2 items from 2015
“Meat’s meat and a man’s gotta eat!” Heed the battle cry of Farmer Vincent Smith, maker of the finest smoked meats around. People would come from far and wide to purchase his delectable fritters, unaware that his special ‘ingredient’ was plain folk, like you and me. 35 years ago, Vincent and his Motel Hell cut off a slice of Americana and served it up in theaters, with a heaping help of humor for good measure. Cannibalism was never this down home friendly.
My initial memories of Motel Hell formulated around two images: The front cover of Issue #9 (November 1980) of Fangoria magazine, the new horror monthly that specialized in the kind of gruesome images that it’s gentler forefather, Famous Monsters of Filmland, wasn’t comfortable delving in to. Upon the cover was a picture of a man in bib overalls, wearing a pig’s head and brandishing a blood »
- Scott Drebit
Reviewed by Jesse Miller
It’s called Motel Hello, a rather sunny and welcoming name, but this decrepit hotel is anything but sunny and welcoming. For one thing, the hotel is falling apart so much that the O in the hotel sign fades to reveal Motel Hell. At Motel Hell, the rooms are very much vacant but the owner has it deliberately switched to read No Vacancy.
Welcome to Motel Hell, a jet black comedy-horror that tells the story of Farmer Vincent (Ray Calhoun) and his famous smoked meats, the secret ingredient of which is the people he traps and hunts on a backwoods road late at night. From there, Vincent and his maniacal sister Ida (Nancy Parsons) take the victims and bury them up to their necks in their ‘secret garden’ where they will rupture their vocal chords so they can’t scream and feed them pig pellets so they fatten up. »
2 items from 2015
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