Motel Hell (1980)

R   |    |  Comedy, Horror, Thriller

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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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  • Rory Calhoun in Motel Hell (1980)
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  • Rory Calhoun and Toni Gilman in Motel Hell (1980)
  • Rory Calhoun and Nancy Parsons in Motel Hell (1980)
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6 September 2003 | Zod-2
| Wonderfully zany and a bit creepy
It's taken me a long time to get around to watching Motel Hell. I believe it was Roger Ebert who said it was one of his guilty pleasures, but I could be wrong. But ever since the day I heard the movies tagline "It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent Fritters" I knew I just had to see this movie. The problem was I couldn't find it. Finally I found it on MGM's Midnite Movies DVD (a double feature disk that also contains Deranged). After such a long wait I wasn't disappointed.

While not a great horror movie it does contain enough suspense, scares and general creepiness to keep one satisfied. Motel Hell is also peppered with some truly kooky characters which make the movie more interesting to watch when the action moves away from Farmer Vincent for any period of time.

The one drawback of the film is Farmer Vincents brother who is also the town sheriff. He's not a very likable character, he's dimwitted and a bit of a pervert and when he becomes the films hero it is truly unsatisfying. Also inconsistencies in Ida Smiths actions towards Terry makes one wonder why Terry sticks around.

The problem with horror films is that they seem to forget that they need to build to a climax so once the bulk of the film is done they need to hurry to a finish. In Motel Hell it is having Sheriff Bruce Smith discover what his brother Vincent is doing. He just seems to solve the mystery without really having a reason to look into it in the first place. Regardless, with this little problem out of the way the films ending is quite enjoyable and contains a nice battle scene between Bruce and Vincent as well as a couple of the movies best laughs.

Overall Motel Hell is a fun little film. Despite it's flaws if you are a fan of quirky dark comedies Motel Hell is perfect for you. Motel Hell rates a 6 out of 10.

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,924,776 26 October 1980

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