24 November 2014

Motel Hell (1980)
102 min.
Directed by Kevin Connor.
With Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke, Nina Axelrod, Nancy Parsons, Wolfman Jack, and Elaine Joyce, Dick Curtis, John Ratzenberger.
A thoroughly enjoyable low budget horror with effective, low key doses of black humor.

Farmer Vincent (Calhoun) and his sister Ida (Parsons) have an interesting ingredient in the sausage meat they're famous for selling....Wanna know what the secret ingredient is?

They kidnap people unfortunate enough to stay at their motel, and then bury them in a nearby field.

Then, they slit their captors' throats, and force feed them.

Once their still-alive hostages are good and fat, Vincent and Ida break their necks. And then it's off to the slaughterhouse! Mmmmm...YUM!

Truly bizarre and unusual film with a renowned - and rightly so - final sequence in which psychotic Vincent (wearing a pig's head) fights a chainsaw duel with the hero.

You won't know whether to laugh or scream.

An outrageous premise well-executed by (believe it or not) a deceptively consummate cast.

Motel Hell evokes sheer terror while at the same time eliciting unexpected undertones of sympathy for its deranged lead duo.

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