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Motel Hell (1980)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Thriller  |  18 October 1980 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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 Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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Checking in is easy ... Checking out is hell. See more »


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Granja macabra  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In 2007 & 2008 interviews, director Kevin Connor once explained his involvement on this movie: "In March 1980. I'd been in Los Angeles for three months and was getting nowhere when I decided to collect some tapes from an agent, Bobby Litman. As I walked in to the agency, he came out of his office to refill his coffee mug and saw me. He asked me how I was getting on. "Not so good," I replied. "Come into the office and I'll get you a job," he said. He called another agent who just happened to have had an enquiry for a young director to helm a horror movie. This was Motel Hell!...I told the Jaffe Brothers that I would love to direct the movie as long as it was a black comedy and removing all the unnecessary crudeness. They agreed and that is the movie that you see today... I thoroughly enjoyed it because it was tongue in cheek but you have to play these scenes, and if you notice you never see any gratuitous violence...The black humor appealed to me and it wasn't in response to any other movie trend...Very pleasant shoot. Nancy Parsons and Rory Calhoun were a delight, as were the rest of the cast and crew. The most challenging thing was probably the dueling chainsaws, the idea for which came up at the last moment. This may have been the greatest victory too...Rory and Nancy were naturals. They loved each other and they certainly didn't have to work at it". See more »

Goofs

The events in the film take place in the summertime according to Boris' makeshift headstone, but the two young ladies that encounter the fake cows are dressed in winter clothing, are talking about a ski instructor, and have skis on the roof of the car, implying it takes place during winter. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Sheriff Bruce Smith: I was brought up here, you know. Now, I'm kind of glad I ran away from home when I was 11. I guess there's gonna be some kind of investigation.
Terry: Why don't you just burn the place?
Sheriff Bruce Smith: Burn it? You mean arson?
Terry: I don't know. That's what I'd do. It's an evil motel.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Soundtracks

Hungarian Rhapsody No.2
(orchestra version)
Composed by Franz Liszt
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets The Beverly Hillbillies.
25 July 2001 | by (Calif.) – See all my reviews

How can anybody not love the campy awfulness of this movie. It's fantastic! I remember seeing this when I was roughly eleven or so and being freaked out by the guy wearing the pigface brandishing a chainsaw, now I just laugh as I realize how funny it all was supposed to be. A camp classic all the way!


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