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Motel Hell

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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

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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G9Y3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,822 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Motel Hell" on IMDb

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22 of 26 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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7 of 8 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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12 of 15 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 6 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Derek G VINE VOICE on September 17, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
A throwback to my childhood that scared me enough to make me want to search it out again, Motel Hell combines some genuinely creepy moments with a helping of dark comedy.
Saying the movie is about cannibalism isn't a spoiler, everyone will guess the secret to Farmer Vincent's "fritters" upfront. Instead, the writers save the surprises for the viewers in the bizarre methods Farmer Vincent uses to prepare his "product." It's evident the scares were largely influenced by Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but at the same time the writers intended to provide enough humor to appeal to the drive-in crowd.
Amid all the madness, the late Rory Calhoun and Nancy Parsons deliver straight and serious performances. The rest of the cast, well... acting was never a major requirement of horror movies. Look for John Ratzenberger, aka Cliff Claven, in a bit role as a drummer - you wouldn't even recognize him unless you knew upfront.
Descriptions such as "masterpiece" and "classic" may be a little strong. The entire movie feels like it was done on the cheap and the gore can't hold a candle to the ultra-realistic violence of today's horror movies (it did get banned in West Germany, however.) Consider the double-feature DVD that includes the thriller "Deranged."
You may think twice about buying that next piece of beef jerky.
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