Motel Hell

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People come from far and wide to sample Farmer Vincent's distinctively flavored dried, smoked sausages, but one might well ask why there are so few people staying at his nearby motel. This horror comedy provides the graphic answer. It seems that the good farmer only uses the highest quality, specially processed human meat in his treats. To prepare the meat, he first harvests healthy tourists from his hotel. Next, he plants them into the ground up to their necks and with a sharp knife carefully slices their vocal chords. He and his portly sister then feed the victims until the meat is tender and well marbled with fat. Afterward they are promptly slaughtered, minced with a few secret herbs, and stuffed into sausage casings, which are then carefully aged in the smokehouse. His operation is abruptly cut off when Vincent's normal brother, Bruce, learns about the secret ingredients. In the end, the brothers grab chain saws and have a hilarious, blood-soaked showdown. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Motel Hell

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  • 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.

    Dec 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.

    Jan 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.

    Nov 13, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A perverse film, both in its humor and its horror.

    Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [Blu-ray Review] For genre fans of the offbeat, horrific and tongue-in-cheek, Scream Factory's impressively packed Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of "Motel Hell" is worth seeking out.

    Aug 12, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Motel Hell

  • 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
  • Oct 18, 2008
    Not a horror film, but a dark comedy (notice the tag line- "you might die laughing"). Can be considered one of the first splat-stick comedies. It's humor was heavy influence on the rest of the gore related movies of the 80's. The chainsaw battle at the end is a classic of 80's gore cinema.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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