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Motel Hell, 1980.
Directed by Kevin Conner.
Set in a fictitious town in the Deep South, people come from far and wide to sample Vincent's distinctively flavoured produce, but one might well ask why so few of them decide to stay at the near-by motel the family also runs.
"Meats, meat - and a man's gotta eat"
Motel Hell does often feel like the last of its kind. It came out at a time after Tobe Hooper's goreless Texas Chain Saw Massacre and around the time the slasher genre took off (in terms of box office and gore levels) with Friday the 13th. Though a black comedy through and through, Motel Hell does have a lot of traits that make for a good scary movie, however director Kevin Conner (who replaced Hooper) decided to focus more on the light »
★★★☆☆ English director Kevin Connor's schlock comedy Motel Hell (1980) is perhaps best remembered for providing two of horror cinema's catchiest tag-lines - "Meat's meat, and a man's gotta eat" and "It takes all kinda critters to make Farmer Vincent's fritters". However these expressions uttered by the film's protagonist and his homicidal sister also sum-up the essence of a film which is as unsettling today as it was when first released over thirty years ago. Vincent Smith (Rory Calhoun) and his sister Ida (Nancy Parsons) run 'Motel Hello', one of the most hospitable roadside hostels in America's Deep South.
The Smiths are also famous for the spiced meat they make from livestock reared on their own land. People may not be so keen to stop by however if they knew the secret ingredient which goes into Farmer Vincent's succulent delicacies, and if they realised that by booking into the motel they'll »
- CineVue UK
2 items from 2013
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