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Motel Hell [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]

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Product details

  • Actors: Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke, Nancy Parsons
  • Directors: Kevin Connor
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2013
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B5CTRY2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,906 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Product Description

It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent fritters! cackle the brother-and-sister team behind the finest smoked meats in the county. They also run the friendly Motel Hello (the o in the neon sign sometimes goes on the blink), and no matter how many times you ve seen Psycho or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, you can be sure that everything will be perfectly above board here as Vincent s brother Bruce is the local sheriff.

Western veteran Rory Calhoun gives a lipsmackingly demented performance as Farmer Vincent, whose twinkling bonhomie conceals a deeply depraved secret.

Directed by Kevin Connor (maker of much-loved British genre classics The Land That Time Forgot and Warlords of Atlantis) and with legendary DJ Wolfman Jack as a fire-and-brimstone TV preacher, this is a gleefully twisted horror-comedy that climaxes with a showstopping chainsaw duel.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the film
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director Kevin Connor moderated by Calum Waddell
  • Another Head on the Chopping Block: Interview with star Paul Linke
  • From Glamour to Gore: Interview with co-star, and former Playboy Playmate, Rosanne Katon
  • Ida, Be Thy Name: A look back at Motel Hell s frightful female protagonist Ida Smith and the secrets of creating a convincing slasher siren, with Scream Queens Elissa Dowling and Chantelle Albers, genre commentator Staci Layne Wilson and critic Shelagh Rowan-Legg
  • Back to the Backwoods: Director Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red) speaks about the importance of Motel Hell
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jeff Zornow
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kim Newman, illustrated with original archive stills and posters

Review

The weirdest, most disturbing motel movie ever made. --Sam Ashurst, Total Film

It's gory, gritty, sickly disturbing and at times quite funny. --Monsters at Play

Evokes sheer terror. --The Terror Trap

It's gory, gritty, sickly disturbing and at times quite funny. --Monsters at Play

Evokes sheer terror. --The Terror Trap

It's gory, gritty, sickly disturbing and at times quite funny. --Monsters at Play

Evokes sheer terror. --The Terror Trap

It's gory, gritty, sickly disturbing and at times quite funny. --Monsters at Play

Evokes sheer terror. --The Terror Trap

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Moncrieff on 15 Sep 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
"Motel Hell" is an odd-bird - it's construction leaves the film with a very slow deliberate pace to begin with, punctuated by slow, niche humour, which changes rather abruptly to a faster paced, broader humour as the film goes on. After the very creepy opening credits (with a wonderful and scary piano-based score), the film lags a bit for me (though you gotta love the bit where the bus driver says "let's find a place to crash for the night!" right before...) until about halfway through, when the film picks up and leaves you giggling. The ending is probably the highlight of the whole thing, and it's easy to see the influence this had on Tobe Hooper, who worked on but left the project, when he made Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2. It belongs in the company of TCM 2, and Slaughterhouse - weird, vegetarian (usually) cannibal comedy - and it continues the conceit of Red Dragon (2003 film not book), TCM 2, Soylent Green, Red Dwarf episode "Tikka to Ride"...of showing the strange idea (which makes little sense but is very funny) that if you ate human flesh, without knowing what it was, you'd LOVE it. I have no idea where this notion came from, but it's a good one. The film's sense of humour and knowing absurdity is to be cherished - I'm sure the idea started from the title and lead naturally to the TCM/Psycho parody of a plot. I also love the closing lines about "Motel Hell" - "We should burn it down. It's an evil motel." Deadpan to it's core, Motel Hell is a classic of it's type.

Previously I owned this on MGM's MIDNITE MOVIES double feature disc (
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Don Duncan on 31 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
This is a very dark comedy spiced up with loads of humor. I watched this as a young teen who loved horror, and had nightmares for ages.

The gargling sounds from the poor folk who were "planted" in the ground and then had their vocal chords severed, is a sound that's haunted me for the past thirty years.

The movie scared the hell out of me yet I've always been creepily drawn to it. I finally got my hands on it recently. It's still just as scary but I appreciate the comedy and the satire now.

For what it is, I think it's pretty damned good and worth a watch if you can appreciate a truly dark COMEDY.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dustdevil on 16 July 2013
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Filled with extras and a great HD transfer.

The humor is of the dark variety here so don't be expecting a spoof,giving it a strange atmosphere throughout.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "fmgtiles" on 20 Aug 2002
Format: DVD
Motel Hell is one of the many 'Texas Chain Saw' clones which hit the screens during the late '70's and early eighties.
Central premise has farmer Colhquon planting his motel guests up to their necks,cutting out their vocal chords,slaughtering them and smoking their flesh which is then sold as barbecued meat.
This effort is slightly above other cheaply made 'Texas' clones,and can't quite decide whether it wants to be taken seriously,or as a black comedy.The final chainsaw duel is worthy of note with the demented farmer (wearing a pigs head) and
the local sheriff going at it.Painfully slow in places,the appearance of Nina Axlerod taking a bath does somewhat bring the interest up a notch,but she obviously wasn't hired for her thespian skills.
While this has some flavour,it sure could use a lot more spice!!!
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By Paul Wilcox on 4 Oct 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I was a teenager when this first came out and was featured in many a Starbust and Fangoria magazine. It was even parodied in MAD magazine (assuming anyone in UK has heard of that). It's a film I've wanted to see ever since but also with some trepidation.

Liking my films to have a reasonably good sheen on them and clear soundtrack one of the reasons I held out so long was the fear that this would be lost in the 80's haze of vhs quality film making. Also a lots of 70's and 80's films end up being so dated that I have them on my shelf purely for numbers and would be the first to go in any future blu ray culls.

I was waiting and waiting for MOTEL HELL to turn up on the horror channel so I could see it FOC. The reviews on Amazon. although detailed, didn't help. After all you have to like this type of movie in the first place and you are unlikely to be swayed if you don't.

However, i have it now and on the whole I enjoyed it.

The anti heroes are introduced in the first act and it's refresheing to see a story from their point of view. The acting is impressive for the most part (Nina Axelrod, the blonde actress excluded), The picture is impressive as is the soundtrack which gives the early part of the story much gravitas. It started of quite creepy and could possibly have trhown in a few more scares.

It was a smorgasboard (sorry) of familiar faces although Paul Link (from Chips fame) maybe became a bit too caricature.

Black comedies are rarely laugh out loud but I found I did snigger a bit. The only downside was I did find myself constantly asking myself "did I really like this film" rather than just enjoy it. I may have to watch it again soon. Second times usually are better.
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