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Motel Hell
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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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Director:
Writers:
Robert Jaffe (written by) and
Steven-Charles Jaffe (written by)
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Release Date:
18 October 1980 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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User Reviews:
Perfect example of 80's schlock horror. See more (107 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

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)
 
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)
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
 
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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Runtime:
101 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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:
Whilst applying for the job as director, Kevin Connor showed the Jaffe Brothers his first film, the horror movie From Beyond the Grave (1974), and after this got to see the script for "Motel Hell".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Vincent Smith:Sometimes I wonder about the karmic implications of these actions.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spin off Harvesters (2001) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2See more »

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What are the differences between the old BBFC X Version and the Uncut Version?
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Perfect example of 80's schlock horror., 20 April 2005
Author: Alex Gifford from Australia

Having been increasingly disappointed by the recent slew of 'horror' films that have bee released I was greatly cheered when I caught this at a late night show recently. It was a timely reminder that there is good horror out there - even if it is over 20 years old!! For once, the blending of horror and comedy really works. The film is played dead straight (most of the time) and that is why it succeeds where so many recent horror/comedies fail. By not constantly tipping it's hat to the audience and pointing out how clever it's being it allows the audience to really appreciate how ludicrous it is - without the frequent reminders that the filmmakers think they're cool. In the space of 90mins we get nudity, cannibalism, amateur surgery, a hilarious 'love' story, creepy characters, a dumb policeman, a chainsaw duel, lots of gore and some very spaced out characters. What more could you ask for? It's this movies overwhelming sense of fun that really works. You can imagine the filmmakers laughing their asses off making this - and that enthusiasm comes right of the screen and is very infectious. The audience I saw this with laughed, clapped and some gave it a standing ovation at the end. Do you need a better recommendation?

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