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Motel Hell -- Veteran actor Rory Calhoun stars as the delightfully fiendish Farmer Vincent in this deliciously ghoulish tale of the macabre that has now become a cult classic.


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Release Date:
18 October 1980 (USA) See more »
You might just die...laughing! See more »
Farmer Vincent kidnaps unsuspecting travellers and is burying them in his garden. Unfortunately for his victims... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Kevin Connor 
Writing credits
Robert Jaffe (written by) and
Steven-Charles Jaffe (written by)

Frank Cotolo  uncredited
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
Bob Skemp .... greensman
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)
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)
Stephen V. Isbell .... 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
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
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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

Did You Know?

The climactic chainsaw duel took five twelve hour days altogether to film.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Reflection of crew/equipment can be seen in the Sheriff's glasses when he is first shown.See more »
Vincent Smith:Meat's meat, and a man's gotta eat.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dropping Evil (2012)See more »
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2See more »


What are the differences between the old BBFC X Version and the Uncut Version?
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Great!, 13 August 1999
Author: brian-136 from somewhere near YOU!

I really enjoyed this movie! It is so funny! Rory Calhoun does an excellent job as Farmer Vincent, and I give credit to the filmmakers for concocting such a masterpiece! Rent this movie as soon as possible, you definitely want to see it before you die!

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