Directed by Kevin Connor
Starring Nancy Parsons
Nina Axelrod Paul Linke
Dated black comedy featuring Calhoun as a farmer who uses human meat to make his award-winning smoked sausage. "It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent fritters," is his slogan. He also runs an inn, "Motel Hello," but when the "o" in the neon sign goes out it looks like it's called "Motel Hell." Pretty clever.
The concept was originally covered by the classic musical "Sweeney Todd—about a barber who turns clients into meat pies—and is being used quite a lot by Asian filmmakers these days, most notably in the sick flick "Bunman."
Farmer Vincent "plants" his victims, by severing their vocal chords and putting their live bodies in his garden, with only their heads exposed. When they're fat enough, he kills them and turns them into meats that everyone within a 100-mile radius is addicted to.
There's an excellent chainsaw battle between a dopey cop and Vincent at the climax, but it's not enough to make this a great movie. It's slow and dated by today's standards and, at best, is worth catching as an artifact from the early 1980s gore era.
-- Review by Lucius Gore
Posted by SaintlyMic on October 4, 2009When I saw this movie in 2008 or 2009 on FearNet I wasn't so much scared as I was shocked.
There wasn't gore like in Hostel, but Motel Hell was just as shocking if not more shocking!
I was shocked by the old farmers burying people alive up to their necks, then cutting their vocal cords so they could not scream!
This movie is a must see just for the shock value alone!
Posted by Screwed up on March 12, 2010Great old horror film saw this when i was a kid and it always stuck with me . Good acting good script and a overall effective horror film. I agree with the comment above as it is a must see.