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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.
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.
If nothing else, the human head-garden is worth the price of admission. :)
Farmer Vincent is famous throughout the county for his special blend of smoked meat. People come from miles around just to buy it in bulk. They wouldn’t be so thrilled if they only knew what the mysterious ingredients were that he used. With the help of his devoted sister, Vincent would do anything to keep the family recipe a secret.
“Motel Hell” Collector’s Edition is presented in 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1) with DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo. The picture quality was satisfying and obviously a step up from its regular DVD release. While it’s not the 5.1 surround mix diehard fans will want, the 2.0 sound is adequate and amplifies the gurgling of Farmer Vincent’s victims enough to give you the creeps.
Just like Farmer Vincent’s vittles, Scream Factory’s “Motel Hell” Collector’s Edition is stuffed full of bloody goodness. Director Kevin Connor provides new commentary for the film. It includes new interviews with Connor, Producers / Writers Robert Jaffe and Steven Charles Jaffe, actors Marc Silver, Paul Linke, and Rosanne Katon, and Stunt Co-Ordinator Gene Hartline. The featurette “Ida Be Thy Name: A Look Back at ‘Motel Hell’s’ Frightful Female Protagonist, Ida Smith” celebrates Farmer Vincent’s insanely dedicated sister. A theatrical trailer is included as well.Read more ›
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This is a great movie,the actors are very good especially Rory Calhoun !!!!!!!Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
It should have been called "Motel Smell". This has got to be one of the worst cult films I have ever seen. The script is poor and very predictable from the start. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A fantastic classic. The extras are abundant and truly entertaining, as well as informative. I've been waiting for a special edition of this film for a very long time.Published 1 month ago by Thomas
One of the best classic movies out there!! Full of fun and humor, with a little bit of making you wonder what you're eating when you stop by those nice, old country BBQ joints.Published 1 month ago by Catherine
Another kinda CHEESY HORROR FILM. But I love that kind. If your a fan of horror films, then give it a watch.Published 1 month ago by Jeff Kostrzeba