Pillay-Evans Productions and producer Adam Stephe Kelly are pairing up to remake the 1960s British horror film, The City of the Dead, or, as it was known in the U.S., Horror Hotel.
S.J. Evans (Tattoos: A Scarred History) is on board to write and direct.
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,” says Evans. “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 original starred Christopher Lee, Venetia Stevensen and Patricia Jessel. Head inside for more details and a NSFW piece of promotional art!
The City of the Dead concerns a student who travels to a small New England town to research witchcraft. While there, however, she becomes the target for a sacrifice by a coven of witches.
Pillay-Evans Productions is also at work on Ruggero Deodato’s The House on the Edge of the Park Part II, Shadows Within and Dead of the Nite, now shooting with Tony Todd.
It’s our intention to take British horror back to its roots,” says Kelly. “With our film, we’re going back to what made the genre we love great. Over the last year or so, we’ve seen attitudes towards the genre changing and audiences are growing tired of being grossed out. They’re after the next big scare. With The City of the Dead, we aim to make a film that evokes emotion from the audience because of its characters, atmosphere and tension, rather than how much blood is spilled. We’re going to combine classic genre tropes with a classic story to create something that will take a 21st century audience for a ride.