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.
Debut cinema movie as a D.O.P. for cinematographer Thomas Del Ruth.
Well, start bringing 'em in.
Ida Smith: Hey, what about my surprise?
Vincent Smith: You're right! Come over here. Guess who?
Ida Smith: Well, I give up.
Vincent Smith: Da da da daaah!
Ida Smith: Bob! Good to see you! When you drop in? Ha, ha, ha, ha.
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.
$1,924,776 26 October 1980