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Motel Hell (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
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This is a delightful organic salad of classic American horror tropes. It is clear, especially when you consider the year it was released, that it owes a basically existential debt to Tobe Hooper's groundbreaking Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It at once attempts to up the ante by offering original and perverse atrocities that make this as genuine a piece of torture porn as anything in the Hostel or Saw franchises, and on the other hand significantly lowers the seriousness by adding a level of Don Knots type comedy that still exists in quality horror movies today, e.g. Nathan Fillion in Slither (2006).
Just as long as its clear that of the two films, Hooper's is far superior, I have no qualms about giving this one five stars.
If nothing else, the human head-garden is worth the price of admission. :)
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.
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Terrible video. All scenes are cutoff. I've seen better hand recorded bootlegs.Published 24 days ago by Michael J. Anderson
Absolutely laughable movie .
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My all time favorite movie. It's sort of a knockoff from Texas chainsaw massacre.. But I love itPublished 3 months ago by Eric Kee