Motel Hell
Motel Hell (1980)

People come from far and wide to sample Farmer Vincent's distinctively flavored dried, smoked sausages, but one might well ask why there are so few people staying at his nearby motel. This horror comedy provides the graphic answer. It… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 18, 1980
DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The movie is slapsticky and obvious, but it includes one genuinely nightmarish concept: Vincent and Ida cultivate a secret garden of moaning and gurgling burlap sacks -- bags that cover the heads of the couple's buried-to-the-neck victims.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

...a low-budget shocker that's picked up a sizable cult following over the years, thanks in no small part to Calhoun, whose welcoming smile and aging matinee-idol looks made his turn as a villainous madman fond of human flesh all that more effective.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

People buried up to their necks and raised for food. Yum? A drive-in classic.

Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

A perverse film, both in its humor and its horror.

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Jeff Beck

As always, Shout! Factory has done an admirable job restoring the film to optimal quality and providing a ton of fascinating in-depth extras, but it's not nearly enough to cover up the fact that the film simply wasn't worth the trouble of digging up.

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Gerry Shamray
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Campy fun that's worth checking in for a visit.

Dustin Putman

[Blu-ray Review] For genre fans of the offbeat, horrific and tongue-in-cheek, Scream Factory's impressively packed Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of "Motel Hell" is worth seeking out.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's meant to be weird, campy and funny but settles for being tasteless, gruesomely awkward and moronic.

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Though there's certainly some fun to be had with a gruesome horror/comedy that doesn't pull punches in either genre, it delivers the goods only sporadically.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Motel Hell is a gem of 80's horror sleaze. The premise is quite ridiculous, but is a terrific horror comedy. Directed by Kevin Conner, Motel Hell is one of… More
_kelly .King
Re-watched this again a few days ago. Has gotten cheesier with age and I can, for once, see why a remake might be justified as every plot point that isn't… More
jd cryptic
This definitely would fit under the category "So bad it's good", problem is it's just NOT bad enough. If it was even more over the top and… More
Cassandra Maples
How can anybody not love the campy awfulness of this movie. It's fantastic! I remember seeing this when I was roughly eleven or so and being freaked out by… More
Tim Salmons
Wonderfully psychotic and laugh-out-loud funny.
Lafe Fredbjornson
Great movie poster, great trailer and clips, but it's really a goofy slow movie. There are classic scenes, but the old brother and sister killers just… More

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