Based on the Ed Gein case, a deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother, whose corpse he keeps (among others) as his companion in a decaying farmhouse.
An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.
Farmer Vincent kidnaps unsuspecting travellers and is burying them in his garden. Unfortunately for his victims, they are not dead. He feeds his victims to prepare them for his roadside stand. His motto is: It takes all kinds of critters...to make Farmer Vincents fritters. The movie is gory, but is also a parody of slasher movies like Last House on the Left. Written by
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The movie was notable for its title's play on words of the traditional "Motel Hello" sign. In the film and its promotional materials, a red neon lit "Motel Hello" sign is seen, then having the letter "O" flicker and fade-out, to form the film's horror genre "Motel Hell" title. See more »
Bob sets his bag on the center front of the hood of his car, but when he goes back to pick it up it has moved to the back of the driver's side fender. See more »
The films opening title image is the neon "Motel Hello" sign with the "O" burned out. During the closing credits the entire sign is shown burning out and finally exploding after the credits end. See more »
Funny, deliciously campy black comedy-horror spoof is a bit of a forgotten gem.
Just what kind of meat is it that Farmer Vincent and his sister are cookin' up out there at their rural motel? My, it just tastes so good!
Motel Hell stands out as one of the best horror comedy combos out there. The whole movie has such a tongue-in-cheek manner, with moments of purely hilarious absurdity. It has a kind of DC Comics dark humor that really works to the film's advantage. There's plenty of memorable moments and jokes, not to mention a lively climax that's probably the greatest (and most humorous) spoof of Texas Chainsaw' ever! Yet director Connor manages to give the movie a strange seriousness that only adds to the comic feeling of it all.
The cast is pretty good. Rory Calhoun is best as the unforgettable Farmer Vincent (who has a secret!). Nancy Parsons is a trip as Vincent's portly sister Ida. Paul Linke is perfect as the bumbling younger brother of the two who is also the local sheriff.
There's a few moments of violence and gore, especially in "the garden" scenes. Lance Rubin offers up a surprisingly elegant music score for the movie. Also, let's not forget the memorable country theme song "You're Eating out my Heart and Soul".
For those who have yet to see this movie, watch it. It's best taken in a non-serious mood!
*** 1/2 out of ****
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