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Motel Hell (1980)

A seemingly friendly farmer and his sister kidnap unsuspecting travelers and bury them alive, using them to create the "special meat" they are famous for.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Calhoun ... Vincent Smith
Paul Linke ... Bruce Smith
Nancy Parsons ... Ida Smith
Nina Axelrod ... Terry
Wolfman Jack ... Reverend Billy
Elaine Joyce ... Edith Olson
Dick Curtis ... Guy Robaire / 1st T.V. Preacher
Monique St. Pierre ... Debbie
Rosanne Katon ... Suzi
E. Hampton Beagle E. Hampton Beagle ... Bob Anderson
Everett Creach Everett Creach ... Bo Tulinski
Michael Melvin Michael Melvin ... Ivan
John Ratzenberger ... Drummer
Marc Silver ... Guitarist
Victoria Hartman Victoria Hartman ... Female Terrible
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Granja macabra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,342,668
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Camp Hill See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Everett Creach: The stuntman turned actor as Bo Tulinski. This picture was Creach's final film as an actor. See more »

Goofs

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: I'm the biggest hypocrite of them all. My meats... I used preservatives.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Although the cinema version was intact the 1986 UK Warner video suffered a brief 2 sec cut to remove a closeup shot of a chainsaw wound during the climax. The 2002 ILC DVD was fully uncut. See more »

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Referenced in Victor Crowley (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Eating Out My Heart and Soul
Sung by Kregg Nance
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Cannibalistic sausages sold in a motel hell
1 June 2004 | by macabro357See all my reviews

Another 80s B classic that had a run at the drive-ins before drive-ins went out of style. Rory Calhoun and Nancy Parsons run a roadside motel that likes to slaughter it's guests and turn them into sausage.

They have a neat little slaughterhouse and smoke room out the back where they take their victims after planting them in a garden (with only their heads exposed) and fattening them up for the slaughter. And when the guest attendance at the motel falls off, Calhoun sets traps out on the highway for passing motorists so that he can add them to his garden.

It also has Nina Axelrod as the girl that Calhoun and Parson take pity on and 'adopt' as one of their own, and Paul Linke as the dumb sheriff who bumbles his way into finally ending Calhoun's operation, once and for all.

There's a clumsy little fight sequence in the smokehouse at the end involving knives and cleavers, with all the action taking place surrounding a vat filled with body parts.

Worth a one-time look. Brainless fun.

6 out of 10


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