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Director:
Writers:
Robert Jaffe (written by) and
Steven-Charles Jaffe (written by)
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Release Date:
18 October 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You might just die...laughing! See more »
Plot:
Farmer Vincent kidnaps unsuspecting travellers and is burying them in his garden. Unfortunately for his victims... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
An underrated and fun horror comedy! See more (98 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Kevin Connor 
 
Writing credits
Robert Jaffe (written by) and
Steven-Charles Jaffe (written by)

Tim Tuchrello  uncredited

Produced by
Herb Jaffe .... executive producer
Robert Jaffe .... producer
Steven-Charles Jaffe .... producer
Austen Jewell .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Lance Rubin 
 
Cinematography by
Thomas Del Ruth (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bernard Gribble 
 
Casting by
Stanzi Stokes 
 
Art Direction by
Joseph M. Altadonna 
 
Set Decoration by
W. Joe Kroesser  (as Joe Kroesser)
 
Makeup Department
Patricia Burck .... hair stylist
Marie Carter .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Austen Jewell .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Allen .... second assistant director
Jack Barry .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Art Dudley .... construction coordinator
George Hamilton .... assistant property master
Bill Hudson .... property master
Mel Johnson .... leadman
William James Teegarden .... set designer (as Jim Teegarden)
Steven Curtis Husch .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Don Bassman)
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Pat Egan .... sound re-recording mixer
Joseph Holsen .... dialogue editor
Craig Huxley .... special sound effects (as Craig Hundley)
Jerry Jost .... production sound mixer
William Manooch .... cable person (as Bill Manooch)
Joe Melody .... sound effects editor (as Joseph Melody)
Malcolm Rennings .... boom operator (as Mel Rennings)
Jay Wertz .... supervising sound editor
Martha Burns Holsen .... sound editor (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan .... sound loader (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Adams Calvert .... special effects (as Adams R. Calvert)
 
Stunts
Richard E. Butler .... stuntman (as Richard Butler)
Bill Catching .... stuntman
Laurie Creach .... stuntwoman
Vicki Creach .... stuntwoman
Gene Hartline .... stunt coordinator
Gene Hartline .... stuntman
Leslie Hoffman .... stuntwoman
Larry Holt .... stunts
Chris Howell .... stuntman
Gary Jensen .... stuntman (as Gary Jenson)
John Moio .... stuntman
Sharon Schaffer .... stuntwoman
John Sistrunk .... stuntman
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Danny Buck .... gaffer
Bob Coburn .... still photographer
Buzz Feitshans IV .... second assistant camera (as Fred Feitshans IV)
Cary Griffith .... key grip
Henry M. Lebo .... first assistant camera (as Henry Lebo)
Bradford May .... camera operator (as Brad May)
Greg Guillo .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician (uncredited)
Don Nesmith .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Victor J. Kubitschek .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Hudson .... costumer: women
Bernie Pollack .... costumer: men (as Bernard A. Pollack)
 
Editorial Department
Cheryl Ross .... apprentice editor
Julian Semilian .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jerry MacDonald .... music editor
Lance Rubin .... conductor
Dan Wallin .... music recording mixer
 
Transportation Department
Jay Coffman .... transportation co-captain
Jack Lloyd .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Benita Allen .... production assistant
Oga Danylo .... secretary to executive producer
Jan Dennehy .... production auditor (as Janice Elan)
Debra Leventhal .... assistant to producers
John Moy .... craft service
Lillian Neidenberg .... paymaster
Bonne Radford .... post-production auditor
Lina Shanklin .... script supervisor (as Linda Shanklin)
Cassandra Wilson .... production coordinator
Earl Wingard .... unit publicist
 
Thanks
Richard Berres .... special thanks
Christopher Outwater .... special thanks (as Chris Outwater)
Colorado Pridham .... special thanks
Frank Vacek .... special thanks
Vera Vacek .... special thanks
 

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101 min
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Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:16 | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R18 (theatrical rating) | New Zealand:R16 (home video version) (1988) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (home video version) (1986) | USA:R (Approved No. 26113) | West Germany:18
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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:
Factual errors: Toward the end, when the saw is turned on during the fight, the object on the "conveyor" would not index toward the saw. That is a "skatewheel" conveyor, it just has a series of rollers that only allow a person to easily push something down the line. There are no motors, belts, etc. to automatically drive or feed anything down the line to the saw.See more »
Quotes:
Vincent Smith:Meat's meat, and a man's gotta eat.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2See more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
An underrated and fun horror comedy!, 2 November 2003
Author: Snake-666 from England

The distinctive taste of Farmer Vincent's (Rory Calhoun) prime meats is renowned in the farmer's rural area. In fact people come from far and wide to sample his uniquely delicious meat treats. The only real question is why is there rarely anyone staying in his nearby motel and yet the `No Vacancy' sign is usually on?

‘Motel Hell' is a fun and somewhat graphic parody of films like ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (1974) and ‘The Last House on the Left' (1972). By sparingly using shock tactics and graphic effects, ‘Motel Hell' plays up the more satirical aspect and keeps the viewer interested and entertained. In fact, the movie easily equals the number of shocking moments with a variety of funny and charming sequences which range from heckling televangelists to a hilarious send-up of the lives of swingers. Viewers of ‘Motel Hell' can be treated to a chainsaw duel (possible influence for ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2'), a garden of humans being prepared for harvesting, cannibalism and a particularly stomach-churning conversation about smoking dogs. This movie is without a doubt one of the most underrated movies of its era and while not being as effective, or enjoyable, as ‘Re-Animator' (1985) and ‘Evil Dead 2' (1987), it remains an intelligent, gruesome and witty horror/comedy. Unfortunately the movie tends to drag a little shortly before the final sequences which can be slightly off-putting. However, the highly enjoyable and eventful ten minutes more than make up for this brief lapse and round the film off almost perfectly.

Rory Calhoun, without a shadow of a doubt, steals the show with his portrayal of the deranged yet surprisingly pleasant Vincent. Some adept scripting from Robert and Steven-Charles Jaffe give his murderous character a somewhat pleasant and appealing personality. The viewer can only laugh at the God-fearing persona that Vincent possesses as he talks about the creative and artistic way he catches stray humans to mix in with his meat. Rory is brilliantly accompanied by Nancy Parsons in the role of his overweight and slightly dim-witted sister Ida. One could even question whether Ida is supposed to be a female and slightly more intelligent version of TCM's Leatherface. The rarely seen and beautiful actress Nina Axelrod is also delightful in her role as Terry, a young woman who was caught in but survived one of Vincent's devious traps. Unfortunately the scripting for the character of Terry was rather poor and it becomes hard for the viewer to connect with her. However, given the material she had to work with, Nina put in an impressive performance and when required, added greatly to the humorous aspect of the movie. One cannot also neglect to mention Paul Linke who plays Vincent's (much) younger brother Sheriff Bruce Smith. Linke's performance, although the weakest of the main actors, is still enjoyable and provides both a villain and a hero in one.

Kevin Connor's direction was of a particularly high standard although it seemed basic during the opening portions of the movie. Connor managed to capture the devilish yet fun atmosphere of the script and worked in all of the clever references to other movies seamlessly. These references (in addition to those already mentioned) included a captivating comedic illustration of ‘Night of the Living Dead' (1968) and Zombie Holocaust which was released in Italy earlier the same year. ‘Motel Hell' is probably worth watching for horror/comedy fans; though do not expect another ‘Evil Dead 2'. Thanks to some usually good scripting, above average performances and some truly side-splitting situations, ‘Motel Hell' succeeds at what it sets out to be - great fun for cheesy horror lovers! My rating for ‘Motel Hell' – 7/10.

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A great comic horror film, don't try and watch it on commercial TV! stalzz64
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