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Motel Hell (1980)

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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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Kevin Connor
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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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It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent fritters. See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

Universal Studios was originally approached with the film, but the studio disliked the film's bizarre nature so it was rejected. United Artists ultimately picked it up for release. See more »

Goofs

Reflection of crew/equipment can be seen in the Sheriff's glasses when he is first shown. See more »

Quotes

[Vincent uses human flesh to spice up his meat]
Vincent Smith: It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent's fritters.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Eating Out My Heart and Soul
Sung by Kregg Nance
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User Reviews

Surprisingly enjoyable black comedy. Lots of fun!
31 July 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I love a good horror movie, and I love a good comedy, but very rarely do I enjoy a blending of the two. I expected 'Motel Hell' to disappoint for that reason, but much to my surprise I found it was an extremely enjoyable mixture of black humour and genuinely creepy scenes. One of the reasons the movie works so well is because of the excellent casting choice of Hollywood veteran Rory Calhoun in the lead role of eccentric farmer and Motel manager Vincent Smith. Calhoun was best known for his Westerns, though he made one of two genre movies in his long career including the very silly 'Night Of The Lepus', and the nutty 'Hell Comes To Frogtown'. 'Motel Hell' is quite different to those two, and mostly played straight, which makes it all the more effective. Calhoun is well supported by the less well known Nancy Parsons ('Porky's'), as his equally unbalanced sister. I really liked 'Motel Hell' a lot, and highly recommend it to viewers with a sick sense of humour. Fans of early Tobe Hooper movies, or some of Garth Ennis' comics will especially appreciate it. This movie is a lot of fun! Dig in!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Motel Hell See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,924,776, 26 October 1980

Gross USA:

$6,342,668

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,342,668
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Camp Hill See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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