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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1986)

Please don't disturb Evelyn.  She already is.  Mountaintop Motel Massacre is a cheapo slasher flick from the mid 80's.  I SO wanted this film to work.  It had a great set up in terms of plot, a creepy setting and creepy music to go along with it.  It could have been great but, alas, it was never meant to be.
Here are the problems with the film as I see it:
1) As soon as the killing starts, the acting falls apart.  Most of the cast was up to the job in the opening scenes but either die unconvincingly or were over-acting at being terrified.
2) The effects were bad but not so bad that they were entertaining.  Bless their hearts, they were trying really hard to make a horror film.  They should have gone with a sense of camp instead.
3) Why can't anyone seem to overpower a crazy old lady with a sickle?  Seriously, I could have taken her down and I'm not that particularly athletic.  Everyone seems willing to lie there and let Evelyn do her business.
Mountaintop Motel Massacre had so much potential that it never quite reaches.  If you want to see this theme done well, rent Motel Hell (1980) which is the perfect blend of gross out horror and camp.  It's the kind of of movie Mountaintop Motel Massacre should have been since there's no way it could pull off being a serious motel horror film such as Psycho (1960).  Sigh!
RATING: Fair.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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