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Motel Hell (1980)

Rory Calhoun , Paul Linke , Kevin Connor  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)


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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 (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G9Y3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Motel Hell" on IMDb

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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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meat's meat... December 16, 1999
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Horror film of the Eighties August 11, 1999
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dinner Theatre August 7, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
If you are not hungry for a hot steaming breakfast after watching Motel Hell then maybe you should watch some vintage Streisand or Doris Day/ Rock Hudson romantic comedies. This is one of the best movies of all time. Motel Hell contains the correct amount of gory violence, forced romance and sexual innuendo to place it in the elite status of horror movies. Get your popcorn and that special someone for your movie night with Motel Hell.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hungry for some meat? September 17, 2002
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meat's Meat, and a Man's Gotta Eat! November 16, 2003
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Whether this film is great, or completely awful, depends on what you're looking for. If you go into this movie eyes wide open, you can have a great time. After films like Plan 9 from Outer Space became cult classics, the genre of "films so bad they're good" was born. Motel Hell is an intentional addition to this genre.
Guests check in to Motel Hell[o] (the "o" on the neon sign is burned out), but they don't check out. Think you've seen it before? just wait: this is the first slasher flick where the point-of-view characters are the slashers. You'll think the victims are idiots, and almost want to root for Vincent and Ida, makers of a meat jerky with a very special ingredient. Their motto: "Meat's meat, and a man's gotta eat!" which Ida gleefully declares in one of the film's creepier scenes. This scene, with one of their young guests inducted into the cannibal hall of fame, is a scene that reminds me of the obligatory moment in vampire movies where the vampire turns an unwitting lover into the undead.
Expect to be horrified, rather than terrified, to be grossed-out, rather than sat on the edge of your seat, and you'll have a great time laughing at Motel Hell.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DeMented FamiLY Of ButCHers April 12, 2002
By A Customer
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome condition, Great Film!!
The tape was in great condition. I have watched "Motel Hell" hundreds of times and I still enjoy watching it.
Published 26 days ago by Cheryl Mattox
5.0 out of 5 stars 5-star worthy
Ok, you need to like odd, campy, and clever. If you do, I guarantee the ending of this movie will make you pee your pants, and not because it ends. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars She liked this movie!
Years ago we took our fairly young niece to the drive-in-movies where this was a second movie playing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by gilda a lusby
5.0 out of 5 stars vintage cult horror classic
I have seen this movie long ago in my early twenties. I loved it then and now enjoy it again.
Published 7 months ago by Alan J Romain
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want campy comedy....get this movie
We watched this when it first came out and loved it so much had to buy it for the collection!
Published 8 months ago by Sandy Richter
4.0 out of 5 stars My First "R" Rated movie Back in the day!!!
I have a soft spot for this one since it was the first "R" rated movie I saw in the theater and my Dad announced to the ticket taker "It's his first R rated Movie!! :? Read more
Published 12 months ago by Robert Bizzell
3.0 out of 5 stars Old McDonald Had a Farm, E I E I O, and on that farm he had some human...
Farmer Vincent Smith (Rory Calhoun known for The Texan) and his little sister Ida (Nancy Parsons known for Porky's) run both a small motel and the counties best supply of smoked... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Micheal Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
I love this story. Its my favorite horror picture. I also really enjoy how the producers were willing to set conventions aside and do what was needed to tell the story! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Leonard Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Motel Hell [VHS]
A friend had mentioned this movie, oldie but goodie, I bought it for him for his birthday. Thanks so much
Published 17 months ago by Donna Smart
4.0 out of 5 stars Forget Bates Motel...This Is MOTEL HELL.
Viewed: 4/12
Rate: 8

4/12: Twenty years after Psycho, horror is back in motels, and this time, it is Motel Hell. Read more
Published on April 20, 2012 by Austin Somlo
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