Motel Hell (1980) - 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.

Director: Kevin Connor
Stars: Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke
Length: 101 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 19 out of 124 found boring (15.32%)

One-line Reviews (58)

Director Kevin Connor does an ace job of crafting a perfectly ghoulish tongue-in-cheek EC Comics-style creeped-out atmosphere, maintains a steady pace throughout, and pulls out all the thrilling stops for the wild climactic chainsaw duel.

Nina Axelrod is the dull woman who slowly learns what is really going on after she is involved in a terrible van accident.

After the initial boring parts the film really gets enjoyable when a weird couple turn up to the motel after seeing it advertised in some kind of contact magazine.

This mundane existence is complicated by the arrival of a car crash victim that Vincent takes a shine to, which leads to scary new places (for Vincent; for normal people, not so much).

Kevin Connor's "Motel Hell" is a tremendously fun and engaging horror comedy, impossible not to love in my humble opinion.

I expected 'Motel Hell' to disappoint for that reason, but much to my surprise I found it was an extremely enjoyable mixture of black humour and genuinely creepy scenes.

This is a fairly amusing Horror/Comedy that has a great finale, and good performances, but it's still only an above average time waster at best, worth the watch.

I think "stunning" might be better used in conjunction with rendering Vincent's victims immobile before cranking up the sausage-making process.

The finale was enjoyable and pretty good, probably one of the best parts of the entire movie.

The last 30 min are worth watching...

The story is fine however, some of it seems a bit tiresome and some of it seems twisted and cruel.

I really liked 'Motel Hell' a lot, and highly recommend it to viewers with a sick sense of humour.

Surprisingly enjoyable black comedy.

Still I was bored more often that not.

Throw into the mix psychedelic hypnosis machines, creepy slaughterhouse set pieces, a chilling, old-hollywood-esque score, grainy film stock, comedic (and seemingly intentional) over-acting, gurgling zombie revenge, hypocritical preachers played by Wolfman Jack and an amazingly intense chainsaw battle (offset by a comically absurd, girl tied to railroad tracks update) worth the price of admission alone.

The movie's pretty predictable and follows a few of the usual horror movie conventions.

The movie is so incongruous, with cannibalism and honest country living freely mixed, as to be fantastically entertaining.

However, the highly enjoyable and eventful ten minutes more than make up for this brief lapse and round the film off almost perfectly.

There's Wolfman Jack, Elaine Joyce, John Ratzenberger, and, in her stunning screen debut, Playboy Playmate for 1979, Monique St. Pierre!

This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life.

Linke's performance, although the weakest of the main actors, is still enjoyable and provides both a villain and a hero in one.

And the final battle at the film's end also brings a spark of life to what, up until this point, has been a very strange and slow-moving tale.

Instead now it's just merely a semi-funny and entertaining movie with good intentions.

The side drama about the love triangle involving Terry (played by Nina Axelrod) and the brother of the cannibal farmer, who is also the town's Sheriff (played by Paul Linke), is little more than a strained (and sometimes dull) attempt to set up the final conflict between the brothers.

The insane owners, brother (Calhoun) and sister (Parsons) run this remote, and kind of bland country motel where it's occupants are knocked out.

Hauled from the wreckage and buried up to their necks in a field with their vocal cords slit, the poor souls are left in the ground until 'ripe', at which point they are dragged to the smokehouse for curing.

Too often this horrific plot idea seems to get sidetrack by its hit and miss humour and make way for uninteresting sub-plots.

The slow pace of the movie is at odds with the hilarity of the script and the madness of the premise.

I'm trying to figure out how a bunch of adults sat around thinking up an incredible premise like this but I shouldn't bother because they made a pretty entertaining film.

For all the preamble, "Motel Hell" was pretty dull.

Whoever was responsible for this piece of crap should be forced to sit through 3 hours of THE ROSIE O'DONNELL SHOW!

What makes his meat so tasty is that of his special ingredients, which let me say involves unexpected motorists who are at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Amiable Farmer Vincent Smith (an excellent and engaging performance by Rory Calhoun) and his loopy sister Ida (broadly played with lip-smacking zeal by Nancy Parsons) use human beings as the key secret ingredient in Vincent's famous smoked meat.

I'm not going to sit here and say I'm a major fan of this film because there are certainly some major flaws but at the same time there's something rather surreal and just different about this film that makes it somewhat entertaining and enjoyable.

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.

A bit thrilling and a hillarious hommage-scene to Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

It's interesting to watch his slow downfall.

I felt this had the potential to be a lot better then it was, as it has it's dull moments here and there, however there are a few moments that cracked me up or at least made me smile, and while i found Nancy Parsons character to be extremely annoying she did have good chemistry with Calhoun, plus The chainsaw duel is just great and quite exciting.

However, it did keep my attention and I found it entertaining.

This movie was so stupid I fell asleep during the second time I watched it.

The only enjoyable thing about this film was the personal revilation of a refference.

And, to be honest, I'd much rather have fun with a movie like this than spend my time watching some boring Oscar contender any day of the week

The chainsaw-fighting finale is uninspiring and pointless.

Motel Hell starts off a bit slow, there is a scene where a motorcyclist and his girlfriend Debbie (Playboy playmate Monique St. Pierre) crash really pathetically into a tree at about 5mph.

Worst movie......

For one thing, the setup is slow.

Although a lot of horror fans favor this film, for me it was just another waste of viewing time.

This film was directed by Kevin Connor who made his mark directing some entertaining horror and sci-fi films of the 1970's and early 1980's until his career careened into television.

This movie is without a doubt one of the most underrated movies of its era and while not being as effective, or enjoyable, as ‘Re-Animator' (1985) and ‘Evil Dead 2' (1987), it remains an intelligent, gruesome and witty horror/comedy.

The movie had really potential but it instead chooses to drag on for far too long without ever really paying off with either its comedy or horror.

Many scenes occur at night and there is a distinct fog present, something of a cliché for horror films.

What does make the film so enjoyable are the performances by both western legend from the 50s/60s Rory Calhoun and Nancy Parsons.

The only time it is even near horror is the end, which is some pretty intense stuff from the revolt and attempted training that ends with a great dueling chainsaw fight that is great to behold, mostly for the mask worn throughout that creates one of the defining images from the film.

Everything is predictable; you know who the victims (always moronic and bizarre) are long before Farmer Vincent chooses them.

Overall worth the watch.

‘Motel Hell' is probably worth watching for horror/comedy fans; though do not expect another ‘Evil Dead 2'.

That moment in the film is generally thrilling and repulsively grisly too.

A bit of a bore.