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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Motel Hell (1980)

It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent's fritters.  Oh, the horror of it all!  Motel Hell may be the perfect, gross-out B-horror movie.  It's funny, disturbing and actually well done.  This film is NOT for everyone.  If you are easily offended, then skip this one immediately.  If you think you can handle torture and cannibalism served up with a smile, then this film is definitely for you.
Motel Hell stars Rory Calhoun [known primarily for Westerns] as Farmer Vincent.  He is amazing in this role and plays it with just the right amount of camp and sincerity to make it work.  His sister, Ida, is played by none other than Nancy Parsons, the immortal Beulah Ballbriker from Porky's [1982].  I worship the comedic ground she walks on.  She perfectly complements Calhoun as his equally twisted sibling who helps him put a little "extra" in the sausage they make.  
The rest of the cast is simply meat for the grinder.  Literally.  Surprisingly, there is very little blood and gore in Motel Hell.  Its squirm factor comes with the subject matter.  They don't really have to show much.  Just the thought of what they are doing makes the audience wince with a mixture of horror and delight.  If you think this movie is beyond human decency, remember that Sweeney Todd was a hit both on Broadway and the big screen.  We've seen this kind of stuff done before.  However, I'll take Farmer Vincent over Johnny Depp any day.  Proceed with caution, ye faint of heart!
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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