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VENETIA STEVENSON ALMOST STARRING IN 'THE CITY OF THE DEAD'

Built-in Spoiler Poster for The City of the Dead YEAR: 1960
Style over substance, THE CITY OF THE DEAD involves a terrific old Massachusetts locale in modern times (with a burned-witch intro) resembling the village from Universal's FRANKENSTEIN: fitting since the Brits' own Monster, Christopher Lee, is a professor who recommends his hottest student in blonde beauty Venetia Stevenson literally study-up on the town's use of witchcraft...

Given the genre it's no surprise her character Nan Barlow is more ambitious than smart, lacking common sense to return home after a frightened gas station attendant warns her to... return home. From there she picks up a mysterious hitchhiker that, once arriving in town, vanishes before her eyes. But she's got a paper to do, and her forty-minute screen-time is liken to Janet Leigh in that very year's PSYCHO, which opened a week earlier...

Christopher Lee w/ Venetia Stevenson SCORE: **1/2
When she goes "missing", a pretty, helpful local girl (this film's Vera Miles) calls Nan's brother (aka Sam Loomis), who then travels the same route she had, and even experiences the disappearing hitchhiker. With the dark Gothic potential leading up, without Venetia Stevenson there isn't much left for witchy antagonist (resurrected from the prologue) Patricia Jessel to do... While legitimately nefarious, she's no Norman Bates...

Other than cobbled streets of knee-high fog where cloaked figures march ominously throughout, not much really happens except for what the "good guys" experience, and they never seem all that frightened: so why should we? But for the insanely gorgeous, forgotten scream queen Venetia Stevenson, THE CITY OF THE DEAD is worth viewing on Amazon Prime: Only make sure to stream the "Double Doses of Horror: Witches & Crazies!" instead of the film by itself. The difference of quality is night and day.
Venetia Stevenson studies THE CITY OF THE DEAD within the HORROR HOTEL
The face inside the cloak after turning up the brightness opening credit of THE CITY OF THE DEAD
Venetia Stevenson in THE CITY OF THE DEAD is our Janet Leigh as Psycho came out 9/6/60 this 9/12/60
Venetia Stevenson in THE CITY OF THE DEAD with Patricia Jessel
Venetia Stevenson in THE CITY OF THE DEAD w/ Betta St. John
Venetia Stevenson in THE CITY OF THE DEAD w/ Betta St. John
Venetia Stevenson in THE CITY OF THE DEAD
Venetia Stevenson in THE CITY OF THE DEAD
A dead bird pierced to death doesn't even turn our pretty dimwitted ingenue around
Venetia Stevenson in THE CITY OF THE DEAD
Foggy druid types in THE CITY OF THE DEAD
Venetia Stevenson in THE CITY OF THE DEAD
Venetia Stevenson in THE CITY OF THE DEAD
Christopher Lee and Venetia Stevenson in THE CITY OF THE DEAD
Venetia Stevenson in THE CITY OF THE DEAD
Venetia Stevenson in THE CITY OF THE DOOMED aka HORROR HOTEL
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