R | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A historic Hollywood hotel houses a supernatural evil. It's been subdued for decades, but when renovations start, a series of murders take place.
One of the production companies financing the film dissolved during filming, forcing Tobe Hooper to shut down production with only 2/3 of the movie actually shot. Numerous continuity errors, plot holes, and narrative flaws are the result of Hooper hastily editing together what he had filmed into a complete movie in order to try and recoup financial losses and so that the actors' and crews' work wouldn't go to waste. In the commentary track for this film with Tobe Hooper and the writers, they state that this did not happen.
Were you aiming for Dante's Third or Fourth Circle of Hell?
Steven Barrows: It was just bad timing.
Nell Barrows: Honey, "bad timing" is arriving late for dinner. This is fire-bombing the restaurant.
When Nell is writing the note to Julia the sound of the pencil on the paper mismatches the action.
Every years thousands of people come to Hollywood to pursue their dreams. Some succeed. Some move back home... And some just disappear.
The US release was heavily censored to get an "R" rating rather than an "NC-17". The following scenes were edited:
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