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Motel Hell

4 out of 5 stars 152 customer reviews

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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G9Y3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,164 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Motel Hell" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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OK. It's Motel Hell. It's a vintage horror classic. I get it. But, I can't give it 5 stars just because Im autopiloting a review based on a film's cult following. That said, you gotta see this one if you are a true horror fan. And you have to keep in mind this is light-hearted dark comedy horror - not "The Shining" or "Rosemary's Baby" or anything truly epic and classic as far as the horror genre.

If nothing else, the human head-garden is worth the price of admission. :)
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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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Format: Blu-ray
Once again stumbling through the archives of undiscovered horror gems courtesy of Scream Factory, I’ve come across 1980’s “Motel Hell” Collector’s Edition. It’s quite obvious from the film’s tagline what inspired this darkly humorous tale of one man’s quest to serve up the best meat he can to his customers. Tobe Hooper decided to collect some indirect royalties in 1986 by taking the idea of a chainsaw duel for “Texas Chainsaw Massacre II.”

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.
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