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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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Meat's meat and a man's gotta eat. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Interiors of the motel, farm, and smokehouse were filmed on constructed sets at Laird International Studios in Culver City, California. The majority of exteriors and location filming for this picture were shot in Southern California in Canyon Country near Santa Clarita. See more »

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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 »

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Vincent Smith: Sometimes I wonder about the karmic implications of these actions.
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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 »

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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 Dead End (1985) See more »

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You're Eating Out My Heart and Soul
Sung by Kregg Nance
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be honest not that good but the end gave it it's cult status
20 June 2013 | by trashgangSee all my reviews

A combination between a hillbilly and a slasher horror that normally should had been directed by Tobe Hooper but Universal found the script really bad so out goes Tobe who went on to direct The Funhouse (1981). To be honest there's really not that much to see about gory shots if we see what came out the same year, Friday The 13th (1980) but for so many it's the chainsaw and the pig head that makes this movie.

It clocks in over 90 minutes and in fact there's a lot of talking going on. Sure, we do see the victims in the garden but nothing looks creepy or whatsoever. Maybe it's disturbing in some way but it's really low on the red stuff. The acting of course of Rory Calhoun as Vincent and and Nancy Parsons as Ida do deliver towards this horror.

Maybe you can't take it all to seriously because there's also some black comedy to spot here and there and of course one full frontal and some tits here and there.

Still up to today it's a much spoken flick due the pig head who also gave Fangoria some problems when they added that particular picture on their cover and is still one of the most searched issues of Fangoria.

Just have a look now that it finally has it's Blu Ray release to see where the cult status came from, the chainsaw and the hog's head.

Gore 0/5 Nudity 0,5/5 Effects 1/5 Story 2,5/5 Comedy 1/5


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