Motel Hell details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Nancy Parsons, Rory Calhoun, Nina Axelrod, Elaine Joyce, Paul Linke, Wolfman Jack, E. Hampton Beagle, Dick Curtis, Rosanne Katon, Monique St Pierre|
|Run time:||1 hour 37 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 May 2013|
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Good...but not wonderful .By Chudovishte from London, England , 22 Nov 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Superior horror satire, set around Farmer Vincent's Motel Hell(o). The good farmer enjoys the rustic life, farming (how did you guess), running his motel (perhaps that relates to the title), raising livestock, and also enjoying a successful smoked meats' business, revolving around the acquisition and cultivation of a rather more intelligent brand of animal.
I was surprised at how good the special effects were, considering the budget could not have been gargantuan, and the film was made in 1980. The acting is also spiffing, especially Farmer Vincent and his rotund sister Ida. I find it appealing in horror films, when less than gorgeous women get lead parts.
On the negative side, it is never 100% clear what certain scenes in the 'garden' actually involve, and it does get a bit bogged down towards the end. I felt a modicum of ennui at certain points, but nothing overwhelming. The good farmer also gets into an amative relationship, which is a smidgen far-fetched.
There is a dearth of gore, but the atmospheric nature and unusual plotline certainly overrides this critique. Finally, if you like the natural landscape - gardens, forests, the countryside inter alia - then this film will appeal. I believe that the countryside is always a better location for horror, due to its isolation and natural creepiness, than urban environments. I did not find Motel Hell, side-splittingly funny, but then I am a lugubrious, dour entity. That said, I did chuckle a little and the scene with the swingers is hysterical. It is a satire (I think), not a horror-comedy.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this little gem; not brilliant by any stretch of the imagination and a bit slow at times, but it was an enjoyable watch. If you are looking for breasts and blood, this film is not for you. Character definition, the location, and plotline are core selling points, rather than the usual attributes of standard slasher fare.
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Motel pieBy lynb (1 review) , 30 May 2013old fashion horror at its worst funny rather than scary was a little disappointed was expecting more action and gore
Embarrassingly crapBy a customer , 24 May 2013Crap turned it off after 15 mins couldn't bare it any longer wasn't impressed at all don't waste your time with this film!!.
Not What I ExpectedBy PampyC (17 reviews) from Liversedge, W Yorks , 10 Sep 2010Having looked longingly at the case of this film in the video shop when I was a young girl (as I did with all of the horror films back then - being 6 or 7 at the time meant I usually ended up with something rubbish...), I experienced a flood of nostalgia when I saw it for rental here. I was expecting a lot of blood and some pretty sick stuff, but it was just a strange sarcastic film that never really went anywhere...
Is the acting meant to be bad? Is the plot deliberately less than patchy? I couldn't tell.
I watched it all, and may have smirked at some points, but if it had decided to be wholly comedy or horror or thriller or more like 'Troll' perhaps, I could have enjoyed it more, regardless of how badly it has aged...
Nya, I'll go back to watching 976-Evil and House :)
motel hellBy higgyboy (7 reviews) from Stockton-on-Tees , 02 May 2010quite boring , a bit sick in places , a bit of excitement at the end ,obviously influenced by the likes the texas chainsaw massacre .tries hard at black comedy but fails
Worth the EffortBy a customer from Leicester , 05 Dec 2008Very visceral in its approach. Not as funny as Braindead but still has that dark humour to it which I enjoyed. Ably directed by Kevin Connor, who believe it not directed such classics as The Land that Time Forgot, Warlords of Atlantis and other Doug McClure vehicles. Tobe Hooper,of Texas Chainsaw Massacre fame,was originaly to direct. Would have been a very interesting film with him at the helm, although there are several moments in the film which are very Hooper.Rory Calhoun who starred in over 80films and 1000 tv episodes plays the part of Vincent Smith. All in all worth the effort at a very un-pc film.
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