Motel Hell

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Eerie and satirical, Motel Hell has no vacancy when it comes to low-brow horror gags.

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Vincent Smith (Rory Calhoun) and his sister Ida (Nancy Parsons) run a rural hotel, but they earn most of their cash operating a food stand that specializes in world-famous sausages. After years of success, however, the duo's upstanding brother, Sheriff Bruce (Paul Linke), eventually discovers the grotesque details of his siblings' booming business: Vincent and Ida are actually plumping up their hotel patrons, killing and dismembering them and then grinding them into frankfurters.

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Critic Reviews for Motel Hell

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (7)

  • ...a low-budget shocker that's picked up a sizable cult following over the years, thanks in no small part to Calhoun, whose welcoming smile and aging matinee-idol looks made his turn as a villainous madman fond of human flesh all that more effective.

    August 11, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Motel Hell is a welcome change-of-pace; it's to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre as Airplane! is to Airport.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Motel Hell retains its own brand of madness by being eerie and holding onto its satirical humour.

    May 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Just on sheer chutzpah, it's got to be one of the most wholly worthwhile American horror films of the early 1980s.

    December 5, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • Motel Hell is a rather well-executed dark comedy that plays it fairly straight, much thanks to the outstanding performances from Calhoun & Parsons who give the film a nice sense of gravity against the film's more cartoonish supporting characters.

    January 7, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie is slapsticky and obvious, but it includes one genuinely nightmarish concept: Vincent and Ida cultivate a secret garden of moaning and gurgling burlap sacks -- bags that cover the heads of the couple's buried-to-the-neck victims.

    November 13, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Motel Hell

  • Dec 06, 2020
    The horror is corny, the acting cartoonish and direction campy. If you appreciate corny, cartoonish and campy films this one is for you.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2012
    Motel Hell is a gem of 80's horror sleaze. The premise is quite ridiculous, but is a terrific horror comedy. Directed by Kevin Conner, Motel Hell is one of those films that though is not perfect; should be seen by every horror fan. Motel Hell is pure camp, and if you enjoy cheesy horror flicks, then look no further than Motel Hell. This film has it all. What makes this film so enjoyable to watch is the bizarre premise for the films plot. What I enjoyed about Motel Hell was that it was a parody of more serious films such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Psycho. Director Kevin Conner definitely delivers good comedic elements here, and it's what makes this film such a memorable viewing. Motel Hell is a must see horror comedy fans. The acting is corny, but despite this, lead actor Rory Calhoun gives one memorable performance as Farmer Vincent. Another performance worthy of mention is that of legendary radio DJ Wolfman Jack as Reverend Billy. As a whole, Motel Hell is a fun, zany and unique horror comedy that like I said needs to be seen. This is mindless silly fun that will appeal to anyone looking for a good horror comedy. The film is more tongue in cheek than anything, but for what it is, it delivers good entertainment. I think that Motel Hell is one of those unique classics that most horror fans have seen, but a great majority of genre fans haven't seen. Either way, this is one of those films that surely every horror fan has heard about. Not a perfect film by any means, Motel Hell is nonetheless essential for every horror fan to watch at least once. A truly unique horror film.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2009
    MOTEL HELLo is probably the most contrived name for lodgings since HOTel cORAL esSEX. Rory Calhoun sells the best smoked meats in the county. Only one catch, it's people! PEOPLE! although it has a few effectively disturbing moments, overall this was one of the most boring horror films I've seen in a long time. Did have a funny last line from Calhoun though...
    Grifty G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2009
    Wonderfully psychotic and laugh-out-loud funny.
    Tim S Super Reviewer

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