betta St.John as Pat.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • The film bears several similarities to Psycho - involving the protagonist being murdered at the halfway mark, with her sibling then investigating her disappearance. Bonus points for both featuring creepy hotels prominently, as well as a climax involving the villainess's withered face. But this one was actually in production first, and both were coincidentally released the same year.
    • During the 60s there would be several films dealing with devil worship and black magic - such as The Witches (1966), The Devil Rides Out, Eye of the Devil and The Wicker Man (1973).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The story was intended as a pilot for a horror series with Boris Karloff starring. It was never made and the script instead became a standalone film.
    • Following on from the above, the pilot would have ended with Nan's sudden death. The second half of the film added the plot of Dick and Bill investigating her disappearance.
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  • You Look Familiar: If you look at the opening scene, two old women appear again when Nan visits the town.


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