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: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Eerie and satirical, Motel Hell has no vacancy when it comes to low-brow horror gags.

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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C.H. Newell
Father Son Holy Gore

Motel Hell retains its own brand of madness by being eerie and holding onto its satirical humour.

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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Motel Hell is a welcome change-of-pace; it's to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre as Airplane! is to Airport.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Just on sheer chutzpah, it's got to be one of the most wholly worthwhile American horror films of the early 1980s.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

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

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

It's certainly a workable, promising setup that's consistently employed to inept and flat-out unwatchable effect...

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Heather Wixson
Daily Dead

Motel Hell is a rather well-executed dark comedy that plays it fairly straight, much thanks to the outstanding performances from Calhoun & Parsons who give the film a nice sense of gravity against the film's more cartoonish supporting characters.

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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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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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