Motel Hell

United Artists Released 1980


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Motel Hell is a 1980 horror movie starring Rory Calhoun and Nancy Parsons as sibling farmer and hotel owners who kill and grind up weary travelers into their award-winning smoked meats. When travelers stop at Vincent (Rory Calhoun) and Ida's (Nancy Parsons) hotel, they are subdued, planted in a secret garden and fed "special food" until they are ripe for processing. When Terry (Nina Axelrod) and her boyfriend Bo (Everett Creach) have a motorcycle accident, Vincent places Bo in the garden but spares Terry. Bruce (Paul Linke), who is the town sheriff and Vincent and Ida's younger brother, is oblivious to their murderous activities. While Vincent and Ida continue to lure and kill anyone who crosses their path, Terry and Bruce develop a mutual affection. Through a series of blunders by Vincent, Terry finds out his and Ida's secret. Now that Terry faces Vincent and Ida's wrath, Bruce must choose between family loyalty and true love.


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  • 100

    San Francisco Chronicle

    Meat's meat and a man's gotta eat" is the kind of line that makes this an offbeat horror treat. Some moments are satirical of other horror films, yet they carry a horrific impact, ...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Motel Hell is a welcome change-of-pace; it's to "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" as "Airplane!" is to "Airport." It has some great moments.

  • 63

    Slant Magazine Chuck Bowen

    This film's pleasures are extremely mild, but they're discernable for the curious fan of retro redneck horror, or, far more likely, for the genre critic looking to finish their dis...

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