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  • Actors: Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke, Nancy Parsons, Nina Axelrod, Wolfman Jack
  • Directors: Kevin Connor
  • Writers: Robert Jaffe, Frank Cotolo, Steven-Charles Jaffe, Tim Tuchrello
  • Producers: Austen Jewell, Herb Jaffe, Robert Jaffe
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Ilc Prime
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G9Y3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,075 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Motel Hell" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Veteran actor Rory Calhoun stars as the delightfully fiendish Farmer Vincent in a deliciously ghoulish tale of the macabre that has now become a cult classic

Customer Reviews

Wonderfully creepy, campy and fun (if those can be combined) at the same time.
Gary D. Clark
Gosh darnit, if you wanna have some fun and really put your brain in a "don't let me think, whatever you do" kinda mode, this is the movie for you, pardner.
LGwriter
All in all, you will have to see Motel Hell to believe it, and the film is one of the best of the horror genre.
Mr. Math Expert

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Crowder (oceanus13@hotmail.com) on January 23, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Veteran actor Rory Calhoun stars as the delightfully fiendish Farmer Vincent in a deliciously ghoulish tale of the macabre that has now become a cult classic. "Meat is meat, and a man's gotta eat!" That was always granny's philosophy. And that's the way folks still think over at the Motel Hello (the o is burnt out on the sign) where Farmer Vincent mixes up his special blend of smoked meats. Heck, everybody in the county just loves Farmer Vincent's sausages and hams there's nothing quite like 'em. But pray tell , what's that we've heard about strangers just passing by Vincent's motel? And what are those odd things planted in vincent's "secret garden" that he only tends to at night? And, gosh, what are those strange carcasses Vincent has hangin' in the smokehouse? The Motel Hello is open for business folks. But if you're asked to stay for dinner, you may want to think twice!! Go rent motel hell at your local video store and just sit back and watch trust me you will be happy you did!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian Otterson on December 16, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
The term Cult Classic was invented to describe films just like this. I still can't decide whether it's the funniest horror film I've ever seen or the most horrific comedy, but its refusal to fit either of those categories is what makes it so memorable. The central concept of "Meat's meat, and a man's gotta eat" is hardly original (Soylent Green, for example) but the way Farmer Vincent selects and prepares his livestock is so wonderfully macabre and hilarious at the same time. Buy this movie! I can guarantee that you've never seen anything like it, but you'll probably want to see it again and again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dennis on August 13, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Well, its another Scream Factory release suffering from the kind of authoring issues that a large amount of their previous releases have displayed...we're talking digital artifacting here, folks. Its everywhere on this release, but there is enough impressive detail present to balance out the negative aspects of the middle of the road transfer. It is obviously an upgrade from the mgm disc from a few years back, but the theory floating around is that this disc is comprised of material culled from an older HD remaster for the Monsters HD channel in 2005. It certainly looks that way, but it is the best it has looked and might be the best we will see for awhile.
The film alone is enjoyable enough to overlook the disc's shortcomings and boasts a nice amount of bonus material, one department in which Scream excels, so its worth the price of admission.
It would be great to see a remaster drawn from the original source material, maybe one day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Meeley on May 5, 2010
Format: DVD
"Motel Hell" is quite a difficult film to gauge. It is referred to as a horror-comedy, but that description isn't very accurate, as it is more weird than funny and more macabre than scary.

The story revolves around a couple of hoteliers (played by Rory Calhoun and Nancy Parsons), who have a side business selling fine smoked meats. But what makes the meats so good is the terrifying secret ingredient of human flesh.

I have to say, going into this film, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. With cannibalism being a factor in the film, you might be expecting a lot of gruesome scenes. Yet, surprisingly, there is very little in the way of graphic gore to be found. The story is also a bit odd, in that there are some scenes that seem to drag on, yet give you little in the way of a pay-off. Also, most of the acting is fairly poor. Whether this is due to the lack of skills of the actors, or a case of a script that gives them little to work with, I can't really say. The side drama about the love triangle involving Terry (played by Nina Axelrod) and the brother of the cannibal farmer, who is also the town's Sheriff (played by Paul Linke), is little more than a strained (and sometimes dull) attempt to set up the final conflict between the brothers. Although, the film can boast of being an early work for actor John Ratzenberger (who would go onto heights of television fame on the series "Cheers"). Unfortunately, he gets very little to do in the film (including not a single piece of dialog) being nothing more than a victim to be killed. Director Kevin Connor never really seems to bring the story to life, until towards the very end. And if you haven't found yourself engaged long before that point, it probably won't much matter to you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
A wierdo brother and sister own a motel and make a special type of meat. Can you guess what the meat is made of? YEP, the local people disappearing down the road from the motel. A little weird but a cult classic. Rent it before buying it. Decent horror flick.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Its almost been 20 years since this movie was first released but it hasn't lost any of its wit and gruesome content. It is indeed a one of a kind classic. Just don't be one of the unfortunate to spend the night at the Motel Hell(o)!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Motel Hell was a wonderful horror/comedy that I consider the best of the eighties gore films. Rory Calhoun gives a wonderful performance as Farmer Vincent and the final duel of chainsaws where Calhoun wears a pig's head is what makes this great horror film a classic. Truely cult film material and well worth a look for fans of this kind of film. A movie with Wolfman Jack in it can't be all that bad!
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