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14 March 1986 (USA) See more »
Please do not disturb Evelyn. She already is.
After several years in an insane asylum, Evelyn, the keeper of the Mountaintop Motel, is released and resumes doing business... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Bill Thurman ... Reverend Bill McWilley
Anna Chappell ... Evelyn
Will Mitchell ... Al (as Will Mitchel)
Virginia Loridans ... Tanya
Major Brock ... Crewshaw
James Bradford ... Sheriff
Amy Hill ... Prissy
Marian Jones ... Mary

Gregg Brazzel ... Vernon
Jill King ... Lorie
Rhonda Atwood ... Bar owner
Foster Litton ... Sheriff Dispatcher (voice)
Linda Blankenship ... Al's Secretary (voice)
Angela Christine ... Singing Voice (voice)

Directed by
Jim McCullough Sr.  (as Jim McCullough)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jim McCullough Jr.  written by

Produced by
Jim McCullough Sr. .... producer (as Jim McCullough)
Roger Corman .... co-executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Ron Di Iulio 
Cinematography by
Joseph M. Wilcots  (as Joseph Wilcots)
Film Editing by
Mindy Daucus 
Production Design by
Drew Hunter 
Costume Design by
Melida McKellar 
Makeup Department
Lisa Deen .... assistant makeup artist
Cathy Glover .... makeup artist
Drew Hunter .... special makeup effects artist (as Drew Edward Hunter)
Art Department
Ron White .... carpenter
Fredrick Wolcott .... props (as Frederick Wolcott)
Sound Department
Ron Di Iulio .... sound (as Ron DiIulio)
Gary French .... sound mixer
Norris Hensley .... boom operator
Gary Hood .... sound recordist
Perry Robertson .... re-recording mixer
Rob Smith .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
John Kelly .... titles
Gregg Brazzel .... stunt gaffer
Camera and Electrical Department
David W. Akin .... assistant camera (as David Akin)
Michael Campisi .... first assistant camera
David Deen .... grip
Terry Glover .... grip
Elisha Harris .... gaffer
Gary Kunkle .... second assistant camera
Ron Reynolds .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Hill .... wardrobe
Location Management
James Deen .... location security
Other crew
Dawn Chapman .... production assistant
Kenneth Cummings .... medic
Mindy Dacus .... script supervisor
Foster Litton .... production assistant
Harriet Monroe .... assistant to director
Roxanne Witte .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Horrors at Mountaintop Motel" - USA (reissue title)
"Mountain Top Motel" - Europe (English title) (video title)
"Mountaintop Motel" - International (English title) (complete title)
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95 min
Color (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Norway:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #27149) | West Germany:Not Rated
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Was originally simply titled "Mountaintop Motel" when the film was made in 1983. New World Pictures added the "Massacre" to the title when they picked the film up for distribution in 1986.See more »
Miscellaneous: On all the artwork, Evelyn's daughter's name is spelled "Lorri" yet in the credits, the character is listed as "Lorie".See more »
Al:You girls ever hear of Columbia records? Well that's mine. That's my baby.
Tanya:My God! You must know Barbara Mandrell!
Al:Sure do, Barb's made me a fortune.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
"Go on and check us in.", 5 February 2011
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

After borrowing it off a friend and not expecting much, "Mountaintop Motel" aka "Mountaintop Motel Massacre" turned out to be a nice little surprise from the 80s (which was originally shelved for a couple years before its "86" release). While being on the cheap with limited resources, its low-key approach doesn't hamper the fun of this dark rural psycho shocker. Well it didn't for me. After getting off to a glum, slow start, it gradually grows suspenseful in its taut layout (secluded backwoods setting) where its creepy, twisted underlining breaks out (although that eerily offbeat music score provides an unnerving tone throughout). Leading to some savage attacks (despite some tacky gore) and a collected, spaced out performance by Anna Chappell as the motel owner who uses the tunnels beneath the motel rooms to terrorise her guests.

The solemn, paper-thin story probably could have made much more of the situation (ending on a lacklustre cat and mouse climax) and especially its supernatural angle/ or maybe it was the emotional breakdown into insanity, but its conventional structure conceals many strange surprises. Nothing is really brought up about the central character's unstable mind; especially why she was had spent time in a mental hospital. We just watch her slowly lose it, after accidentally killing her daughter she begins to hear her whispering voice in her head. The methodical direction grinds away, but there are some effectively lit set-pieces. There's okay bunch of performances by the cast; led by actor Bill Thurman as a boozy Reverend.

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