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Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1983)

R | | Horror | 14 March 1986 (USA)
After several years in an insane asylum, Evelyn, the keeper of the Mountaintop Motel, is released and resumes doing business. She kills her young charge out of anger, but convinces the ... See full summary »


Jim McCullough Sr. (as Jim McCullough)

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Complete credited cast:
Bill Thurman ... Reverend Bill McWilley
Anna Chappell Anna Chappell ... Evelyn
Will Mitchell Will Mitchell ... Al (as Will Mitchel)
Virginia Loridans Virginia Loridans ... Tanya
Major Brock Major Brock ... Crewshaw
James Bradford James Bradford ... Sheriff
Amy Hill Amy Hill ... Prissy
Marian Jones Marian Jones ... Mary
Gregg Brazzel ... Vernon
Jill King Jill King ... Lorie
Rhonda Atwood Rhonda Atwood ... Bar owner
Foster Litton Foster Litton ... Sheriff Dispatcher (voice)
Linda Blankenship Linda Blankenship ... Al's Secretary (voice)
Angela Christine Angela Christine ... Singing Voice (voice)


After several years in an insane asylum, Evelyn, the keeper of the Mountaintop Motel, is released and resumes doing business. She kills her young charge out of anger, but convinces the police it was an accident - and pushed into insanity, she then proceeds to target her guests, first by releasing vermin into their rooms, but then by using her trusty sickle... Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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Please do not disturb Evelyn. She already is.




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Release Date:

14 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horrors at Mountaintop Motel See more »

Filming Locations:

Oil City, Louisiana, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


As Lori gets off the bed with the rabbit, a crew members shadow is seen on the wall. 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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5 February 2011 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

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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