R | | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
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.
Because of multiple chainsaw scenes, story elements of cannibalism and Tobe Hooper's involvement in the early pre production stages of the film, the picture was likened and compared with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).
Traps work out O.K.?
Vincent Smith: Yeah. You know and I am just beginning to realize how important they are to me.
Ida Smith: The bear traps? How's that, Vincent?
Vincent Smith: No, no, no. I mean the traps. Shooting out the tires or chains dressed across the highway and the way we had ...
The dis-articulated torsos Vincent hangs upside down on hooks are anatomically incorrect. The crotch between the leg stumps lacks both genitalia and any wounds suggesting their removal. The way Vincent pushes the torsos down the line appears to be an attempt to disguise this.
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.
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.
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